Paul Omodei

Paul Omodei

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    More honours for Louise Sauvage

    26/05/2000 6:30 PM
     
    26/5/00


      Disability Services Minister Paul Omodei has congratulated Western Australian athlete Louise Sauvage on being crowned World Disabled Sportsperson of the Year at the inaugural Laureus International Sports Awards ceremony in Monaco.

      The 27-year-old is the undisputed world No.1 in wheelchair track and road athletics, holding individual world records over 200, 1,500 and 5,000 metres, and also having won her third straight Boston marathon wheelchair title last year.

      Louise was also voted Australia's female athlete of the year in 1999, ahead of runner Cathy Freeman, swimmer Susie O'Neill and golfer Karrie Webb.

      “Louise’s efforts have gained a new level of respect and acceptance for athletes with a disability, Mr Omodei said.

      “Her efforts are consistently judged against a wider sporting background and recognised as rating with the very best.

      “I am delighted for Louise, who is held in such high esteem by all Western Australians.

      “I know Louise is now training in Sydney as the Paralympics loom large, but I’m sure all Western Australians would join me in offering her congratulations on her latest honour.”

      Media contact: Hugh Ryan 9213 6700