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RE­BECCA Gib­ney will be a star at­trac­tion at Tues­day’s Pride Of Aus­tralia National Medal Cer­e­mony.

Gib­ney will present the 2011 Peo­ple’s Choice National Medal — a pub­lic vote on Aus­tralia’s great un­sung hero.

Gib­ney may not be un­sung — she has a Gold Lo­gie on her man­tle — but she sure un­der- stands what it takes to over­come pain or dis­ad­van­tage and to make a valu­able con­tri­bu­tion to so­ci­ety.

She coped with ma­jor trau­mas be­fore mak­ing it as an ac­tor and be­com­ing a pas­sion­ate sup­porter of causes.

For Gib­ney, win­ning a Lo­gie was a tri­umph of the spirit for a shy, trou­bled girl who dreamed of act­ing but had to bat­tle the odds to get there.

She dealt with de­bil­i­tat­ing anx­i­ety at­tacks, a vi­o­lent al­co­holic fa­ther and her own emo­tional break­down.

The Pride of Aus­tralia Medal is a News Lim­ited com­mu­nity ini­tia­tive. Aus­tralians are called on to nom­i­nate peo­ple from their com­mu­nity for en­gag­ing in self­less acts.

On Tues­day, at the National Medal Cer­e­mony and Gala Din­ner at Syd­ney’s Four Sea­sons Ho­tel, the national medal win­ners will be an­nounced.

And for the first time, the Aus­tralian pub­lic has voted for the win­ner of the Peo­ple’s Choice National Medal.

The re­cip­i­ent who re­ceived the most votes over­all will re­ceive the Peo­ple’s Choice medal from Gib­ney and $10,000 cash from Du­ra­cell. Pride of Aus­tralia National Medal Cer­e­mony, Sky News, Tues­day, 10pm

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