Patron & Ambassadors
Patron of Wheelchair Sports NSW
Louise Sauvage OAM
One of Australia’s most decorated athletes, Louise Sauvage has won nine gold medals and two silver medals representing Australia in three Paralympics. She also holds two Olympic gold medals and she has won the Boston marathon four times, establishing herself as one of the world’s greatest wheelchair athletes in both track and road races. At 16 years of age, Sauvage competed in her first world championship competition. Her outstanding achievements on the track and on the road are equalled by her great achievements in raising the status of athletes with disabilities, and helping others to understand that athletes with disabilities should be accorded the professional respect that their athleticism and hard work demand. Her motto, ‘You never know what you can achieve until you try’.
Ambassadors of Wheelchair Sports NSW
- Bryan “Fletch” Fletcher is an ex-NRL player and Fox Sports personality. Fletch played for the Sydney Roosters and South Sydney Rabbitohs and represented NSW at State of Origin and Australia at the international level in the 1990s and early 2000s. He was also a regular on ‘The Footy Show’, but these days Fletch has his own segment with Nathan Hindmarsh, ‘Fletch & Hindy’ on the Fox Sports program ‘Monday Night with Matty Johns’. Fletch also appeared at a promotion for the Oz Day 10K race at Fitness First in Bondi Junction in January, so keep an eye out for him at other WS NSW events in 2017.
Alex Blackwell is the current Captain of the Sydney Thunder Women’s Big Bash League and Vice-Captain of the Australian Southern Stars Women’s Cricket Team. She has played more matches for Australia than any other female cricketer in history. Alex is a passionate advocate for diversity, equality and respect for all people within sport and society at large. Alex understands deeply from her own experience, the positive impact that participation in sport has on an individual’s physical and mental health, while at the same time providing an opportunity to build invaluable social connections. Alex is dedicated to breaking down barriers so that like her, all people have an equal opportunity to participate and benefit from sport. Alex visited the 2017 Women’s Festival and tried her hand at wheelchair basketball.
Legends of Wheelchair Sports NSW
Louise Sauvage OAM
Champions of Wheelchair Sports NSW
Jack Ball OAM
John Brown AO
Dr John Grant
David Piper OAM