Louise Sauvage

Speakers and Legends


Career Highlights and Awards

Four-time Australian Paralympian

Olympic Medals: Nine Gold, Four Silver Medals

Sport Australia Hall of Fame

NSW Hall of Champions – Legend Status

Australian Female Athlete of the Year

World Sportsperson of the Year with a disability

Australian Paralympian of the Year (on four occasions)

2018 Sport NSW Coach of the Year

Legend status in Sport Australia Hall of Fame

Athletics Australia Hall of Fame

Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre Path of Champions

Louise Sauvage is recognized and acknowledged for her unique athleticism and outstanding success as a wheelchair track and road athlete. Louise captured the attention of the world media and through her sporting achievements is an international house hold name.

At age 18 Louise declared that she was to become a professional athlete and would earn a living from her sport – 15 years later she defied those doubting her and retired as one of Australia’s most successful athletes. Along the way Louise has changed the perception of elite athletes with a disability and the sports they compete in. She has helped create awareness, education and acceptance of disability in general in the eyes and minds of the media and the public.

Louise dominated the sport of wheelchair track and road racing during her career winning a total of 9 Gold and 4 Silver paralympic medals from 4 Paralympic Games.

She represented Australian at 3 Olympic Games winning 2 Gold and 1 Bronze in the 800m women’s wheelchair demonstration race – the highlight – Gold in front of 110,000 spectators in her home town at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Louise is a Commonwealth Games Silver medalist and five time Gold medalist at the IAAF World Athletic Championships. She recorded World records in every distance on the track from 100m to 5000m and has 1st place victories in some of the worlds most prestigious road races including 4 Boston Marathon titles.

Louise has completed a Post Graduate in Applied Science (Coaching) and is now employed by the NSW Institute of Sport with the National Wheelchair Track and Road Program as an Assistant National Coach working with Australia’s future champions. In November 2018, Sauvage was awarded Sport NSW Coach of the Year and in 2019, Louise was made a Legend in the Sport Australia Hall of Fame. She became the first Australian Paralympian to be awarded Legend status which is an incredible achievement. She is an inspiration with several paralympians citing Louise as a reason they became athletes, including wheelchair racer Kurt Fearnley.

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