Paralympian to share rise over adversity tale

AUSSIE Paralympian and Commonwealth Games silver medalist Eliza Ault-Connell will be the guest speaker at a Women In Sport Event hosted by Cumberland Council at The Holroyd Centre next month.

☐ Eliza Ault-Connell.

The event aims to highlight the important contribution of female sporting club volunteers, administrators, technical officials, coaches, managers and athletes to local sports.
At 16, Ault-Connell had both her legs amputated below the knee after contracting Meningococcal disease.
After she recovered, the keen sportswoman eventually threw herself into wheelchair racing, and made her international debut in 2002 at the Manchester Commonwealth Games, winning bronze in the wheelchair 800m.
She also won silver at the 2002 World Para-Championships in the T54 400m and competed in both the 2004 Paralympics Games and the 2006 World Para-Championships, before winning silver in the 800m at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games.
Cumberland Mayor Greg Cummings encouraged anyone involved in sport to register for the event to hear the amazing story of her rise to prominence over adversity.
“Women like Eliza Ault-Connell are a shining example to other young women and girls of what can be achieved if you believe in yourself and work hard,” he said.
“Women make an equal contribution to sport in the community and across Australia, and the rise of women’s competitions in the NRL and AFLW show that women are now recognised for this.”
Entry to the Women In Sport event on Tuesday, May 7, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm is free, with registrations essential by Friday, May 3, at 4.30pm.
For more information call Council’s Recreation Team on 8757 9000 or