Eliza Ault-Connell did Australia and the Border region proud last night when she placed fifth in the Women’s T54 1500m Final at the XXI Commonwealth Games.
The wheelchair racer and Albury mum donned the green and gold on the Gold Coast and finished in a time of 3:38.88, 16 years after her first Commonwealth Games as a 20-year-old.
In front of a packed Carrara Stadium, the atmosphere was electric and the audience gave a standing ovation as the women circled the track after the race.
Australian teammate Madison de Rozario won the gold medal, surging on the final straight to a time of three minutes 34.06 seconds. Compatriot Angie Ballard and previous Commonwealth Games champion claimed silver in 3:36.85 while bronze went to Canada's Diane Roy in 3:36.97.
Unlike the Olympic Games which holds a separate Paralympic Games, the Commonwealth Games combines events for all athletes during the games period.
Ault-Connell recently featured in Natalie Ord’s Rise exhibition – honouring women around the Border and North East who have overcome significant hurdles to achieve success in life.