Indigenous cyclist Amanda Reid is hopeful she can inspire more Aboriginal and disabled children to participate in sport after winning Australia’s seventh gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics on Friday.
Reid is one of just one of three Indigenous athletes of the 179 Australian Paralympians at the Games this year, with the 24-year-old claiming gold in the women’s C1-3 500m time trials.
Reid, who has cerebral palsy and an intellectual impairment, also set a world record, clocking a time of 35.581 while donning an Indigenous design on her speed suit.
“It means everything to me to be a proud Guringai and Wemba-Wemba woman and to represent my people back home,” she said after the gold medal win.
“Seeing there’s only three of us on this team this time, I hope I can encourage more Aboriginal, disabled athletes to get into sport.”
Reid started her Paralympics career in the pool before switching to the bike for her last two Paralympics.
“The last five years have been very up and down, so to get the gold is just amazing; it feels great,” she said.
Her victory was followed by another medal on the cycling track for Australia – Alistair Donohoe’s silver in the men’s C5 4000m individual pursuit.
The 26-year-old, who has a mullet that could rival Melbourne Storm fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen’s, became eligible for the Para games after a tragic accident when he was just 15.