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.


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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.