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Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games medal case

2005.0092.0044.002

Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games medal case

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Physical description

A dark brown rectangular hinged wooden box with the impressed text 'CENTENNIAL OLYMPIC GAMES / 100 / Atlanta 1996' around a logo of a stylised Olympic flame torch and the Olympic rings. The lid has a rounded edge, and the base has grooves at the lower edge. The inside is lined with a plush black fabric and the base has a moulded section to hold a medal that lifts up with a ribbon pull. The inner lid has the same logo as the top of the lid and the text 'Atlanta 1996'. On the back of the box is the hand written text 'NOVA PERIS / 1.8.96 / # 13'. The base has four felt circles attached, one in each corner.

Statement of significance

The Nova Peris Collection comprises fifty-three items relating to Nova Peris' sporting and artistic career. It includes her gold medals from the 1994 Hockey World Cup, 1995 Hockey Champions Trophy, 1996 Atlanta Olympics, 1998 Commonwealth Games and the 2001 Australian National Championships. Also included are her team uniforms and ephemera relating to the two Olympic Games and one Commonwealth Games at which she competed. Her torch and torchbearer's uniform from the Sydney Olympics Torch Relay, two commemorative coins she co-designed for the Sydney Olympics and her Order of Australia medal are also in the collection.

Nova Peris is an Australian athlete and artist who has achieved considerable success. She is a member of the Muran clan (traditional owners of Kakadu) who started her international sporting career as a member of the Australian Women's Hockey Team, with whom she won gold medals at the 1994 Hockey World Cup, 1995 Hockey Champions Trophy and the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. In 1996 she became the first Aboriginal person and the first person from the Northern Territory to win an Olympic gold medal. She then decided to focus on athletics in which she won gold medals both as an individual athlete and as part of a relay team at the 1998 Commonwealth Games. Ms Peris also competed in Athletics at the Sydney Olympic Games and won a further gold medal at the 2001 Australian National Championships. She is one of the few people to represent their country at an Olympic level in two distinct sports, and is the first and only athlete to win Olympic gold in one sport and Commonwealth gold in another. She was the first torchbearer in Australia for the Sydney Olympics torch relay, co-designed two commemorative coins for the Sydney Olympics and also designed three Olympic pins and a Swatch watch. Ms Peris was a delegate to the 1998 Australian Constitutional Convention and is an active campaigner for indigenous rights and reconciliation. She was awarded the Order of Australia in 1997.

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