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Full support of female athletes with disabilities from the Australian Paralympic Committee!

Ahead of the International Women’s Day on 8 March, the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) will recognize the importance of gender diversity and equal opportunity in sport, and celebrate the achievements of its female Para athletes and administrators. Since commencing her role in August 2015, APC Chief Executive Lynne Anderson has been a driving force behind the APC’s support of national and international women in sport programmes to promote gender equality.

Out of the 176 Australian athletes who competed in Rio, 73 were female (41.5 per cent), which was a higher female representation compared to the average of all nations (37.9 per cent). Women were also involved in winning 52.4 per cent of Australia’s medals at the Paralympic Games, up from 48.8 per cent at London 2012. Australia finished fifth in the medals table at Rio 2016 after winning 22 golds, 30 silvers and 29 bronzes.

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