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Olympian our Australia Day ambassador

Monday, 18th January, 2010

* Australia Day ambassador, Prudence Watt. * Australia Day ambassador, Prudence Watt.

Every year Australia Day is celebrated and to share the spirit of being an Australian an ambassador comes to Broken Hill to join locals in marking the day.

This year the city's ambassador is Prudence Watt, a paralympic medallist in swimming. Prudence suffers from retinopathy, which is a vision impairment due to her premature birth and a high level of oxygen which in turn burnt and scarred her retinas.

Prudence began swimming at 12 and at 15 she competed internationally. She has competed in Canada, USA, Italy, Singapore, Britain, Germany, Argentina, Greece, South Africa, China and Malaysia.

In 2004 she won a spot on the Australian Paralympic Team to compete in the Athens Paralympic Games where she won five silver medals and one bronze.

Prudence has also competed at the Paralympic Games in snow skiing. She now lives in Melbourne and has deferred her Bachelor of Health Sciences at Deakin University in Melbourne, which she hopes to return to this year. Prue works at Vision Australia as the Administration Officer. She hopes to attain certificate four in Business Administration and wants to increase her knowledge and skills in Project Management and Marketing.

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