Scott Goodman, Head Coach of the Australian Paralympic athletics team, received the prestigious Paralympic Medal at a gala ceremony in Sydney last night.
First presented in 2001, the Australian Paralympic Medal recognises significant long-term service to Paralympic sport in Australia.
The Award is considered the highest honour for a non-athlete in Australian Paralympic sport.
Greg Hartung, President of the APC, presented Goodman with the honour.
“Over many years, Scott has worked tirelessly in many roles in disability sport, acting as a mentor and consultant for countless athletes, coaches and others,” Hartung said.
“His capacity for work is legendary and his knowledge is unsurpassed.”
Prior to Goodman, only four people have been honoured with the Paralympic Medal - APC presidents Marie Little and Ron Finneran, inaugural executive officer Adrienne Smith, and Nick Dean who was instrumental in the establishment of the Paralympic winter program and has served on the APC Board for most of its existence.
Other athletics team members to win awards at the 2008 Australian Paralympian of the Year ceremony held at the Sydney Entertainment Centre included:
Lisa McIntosh - Female Athlete of the Year
Eight years after claiming the Junior Athlete of the Year, Victorian sprinter Lisa McIntosh added the coveted Female Athlete of the Year title to her list of achievements. McIntosh led the way for Australia’s female sprinters in Beijing, claiming a classic 100-200m sprint double in the T37 class.
Iryna Dvoskina - Coach of the Year
Dvoskina's squad of five athletes combined for 13 medals at the Bird’s Nest in Beijing. Based at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, Dvoskina’s troupe was headlined by triple gold medallists Heath Francis and Evan O’Hanlon while her three other charges - Christine Wolf, Brad Scott and Aaron Chatman - also performed brilliantly to win medals.
Kurt Fearnley - APC’s President’s Award for Excellence in Sportsmanship
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