SYDNEY 2000 Paralympian Alison Quinn will be guest speaker at tonightChr(39)s Penford Australia Ltd Oxley High School Sports Awards.
Quinn, who represented her country in athletics at the 1992, 1996 and in this yearChr(39)s Sydney Paralympics, will be on hand to present the awards to the various winners at the schoolChr(39)s auditorium.
Born with cerebral palsy, Quinn had ilemipleia on the left side of her body, and at the age of two, commenced gymnastics to increase her co-ordination and symmetry.
Now 21 years down the track, she is employed as a part-time gymnastic coach.
Her first Paralympics in Barcelona (1992) netted Quinn two gold and two world records. The following year she was awarded an OAM for her services to sport.
In Sydney she won gold in the 100m in world record time, then grabbed silver in the 200m where Australia took all three placings in the final.
Her current training program at the Sydney Academy of Sport involves track work, swimming, pool training, boxing, gymnastics and weights.
Committed to increasing the awareness of disabled sport within the community, Quinn has embarked on a career of motivational and public speaking and will no doubt be a popular guest at tonightChr(39)s awards.
The highlight of the presentation will be naming of the Sport Star of the Year.
Some of the sports included on the list of nominations are athletics, water polo, volleyball, BMX, gymnastics and tennis.
Also to be announced will be Outstanding Junior Sportsperson, Coach/Manager, Junior coach, Team, Recognition of Refereeing, along with some special awards.