Sailors up for Par­a­lympic team of year

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

VIC­TO­RIA Park res­i­dent and Par­a­lympic cham­pion Colin Har­ri­son has been listed as a fi­nal­ist for the Par­a­lympic Team of the Year award along­side his teammates as part of the Aus­tralian Par­a­lympic Awards to be held on Thurs­day in Sydney.

Four-time Par­a­lympian Har­ri­son teamed up with Rus­sell Boaden and Jonathan Har­ris to win gold in the three­p­er­son keel­boat sonar event at the Rio 2016 Par­a­lympic Games, fin­ish­ing ahead of the United States and Canada.

They were dom­i­nant through­out their Games cam­paign, fin­ish­ing first in three races and sec­ond in four.

Har­ri­son be­came a right arm amputee af­ter sev­eral op­er­a­tions and a course of ra­dio­ther­apy to treat cancer in his shoul­der.

Aus­tralian Par­a­lympic Team chef de mis­sion Kate McLough­lin said the Aus­tralian Par­a­lympic Sail­ing Team dom­i­nated in the wa­ter.

“While it’s a shame that sail­ing has been re­moved from the Par­a­lympic pro­gram in 2020, the en­tire team can be in­cred­i­bly proud of their achieve­ments and can know that they’ve cre­ated a legacy and a name for Aus­tralia in their sport,” she said.

Par­a­lympic cham­pion Colin Har­ri­son.

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