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PERIS, Nova Maree

Also known as: née Peris, Nova Peris-Kneebone

Born: 25/02/1971

Aboriginal or Torrest Stait Islander: Yes

Special Achievements:

1996 - First Indigenous Australian to win an Olympic Gold Medal.
1997 - Named Young Australian of the Year.
2000 - First carrier of the Olympic flame on Australia Soil at Uluru, Northern Territoy.
Awarded A.M.

Additional Information:

1996 - Olympic hockey player (HockeyRoos).
1998 - Won Gold Medal in Athletics at Commonwealth Games at Kuala Lumpur.
Author of her autobiography Nova - My Story (2003).


Resources

  • Audio - Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Lives: First in their Field -- Nova Peris

    This audio profile of Nova Peris was produced in 2015 by 8CCC 102.1FM community radio station and the National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame. To hear more of the Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Lives: First in their Field series, please go to http://8ccc.com.au/category/ordinary-women-extraordinary-lives/.


  • References

    Stehbens, Lee.  Nova spreads word.  Centralian Advocate.  June 9, 2006:16.


  • References

    McAsey, Jenny.  The torch has been passed to Nova’s little girl.  The Weekend Australian.  May 12-13, 2007:51.


  • References

    Australian of the Year Awards 2007, www.australianoftheyear.gov.au/pages/page138.asp; accessed 14 July 2006.


  • References

    Harleys rev up for Relay.  Northern Territory News.  March 31, 2000:8.


  • References

    (no date).  Nova Peris:  “I’m a Grandma at 38!”.  Womans Day, 32-33.


  • References

    (2001, January).  The 10 most admired Australians of the Century.  The Australian Women’s Weekly, 10. Albert Namatjira 1902-1959; 35, 42.


  • References

    Cullen, Jenny.  (2000, May).  Mothers & daughters.  Mother’s Day Special, no page numbers.


  • References

    Mitchell, David and Juliet Phillips.  (2003).  This Is Your Life:  True Stories of Great Australians.  Sydney:  Viking, pp. 247-249.


  • References

    Nikkivoss.  Nova tells of hurt from racist taunts.  newspaper unknown.  date unknown:page unknown.


  • References

    Medal ‘dream comes true.’  newspaper unknown.  date unknown:page unknown.


  • References

    Nova’s Alice visit put off.  Centralian Advocate.  March 14, 1997:page unknown.


  • References

    Nova shows how to do it.  Northern Territory News.  January 24, 1997:page unknown.


  • References

    Nova shines in race debut.  The Advertiser.  February ?, 1997:page unknown.


  • References

    Golden girl Nova tells all in new book.  Northern Territory News.  April 2, 2003:page unknown.


  • References

    Urvet, Tina.  Nova Young Aussie of Year.  newspaper unknown.  date unknown:page unknown.


  • References

    (Vol 118 No 7).  Nova’s gold-medal life.  Signs of the Times, 12-15.


  • References

    Nova Peris.  (2015, January 15).  Retrieved from http://www.alp.org.au/nova_peris.


  • Image - Nova Peris (left) and Governor-General Quentin Bryce (right) at the Nova Peris Girls' Academy in Darwin in February 2012

    20 February 2012 Author: Photographer for the Governor-General of Australia

    Wikimedia Commons: File:Nova Peris Quentin Bryce 2012.jpg


  • Image - Nova Peris

    NPWHF collection

    Thanks to Chansey Paech for assistance with photo