Har­ri­son sails into history

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

VIC­TO­RIA Park res­i­dent and Par­a­lympic cham­pion Colin Har­ri­son was hon­oured at the 2016 Aus­tralian Par­a­lympic Awards, tak­ing out the Par­a­lympic Team of the Year cat­e­gory along­side his Aus­tralian sail­ing team­mates Rus­sell Boaden, Jonathan Har­ris, Matthew Bugg, Daniel Fitzgib­bon and Liesl Tesch.

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

Dom­i­nant through­out their Games cam­paign, they placed first in three races and sec­ond in four.

Team­mates Fitzgib­bon and Tesch also won gold in the two-per­son keel­boat SKUD18, be­com­ing the first pair to win the ti­tle back-to-back, and Bugg did well to place sec­ond in the sin­gle per­son keel­boat 2.4mR, win­ning Aus­tralia’s first ever medal in that class.

Aus­tralian Par­a­lympic Com­mit­tee chief ex­ec­u­tive Lynne An­der­son con­grat­u­lated Har­ri­son and his team­mates for their achieve­ments.

“The ex­per­tise, prepa­ra­tion and ex­e­cu­tion of the Aus­tralian Par­a­lympic sail­ing team were un­ri­valled at the Rio 2016 Par­a­lympic Games, where they achieved a near-per­fect re­sult of two gold and one sil­ver medal,” she said. “Rus­sell, Jonathan and Colin did their sport and na­tion proud when they won Aus­tralia’s first sail­ing medal at the Rio Games, and with sail­ing re­moved from the Par­a­lympic pro­gram for Tokyo, be­ing awarded Par­a­lympic Team of the Year seems the per­fect cap to an ex­tra­or­di­nary sea­son.”

Vic­to­ria Park res­i­dent Colin Har­ri­son (far right) with his team­mates and coaches.

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