Honour roll

The Honour Roll recognises past State and
Territory and National Award recipients

Young Australian of the Year

Nominee

2007 VIC Young Australian of the Year Nominee

Eliza Stankovic

State: Victoria

Paralympian

Only days before her sixteenth birthday, Eliza Stankovic was struck down by the deadly meningococcal virus. She survived but lost both legs at the knees and most of her fingers. An avid sportswoman before her disability, excelling in netball and basketball, she was keen to continue her love of sport. Some doors closed for Eliza but her positive attitude and sheer determination opened others. Eliza’s sporting achievements as an elite, world class Paralympic wheelchair track athlete are outstanding. Twelve months after she began competing, Eliza won bronze in the 2002 Commonwealth Games 800 metres wheelchair final. At Athens in 2004 she swept to a silver medal in the same event at the Paralympics and was a finalist in five other events. Earlier this year, she had her third successive victory in the premier 10 km road race in Sydney. Eliza is currently training for the 2008 Beijing Paralympics.

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