VICTORIA Park resident and Paralympic champion Colin Harrison was honoured at the 2016 Australian Paralympic Awards, taking out the Paralympic Team of the Year category alongside his Australian sailing teammates Russell Boaden, Jonathan Harris, Matthew Bugg, Daniel Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch.
Four-time Paralympian Harrison teamed with Boaden and Harris to win gold in the three-person keelboat Sonar event at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, finishing ahead of the United States and Canada.
Dominant throughout their Games campaign, they placed first in three races and second in four.
Teammates Fitzgibbon and Tesch also won gold in the two-person keelboat SKUD18, becoming the first pair to win the title back-to-back, and Bugg did well to place second in the single person keelboat 2.4mR, winning Australia’s first ever medal in that class.
Australian Paralympic Committee chief executive Lynne Anderson congratulated Harrison and his teammates for their achievements.
“The expertise, preparation and execution of the Australian Paralympic sailing team were unrivalled at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, where they achieved a near-perfect result of two gold and one silver medal,” she said. “Russell, Jonathan and Colin did their sport and nation proud when they won Australia’s first sailing medal at the Rio Games, and with sailing removed from the Paralympic program for Tokyo, being awarded Paralympic Team of the Year seems the perfect cap to an extraordinary season.”