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Pauline Perry OAM

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Pauline Perry

Awarded for service to community and sport and recreation

Born: 11 November 1939

Entered on roll: 2019


"A leading light for people with disability"

Pauline Perry has been a leading light in Riding for the Disabled (RDA) in Victoria, Tasmania and Australia for 40 years, with a personal commitment stemming from her interest in equestrian and the opportunity to involve people with disabilities.

In 1980, Pauline was a founding member of RDA Peninsula in Victoria. She ran the centre on her own property for 20 years and it still operates today. In 2000, she received the Australian Sports Medal for founding RDA Peninsula.

In Victoria, Pauline held many state committee and coaching positions and rose through the RDA ranks nationally and internationally, qualifying as a coach educator, national assessor and Level 2 coach. She has been involved in rewriting and writing coaching syllabi and workbooks, has been an RDA delegate to many international conferences, and has helped develop RDA in the Pacific region.

Pauline has served as Vice-President and President of RDA Australia, President and Treasurer of Horses in Education and Therapy International, and she currently chairs the RDAA Program and Delivery Committee.

In 2002, Pauline was awarded an OAM for service to people with disabilities as a benefactor, honorary coach, administrator and fundraiser for RDA.

Pauline was involved with the acceptance and introduction of equestrian into the Paralympics and has been involved with Para-equestrian since the Atlanta Paralympics in 1994. She was a National Technical Official for Sydney Paralympics and Chair of the National Paralympic selection committee for some years.

In Tasmania, Pauline has served as President of RDA Tasmania for over a decade and was instrumental in training coaches and volunteers in the RDA Tasmania centres.

Pauline provides a model of selfless contribution for coaches and volunteers who care for horses and run the classes and sporting events in which people with disabilities can participate safely.

Pauline is recognised in Tasmania and at national and international level as having displayed expertise to promote and sustain the initiative of RDA. She continues to be a mentor, coach and source of information for RDA riders and aspiring coaches.

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