The University of Newcastle, Australia

Liesl Tesch AM

Member for Gosford, NSW Parliament
Grad Dip Education 1996; B Science 1991

Nominated for the Alumni Award for Professional Excellence

Liesl Tesch AM

Liesl Tesch AM is a Member of Parliament, Paralympian and Australian sporting ambassador. Proudly representing Australia at seven Paralympic Games, bringing home two Gold medals in sailing, she now represents the Gosford community in the New South Wales Parliament.

Between her former life as a teacher and the Paralympics, she established the not-for-profit Sport Matters to bring targeted development assistance to people with disability in Australia, the Pacific, Asia and Africa.

She was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2014 Australia Day Honours "for significant service to sport as a gold medallist at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, and through the promotion and facilitation of sport for people with disabilities."