Maddi Elliott, Paralympian

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, oi, oi, oi! As the dust settles on another Olympic Games, Rio is still buzzing as Paralympians have descended on the city to take on rivals from around the world. I am pleased to inform the House that Maitland teenager Maddi Elliott is one of those talented sporting heroes competing in Rio. In fact, earlier this week Maddi won the gold medal in the S8 category 100 metres freestyle with a record time. This morning she won the silver medal in the 100 metres backstroke event. She will have another shot at taking a gold medal in the 50 metres freestyle final on Saturday morning. This is a magnificent achievement for someone who has already made a splash in swimming circles across Australia and the world. I congratulate Maddi on her achievements. I am looking forward to welcoming her back to Maitland when she returns from Rio. I pay tribute to Simon Orchard, another Olympian from Maitland, who has been supporting us in our white ribbon initiatives to raise the profile of domestic violence. Good work to all of our athletes.

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