Amanda Reid Makes History As First Indigenous Rider To Win Paralympic Gold
Sydney rider Amanda Reid has become the first indigenous Australian to claim a Paralympic Games cycling gold medal.
Reid, who posted a C2 World and Paralympic Games record time of 38 minutes .487 seconds to win the 500m time trial C1-3, was the only participant to ride under 39 seconds.
A proud Wemba Wemba and Guring-gai woman, Reid first competed on the world stage as a swimmer and finished 5th in the 100m breaststroke at the London Paralympics in 2012.
After winning Australia's third track cycling Paralympic gold medal in Tokyo, she said she hoped to encourage more indigenous athletes to the top levels of sport.
"It means everything to me to be a proud Guring-gai and Wemba-Wemba woman and to represent my people back home,” said Reid.
“I’m hoping I can encourage more Aboriginal disabled athletes to get into sport.”
Hungry for more success, Reid said she was hoping to break her own record.
"I'm hoping to break my mark again, that would be nice," she said. "I've done the training so hopefully the training will pay off. You just have to go in and do your best."