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How the 2000 Sydney Paralympics changed perceptions of disability

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The memory of carrying the Australian flag into a packed stadium for the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games, 20 years ago this week, still makes Brendan Burkett’s heart beat a little faster.

The Games were among the nation’s most dominant sporting performances with the team topping the medal count for the first and only time, as well as setting a host of world records.



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NSW records no new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases

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NSW has recorded no new locally acquired coronavirus infections for the second day running as more people are permitted to come together for worship, in hospitality venues and outside at gatherings.

Five new cases were uncovered in travellers in hotel quarantine, NSW Health said in a statement.

The five cases were detected after almost 13,000 tests, and were followed by another appeal for the state’s residents to seek testing if they feel unwell.

“NSW Health continues to appeal to the community to come forward for testing right away if anyone has even the mildest of symptoms like a runny nose or scratchy throat, cough, fever or other symptoms that could be COVID-19,” Dr Stephen Corbett said in a statement.

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New South Wales records second consecutive day without a locally acquired COVID case

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New South Wales has recorded no locally acquired cases of coronavirus for the second consecutive day.

Five infections were diagnosed in travellers in hotel quarantine in the 24-hour reporting period to 8pm Friday.

It also marks the ninth consecutive day without a case being under investigation – meaning all cases that were acquired locally were linked to a known cluster.

NSW Health says it is treating 74 COVID-19 patients, with a vast majority in out-of-hospital care.

No patients are in…



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Twenty Blissful Coastal Escapes You Can Book in Shoalhaven – Concrete Playground

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This year’s thrown any plans for a globe-trotting overseas holiday out the window. But there’s an easy fix for your travel blues and it’s located just three hours south of Sydney, in the picturesque southcCoast region of Shoalhaven. With white sandy beaches and a breezy pace of life, this coastal stretch makes for a dream getaway destination, whenever you need a timeout from big city living. And it’s brimming with beautiful stays located by the water, befitting your next, much-deserved break. We’ve done the hard work for you and rounded up 20 of the most blissful coastal escapes you can book in Shoalhaven. Choose a winner, pack that swimsuit and get set for a hard-earned beachside getaway.

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