Donna Burns

Donna Burns OAM [1][2] is an Australian intellectual disability basketball player who won gold as a member of the Pearls in the 1992 Madrid Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap. Burns is an Indigenous Australian and descendant of the Yorta Yorta.

Personal

Burns is an Australian basketball player who won gold as a member of the Pearls in the 1992 Madrid Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap. Born in 1972 in Echuca, Victoria, Australia, Burns is an Indigenous Australian and descendant of the Yorta Yorta. She is the granddaughter of Margaret Tucker, an Indigenous Australian activist and writer.[3]

Basketball career

Australian athletes Alice Toogood and Donna Burns throwing the boomerang at the 1992 Madrid Games

Burns alternated from playing netball to basketball from the age of eight. As a teenager she focussed on basketball at the encouragement of her coach, who saw her potential to represent Australia.[3]

Burns was selected as a member of the Pearls, the Australian national women's basketball team for athletes with an intellectual disability. The Pearls were undefeated in Madrid in their five games, against Great Britain, France, Poland and Greece. Burns scored 128 of the team's 273 total points, and was voted Most Valuable Player.[4][5][6][7]

Recognition

References

  1. ^ a b "Donna Burns". It's an Honour: Australia Celebrating Australians.
  2. ^ a b "Donna Burns". AUSTLIT. Retrieved 2 May 2015.
  3. ^ a b Andrews, Julie; Atkinson, Wayne; Anderson, Ian (1993). Ngariaty. La Trobe University. p. 33.
  4. ^ a b Quillian, Wayne (17 November 1993). "Indigenous National Sports Award". Koori Mail. p. 24.
  5. ^ Franklin, Bianca (6 October 2004). "No Indigenous female Paralympians". Koori Mail. p. 70.
  6. ^ Australian Paralympic Federation. "Media Releases Days 1 - 7, September 1992". Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  7. ^ "Australians win more gold medals in Madrid". The Canberra Times. 24 September 1992. p. 30. Retrieved 2 May 2015 – via National Library of Australia.
  8. ^ Tatz, Colin; Adair, Daryl (2009). "Darkness and a little light: 'Race' and sport in Australia". Australian Aboriginal Studies (2): 9.