Kevin Coombs OAM
A sporting hero with passion for his community.
Kevin Coombs is a popular Wotjobaluk Elder, who was a champion wheelchair basketball player and Australia's first Indigenous Paralympian. Equally significant has been his work in Aboriginal health, which has benefited communities around Victoria.
As a highly respected Elder, Kevin addressed a special sitting of the Victorian Parliament in 2000 and is an ambassador for the National Indigenous Strategy for Literacy and Numeracy. Today, he remains as active in the community as ever. Among his commitments, he is patron of the Onemda Koori Health Unit at Melbourne University and sits as an Elder on the Broadmeadows Koori Court and Children's Koori Court.
Kevin overcame personal adversity to become a sporting hero with the passion to make a difference. He inspires others on and off the court, proving himself a role model who will endure for generations to come.