Steph in the fast lane, a street ahead

THE glamour girl of Australian swimming Stephanie Rice is officially streets ahead of her ex — former 50-metre world record-holder Eamon Sullivan.

Rice, a triple Olympic gold medallist, will make a splash in Wodonga this month when she unveils Rice Street in the Riverside Estate at Killara.

To promote its proximity to the river, Huon Hill and walking tracks, the estate is naming all its streets, avenues, courts and terraces in honour of Australian Olympic gold medallists.

For Sullivan, it means his former girlfriend will get one up on him.

“Sullivan has never won an Olympic gold medal so he’s ineligible,” JMP Developments project manager Andrew Stern said.

“Stephanie is excited and we’re super excited to have her come here.

“I read recently that she was the fourth-most googled athlete in the world last year.”

Rice, 24, will join fellow swimmers Michael Klim and Ian Thorpe on the list of honoured athletes.

Klim visited Riverside in 2010 to unveil his street sign.

Mr Stern said Klim had been incredibly proud to be recognised.

“His street sign was taller than Thorpe’s and he joked it was the first time he’d beaten Thorpe in his life,” Mr Stern said.

While athletes across all sports will be recognised in the 127 streets of Riverside, swimmers form the majority.

To follow Rice Street will be (Kieran) Perkins and (Brooke) Hanson streets.

Rice will spend Saturday, April 13, meeting and greeting people and signing autographs.

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