Our special SALHN Olympian a modest hero

(Southern Health News, July 2018)

Our special SALHN Olympian a modest hero

By day, Paula Morrissy sorts mail in the Flinders Medical Centre Registry Office. But come the weekend, and Paula is ready to hit the road and enjoy her other passions – walking, ten pin bowling and shotput.

Paula, 52, recently competed in the Special Olympics National Games in Adelaide, and bagged a swag of medals.

“I won bronze for the 100 metre and 800 metre walk events; gold for the 400 metre walk and gold for shotput,” Paula proudly said.

Every four years, hundreds of athletes with an intellectual disability from all over Australia demonstrate their skills and sportsmanship at the Special Olympics Australia National Games, the flagship event of Special Olympics Australia. Paula is a keen competitor and has only ever missed one Special Olympics event .

Paula worked for nearly 25 years in Medical Records at the Repatriation General Hospital, and only recently moved to Flinders Medical Centre Registry Office.

“I love working. I enjoy my job franking and sorting mail and I get to meet lots of nice people. It was a challenge to move to a new workplace after so long at the Repat, but I’ve settled in well and I’m happy.”

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