“Obviously it’s a tragic situation in Afghanistan and my heart does go out to the people there.”
McGrath stands to make $40,000 within two days if he can win another gold on Saturday, following news the federal government will give Paralympic athletes the same medal bonus as Olympians. Anyone who wins gold will receive $20,000, second gets $15,000, while bronze medallists take home $10,000.
“We just want an equal playing field and equal opportunities and that’s what the Paralympics are about,” McGrath said. “[It would be great] if everyone, even corporate Australia, can get out there and sponsor a Paralympic athlete. Not just myself, not just a gold medallist, but someone who’s working every day, working hard, and doing the same amount of work, the same amount of effort as an Olympian, as an NRL player and AFL player. [They] deserve the rewards. I’m really grateful that the government stepped forward.”
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