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Games honour for dual paralympian and academic

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Games honour for dual paralympian and academic

A University of the Sunshine Coast lecturer has been appointed in an important leadership role for the Paris Paralympic Games next year.

A Sunshine Coast dual Paralympian and respected academic has been honoured with a vital leadership role for the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games.

Dr Bridie Kean has been named Australian Team Deputy Chef de Mission for next year’s Games.

The appointment marks the first time in almost a decade that a Paralympian has been appointed to the crucial position.

The title comes with the responsibility of leading the Australian Paralympic team when they compete in the 2024 Paralympic Games.

Dr Kean was a member of the Gliders women’s wheelchair basketball team that won the bronze medal at Beijing 2008 and silver at London 2012.

“To be given the opportunity to contribute back to it through this position is such an honour,” Dr Kean says.

“I really want to get it right, learn as much as I can and, I guess, provide that lived experience to the leadership group about how we can best support our Paralympic team.”

Dr Kean was selected from a strong field of applicants to become the first Deputy Chef de Mission with experience as a Paralympian since former swimming champion Paul Bird filled the role at Rio 2016. She has a Master of Public Health and completed a PhD on the balance between sport and study for para-athletes. She is also a University of the Sunshine Coast lecturer and chairs the Sunshine Coast 2032 Legacy Plan Community Reference Group.

The Paralympic Games of Paris will start on August 28, 2024.

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