A Swift Water Rescue officer saves a young boy in Frenchmans Creek near Honour Street. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
A Swift Water Rescue officer saves a young boy in Frenchmans Creek near Honour Street. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

Rockhampton pair in running for Pride of Australia medals

A DRAMATIC flood rescue and an inspirational sporting career have two locals in the running for Pride of Australia medals.

Swift Water Rescue officer Brett Williams and former Paralympian Karni Liddell are among the Queensland finalists for the awards, which celebrate the unsung heroes of the community.

Brett has been nominated for the heroism medal; Karni for the courage medal.

In the floods of January 2013, Brett battled the raging torrent in Frenchman's Creek in Rockhampton to save a teenager stuck in a tree.

The rescue made international headlines and in March, Brett received a Commendation for Brave Conduct as part of the Australian Bravery Decorations.

Karni was born with spinal muscular atrophy, a degenerative muscle wasting disease.

She broke her first world swimming record at the age of 14 and went on to represent Australia at the 1996 and 2000 Paralympics.

Now living in Brisbane, Karni is dedicated to changing people's perceptions on disability.

The winners of the Queensland medals will be announced in Brisbane on Thursday.

The national medallists will be named in early December.

CATEGORY CRITERIA

Courage Medal: For an Australian who, through his or her act/s of courage, has overcome adversity through determination and strength of character.

Heroism Medal: To recognise a member or members of emergency services who have gone beyond the call of duty to protect the community.



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