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Federal Sports Minister congratulates Winter Paralympic selections.



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SENATOR THE HON ROD KEMP Minister for the Arts and Sport

Media Release

Federal Sports Minister Congratulates Winter Paralympic Selections Federal Minister for the Arts and Sport, Senator Rod Kemp, today congratulated athletes selected in the Australian Paralympic alpine ski team for the 2002 Salt Lake City Games in the United States.

The Australian Paralympic Committee today named a team of seven, made up of six athletes and a guide for blind skier Bart Bunting, to represent Australia. The six athletes are from New South Wales (4), Victoria and the ACT.

The team is Scott Adams (NSW), leg amputee; Peter Boonaerts (NSW), wheelchair athlete; Bart Bunting (NSW), vision-impaired and his guide, Nathan Chivers (NSW); Mark Drinnan (NSW), leg amputee; Michael Milton (ACT), leg amputee; and Cameron Rahles-Rahbula (Vic), leg amputee. Chef de Mission for the past two Winter Paralympics, South Australia's Nick Dean, will head the team in Salt Lake City.

The Winter Paralympics begin on 7 March, 10 days after the Winter Olympics, and continue until the closing ceremony on 16 March.

Senator Kemp said our Winter Paralympians had performed strongly at past Winter Paralympics compared to the relative strengths of other nations in many winter sports.

'At the last Winter Games (Nagano, 1998), Australia competed only in alpine skiing and James Paterson brought home a gold and a bronze medal,' Senator Kemp said.

'Michael Milton won Australia's first alpine gold medal in the Slalom at the 1992 Games.

'I wish our team every success,' Senator Kemp said.

The Winter Paralympic Games will involve almost a thousand athletes from 36 countries in 100 medal events.

MELBOURNE

30 January 2002 05-02

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