Central Coast Paralympian - and current Gosford MP - Liesel Tesch will become one of the first people inducted into the Australian Sailing Hall of Fame in Sydney tonight.
The Woy Woy local will be recognised alongside teammate Daniel Fitzgibbon.
“In 2016 Daniel Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch became the first Australian sailing team/crew to defend a gold medal at either the Olympics or Paralympics," said the Australian Sailing Hall of Fame Selection Panel on the announcement of their induction.
"Their determination and sheer hard work is testament to what can be achieved despite life’s challenges.”
Ms Tesch says being inducted is a big honour, but it's not just about personal glory.
"It's also about working to develop sailing for people with disabilities in NSW, and also across the Pacific and the world," Ms Tesch says.
"Whether you do or don't have a disability, (we should) set amazing goals for ourselves. It might take a while and there may a few no medals, silver medals, bronze medals along the way, but if you really want something never give up that fight."
It's not the first time she's been recognised for her hard work in a sporting field - Ms Tesch was also admitted to Basketball Australia's Hall of Fame last year.