Telstra Paralympics Ambassador Donna Ritchie gives us the insider’s view of the courage, determination and excitement of the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, now underway in Vancouver, until March 21.
First rolling report from Paralympic Ambassador Donna Ritchie
By Donna Ritchie March 16, 2010
General Manager, Investment - Telstra Business
Donna Ritchie was paralysed as a result of a fall in 1987. At the time of her accident sport was a passion and continued following her injury which left her a paraplegic. Through hard work and determination, Donna proudly Captained the Australian Women's Wheelchair Basketball Team at the 1992 Barcelona Paralympic Games, 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games & Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games. Donna was appointed as a Telstra Paralympic Ambassador (the only sponsored Paralympian) from 1997 - 2000 Games. Donna is married to Koen Jansens a former member of the Men's Dutch Wheelchair Basketball Team. They met at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games, Koen participated in the 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004 Paralympic Games. They have 2 children and now juggle their working and children's sporting commitments!! Donna's close affiliation with Telstra continues today where she is currently employed as the General Manager, Investment in Telstra Business.