Five Ballarat athletes who represented their country at the Paralympic Games have been honoured as part of a ceremony to officially open the Ballarat Paralympic Sports Avenue yesterday.
They became the first athletes to have plaques in their honour added to the new avenue at Lake Wendouree.
The Ballarat Paralympic Sports Avenue is believed to be the first memorial to honour Paralympians in regional Australia.
The avenue design embodies the principles of the Paralympic movement and its motto of “spirit in motion”.
Ballarat Mayor Samantha McIntosh said the Ballarat Paralympic Sports Avenue was a wonderful tribute to the achievements of local Paralympians.
“Ballarat is a proud sporting city and home to many sporting high achievers, so it’s fitting we are now home to regional Australia’s first monument to our Paralympians.”
“Ballarat has played a part in the journey of each of these athletes and we are proud to honour them and their outstanding achievements here.”