Margaret Chamberlain

School principal and para-swimming official

NTNomineeAustralian of the Year2021

Margret Chamberlain has led the development of the Kintore Street Special School, the only school in Katherine for students with physical and intellectual impairments.

Her tireless work has seen the school grow from a single classroom to two campuses – enormously increasing its ability to cater to the needs of the community. Margaret dedicates significant time to raising funds for new school equipment, including organising the Katherine Crocodile Race since 2011.

Margaret also shows her commitment to differently abled Australians through her volunteer work as one of Australia’s top para-sports officials. She has been a para-swimming referee for over 20 years and has officiated at the para-Olympics in Beijing and Athens, as well as at multiple world championships.

As one of six World Para-Swimming educators and assessors, she helped develop the para-swimming course with World Academy of Sport in Manchester. She was also deeply involved with preparing the officials’ training course for the International Paralympic Committee and has presented the course in Australia and many countries overseas.