|Senator for the Northern Territory|
7 September 2013
|Preceded by||Trish Crossin|
|Political party||Australian Labor Party|
|Full name||Nova Maree Peris|
25 November 1971 |
Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
|Height||170 centimetres (5 ft 7 in)|
|Spouse(s)||Sean Kneebone (1995–2001)
Daniel Batman (2002–2011)
|Updated on 22 January 2013.|
Nova Maree Peris OAM (born 25 February 1971) is an indigenous Australian athlete and politician. She was the first Aboriginal Australian to win an Olympic gold medal as part of the Australian women's hockey (Hockeyroos) team at the 1996 Olympic Games before switching to athletics and contesting the 1998 Commonwealth Games and 2000 Olympic Games. She was elected to the Australian Senate at the 2013 federal election, after then-Prime Minister Julia Gillard named her as a "captain's pick", installing her as the preselected Labor candidate over incumbent Labor senator Trish Crossin.
In 1997, she switched sports to athletics and a year later she became a double gold medalist in the 1998 Commonwealth Games (Kuala Lumpur) winning the 200m sprint with a time of 22.77 seconds and sharing in Australia's 4x100 metres relay win. Peris was named Young Australian of the Year in 1997.
Peris continued to represent Australia on the athletics track, running over 200 metres at the 1999 World Athletics Championships and 400 metres at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. She made the Olympic semi-finals in her individual event and ran in the Australian 4x400 metres relay team, which made the final, finishing fifth.
In 2005, she sold her Olympic memorabilia to the National Museum of Australia for $140,000. It included her gold medal, hockey stick, Sydney Olympic torch and the running shoes she wore in the Sydney Olympics.
Peris was born in Darwin, Northern Territory. She met footballer Sean Kneebone when she was 17, they had a daughter in 1990, and married in 1995. Following their divorce in 2001, she returned to using her maiden name, Peris, and then married Daniel Batman in March 2002; they were divorced in 2011. Batman died in a car crash in June 2012. Peris has three children: Jessica (with Kneebone), Destiny and Jack (with Batman), and became a grandmother at the age of 40.
On 22 January 2013 the Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced she would invite Peris to join the Australian Labor Party and stand as a candidate for the Senate in the Northern Territory at the 2013 election. On 29 January 2013 her preselection was endorsed by the ALP executive 19 votes to 2, meaning her name was placed first on the ALP's senate ticket in the Northern Territory, supporting the likelihood she would become Australia's first female Indigenous federal parliamentarian.
On 7 September 2013 Peris became Australia's first indigenous woman elected to federal parliament. Peris was sworn into parliament on the 12th of November, and noted the apology to the stolen generation in her maiden speech.
- Nova Peris entry on The Australian Women's Register
- Territory Women, Northern Territory Library
- "Nova Peris sells Olympic memorabilia". ABC Online (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). 5 March 2005. Retrieved 26 June 2012.
- Nova Peris collection at the National Museum of Australia
- Michelle, Hamer (30 March 2003). "Some lines you don't cross". The Age. Retrieved 26 June 2012.
- "Like a bat outta hell for London". Canberra Times, 16 December 2011. Retrieved 26 June 2012
- Frost, Carleen; Turner, Ellie (26 June 2012). "Australian Olympian Daniel Batman killed in NT car crash". Herald-Sun. Retrieved 26 June 2012.
- "Peris no stranger to challenges". Retrieved 14 November 2013.
- Nova Peris, Nova; Heads, Ian (2003). Nova : My story : The Autobiography of Nova Peris. ABC Books. p. 314. ISBN 0733311660. Retrieved 26 June 2012.
- Cullen, Simon (22 January 2013). "Gillard picks Nova Peris to run for Senate". ABC News. Retrieved 22 January 2013.
- Kenny, Mark (29 January 2013). "Olympian's run for senate endorsed". The Age. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
- Laughland, Oliver (7 September 2013). "Nova Peris becomes first Indigenous woman in federal parliament". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
- "Emotional speech from Australia's first Indigenous female Senator". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 12 Nov 2013.
- "FIRST SPEECH - Senator PERIS (Northern Territory)". Senate Hansard. Parliament of Australia. 13 Nov 2013.
- Athletics Australia profile
- Nova Peris at the Internet Movie Database
- Transcript of Nova Peris interview on Enough Rope with Andrew Denton, 31 March 2003
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