The Paralympic Five Dollar silver coin was released on Wednesday 23rd August, 2000 by the Royal Australian Mint and The
Perth Mint to represent the forthcoming Sydney Paralympic Games in 2000. The
During the Paralympics in Sydney 2000, Prue Watt achieved success by winning a bronze medal in the women's 50m freestyle swimming event. Had she been just 0.03 seconds faster it would have been a silver medal. Also from the University of Sydney, was athlete Angela Ballard. She managed to secure another Paralympic medal by winning bronze in the women's 100m sprint. But this was only the tip of the iceberg. Over the course of the paralympics, Australia won a total of 47 bronze medals, 39 silver medals and an amazing 63 gold medals culminating in overall victory on home soil.
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