What there's no denying, however, is that Nova Peris knows how to Get It when it comes to the matter of her own satisfaction, per the emails uncovered by the NT News, excerpts from which read as follows: "Purpose is time with u plus attend trials plus help them promote the trials and possibly guest broadcast on the tv station carrying it…need hotel ticket plus 15,000 US…" Boldon is reported to have replied, generously overestimating his appearance fee.
While Athletics Australia have confirmed that they did indeed pay for Boldon's flight from LA, accommodation in Melbourne and some "incidentals" during his stay, they've reportedly refused to disclose the total amount paid.
Continues Peris: "…all expenses paid meals & accom and a fee!!
Don’t know what it is I was thinking around the k I don’t know bub…if your purpose was to come here and make a bit of money or holiday…it was not in the budget to bring any profile athletes out but…I am goin through the indigenous grants mob…can do was I have suggested…but I am not sure what they can do… a tired traveller should kick back for a few days," Peris allegedly wrote in two emails from February 2010.
Through a spokesperson, Peris has this morning "categorically denied any wrongdoing" where the matter of her professional conduct involving bringing former Trinidad and Tobago Olympic medallist Ato Boldon to Australia is concerned.Peris maintains that when she brought him out to act as a mentor and ambassador for a ten day 'Jump Start to London' program for young athletes in 2010 during her time as an Athletics Australia ambassador and communication officer for the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, she did so with their express approval and to their satisfaction.