Louise Sauvage


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Louise Sauvage is one of the most celebrated athletes in Australian sporting history.

A three time Paralympian, Louise has dominated wheelchair racing over the past decade claiming titles in everything the marathon to short sprints. She is without doubt Australia's premier track athlete.

Originally Western Australia, Louise began her international dominance as far back as 1990 when at age 16 claimed gold in the 100 metres at the World Championships in Assen.

However it is Louise's record at Paralympic Games that speaks for itself. At the 1992 Paralympics in Barcelona she claimed a hat- trick of gold medals, taking victory in the 100, 200 and 400 metres as well as picking up silver in the 800.

In 1996 at Atlanta things just got better for Louise. Her brute strength and fierce determination guiding her to gold in the 800 metre demonstration event at the Atlanta Olympic Games, then onto to a clean sweep at the Paralympics only days later. Louise overcoming fellow track competitors in several longer distance events; the 400, 800, 1500 and 5000 metres.

At the 2000 Paralympics in Sydney, Louise once again confirmed her status as one of the world's finest wheelchair athletes. Having been chosen to light the cauldron at the Paralympic Opening Cermony and inspired by a large home crowd, Louise claimed gold in both the 1500 and 5000 metres. She also tasted victory at the Olympic Games having won gold in the 800 metre demonstration event.

Now retired, Louise focuses her attention on coaching and providing opportunities to aspiring athletes with financial assistance through her Foundation, "Aspire to be a Champion".


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