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metadata.territorywomen.dc.title: Nova Peris
Name: Peris, Nova Maree
Also known as: Peris-Kneebone, Nova Maree
Place of Birth: Darwin
Date of Birth: 1971-02-25
Cultural heritage: Indigenous Australian
Occupation: Athlete
Aboriginal Activist
Biographical notes: Nova Peris has had a remarkable career as an athlete. A mother at 19, Nova worked hard to earn a place in the Australian Women’s Hockey team. In 1996, at the Summer Olympics held in Atlanta, USA, the Australian Women’s Hockey team won the gold medal. Nova became the first Indigenous Australian and the first Northern Territorian to win an Olympic gold medal. She embraced the new challenge of competing at an international level in Athletics. She won gold in the 200 metres and 4 x 100 metre relay at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur. Nova then went on to represent Australia in the semi finals in the 400 metres at the Sydney Olympics. Among her other achievements, Nova was named Young Australian of the Year in 1997 and then became a treaty ambassador for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC). Through her charity “Peris Enterprises” she continues to advocate and promote an active lifestyle and health checks among Indigenous children and communities. Nova Peris is Australia’s first Aboriginal woman elected to Federal Parliament in the 2013 Federal election on 7 September. Source: The Official Nova Peris Website, accessed 22 February 2010.
Honours and Awards: Dual Gold Medallist, Athletics. 1998. Commonwealth Games (Kuala Lumpur)
Young Australian of the Year 1997.
Gold Medal, Womens Hockey. 1996. Summer Olympics (Atlanta, USA)
Related link: Australian Athletics Historical Results : Nova Peris
Australian Women Register : Nova Peris
Young Australian of the Year : Nova Peris
Clare, C. "An Aboriginal Star Carries Olympic Torch : A Symbolic Flame, a Symbolic Runner", The New York Times Online, 9 June, 2000.
Nova's run for Senate - Australian Electoral Commission, 25 September 2013.
"Northern Territory Senators have been decided." Northern Territory News, 23 January 2013. p.1, 7.
Nova Peris - Senate, Hansard, Maiden Speech, 13 November 2013.
Related Materials: Tatz, C & Tatz, P. Black gold : the Aboriginal and Islander sports hall of fame. Canberra : Aboriginal Studies Press, 2000.
Peris, N & Heads, I. Nova : my story : the autobiography of Nova Peris. Sydney : ABC Books for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 2003.
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