The Blackmores Sydney Running Festival is proud to announce that Paralympian Gold Medallist, Louise Sauvage, will be immortalised on all four event medals for the 2012 Blackmores Sydney Running Festival.
Louise Sauvage is recognised and acknowledged for her unique athleticism and outstanding success as a wheelchair track and road athlete. She has dominated the sport of wheelchair track racing since her appearance at the 1992 Barcelona Paralympic Games, winning 9 gold and 4 silver medals over four Olympic appearances.
In 1992 Louise was awarded an Order of Australia medal and has also been honoured with the Australian Sports Medal and Centenary Medal. She has been voted Australian Paralympian of the Year in 1994, ‘96, ‘97 & ’98; 1997 Australian Institute of Sport Athlete of the Year and recognised by the AIS as part of its 21st birthday ‘Dream Team’. The Australian Olympic Committee presented Louise with the 1997 International Olympic Committee Trophy ‘Sport For All’ within Australia.
In September 2000 Louise was given the honour of carrying the Olympic Torch across the Sydney Harbour Bridge. In October her place on the world stage for athletes with a disability was confirmed when in front of a capacity audience and television viewers worldwide Louise lit the Cauldron to signify the start of the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games.
In August 2004 Louise was afforded the honour of carrying the Athens 2004 Olympic Torch through the streets of Sydney. In September 2004 her status as an Australian sporting great was again recognised when the Australian Paralympic Committee announced that Louise would lead the Australian Team and carry our nation’s flag at the Opening Ceremony at the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games – Louise’s fourth and final Games. Louise crossed the finish line in the final race of her illustrious career just as she started her international career - in a personal best time.