Olympic gold medalist Nova Peris

Olympic gold medalist Nova Peris

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“This is an amazing part of my life,” said Nova Peris, seen here in this April 23, 2008 photo. “Through my sporting successes I’ve always been in control of my own journey. Here, I’m all about being successful. I want to be the best person that I can possibly be for Australian youth and Aboriginal Australia.”