Paul Nunnari

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Paul Nunnari
141100 - Athletics wheelchair racing Paul Nunnari Australian flag - 3b - 2000 Sydney race photo.jpg
An elated Nunnari holds up the Australian flag at the 2000 Summer Paralympics
Personal information
Nationality  Australia
Born 6 February 1973
Auburn, New South Wales
Action shot of Nunnari during the 800 m heat at the 2000 Summer Paralympics

Paul Nunnari (born 6 February 1973 in Auburn, New South Wales) is a Paralympic athletics competitor from New South Wales, Australia. He was hit by a car at the age of 11[1] and is a wheelchair user. He has competed in wheelchair athletics events in three Paralympic Games - 1996 Atlanta, 2000 Sydney and 2004 Athens. He won a silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Games in the men's 4 × 100 m relay T54 event.[2] In 1993-1994, he was an Australian Institute of Sport Athlete with a Disability scholarship holder.

He has been a strong advocate for disability services and sport. In 2006, he raised the issue of Virgin Airlines making carers pay for accompanying wheelchair passengers.[3] He established the Bob Jane T-Mart Paul Nunnari Wheelchair Push to raise awareness of cancer.[4] He is community development officer with Macarthur Disability Services.[1]

In 2010, he unsuccessfully stood in the Australian Labor Party preselection for the Federal Seat of Macarthur.[5]

In 2013, he auditioned for Australia's Got Talent and got through.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Plenty of Smiles on Faces of Macarthur". ARL Development Officer Campbelltown, 19 June 2007. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Australian Honour Roll". Australian Paralympic Committee Annual Report 2010. Australian Paralympic Committee: 10. 2010. 
  3. ^ Metherell, Mark (30 May 2006). "Airline to wheelchair users: pay a carer". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  4. ^ Pleffer, Alexandra (14 September 2011). "Push is on to involve students in cause". Macarthur Advertiser. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Bleasdale endorsed as Labor candidate for Macarthur". Campbelltown Macarthur Advertiser. 8 March 2010. Retrieved 1 March 2012.