21 February 2018

Barwon Heads represented at 2018 PyeongChang Winter Paralympic Games

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE: Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Sport, Senator for Victoria and Sarah Henderson MP Federal Member for Corangamite

Australia will send a strong team of 13 athletes to the Winter Paralympic Games in PyeongChang next month and Barwon Heads will be represented by Mitchell Gourley when he competes in para-alpine skiing.

The team was announced on 20 February and the Minister for Sport, Senator Bridget McKenzie and Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson congratulated Mitchell on his tremendous achievement in representing our country on the international stage.

“I congratulate all our athletes named in our Winter Paralympics team, but especially Mitchell who makes us doubly proud as he has been named a team captain as well. I know Mitchell will give his very best in South Korea next month when he represents our community and Australia,” Ms Henderson said.

“Australia has been represented by talented athletes at every Winter Paralympics to date and has a rich and successful history, including 30 medals; 11 of them gold,” Minister McKenzie said.

“The stories of endeavour and ambition are everywhere and the entire nation is looking forward to celebrating these journeys and the achievements of our 2018 team,” Ms Henderson said.

Australia’s athletes will compete in alpine skiing and snowboarding. They will be led by team captains, World Champion skier Mitch Gourley and multiple World Cup-winning snowboarder Joany Badenhorst.

“The Australian Government is proud to support our Winter Paralympic athletes and would like to acknowledge the superb job the Australian Paralympic Committee is doing to support and prepare this group of athletes, along with Ski & Snowboard Australia and Disabled Wintersport Australia,” Minister McKenzie said.

The Australian Government, via the Australian Sports Commission and AIS, invests more than $13 million annually directly to high performance Paralympic sports, supplemented by direct grants to athletes, known as dAIS.

Almost 700 athletes from 50 countries are expected to compete at the PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games, staged from March 9–18 2018.

21 February 2018