Miss Karni Liddell
Karni is a disability specialist and a National Disability Insurance Scheme Ambassador and Advisor for Queensland. She wears many hats, including clinical social worker, diversity trainer and assessor, radio broadcaster, television presenter and public speaker. Karni is currently working in the Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors as the Manager, Engagement, Disability Connect Queensland. Karni is also a member of the Queensland Government Sexual Violence Roundtable.
Karni was diagnosed with a neuro-muscular wasting disease at birth. She went on to become a champion swimmer, breaking her first world record at 14 years of age, winning medals at every Paralympic Games she competed at, and she regards captaining the Australian Paralympic Swim team at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games her greatest sporting achievement. Karni has also won a range of other awards, including Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Health Outstanding Alumni Award (2015), Queensland Training Awards VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year (2014) and Pride of Australia Medal (2014).
Karni holds a Clinical Master of Social Work (QUT), a double Degree in Communications (Bond University) and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. She is an Ambassador for a range of organisations, including the Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association, Muscular Dystrophy Qld and Montrose Access. Karni is dedicated to mentoring young people and changing perceptions of people with disability.