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December 19, 2019 - World Champion rafter from FNQ in Australia Day Award nominations

Graham Maifredi, former world champion in white-water rafting, has been nominated in this year’s Australia Day Awards for the Cassowary Coast.

Maifredi, 51, from Euramo, has been a tireless advocate for the sport, and this year helped bring the rafting world championship to Australia, a first for the event.

The International Rafting Federation held the World Rafting Championships on the Tully River in May, bringing together 350 competitors in 49 teams from 19 countries.

Maifredi also volunteered as the event director to help ensure the championships were a success.

His achievement caps almost 30 years in the sport, in which he has been a competitor, judge, trainer of instructors, and international official to help steer the growth of white-water rafting in Australia and overseas.

Additionally, Maifredi has not only competed at the highest levels, being Captain of the world title-winning Australian team in 2001, he also has coached others to victory as well.

This year Maifredi helped the Australian Under 23 team to a bronze-medal victory in this year’s world championship slalom event in Tully, and a fourth-place finish in the competition overall.

Maifredi has been nominated for Service to North Queensland Sport.

Cr Mark Nolan, of the Cassowary Coast Regional Council, said the region had many achievers that were eligible to be nominated for this year’s Australia Day Awards.

“The list of our past winners represents an amazing range of talented people and wonderful citizens,” Cr Nolan said.

“If you know someone from the Cassowary Coast who you think should be nominated, then I’d say ‘go for it’. Let’s take the opportunity to celebrate and recognise our citizens and their achievements.

To nominate a Cassowary Coast resident for the Australia Day Awards, simply pick up a nomination form from the Council’s offices at Innisfail or Tully. Or visit