Accepting the prestigious Ella Award for his services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sport, Coombs felt honoured to be recognised by Australia’s most highly decorated indigenous awards.
“I’m very grateful to be recognised by The Deadlys for my contributions to Indigenous sport,” Coombs said.
“It’s a huge honour to be associated with the Ella name; they’re sporting icons in Australia.”
Kevin Coombs was a member of Australia’s first Paralympic team that competed in Rome in 1960. Coombs was also Australia’s first indigenous Paralympian.
Kevin will be in Sydney today for the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Rome Paralympics with many of his team mates from the wheelchair basketball team.