Ex-Olympian Nova Peris finishes political sprint

After being controversially handpicked by former Prime Minister Julia Gillard for a successful run for the Labor Party at the 2013 election, ex-Olympian Nova Peris has called it quits.

The Labor senator has confirmed she will not recontest her Northern Territory seat at the July 2 election.

Senator Peris, who became the first Indigenous Australian to win an Olympic gold medal in 1996 as part of the Hockeyroos, was the first Aboriginal female in federal politics.


But, in a statement released on Tuesday, Ms Peris said she had never seen herself as a career politician.

“After careful deliberation with my family, I have chosen not to re-contest my Senate seat in the upcoming federal election,” Senator Peris said.

“As the first Aboriginal female in federal politics … I certainly had challenges, but none that I couldn’t handle or was not prepared for, having already lived a very public and documented life,” she added.

There’s speculation the former hockey and sprint champion will take up a senior position with the AFL.