Although boomerang throwing was only for demonstration

Alice Toogood and Donna Burns, two Indigenous members of the Australian team at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” demonstrate boomerang throwing during a break in competition to a local priest who assisted the Australian team.

Tracy Barrell won two gold medals in the pool

Australian swimmer Tracy Lee Barrell holding her floral bouquet during the medal ceremony for one of her two gold medals at the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games.

The Games opens, and Kevin Coombs gives Prince Charles a hat

Prince Charles opened the 1984 summer Paralympics in Stoke Mandeville. After declaring the Games open, he mixed with the teams of the competing nations and Australian Team captain Kevin Coombs presented him with an Akubra hat.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

An under-sized Australian team came up against the might of the USA in this wheelchair basketball game at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Australian Kevin Coombs struggled with his free throws, reflecting the difficulty the Australians had to keep up with the fast breaking Americans on the court and on the scoreboard. The USA beat Australia 85-29 and went on to win the gold medal. In keeping with the low key nature of the 1972 Games, the venue is nothing more than a high school gym.

Kevin Coombs on being the first Indigenous Paralympian

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs reflects on being the first Indigenous Paralympian.

Pocket from Kevin Coombs’ 1960 team blazer

The pocket from the Australian team blazer worn by Kevin Coombs at the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Coombs was the first Australian Aboriginal Paralympian or Olympian.

Kevin Coombs discusses traveling to Rome

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs recalls the experience of traveling to the Rome Paralympics in 1960.

Although boomerang throwing was only for demonstration

Alice Toogood and Donna Burns, two Indigenous members of the Australian team at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” demonstrate boomerang throwing during a break in competition to a local priest who assisted the Australian team.

Tracy Barrell won two gold medals in the pool

Australian swimmer Tracy Lee Barrell holding her floral bouquet during the medal ceremony for one of her two gold medals at the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games.

The Games opens, and Kevin Coombs gives Prince Charles a hat

Prince Charles opened the 1984 summer Paralympics in Stoke Mandeville. After declaring the Games open, he mixed with the teams of the competing nations and Australian Team captain Kevin Coombs presented him with an Akubra hat.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

An under-sized Australian team came up against the might of the USA in this wheelchair basketball game at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Australian Kevin Coombs struggled with his free throws, reflecting the difficulty the Australians had to keep up with the fast breaking Americans on the court and on the scoreboard. The USA beat Australia 85-29 and went on to win the gold medal. In keeping with the low key nature of the 1972 Games, the venue is nothing more than a high school gym.

Kevin Coombs on being the first Indigenous Paralympian

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs reflects on being the first Indigenous Paralympian.

Pocket from Kevin Coombs’ 1960 team blazer

The pocket from the Australian team blazer worn by Kevin Coombs at the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Coombs was the first Australian Aboriginal Paralympian or Olympian.

Kevin Coombs discusses traveling to Rome

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs recalls the experience of traveling to the Rome Paralympics in 1960.

Although boomerang throwing was only for demonstration

Alice Toogood and Donna Burns, two Indigenous members of the Australian team at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” demonstrate boomerang throwing during a break in competition to a local priest who assisted the Australian team.

Tracy Barrell won two gold medals in the pool

Australian swimmer Tracy Lee Barrell holding her floral bouquet during the medal ceremony for one of her two gold medals at the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games.

The Games opens, and Kevin Coombs gives Prince Charles a hat

Prince Charles opened the 1984 summer Paralympics in Stoke Mandeville. After declaring the Games open, he mixed with the teams of the competing nations and Australian Team captain Kevin Coombs presented him with an Akubra hat.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

An under-sized Australian team came up against the might of the USA in this wheelchair basketball game at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Australian Kevin Coombs struggled with his free throws, reflecting the difficulty the Australians had to keep up with the fast breaking Americans on the court and on the scoreboard. The USA beat Australia 85-29 and went on to win the gold medal. In keeping with the low key nature of the 1972 Games, the venue is nothing more than a high school gym.

Kevin Coombs on being the first Indigenous Paralympian

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs reflects on being the first Indigenous Paralympian.

Pocket from Kevin Coombs’ 1960 team blazer

The pocket from the Australian team blazer worn by Kevin Coombs at the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Coombs was the first Australian Aboriginal Paralympian or Olympian.

Kevin Coombs discusses traveling to Rome

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs recalls the experience of traveling to the Rome Paralympics in 1960.

Although boomerang throwing was only for demonstration

Alice Toogood and Donna Burns, two Indigenous members of the Australian team at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” demonstrate boomerang throwing during a break in competition to a local priest who assisted the Australian team.

Tracy Barrell won two gold medals in the pool

Australian swimmer Tracy Lee Barrell holding her floral bouquet during the medal ceremony for one of her two gold medals at the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games.

The Games opens, and Kevin Coombs gives Prince Charles a hat

Prince Charles opened the 1984 summer Paralympics in Stoke Mandeville. After declaring the Games open, he mixed with the teams of the competing nations and Australian Team captain Kevin Coombs presented him with an Akubra hat.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

An under-sized Australian team came up against the might of the USA in this wheelchair basketball game at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Australian Kevin Coombs struggled with his free throws, reflecting the difficulty the Australians had to keep up with the fast breaking Americans on the court and on the scoreboard. The USA beat Australia 85-29 and went on to win the gold medal. In keeping with the low key nature of the 1972 Games, the venue is nothing more than a high school gym.

Kevin Coombs on being the first Indigenous Paralympian

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs reflects on being the first Indigenous Paralympian.

Pocket from Kevin Coombs’ 1960 team blazer

The pocket from the Australian team blazer worn by Kevin Coombs at the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Coombs was the first Australian Aboriginal Paralympian or Olympian.

Kevin Coombs discusses traveling to Rome

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs recalls the experience of traveling to the Rome Paralympics in 1960.

Although boomerang throwing was only for demonstration

Alice Toogood and Donna Burns, two Indigenous members of the Australian team at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” demonstrate boomerang throwing during a break in competition to a local priest who assisted the Australian team.

Tracy Barrell won two gold medals in the pool

Australian swimmer Tracy Lee Barrell holding her floral bouquet during the medal ceremony for one of her two gold medals at the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games.

The Games opens, and Kevin Coombs gives Prince Charles a hat

Prince Charles opened the 1984 summer Paralympics in Stoke Mandeville. After declaring the Games open, he mixed with the teams of the competing nations and Australian Team captain Kevin Coombs presented him with an Akubra hat.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

An under-sized Australian team came up against the might of the USA in this wheelchair basketball game at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Australian Kevin Coombs struggled with his free throws, reflecting the difficulty the Australians had to keep up with the fast breaking Americans on the court and on the scoreboard. The USA beat Australia 85-29 and went on to win the gold medal. In keeping with the low key nature of the 1972 Games, the venue is nothing more than a high school gym.

Kevin Coombs on being the first Indigenous Paralympian

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs reflects on being the first Indigenous Paralympian.

Pocket from Kevin Coombs’ 1960 team blazer

The pocket from the Australian team blazer worn by Kevin Coombs at the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Coombs was the first Australian Aboriginal Paralympian or Olympian.

Kevin Coombs discusses traveling to Rome

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs recalls the experience of traveling to the Rome Paralympics in 1960.

Although boomerang throwing was only for demonstration

Alice Toogood and Donna Burns, two Indigenous members of the Australian team at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” demonstrate boomerang throwing during a break in competition to a local priest who assisted the Australian team.

Tracy Barrell won two gold medals in the pool

Australian swimmer Tracy Lee Barrell holding her floral bouquet during the medal ceremony for one of her two gold medals at the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games.

The Games opens, and Kevin Coombs gives Prince Charles a hat

Prince Charles opened the 1984 summer Paralympics in Stoke Mandeville. After declaring the Games open, he mixed with the teams of the competing nations and Australian Team captain Kevin Coombs presented him with an Akubra hat.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

An under-sized Australian team came up against the might of the USA in this wheelchair basketball game at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Australian Kevin Coombs struggled with his free throws, reflecting the difficulty the Australians had to keep up with the fast breaking Americans on the court and on the scoreboard. The USA beat Australia 85-29 and went on to win the gold medal. In keeping with the low key nature of the 1972 Games, the venue is nothing more than a high school gym.

Kevin Coombs on being the first Indigenous Paralympian

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs reflects on being the first Indigenous Paralympian.

Pocket from Kevin Coombs’ 1960 team blazer

The pocket from the Australian team blazer worn by Kevin Coombs at the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Coombs was the first Australian Aboriginal Paralympian or Olympian.

Kevin Coombs discusses traveling to Rome

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs recalls the experience of traveling to the Rome Paralympics in 1960.

Although boomerang throwing was only for demonstration

Alice Toogood and Donna Burns, two Indigenous members of the Australian team at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” demonstrate boomerang throwing during a break in competition to a local priest who assisted the Australian team.

Tracy Barrell won two gold medals in the pool

Australian swimmer Tracy Lee Barrell holding her floral bouquet during the medal ceremony for one of her two gold medals at the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games.

The Games opens, and Kevin Coombs gives Prince Charles a hat

Prince Charles opened the 1984 summer Paralympics in Stoke Mandeville. After declaring the Games open, he mixed with the teams of the competing nations and Australian Team captain Kevin Coombs presented him with an Akubra hat.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

An under-sized Australian team came up against the might of the USA in this wheelchair basketball game at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Australian Kevin Coombs struggled with his free throws, reflecting the difficulty the Australians had to keep up with the fast breaking Americans on the court and on the scoreboard. The USA beat Australia 85-29 and went on to win the gold medal. In keeping with the low key nature of the 1972 Games, the venue is nothing more than a high school gym.

Kevin Coombs on being the first Indigenous Paralympian

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs reflects on being the first Indigenous Paralympian.

Pocket from Kevin Coombs’ 1960 team blazer

The pocket from the Australian team blazer worn by Kevin Coombs at the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Coombs was the first Australian Aboriginal Paralympian or Olympian.

Kevin Coombs discusses traveling to Rome

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs recalls the experience of traveling to the Rome Paralympics in 1960.

Although boomerang throwing was only for demonstration

Alice Toogood and Donna Burns, two Indigenous members of the Australian team at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” demonstrate boomerang throwing during a break in competition to a local priest who assisted the Australian team.

Tracy Barrell won two gold medals in the pool

Australian swimmer Tracy Lee Barrell holding her floral bouquet during the medal ceremony for one of her two gold medals at the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games.

The Games opens, and Kevin Coombs gives Prince Charles a hat

Prince Charles opened the 1984 summer Paralympics in Stoke Mandeville. After declaring the Games open, he mixed with the teams of the competing nations and Australian Team captain Kevin Coombs presented him with an Akubra hat.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

An under-sized Australian team came up against the might of the USA in this wheelchair basketball game at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Australian Kevin Coombs struggled with his free throws, reflecting the difficulty the Australians had to keep up with the fast breaking Americans on the court and on the scoreboard. The USA beat Australia 85-29 and went on to win the gold medal. In keeping with the low key nature of the 1972 Games, the venue is nothing more than a high school gym.

Kevin Coombs on being the first Indigenous Paralympian

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs reflects on being the first Indigenous Paralympian.

Pocket from Kevin Coombs’ 1960 team blazer

The pocket from the Australian team blazer worn by Kevin Coombs at the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Coombs was the first Australian Aboriginal Paralympian or Olympian.

Kevin Coombs discusses traveling to Rome

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs recalls the experience of traveling to the Rome Paralympics in 1960.

Although boomerang throwing was only for demonstration

Alice Toogood and Donna Burns, two Indigenous members of the Australian team at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” demonstrate boomerang throwing during a break in competition to a local priest who assisted the Australian team.

Tracy Barrell won two gold medals in the pool

Australian swimmer Tracy Lee Barrell holding her floral bouquet during the medal ceremony for one of her two gold medals at the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games.

The Games opens, and Kevin Coombs gives Prince Charles a hat

Prince Charles opened the 1984 summer Paralympics in Stoke Mandeville. After declaring the Games open, he mixed with the teams of the competing nations and Australian Team captain Kevin Coombs presented him with an Akubra hat.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

An under-sized Australian team came up against the might of the USA in this wheelchair basketball game at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Australian Kevin Coombs struggled with his free throws, reflecting the difficulty the Australians had to keep up with the fast breaking Americans on the court and on the scoreboard. The USA beat Australia 85-29 and went on to win the gold medal. In keeping with the low key nature of the 1972 Games, the venue is nothing more than a high school gym.

Kevin Coombs on being the first Indigenous Paralympian

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs reflects on being the first Indigenous Paralympian.

Pocket from Kevin Coombs’ 1960 team blazer

The pocket from the Australian team blazer worn by Kevin Coombs at the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Coombs was the first Australian Aboriginal Paralympian or Olympian.

Kevin Coombs discusses traveling to Rome

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs recalls the experience of traveling to the Rome Paralympics in 1960.

Although boomerang throwing was only for demonstration

Alice Toogood and Donna Burns, two Indigenous members of the Australian team at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” demonstrate boomerang throwing during a break in competition to a local priest who assisted the Australian team.

Tracy Barrell won two gold medals in the pool

Australian swimmer Tracy Lee Barrell holding her floral bouquet during the medal ceremony for one of her two gold medals at the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games.

The Games opens, and Kevin Coombs gives Prince Charles a hat

Prince Charles opened the 1984 summer Paralympics in Stoke Mandeville. After declaring the Games open, he mixed with the teams of the competing nations and Australian Team captain Kevin Coombs presented him with an Akubra hat.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

An under-sized Australian team came up against the might of the USA in this wheelchair basketball game at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Australian Kevin Coombs struggled with his free throws, reflecting the difficulty the Australians had to keep up with the fast breaking Americans on the court and on the scoreboard. The USA beat Australia 85-29 and went on to win the gold medal. In keeping with the low key nature of the 1972 Games, the venue is nothing more than a high school gym.

Kevin Coombs on being the first Indigenous Paralympian

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs reflects on being the first Indigenous Paralympian.

Pocket from Kevin Coombs’ 1960 team blazer

The pocket from the Australian team blazer worn by Kevin Coombs at the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Coombs was the first Australian Aboriginal Paralympian or Olympian.

Kevin Coombs discusses traveling to Rome

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs recalls the experience of traveling to the Rome Paralympics in 1960.

Although boomerang throwing was only for demonstration

Alice Toogood and Donna Burns, two Indigenous members of the Australian team at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” demonstrate boomerang throwing during a break in competition to a local priest who assisted the Australian team.

Tracy Barrell won two gold medals in the pool

Australian swimmer Tracy Lee Barrell holding her floral bouquet during the medal ceremony for one of her two gold medals at the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games.

The Games opens, and Kevin Coombs gives Prince Charles a hat

Prince Charles opened the 1984 summer Paralympics in Stoke Mandeville. After declaring the Games open, he mixed with the teams of the competing nations and Australian Team captain Kevin Coombs presented him with an Akubra hat.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

An under-sized Australian team came up against the might of the USA in this wheelchair basketball game at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Australian Kevin Coombs struggled with his free throws, reflecting the difficulty the Australians had to keep up with the fast breaking Americans on the court and on the scoreboard. The USA beat Australia 85-29 and went on to win the gold medal. In keeping with the low key nature of the 1972 Games, the venue is nothing more than a high school gym.

Kevin Coombs on being the first Indigenous Paralympian

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs reflects on being the first Indigenous Paralympian.

Pocket from Kevin Coombs’ 1960 team blazer

The pocket from the Australian team blazer worn by Kevin Coombs at the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Coombs was the first Australian Aboriginal Paralympian or Olympian.

Kevin Coombs discusses traveling to Rome

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs recalls the experience of traveling to the Rome Paralympics in 1960.

Although boomerang throwing was only for demonstration

Alice Toogood and Donna Burns, two Indigenous members of the Australian team at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” demonstrate boomerang throwing during a break in competition to a local priest who assisted the Australian team.

Tracy Barrell won two gold medals in the pool

Australian swimmer Tracy Lee Barrell holding her floral bouquet during the medal ceremony for one of her two gold medals at the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games.

The Games opens, and Kevin Coombs gives Prince Charles a hat

Prince Charles opened the 1984 summer Paralympics in Stoke Mandeville. After declaring the Games open, he mixed with the teams of the competing nations and Australian Team captain Kevin Coombs presented him with an Akubra hat.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

An under-sized Australian team came up against the might of the USA in this wheelchair basketball game at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Australian Kevin Coombs struggled with his free throws, reflecting the difficulty the Australians had to keep up with the fast breaking Americans on the court and on the scoreboard. The USA beat Australia 85-29 and went on to win the gold medal. In keeping with the low key nature of the 1972 Games, the venue is nothing more than a high school gym.

Kevin Coombs on being the first Indigenous Paralympian

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs reflects on being the first Indigenous Paralympian.

Pocket from Kevin Coombs’ 1960 team blazer

The pocket from the Australian team blazer worn by Kevin Coombs at the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Coombs was the first Australian Aboriginal Paralympian or Olympian.

Kevin Coombs discusses traveling to Rome

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs recalls the experience of traveling to the Rome Paralympics in 1960.

Although boomerang throwing was only for demonstration

Alice Toogood and Donna Burns, two Indigenous members of the Australian team at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” demonstrate boomerang throwing during a break in competition to a local priest who assisted the Australian team.

Tracy Barrell won two gold medals in the pool

Australian swimmer Tracy Lee Barrell holding her floral bouquet during the medal ceremony for one of her two gold medals at the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games.

The Games opens, and Kevin Coombs gives Prince Charles a hat

Prince Charles opened the 1984 summer Paralympics in Stoke Mandeville. After declaring the Games open, he mixed with the teams of the competing nations and Australian Team captain Kevin Coombs presented him with an Akubra hat.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

An under-sized Australian team came up against the might of the USA in this wheelchair basketball game at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Australian Kevin Coombs struggled with his free throws, reflecting the difficulty the Australians had to keep up with the fast breaking Americans on the court and on the scoreboard. The USA beat Australia 85-29 and went on to win the gold medal. In keeping with the low key nature of the 1972 Games, the venue is nothing more than a high school gym.

Kevin Coombs on being the first Indigenous Paralympian

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs reflects on being the first Indigenous Paralympian.

Pocket from Kevin Coombs’ 1960 team blazer

The pocket from the Australian team blazer worn by Kevin Coombs at the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Coombs was the first Australian Aboriginal Paralympian or Olympian.

Kevin Coombs discusses traveling to Rome

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs recalls the experience of traveling to the Rome Paralympics in 1960.

Although boomerang throwing was only for demonstration

Alice Toogood and Donna Burns, two Indigenous members of the Australian team at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” demonstrate boomerang throwing during a break in competition to a local priest who assisted the Australian team.

Tracy Barrell won two gold medals in the pool

Australian swimmer Tracy Lee Barrell holding her floral bouquet during the medal ceremony for one of her two gold medals at the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games.

The Games opens, and Kevin Coombs gives Prince Charles a hat

Prince Charles opened the 1984 summer Paralympics in Stoke Mandeville. After declaring the Games open, he mixed with the teams of the competing nations and Australian Team captain Kevin Coombs presented him with an Akubra hat.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

An under-sized Australian team came up against the might of the USA in this wheelchair basketball game at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Australian Kevin Coombs struggled with his free throws, reflecting the difficulty the Australians had to keep up with the fast breaking Americans on the court and on the scoreboard. The USA beat Australia 85-29 and went on to win the gold medal. In keeping with the low key nature of the 1972 Games, the venue is nothing more than a high school gym.

Kevin Coombs on being the first Indigenous Paralympian

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs reflects on being the first Indigenous Paralympian.

Pocket from Kevin Coombs’ 1960 team blazer

The pocket from the Australian team blazer worn by Kevin Coombs at the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Coombs was the first Australian Aboriginal Paralympian or Olympian.

Kevin Coombs discusses traveling to Rome

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs recalls the experience of traveling to the Rome Paralympics in 1960.

Although boomerang throwing was only for demonstration

Alice Toogood and Donna Burns, two Indigenous members of the Australian team at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” demonstrate boomerang throwing during a break in competition to a local priest who assisted the Australian team.

Tracy Barrell won two gold medals in the pool

Australian swimmer Tracy Lee Barrell holding her floral bouquet during the medal ceremony for one of her two gold medals at the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games.

The Games opens, and Kevin Coombs gives Prince Charles a hat

Prince Charles opened the 1984 summer Paralympics in Stoke Mandeville. After declaring the Games open, he mixed with the teams of the competing nations and Australian Team captain Kevin Coombs presented him with an Akubra hat.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

An under-sized Australian team came up against the might of the USA in this wheelchair basketball game at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Australian Kevin Coombs struggled with his free throws, reflecting the difficulty the Australians had to keep up with the fast breaking Americans on the court and on the scoreboard. The USA beat Australia 85-29 and went on to win the gold medal. In keeping with the low key nature of the 1972 Games, the venue is nothing more than a high school gym.

Kevin Coombs on being the first Indigenous Paralympian

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs reflects on being the first Indigenous Paralympian.

Pocket from Kevin Coombs’ 1960 team blazer

The pocket from the Australian team blazer worn by Kevin Coombs at the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Coombs was the first Australian Aboriginal Paralympian or Olympian.

Kevin Coombs discusses traveling to Rome

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs recalls the experience of traveling to the Rome Paralympics in 1960.

Although boomerang throwing was only for demonstration

Alice Toogood and Donna Burns, two Indigenous members of the Australian team at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” demonstrate boomerang throwing during a break in competition to a local priest who assisted the Australian team.

Tracy Barrell won two gold medals in the pool

Australian swimmer Tracy Lee Barrell holding her floral bouquet during the medal ceremony for one of her two gold medals at the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games.

The Games opens, and Kevin Coombs gives Prince Charles a hat

Prince Charles opened the 1984 summer Paralympics in Stoke Mandeville. After declaring the Games open, he mixed with the teams of the competing nations and Australian Team captain Kevin Coombs presented him with an Akubra hat.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

An under-sized Australian team came up against the might of the USA in this wheelchair basketball game at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Australian Kevin Coombs struggled with his free throws, reflecting the difficulty the Australians had to keep up with the fast breaking Americans on the court and on the scoreboard. The USA beat Australia 85-29 and went on to win the gold medal. In keeping with the low key nature of the 1972 Games, the venue is nothing more than a high school gym.

Kevin Coombs on being the first Indigenous Paralympian

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs reflects on being the first Indigenous Paralympian.

Pocket from Kevin Coombs’ 1960 team blazer

The pocket from the Australian team blazer worn by Kevin Coombs at the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Coombs was the first Australian Aboriginal Paralympian or Olympian.

Kevin Coombs discusses traveling to Rome

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs recalls the experience of traveling to the Rome Paralympics in 1960.

Although boomerang throwing was only for demonstration

Alice Toogood and Donna Burns, two Indigenous members of the Australian team at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” demonstrate boomerang throwing during a break in competition to a local priest who assisted the Australian team.

Tracy Barrell won two gold medals in the pool

Australian swimmer Tracy Lee Barrell holding her floral bouquet during the medal ceremony for one of her two gold medals at the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games.

The Games opens, and Kevin Coombs gives Prince Charles a hat

Prince Charles opened the 1984 summer Paralympics in Stoke Mandeville. After declaring the Games open, he mixed with the teams of the competing nations and Australian Team captain Kevin Coombs presented him with an Akubra hat.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

An under-sized Australian team came up against the might of the USA in this wheelchair basketball game at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Australian Kevin Coombs struggled with his free throws, reflecting the difficulty the Australians had to keep up with the fast breaking Americans on the court and on the scoreboard. The USA beat Australia 85-29 and went on to win the gold medal. In keeping with the low key nature of the 1972 Games, the venue is nothing more than a high school gym.

Kevin Coombs on being the first Indigenous Paralympian

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs reflects on being the first Indigenous Paralympian.

Pocket from Kevin Coombs’ 1960 team blazer

The pocket from the Australian team blazer worn by Kevin Coombs at the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Coombs was the first Australian Aboriginal Paralympian or Olympian.

Kevin Coombs discusses traveling to Rome

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs recalls the experience of traveling to the Rome Paralympics in 1960.

Although boomerang throwing was only for demonstration

Alice Toogood and Donna Burns, two Indigenous members of the Australian team at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” demonstrate boomerang throwing during a break in competition to a local priest who assisted the Australian team.

Tracy Barrell won two gold medals in the pool

Australian swimmer Tracy Lee Barrell holding her floral bouquet during the medal ceremony for one of her two gold medals at the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games.

The Games opens, and Kevin Coombs gives Prince Charles a hat

Prince Charles opened the 1984 summer Paralympics in Stoke Mandeville. After declaring the Games open, he mixed with the teams of the competing nations and Australian Team captain Kevin Coombs presented him with an Akubra hat.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

An under-sized Australian team came up against the might of the USA in this wheelchair basketball game at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Australian Kevin Coombs struggled with his free throws, reflecting the difficulty the Australians had to keep up with the fast breaking Americans on the court and on the scoreboard. The USA beat Australia 85-29 and went on to win the gold medal. In keeping with the low key nature of the 1972 Games, the venue is nothing more than a high school gym.

Kevin Coombs on being the first Indigenous Paralympian

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs reflects on being the first Indigenous Paralympian.

Pocket from Kevin Coombs’ 1960 team blazer

The pocket from the Australian team blazer worn by Kevin Coombs at the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Coombs was the first Australian Aboriginal Paralympian or Olympian.

Kevin Coombs discusses traveling to Rome

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs recalls the experience of traveling to the Rome Paralympics in 1960.

Although boomerang throwing was only for demonstration

Alice Toogood and Donna Burns, two Indigenous members of the Australian team at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” demonstrate boomerang throwing during a break in competition to a local priest who assisted the Australian team.

Tracy Barrell won two gold medals in the pool

Australian swimmer Tracy Lee Barrell holding her floral bouquet during the medal ceremony for one of her two gold medals at the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games.

The Games opens, and Kevin Coombs gives Prince Charles a hat

Prince Charles opened the 1984 summer Paralympics in Stoke Mandeville. After declaring the Games open, he mixed with the teams of the competing nations and Australian Team captain Kevin Coombs presented him with an Akubra hat.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

An under-sized Australian team came up against the might of the USA in this wheelchair basketball game at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Australian Kevin Coombs struggled with his free throws, reflecting the difficulty the Australians had to keep up with the fast breaking Americans on the court and on the scoreboard. The USA beat Australia 85-29 and went on to win the gold medal. In keeping with the low key nature of the 1972 Games, the venue is nothing more than a high school gym.

Kevin Coombs on being the first Indigenous Paralympian

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs reflects on being the first Indigenous Paralympian.

Pocket from Kevin Coombs’ 1960 team blazer

The pocket from the Australian team blazer worn by Kevin Coombs at the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Coombs was the first Australian Aboriginal Paralympian or Olympian.

Kevin Coombs discusses traveling to Rome

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs recalls the experience of traveling to the Rome Paralympics in 1960.

Although boomerang throwing was only for demonstration

Alice Toogood and Donna Burns, two Indigenous members of the Australian team at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” demonstrate boomerang throwing during a break in competition to a local priest who assisted the Australian team.

Tracy Barrell won two gold medals in the pool

Australian swimmer Tracy Lee Barrell holding her floral bouquet during the medal ceremony for one of her two gold medals at the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games.

The Games opens, and Kevin Coombs gives Prince Charles a hat

Prince Charles opened the 1984 summer Paralympics in Stoke Mandeville. After declaring the Games open, he mixed with the teams of the competing nations and Australian Team captain Kevin Coombs presented him with an Akubra hat.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

An under-sized Australian team came up against the might of the USA in this wheelchair basketball game at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Australian Kevin Coombs struggled with his free throws, reflecting the difficulty the Australians had to keep up with the fast breaking Americans on the court and on the scoreboard. The USA beat Australia 85-29 and went on to win the gold medal. In keeping with the low key nature of the 1972 Games, the venue is nothing more than a high school gym.

Kevin Coombs on being the first Indigenous Paralympian

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs reflects on being the first Indigenous Paralympian.

Pocket from Kevin Coombs’ 1960 team blazer

The pocket from the Australian team blazer worn by Kevin Coombs at the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Coombs was the first Australian Aboriginal Paralympian or Olympian.

Kevin Coombs discusses traveling to Rome

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs recalls the experience of traveling to the Rome Paralympics in 1960.

Although boomerang throwing was only for demonstration

Alice Toogood and Donna Burns, two Indigenous members of the Australian team at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” demonstrate boomerang throwing during a break in competition to a local priest who assisted the Australian team.

Tracy Barrell won two gold medals in the pool

Australian swimmer Tracy Lee Barrell holding her floral bouquet during the medal ceremony for one of her two gold medals at the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games.

The Games opens, and Kevin Coombs gives Prince Charles a hat

Prince Charles opened the 1984 summer Paralympics in Stoke Mandeville. After declaring the Games open, he mixed with the teams of the competing nations and Australian Team captain Kevin Coombs presented him with an Akubra hat.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

An under-sized Australian team came up against the might of the USA in this wheelchair basketball game at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Australian Kevin Coombs struggled with his free throws, reflecting the difficulty the Australians had to keep up with the fast breaking Americans on the court and on the scoreboard. The USA beat Australia 85-29 and went on to win the gold medal. In keeping with the low key nature of the 1972 Games, the venue is nothing more than a high school gym.

Kevin Coombs on being the first Indigenous Paralympian

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs reflects on being the first Indigenous Paralympian.

Pocket from Kevin Coombs’ 1960 team blazer

The pocket from the Australian team blazer worn by Kevin Coombs at the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Coombs was the first Australian Aboriginal Paralympian or Olympian.

Kevin Coombs discusses traveling to Rome

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs recalls the experience of traveling to the Rome Paralympics in 1960.

Although boomerang throwing was only for demonstration

Alice Toogood and Donna Burns, two Indigenous members of the Australian team at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” demonstrate boomerang throwing during a break in competition to a local priest who assisted the Australian team.

Tracy Barrell won two gold medals in the pool

Australian swimmer Tracy Lee Barrell holding her floral bouquet during the medal ceremony for one of her two gold medals at the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games.

The Games opens, and Kevin Coombs gives Prince Charles a hat

Prince Charles opened the 1984 summer Paralympics in Stoke Mandeville. After declaring the Games open, he mixed with the teams of the competing nations and Australian Team captain Kevin Coombs presented him with an Akubra hat.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

An under-sized Australian team came up against the might of the USA in this wheelchair basketball game at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Australian Kevin Coombs struggled with his free throws, reflecting the difficulty the Australians had to keep up with the fast breaking Americans on the court and on the scoreboard. The USA beat Australia 85-29 and went on to win the gold medal. In keeping with the low key nature of the 1972 Games, the venue is nothing more than a high school gym.

Kevin Coombs on being the first Indigenous Paralympian

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs reflects on being the first Indigenous Paralympian.

Pocket from Kevin Coombs’ 1960 team blazer

The pocket from the Australian team blazer worn by Kevin Coombs at the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Coombs was the first Australian Aboriginal Paralympian or Olympian.

Kevin Coombs discusses traveling to Rome

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs recalls the experience of traveling to the Rome Paralympics in 1960.

Although boomerang throwing was only for demonstration

Alice Toogood and Donna Burns, two Indigenous members of the Australian team at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” demonstrate boomerang throwing during a break in competition to a local priest who assisted the Australian team.

Tracy Barrell won two gold medals in the pool

Australian swimmer Tracy Lee Barrell holding her floral bouquet during the medal ceremony for one of her two gold medals at the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games.

The Games opens, and Kevin Coombs gives Prince Charles a hat

Prince Charles opened the 1984 summer Paralympics in Stoke Mandeville. After declaring the Games open, he mixed with the teams of the competing nations and Australian Team captain Kevin Coombs presented him with an Akubra hat.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

An under-sized Australian team came up against the might of the USA in this wheelchair basketball game at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Australian Kevin Coombs struggled with his free throws, reflecting the difficulty the Australians had to keep up with the fast breaking Americans on the court and on the scoreboard. The USA beat Australia 85-29 and went on to win the gold medal. In keeping with the low key nature of the 1972 Games, the venue is nothing more than a high school gym.

Kevin Coombs on being the first Indigenous Paralympian

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs reflects on being the first Indigenous Paralympian.

Pocket from Kevin Coombs’ 1960 team blazer

The pocket from the Australian team blazer worn by Kevin Coombs at the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Coombs was the first Australian Aboriginal Paralympian or Olympian.

Kevin Coombs discusses traveling to Rome

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs recalls the experience of traveling to the Rome Paralympics in 1960.

Although boomerang throwing was only for demonstration

Alice Toogood and Donna Burns, two Indigenous members of the Australian team at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” demonstrate boomerang throwing during a break in competition to a local priest who assisted the Australian team.

Tracy Barrell won two gold medals in the pool

Australian swimmer Tracy Lee Barrell holding her floral bouquet during the medal ceremony for one of her two gold medals at the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games.

The Games opens, and Kevin Coombs gives Prince Charles a hat

Prince Charles opened the 1984 summer Paralympics in Stoke Mandeville. After declaring the Games open, he mixed with the teams of the competing nations and Australian Team captain Kevin Coombs presented him with an Akubra hat.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

An under-sized Australian team came up against the might of the USA in this wheelchair basketball game at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Australian Kevin Coombs struggled with his free throws, reflecting the difficulty the Australians had to keep up with the fast breaking Americans on the court and on the scoreboard. The USA beat Australia 85-29 and went on to win the gold medal. In keeping with the low key nature of the 1972 Games, the venue is nothing more than a high school gym.

Kevin Coombs on being the first Indigenous Paralympian

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs reflects on being the first Indigenous Paralympian.

Pocket from Kevin Coombs’ 1960 team blazer

The pocket from the Australian team blazer worn by Kevin Coombs at the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Coombs was the first Australian Aboriginal Paralympian or Olympian.

Kevin Coombs discusses traveling to Rome

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs recalls the experience of traveling to the Rome Paralympics in 1960.

Although boomerang throwing was only for demonstration

Alice Toogood and Donna Burns, two Indigenous members of the Australian team at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” demonstrate boomerang throwing during a break in competition to a local priest who assisted the Australian team.

Tracy Barrell won two gold medals in the pool

Australian swimmer Tracy Lee Barrell holding her floral bouquet during the medal ceremony for one of her two gold medals at the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games.

The Games opens, and Kevin Coombs gives Prince Charles a hat

Prince Charles opened the 1984 summer Paralympics in Stoke Mandeville. After declaring the Games open, he mixed with the teams of the competing nations and Australian Team captain Kevin Coombs presented him with an Akubra hat.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

An under-sized Australian team came up against the might of the USA in this wheelchair basketball game at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Australian Kevin Coombs struggled with his free throws, reflecting the difficulty the Australians had to keep up with the fast breaking Americans on the court and on the scoreboard. The USA beat Australia 85-29 and went on to win the gold medal. In keeping with the low key nature of the 1972 Games, the venue is nothing more than a high school gym.

Kevin Coombs on being the first Indigenous Paralympian

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs reflects on being the first Indigenous Paralympian.

Pocket from Kevin Coombs’ 1960 team blazer

The pocket from the Australian team blazer worn by Kevin Coombs at the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Coombs was the first Australian Aboriginal Paralympian or Olympian.

Kevin Coombs discusses traveling to Rome

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs recalls the experience of traveling to the Rome Paralympics in 1960.

Although boomerang throwing was only for demonstration

Alice Toogood and Donna Burns, two Indigenous members of the Australian team at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” demonstrate boomerang throwing during a break in competition to a local priest who assisted the Australian team.

Tracy Barrell won two gold medals in the pool

Australian swimmer Tracy Lee Barrell holding her floral bouquet during the medal ceremony for one of her two gold medals at the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games.

The Games opens, and Kevin Coombs gives Prince Charles a hat

Prince Charles opened the 1984 summer Paralympics in Stoke Mandeville. After declaring the Games open, he mixed with the teams of the competing nations and Australian Team captain Kevin Coombs presented him with an Akubra hat.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

An under-sized Australian team came up against the might of the USA in this wheelchair basketball game at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Australian Kevin Coombs struggled with his free throws, reflecting the difficulty the Australians had to keep up with the fast breaking Americans on the court and on the scoreboard. The USA beat Australia 85-29 and went on to win the gold medal. In keeping with the low key nature of the 1972 Games, the venue is nothing more than a high school gym.

Kevin Coombs on being the first Indigenous Paralympian

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs reflects on being the first Indigenous Paralympian.

Pocket from Kevin Coombs’ 1960 team blazer

The pocket from the Australian team blazer worn by Kevin Coombs at the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Coombs was the first Australian Aboriginal Paralympian or Olympian.

Kevin Coombs discusses traveling to Rome

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs recalls the experience of traveling to the Rome Paralympics in 1960.

Although boomerang throwing was only for demonstration

Alice Toogood and Donna Burns, two Indigenous members of the Australian team at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” demonstrate boomerang throwing during a break in competition to a local priest who assisted the Australian team.

Tracy Barrell won two gold medals in the pool

Australian swimmer Tracy Lee Barrell holding her floral bouquet during the medal ceremony for one of her two gold medals at the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games.

The Games opens, and Kevin Coombs gives Prince Charles a hat

Prince Charles opened the 1984 summer Paralympics in Stoke Mandeville. After declaring the Games open, he mixed with the teams of the competing nations and Australian Team captain Kevin Coombs presented him with an Akubra hat.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

An under-sized Australian team came up against the might of the USA in this wheelchair basketball game at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Australian Kevin Coombs struggled with his free throws, reflecting the difficulty the Australians had to keep up with the fast breaking Americans on the court and on the scoreboard. The USA beat Australia 85-29 and went on to win the gold medal. In keeping with the low key nature of the 1972 Games, the venue is nothing more than a high school gym.

Kevin Coombs on being the first Indigenous Paralympian

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs reflects on being the first Indigenous Paralympian.

Pocket from Kevin Coombs’ 1960 team blazer

The pocket from the Australian team blazer worn by Kevin Coombs at the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Coombs was the first Australian Aboriginal Paralympian or Olympian.

Kevin Coombs discusses traveling to Rome

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs recalls the experience of traveling to the Rome Paralympics in 1960.

Although boomerang throwing was only for demonstration

Alice Toogood and Donna Burns, two Indigenous members of the Australian team at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” demonstrate boomerang throwing during a break in competition to a local priest who assisted the Australian team.

Tracy Barrell won two gold medals in the pool

Australian swimmer Tracy Lee Barrell holding her floral bouquet during the medal ceremony for one of her two gold medals at the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games.

The Games opens, and Kevin Coombs gives Prince Charles a hat

Prince Charles opened the 1984 summer Paralympics in Stoke Mandeville. After declaring the Games open, he mixed with the teams of the competing nations and Australian Team captain Kevin Coombs presented him with an Akubra hat.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

An under-sized Australian team came up against the might of the USA in this wheelchair basketball game at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Australian Kevin Coombs struggled with his free throws, reflecting the difficulty the Australians had to keep up with the fast breaking Americans on the court and on the scoreboard. The USA beat Australia 85-29 and went on to win the gold medal. In keeping with the low key nature of the 1972 Games, the venue is nothing more than a high school gym.

Kevin Coombs on being the first Indigenous Paralympian

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs reflects on being the first Indigenous Paralympian.

Pocket from Kevin Coombs’ 1960 team blazer

The pocket from the Australian team blazer worn by Kevin Coombs at the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Coombs was the first Australian Aboriginal Paralympian or Olympian.

Kevin Coombs discusses traveling to Rome

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs recalls the experience of traveling to the Rome Paralympics in 1960.

Although boomerang throwing was only for demonstration

Alice Toogood and Donna Burns, two Indigenous members of the Australian team at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” demonstrate boomerang throwing during a break in competition to a local priest who assisted the Australian team.

Tracy Barrell won two gold medals in the pool

Australian swimmer Tracy Lee Barrell holding her floral bouquet during the medal ceremony for one of her two gold medals at the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games.

The Games opens, and Kevin Coombs gives Prince Charles a hat

Prince Charles opened the 1984 summer Paralympics in Stoke Mandeville. After declaring the Games open, he mixed with the teams of the competing nations and Australian Team captain Kevin Coombs presented him with an Akubra hat.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

An under-sized Australian team came up against the might of the USA in this wheelchair basketball game at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Australian Kevin Coombs struggled with his free throws, reflecting the difficulty the Australians had to keep up with the fast breaking Americans on the court and on the scoreboard. The USA beat Australia 85-29 and went on to win the gold medal. In keeping with the low key nature of the 1972 Games, the venue is nothing more than a high school gym.

Kevin Coombs on being the first Indigenous Paralympian

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs reflects on being the first Indigenous Paralympian.

Pocket from Kevin Coombs’ 1960 team blazer

The pocket from the Australian team blazer worn by Kevin Coombs at the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Coombs was the first Australian Aboriginal Paralympian or Olympian.

Kevin Coombs discusses traveling to Rome

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs recalls the experience of traveling to the Rome Paralympics in 1960.

Although boomerang throwing was only for demonstration

Alice Toogood and Donna Burns, two Indigenous members of the Australian team at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” demonstrate boomerang throwing during a break in competition to a local priest who assisted the Australian team.

Tracy Barrell won two gold medals in the pool

Australian swimmer Tracy Lee Barrell holding her floral bouquet during the medal ceremony for one of her two gold medals at the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games.

The Games opens, and Kevin Coombs gives Prince Charles a hat

Prince Charles opened the 1984 summer Paralympics in Stoke Mandeville. After declaring the Games open, he mixed with the teams of the competing nations and Australian Team captain Kevin Coombs presented him with an Akubra hat.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

An under-sized Australian team came up against the might of the USA in this wheelchair basketball game at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Australian Kevin Coombs struggled with his free throws, reflecting the difficulty the Australians had to keep up with the fast breaking Americans on the court and on the scoreboard. The USA beat Australia 85-29 and went on to win the gold medal. In keeping with the low key nature of the 1972 Games, the venue is nothing more than a high school gym.

Kevin Coombs on being the first Indigenous Paralympian

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs reflects on being the first Indigenous Paralympian.

Pocket from Kevin Coombs’ 1960 team blazer

The pocket from the Australian team blazer worn by Kevin Coombs at the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Coombs was the first Australian Aboriginal Paralympian or Olympian.

Kevin Coombs discusses traveling to Rome

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs recalls the experience of traveling to the Rome Paralympics in 1960.

Although boomerang throwing was only for demonstration

Alice Toogood and Donna Burns, two Indigenous members of the Australian team at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” demonstrate boomerang throwing during a break in competition to a local priest who assisted the Australian team.

Tracy Barrell won two gold medals in the pool

Australian swimmer Tracy Lee Barrell holding her floral bouquet during the medal ceremony for one of her two gold medals at the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games.

The Games opens, and Kevin Coombs gives Prince Charles a hat

Prince Charles opened the 1984 summer Paralympics in Stoke Mandeville. After declaring the Games open, he mixed with the teams of the competing nations and Australian Team captain Kevin Coombs presented him with an Akubra hat.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

An under-sized Australian team came up against the might of the USA in this wheelchair basketball game at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Australian Kevin Coombs struggled with his free throws, reflecting the difficulty the Australians had to keep up with the fast breaking Americans on the court and on the scoreboard. The USA beat Australia 85-29 and went on to win the gold medal. In keeping with the low key nature of the 1972 Games, the venue is nothing more than a high school gym.

Kevin Coombs on being the first Indigenous Paralympian

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs reflects on being the first Indigenous Paralympian.

Pocket from Kevin Coombs’ 1960 team blazer

The pocket from the Australian team blazer worn by Kevin Coombs at the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Coombs was the first Australian Aboriginal Paralympian or Olympian.

Kevin Coombs discusses traveling to Rome

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs recalls the experience of traveling to the Rome Paralympics in 1960.

Although boomerang throwing was only for demonstration

Alice Toogood and Donna Burns, two Indigenous members of the Australian team at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” demonstrate boomerang throwing during a break in competition to a local priest who assisted the Australian team.

Tracy Barrell won two gold medals in the pool

Australian swimmer Tracy Lee Barrell holding her floral bouquet during the medal ceremony for one of her two gold medals at the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games.

The Games opens, and Kevin Coombs gives Prince Charles a hat

Prince Charles opened the 1984 summer Paralympics in Stoke Mandeville. After declaring the Games open, he mixed with the teams of the competing nations and Australian Team captain Kevin Coombs presented him with an Akubra hat.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

An under-sized Australian team came up against the might of the USA in this wheelchair basketball game at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Australian Kevin Coombs struggled with his free throws, reflecting the difficulty the Australians had to keep up with the fast breaking Americans on the court and on the scoreboard. The USA beat Australia 85-29 and went on to win the gold medal. In keeping with the low key nature of the 1972 Games, the venue is nothing more than a high school gym.

Kevin Coombs on being the first Indigenous Paralympian

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs reflects on being the first Indigenous Paralympian.

Pocket from Kevin Coombs’ 1960 team blazer

The pocket from the Australian team blazer worn by Kevin Coombs at the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Coombs was the first Australian Aboriginal Paralympian or Olympian.

Kevin Coombs discusses traveling to Rome

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs recalls the experience of traveling to the Rome Paralympics in 1960.

Although boomerang throwing was only for demonstration

Alice Toogood and Donna Burns, two Indigenous members of the Australian team at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” demonstrate boomerang throwing during a break in competition to a local priest who assisted the Australian team.

Tracy Barrell won two gold medals in the pool

Australian swimmer Tracy Lee Barrell holding her floral bouquet during the medal ceremony for one of her two gold medals at the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games.

The Games opens, and Kevin Coombs gives Prince Charles a hat

Prince Charles opened the 1984 summer Paralympics in Stoke Mandeville. After declaring the Games open, he mixed with the teams of the competing nations and Australian Team captain Kevin Coombs presented him with an Akubra hat.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

An under-sized Australian team came up against the might of the USA in this wheelchair basketball game at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Australian Kevin Coombs struggled with his free throws, reflecting the difficulty the Australians had to keep up with the fast breaking Americans on the court and on the scoreboard. The USA beat Australia 85-29 and went on to win the gold medal. In keeping with the low key nature of the 1972 Games, the venue is nothing more than a high school gym.

Kevin Coombs on being the first Indigenous Paralympian

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs reflects on being the first Indigenous Paralympian.

Pocket from Kevin Coombs’ 1960 team blazer

The pocket from the Australian team blazer worn by Kevin Coombs at the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Coombs was the first Australian Aboriginal Paralympian or Olympian.

Kevin Coombs discusses traveling to Rome

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs recalls the experience of traveling to the Rome Paralympics in 1960.

Although boomerang throwing was only for demonstration

Alice Toogood and Donna Burns, two Indigenous members of the Australian team at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” demonstrate boomerang throwing during a break in competition to a local priest who assisted the Australian team.

Tracy Barrell won two gold medals in the pool

Australian swimmer Tracy Lee Barrell holding her floral bouquet during the medal ceremony for one of her two gold medals at the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games.

The Games opens, and Kevin Coombs gives Prince Charles a hat

Prince Charles opened the 1984 summer Paralympics in Stoke Mandeville. After declaring the Games open, he mixed with the teams of the competing nations and Australian Team captain Kevin Coombs presented him with an Akubra hat.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

An under-sized Australian team came up against the might of the USA in this wheelchair basketball game at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Australian Kevin Coombs struggled with his free throws, reflecting the difficulty the Australians had to keep up with the fast breaking Americans on the court and on the scoreboard. The USA beat Australia 85-29 and went on to win the gold medal. In keeping with the low key nature of the 1972 Games, the venue is nothing more than a high school gym.

Kevin Coombs on being the first Indigenous Paralympian

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs reflects on being the first Indigenous Paralympian.

Pocket from Kevin Coombs’ 1960 team blazer

The pocket from the Australian team blazer worn by Kevin Coombs at the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Coombs was the first Australian Aboriginal Paralympian or Olympian.

Kevin Coombs discusses traveling to Rome

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs recalls the experience of traveling to the Rome Paralympics in 1960.

Although boomerang throwing was only for demonstration

Alice Toogood and Donna Burns, two Indigenous members of the Australian team at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” demonstrate boomerang throwing during a break in competition to a local priest who assisted the Australian team.

Tracy Barrell won two gold medals in the pool

Australian swimmer Tracy Lee Barrell holding her floral bouquet during the medal ceremony for one of her two gold medals at the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games.

The Games opens, and Kevin Coombs gives Prince Charles a hat

Prince Charles opened the 1984 summer Paralympics in Stoke Mandeville. After declaring the Games open, he mixed with the teams of the competing nations and Australian Team captain Kevin Coombs presented him with an Akubra hat.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

An under-sized Australian team came up against the might of the USA in this wheelchair basketball game at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Australian Kevin Coombs struggled with his free throws, reflecting the difficulty the Australians had to keep up with the fast breaking Americans on the court and on the scoreboard. The USA beat Australia 85-29 and went on to win the gold medal. In keeping with the low key nature of the 1972 Games, the venue is nothing more than a high school gym.

Kevin Coombs on being the first Indigenous Paralympian

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs reflects on being the first Indigenous Paralympian.

Pocket from Kevin Coombs’ 1960 team blazer

The pocket from the Australian team blazer worn by Kevin Coombs at the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Coombs was the first Australian Aboriginal Paralympian or Olympian.

Kevin Coombs discusses traveling to Rome

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs recalls the experience of traveling to the Rome Paralympics in 1960.

Although boomerang throwing was only for demonstration

Alice Toogood and Donna Burns, two Indigenous members of the Australian team at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” demonstrate boomerang throwing during a break in competition to a local priest who assisted the Australian team.

Tracy Barrell won two gold medals in the pool

Australian swimmer Tracy Lee Barrell holding her floral bouquet during the medal ceremony for one of her two gold medals at the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games.

The Games opens, and Kevin Coombs gives Prince Charles a hat

Prince Charles opened the 1984 summer Paralympics in Stoke Mandeville. After declaring the Games open, he mixed with the teams of the competing nations and Australian Team captain Kevin Coombs presented him with an Akubra hat.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

An under-sized Australian team came up against the might of the USA in this wheelchair basketball game at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Australian Kevin Coombs struggled with his free throws, reflecting the difficulty the Australians had to keep up with the fast breaking Americans on the court and on the scoreboard. The USA beat Australia 85-29 and went on to win the gold medal. In keeping with the low key nature of the 1972 Games, the venue is nothing more than a high school gym.

Kevin Coombs on being the first Indigenous Paralympian

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs reflects on being the first Indigenous Paralympian.

Pocket from Kevin Coombs’ 1960 team blazer

The pocket from the Australian team blazer worn by Kevin Coombs at the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Coombs was the first Australian Aboriginal Paralympian or Olympian.

Kevin Coombs discusses traveling to Rome

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs recalls the experience of traveling to the Rome Paralympics in 1960.

Although boomerang throwing was only for demonstration

Alice Toogood and Donna Burns, two Indigenous members of the Australian team at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” demonstrate boomerang throwing during a break in competition to a local priest who assisted the Australian team.

Tracy Barrell won two gold medals in the pool

Australian swimmer Tracy Lee Barrell holding her floral bouquet during the medal ceremony for one of her two gold medals at the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games.

The Games opens, and Kevin Coombs gives Prince Charles a hat

Prince Charles opened the 1984 summer Paralympics in Stoke Mandeville. After declaring the Games open, he mixed with the teams of the competing nations and Australian Team captain Kevin Coombs presented him with an Akubra hat.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

An under-sized Australian team came up against the might of the USA in this wheelchair basketball game at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Australian Kevin Coombs struggled with his free throws, reflecting the difficulty the Australians had to keep up with the fast breaking Americans on the court and on the scoreboard. The USA beat Australia 85-29 and went on to win the gold medal. In keeping with the low key nature of the 1972 Games, the venue is nothing more than a high school gym.

Kevin Coombs on being the first Indigenous Paralympian

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs reflects on being the first Indigenous Paralympian.

Pocket from Kevin Coombs’ 1960 team blazer

The pocket from the Australian team blazer worn by Kevin Coombs at the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Coombs was the first Australian Aboriginal Paralympian or Olympian.

Kevin Coombs discusses traveling to Rome

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs recalls the experience of traveling to the Rome Paralympics in 1960.

Although boomerang throwing was only for demonstration

Alice Toogood and Donna Burns, two Indigenous members of the Australian team at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” demonstrate boomerang throwing during a break in competition to a local priest who assisted the Australian team.

Tracy Barrell won two gold medals in the pool

Australian swimmer Tracy Lee Barrell holding her floral bouquet during the medal ceremony for one of her two gold medals at the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games.

The Games opens, and Kevin Coombs gives Prince Charles a hat

Prince Charles opened the 1984 summer Paralympics in Stoke Mandeville. After declaring the Games open, he mixed with the teams of the competing nations and Australian Team captain Kevin Coombs presented him with an Akubra hat.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

An under-sized Australian team came up against the might of the USA in this wheelchair basketball game at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Australian Kevin Coombs struggled with his free throws, reflecting the difficulty the Australians had to keep up with the fast breaking Americans on the court and on the scoreboard. The USA beat Australia 85-29 and went on to win the gold medal. In keeping with the low key nature of the 1972 Games, the venue is nothing more than a high school gym.

Kevin Coombs on being the first Indigenous Paralympian

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs reflects on being the first Indigenous Paralympian.

Pocket from Kevin Coombs’ 1960 team blazer

The pocket from the Australian team blazer worn by Kevin Coombs at the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Coombs was the first Australian Aboriginal Paralympian or Olympian.

Kevin Coombs discusses traveling to Rome

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs recalls the experience of traveling to the Rome Paralympics in 1960.

Although boomerang throwing was only for demonstration

Alice Toogood and Donna Burns, two Indigenous members of the Australian team at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” demonstrate boomerang throwing during a break in competition to a local priest who assisted the Australian team.

Tracy Barrell won two gold medals in the pool

Australian swimmer Tracy Lee Barrell holding her floral bouquet during the medal ceremony for one of her two gold medals at the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games.

The Games opens, and Kevin Coombs gives Prince Charles a hat

Prince Charles opened the 1984 summer Paralympics in Stoke Mandeville. After declaring the Games open, he mixed with the teams of the competing nations and Australian Team captain Kevin Coombs presented him with an Akubra hat.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

An under-sized Australian team came up against the might of the USA in this wheelchair basketball game at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Australian Kevin Coombs struggled with his free throws, reflecting the difficulty the Australians had to keep up with the fast breaking Americans on the court and on the scoreboard. The USA beat Australia 85-29 and went on to win the gold medal. In keeping with the low key nature of the 1972 Games, the venue is nothing more than a high school gym.

Kevin Coombs on being the first Indigenous Paralympian

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs reflects on being the first Indigenous Paralympian.

Pocket from Kevin Coombs’ 1960 team blazer

The pocket from the Australian team blazer worn by Kevin Coombs at the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Coombs was the first Australian Aboriginal Paralympian or Olympian.

Kevin Coombs discusses traveling to Rome

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs recalls the experience of traveling to the Rome Paralympics in 1960.

Although boomerang throwing was only for demonstration

Alice Toogood and Donna Burns, two Indigenous members of the Australian team at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” demonstrate boomerang throwing during a break in competition to a local priest who assisted the Australian team.

Tracy Barrell won two gold medals in the pool

Australian swimmer Tracy Lee Barrell holding her floral bouquet during the medal ceremony for one of her two gold medals at the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games.

The Games opens, and Kevin Coombs gives Prince Charles a hat

Prince Charles opened the 1984 summer Paralympics in Stoke Mandeville. After declaring the Games open, he mixed with the teams of the competing nations and Australian Team captain Kevin Coombs presented him with an Akubra hat.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

An under-sized Australian team came up against the might of the USA in this wheelchair basketball game at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Australian Kevin Coombs struggled with his free throws, reflecting the difficulty the Australians had to keep up with the fast breaking Americans on the court and on the scoreboard. The USA beat Australia 85-29 and went on to win the gold medal. In keeping with the low key nature of the 1972 Games, the venue is nothing more than a high school gym.

Kevin Coombs on being the first Indigenous Paralympian

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs reflects on being the first Indigenous Paralympian.

Pocket from Kevin Coombs’ 1960 team blazer

The pocket from the Australian team blazer worn by Kevin Coombs at the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Coombs was the first Australian Aboriginal Paralympian or Olympian.

Kevin Coombs discusses traveling to Rome

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs recalls the experience of traveling to the Rome Paralympics in 1960.

Although boomerang throwing was only for demonstration

Alice Toogood and Donna Burns, two Indigenous members of the Australian team at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” demonstrate boomerang throwing during a break in competition to a local priest who assisted the Australian team.

Tracy Barrell won two gold medals in the pool

Australian swimmer Tracy Lee Barrell holding her floral bouquet during the medal ceremony for one of her two gold medals at the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games.

The Games opens, and Kevin Coombs gives Prince Charles a hat

Prince Charles opened the 1984 summer Paralympics in Stoke Mandeville. After declaring the Games open, he mixed with the teams of the competing nations and Australian Team captain Kevin Coombs presented him with an Akubra hat.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

An under-sized Australian team came up against the might of the USA in this wheelchair basketball game at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Australian Kevin Coombs struggled with his free throws, reflecting the difficulty the Australians had to keep up with the fast breaking Americans on the court and on the scoreboard. The USA beat Australia 85-29 and went on to win the gold medal. In keeping with the low key nature of the 1972 Games, the venue is nothing more than a high school gym.

Kevin Coombs on being the first Indigenous Paralympian

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs reflects on being the first Indigenous Paralympian.

Pocket from Kevin Coombs’ 1960 team blazer

The pocket from the Australian team blazer worn by Kevin Coombs at the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Coombs was the first Australian Aboriginal Paralympian or Olympian.

Kevin Coombs discusses traveling to Rome

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs recalls the experience of traveling to the Rome Paralympics in 1960.

Although boomerang throwing was only for demonstration

Alice Toogood and Donna Burns, two Indigenous members of the Australian team at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” demonstrate boomerang throwing during a break in competition to a local priest who assisted the Australian team.

Tracy Barrell won two gold medals in the pool

Australian swimmer Tracy Lee Barrell holding her floral bouquet during the medal ceremony for one of her two gold medals at the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games.

The Games opens, and Kevin Coombs gives Prince Charles a hat

Prince Charles opened the 1984 summer Paralympics in Stoke Mandeville. After declaring the Games open, he mixed with the teams of the competing nations and Australian Team captain Kevin Coombs presented him with an Akubra hat.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

An under-sized Australian team came up against the might of the USA in this wheelchair basketball game at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Australian Kevin Coombs struggled with his free throws, reflecting the difficulty the Australians had to keep up with the fast breaking Americans on the court and on the scoreboard. The USA beat Australia 85-29 and went on to win the gold medal. In keeping with the low key nature of the 1972 Games, the venue is nothing more than a high school gym.

Kevin Coombs on being the first Indigenous Paralympian

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs reflects on being the first Indigenous Paralympian.

Pocket from Kevin Coombs’ 1960 team blazer

The pocket from the Australian team blazer worn by Kevin Coombs at the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Coombs was the first Australian Aboriginal Paralympian or Olympian.

Kevin Coombs discusses traveling to Rome

1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs recalls the experience of traveling to the Rome Paralympics in 1960.

Although boomerang throwing was only for demonstration

Alice Toogood and Donna Burns, two Indigenous members of the Australian team at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” demonstrate boomerang throwing during a break in competition to a local priest who assisted the Australian team.