Liesl Tesch was one of the most decorated members of the Australian women’s wheelchair basketball team when she retired in 2011 to begin a new career in Para-sailing. A little over a year later, she was crowned Paralympic champion for the first time. Two world championships followed.
As well as her two Paralympic gold medals in Para-sailing, Liesl also won two silver medals and a bronze in wheelchair basketball between 1992 and 2008.
In 2014, Liesl was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for her significant service to sport and the promotion and facilitation of sport for people with disabilities.
Soon after, the former teacher retired from Paralympic sport to pursue a career in politics, and in 2017, became the first wheelchair user to be elected to the NSW Parliament.