PARA-snowboarder Damien Thomlinson has pipped Cambewarra’s Cristine Suffolk to win the Sir Roden Cutler Award, which recognises the accomplishments of disabled athletes.
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Thomlinson recently received the award at a presentation evening at NSW Parliament House in Sydney, for his sporting achievements and determination to inspire people with disabilities to follow their sporting dreams.
He claimed the award as one five nominees alongside wheelchair track and field star Madison Derozario, para boarder-cross snowboarder Joany Badenhorst, para canoeist Curtis McGrath and deaf athlete and distance runner Suffolk.
Thomlinson, who has competed at two Invictus Games, had both of his legs amputated after being injured by an explosion while serving with the Australian armed forces in Afghanistan in April 2009.
This nomination caps off a strong year on and off the track for Suffolk, who recently returned from the Pan Pacific Games with seven medals to her name.
Victory Runners’ Suffolk, who has more than 400 medals to her name in her career, also brought home six medals at Alice Springs Masters Games earlier in the year.
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