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Nova Peris OAM

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Dual Olympian & Former Senator

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About me

  • Field Hockey
  • Track & Field
  • Athletics
  • 200m
  • Commonwealth Games
  • Australian Olympic Team
  • 4x400m Relay
  • 100m
  • 400M

Nova Peris OAM OLY is an Olympic Gold Medalist, a Commonwealth Champion and the first Aboriginal woman elected to Federal Parliament.

With an astonishing sporting career representing Australia across the globe in two different sports, Peris was a key component of both the Australian Women's field hockey team and the Australian Track & Field team.

In the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Peris became the first Aboriginal person and first Northern Territorian to win an Olympic Gold Medal playing for the Hockeyroos that defeated South Korea 3-1.

Transitioning her hockey career to sprinting, Peris competed in the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur winning 2 more gold medals in the 200m & 4x100 relay, making her the only person to win Olympic and Commonwealth Gold in different sports! Nova went on to make the Track and Field Team for the Sydney 2000 Olympics and was the first of 10,000 Olympic flame torchbearer's at the iconic Uluru, where she ran barefoot with the flame. Nova competed in the individual 400m making the semi finals and the 4x400m relay that finished 4th in the final. Nova is the only person on the planet to make back-to-back Summer Olympic Games finals, consecutive Olympics in different sports!

Following a successful athletic career, Nova then became the first Aboriginal women to sit in the Federal Parliament as Senator for the Northern Territory. 

During her time in Parliament, Peris served in multiple Senate Committees, including the Education and Employment References Committee, Finance and Public Administration Legislation and References Committees and the Senate Community Affairs Legislation and References Committees. She was also madam acting deputy president of the Senate. 

Nova has now started her own charity, the Nova Peris Foundation and recently had her bronze statue unveiled in Federation Square, Melbourne. 

Based in

  • Northern Territory

Available in

  • Australian Capital Territory
  • New South Wales
  • Northern Territory
  • Queensland
  • South Australia
  • Victoria
  • Western Australia
  • Tasmania

Available for

  • Guest speaking
  • Product launch
  • Present awards
  • Sign some autographs
  • Photos with attendees
  • Mingle & socialise
  • Social media post
  • Appear in our marketing campaigns
  • Social media posts
  • Attend events