Carla Papac – Speech in the House of Representatives 11/09/23

September 11, 2023

Hansard 11/09/2023  House of Representatives

Mr LLEW O’BRIEN (Wide Bay) (16:16): Noosa resident Carla Papac is a 25-year-old ironwoman making waves in and out of the surf. Carla’s dedication is unmatched as the reigning champion of the Coolangatta Gold, the iconic five-hour, 42-kilometre endurance race. Carla trains up to four hours daily, and even six hours on her days off, but her commitment doesn’t end when she comes off the sand. As an exercise physiologist with Noosa Physiotherapy Centre, she’s helping others to be their best also. Carla clinched her first national title in 2016 and has since represented Australia and been a stalwart on the Nutri-Grain ironperson series for three consecutive years. Away from competition, Carla is a trailblazer in her female health education role, through her co-founded venture, Woman Performance, leveraging her understanding of female physiology.

Yet, with all her accolades, Carla remains a self-funded athlete. Come on, corporate Australia, supporting this amazing woman isn’t just giving a top Aussie athlete a helping hand; it makes great business sense. To the business world: Carla Papac needs and deserves a sponsor that matches her determination and Aussie spirit. Join her journey and sponsor Carla Papac.



In the spirit of Australia, I acknowledge all citizens who contribute to making our nation the greatest on earth.

I acknowledge our defence force personnel, past, present, and emerging, for their service to our nation, and particularly those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the defence of Australia.

I also acknowledge the Australian taxpayers who, through their hard work, pay for the infrastructure, health, education, and emergency services that keep our proud nation healthy, safe, and prosperous.