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Recognition, respect, and pay parity at last: Paralympians ‘over the moon’

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The federal government will match funding for Paralympics Australia to ensure medalists receive the same reward as their Olympic counterparts.

Paralympians coming home from the Tokyo Games with bronze, silver or gold medals will receive $10,000, $15,000 and $20,000 respectively.

Departing Paralympics Australia CEO Lynne Anderson told Jim Wilson she’s “over the moon” about the Prime Minister’s announcement.

“We’ve been fighting for a long while now … to drive equity of recognition, initially, and … with that comes respect and financial support.

“Our athletes are fantastic at making a little go a long way, but this is a huge boost.”

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Image: Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images

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