FORMER world champion race walker Kerry Saxby-Junna has been recognised with a podium and specially designed signage at Ballina.
The new signage is over two metres high and features panels listing her achievements in a career where she set 32 world records.
The 59-year-old spent her teenage years at Ballina before going on to compete at the elite level for 18 years.
She represented Australia at the Olympic Games three times and retired after the Sydney Olympics in 2000.
Saxby-Junna hopes the new signage can help inspire local kids with dreams of representing Australia.
"It looks fantastic and I'm very honoured by it all," Saxby-Junna said.
"The hard work is done by this point, it's just nice to be able to come back home and enjoy these things."
Saxby-Junna believes athletes are under more pressure than ever in 2021.
She spoke of the uncertainty of the Olympic Games going ahead in Tokyo this year and the negative impacts of social media on sport.
"I don't know how I would have handled it, I really feel for the Olympians," Saxby-Junna said.
"I think as an athlete they need to be thinking that it's still going to go ahead.
"The minute you stop training you can lose that motivation and can easily fall behind everyone else.
"I feel really lucky that I wasn't brought up with social media, too.
"I would have been one of those people who looked and cared what people were saying about me.
"It just gives anybody who's nobody a chance to have a crack and I never want to be one of those people."
Saxby-Junna won her first international gold medal at the 1986 Goodwill Games in Moscow.
She won 27 national titles and was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in 1992.
Ballina Shire mayor David Wright said the signage aimed to inspire the community and visitors.
"It acknowledges Kerry's outstanding contribution to international athletics and her important connection to Ballina," he said.
Saxby-Junna now lives in Canberra.