Australian team 50-year reunion Rome Summer Paralympics

Seven members of the 1960 Australian Paralympic Team – the first – at the reunion to mark the 50th anniversary of the Games. The team members and their partners were guests of honour at the 2010 Australian Paralympian of the Year Awards. All but one of the pictured athletes were accompanied by their long-term wives or husbands. Of the 12 athletes who attended the Games, eight were still alive 50 years later (Frank Ponta was too ill to attend). L to R (athlete and partner): Chris O’Brien with his sister; Daphne Hilton (nee Ceeney) and husband Frank; Gary Hooper and wife Jan; APC President Greg Hartung; Bruno Moretti and wife Scarlett; Kevin Coombs and wife Linda; Kevin Cunningham and wife Maureen; and Bill Mather-Brown and wife Nadine.

Bruno Moretti discusses wooden wheelchairs and technical changes over time

Rome Paralympian Bruno Moretti discusses changes in equipment over time.

Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Australian Team Members boarding bus 1960 Rome Paralympics

Australian athletes are helped onto a bus with a rear wheelchair hoist during the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Waiting at right is Ross Sutton, Australia’s first Paralympic gold medallist.

Gary Hooper on the place in history of the first Paralympians

1960 Paralympian Gary Hooper comments on the role of pioneering Paralympians in inspiring later generations of athletes.

Bill Mather-Brown talks about amusing experiences involving Bruno Moretti at the 1960 Rome Paralympics

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Interviewee: Bill Mather-Brown
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 3 June 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal

Ross Sutton won Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal, in the St Nicholas Round of Archery. Archery was scheduled as the opening event of the 1960 Games but was postponed to the second day due to rain, depriving Sutton of the opportunity of being the first ever Paralympic gold medalist, which honour went to an Italian fencer.

Australian Team members 1960 Rome Paralympics

Members of the first Australian Paralympic Team, in Rome in 1960, relax at the archery venue. Seated on the far left is Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton), Australia’s only female competitor in Rome and the first Australian female Paralympic gold medallist. Behind her, also looking at the camera, is Gary Hooper.

Bill Mather-Brown talks about the events he competed in during 1960 Rome Paralympics

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Interviewee: Bill Mather-Brown
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 3 June 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Listen to the full interview here.

Australian team 50-year reunion Rome Summer Paralympics

Seven members of the 1960 Australian Paralympic Team – the first – at the reunion to mark the 50th anniversary of the Games. The team members and their partners were guests of honour at the 2010 Australian Paralympian of the Year Awards. All but one of the pictured athletes were accompanied by their long-term wives or husbands. Of the 12 athletes who attended the Games, eight were still alive 50 years later (Frank Ponta was too ill to attend). L to R (athlete and partner): Chris O’Brien with his sister; Daphne Hilton (nee Ceeney) and husband Frank; Gary Hooper and wife Jan; APC President Greg Hartung; Bruno Moretti and wife Scarlett; Kevin Coombs and wife Linda; Kevin Cunningham and wife Maureen; and Bill Mather-Brown and wife Nadine.

Bruno Moretti discusses wooden wheelchairs and technical changes over time

Rome Paralympian Bruno Moretti discusses changes in equipment over time.

Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Australian Team Members boarding bus 1960 Rome Paralympics

Australian athletes are helped onto a bus with a rear wheelchair hoist during the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Waiting at right is Ross Sutton, Australia’s first Paralympic gold medallist.

Gary Hooper on the place in history of the first Paralympians

1960 Paralympian Gary Hooper comments on the role of pioneering Paralympians in inspiring later generations of athletes.

Bill Mather-Brown talks about amusing experiences involving Bruno Moretti at the 1960 Rome Paralympics

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Interviewee: Bill Mather-Brown
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 3 June 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal

Ross Sutton won Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal, in the St Nicholas Round of Archery. Archery was scheduled as the opening event of the 1960 Games but was postponed to the second day due to rain, depriving Sutton of the opportunity of being the first ever Paralympic gold medalist, which honour went to an Italian fencer.

Australian Team members 1960 Rome Paralympics

Members of the first Australian Paralympic Team, in Rome in 1960, relax at the archery venue. Seated on the far left is Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton), Australia’s only female competitor in Rome and the first Australian female Paralympic gold medallist. Behind her, also looking at the camera, is Gary Hooper.

Bill Mather-Brown talks about the events he competed in during 1960 Rome Paralympics

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Interviewee: Bill Mather-Brown
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 3 June 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Listen to the full interview here.

Australian team 50-year reunion Rome Summer Paralympics

Seven members of the 1960 Australian Paralympic Team – the first – at the reunion to mark the 50th anniversary of the Games. The team members and their partners were guests of honour at the 2010 Australian Paralympian of the Year Awards. All but one of the pictured athletes were accompanied by their long-term wives or husbands. Of the 12 athletes who attended the Games, eight were still alive 50 years later (Frank Ponta was too ill to attend). L to R (athlete and partner): Chris O’Brien with his sister; Daphne Hilton (nee Ceeney) and husband Frank; Gary Hooper and wife Jan; APC President Greg Hartung; Bruno Moretti and wife Scarlett; Kevin Coombs and wife Linda; Kevin Cunningham and wife Maureen; and Bill Mather-Brown and wife Nadine.

Bruno Moretti discusses wooden wheelchairs and technical changes over time

Rome Paralympian Bruno Moretti discusses changes in equipment over time.

Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Australian Team Members boarding bus 1960 Rome Paralympics

Australian athletes are helped onto a bus with a rear wheelchair hoist during the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Waiting at right is Ross Sutton, Australia’s first Paralympic gold medallist.

Gary Hooper on the place in history of the first Paralympians

1960 Paralympian Gary Hooper comments on the role of pioneering Paralympians in inspiring later generations of athletes.

Bill Mather-Brown talks about amusing experiences involving Bruno Moretti at the 1960 Rome Paralympics

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Interviewee: Bill Mather-Brown
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 3 June 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal

Ross Sutton won Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal, in the St Nicholas Round of Archery. Archery was scheduled as the opening event of the 1960 Games but was postponed to the second day due to rain, depriving Sutton of the opportunity of being the first ever Paralympic gold medalist, which honour went to an Italian fencer.

Australian Team members 1960 Rome Paralympics

Members of the first Australian Paralympic Team, in Rome in 1960, relax at the archery venue. Seated on the far left is Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton), Australia’s only female competitor in Rome and the first Australian female Paralympic gold medallist. Behind her, also looking at the camera, is Gary Hooper.

Bill Mather-Brown talks about the events he competed in during 1960 Rome Paralympics

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Interviewee: Bill Mather-Brown
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 3 June 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Listen to the full interview here.

Australian team 50-year reunion Rome Summer Paralympics

Seven members of the 1960 Australian Paralympic Team – the first – at the reunion to mark the 50th anniversary of the Games. The team members and their partners were guests of honour at the 2010 Australian Paralympian of the Year Awards. All but one of the pictured athletes were accompanied by their long-term wives or husbands. Of the 12 athletes who attended the Games, eight were still alive 50 years later (Frank Ponta was too ill to attend). L to R (athlete and partner): Chris O’Brien with his sister; Daphne Hilton (nee Ceeney) and husband Frank; Gary Hooper and wife Jan; APC President Greg Hartung; Bruno Moretti and wife Scarlett; Kevin Coombs and wife Linda; Kevin Cunningham and wife Maureen; and Bill Mather-Brown and wife Nadine.

Bruno Moretti discusses wooden wheelchairs and technical changes over time

Rome Paralympian Bruno Moretti discusses changes in equipment over time.

Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Australian Team Members boarding bus 1960 Rome Paralympics

Australian athletes are helped onto a bus with a rear wheelchair hoist during the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Waiting at right is Ross Sutton, Australia’s first Paralympic gold medallist.

Gary Hooper on the place in history of the first Paralympians

1960 Paralympian Gary Hooper comments on the role of pioneering Paralympians in inspiring later generations of athletes.

Bill Mather-Brown talks about amusing experiences involving Bruno Moretti at the 1960 Rome Paralympics

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Interviewee: Bill Mather-Brown
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 3 June 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal

Ross Sutton won Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal, in the St Nicholas Round of Archery. Archery was scheduled as the opening event of the 1960 Games but was postponed to the second day due to rain, depriving Sutton of the opportunity of being the first ever Paralympic gold medalist, which honour went to an Italian fencer.

Australian Team members 1960 Rome Paralympics

Members of the first Australian Paralympic Team, in Rome in 1960, relax at the archery venue. Seated on the far left is Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton), Australia’s only female competitor in Rome and the first Australian female Paralympic gold medallist. Behind her, also looking at the camera, is Gary Hooper.

Bill Mather-Brown talks about the events he competed in during 1960 Rome Paralympics

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Interviewee: Bill Mather-Brown
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 3 June 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Listen to the full interview here.

Australian team 50-year reunion Rome Summer Paralympics

Seven members of the 1960 Australian Paralympic Team – the first – at the reunion to mark the 50th anniversary of the Games. The team members and their partners were guests of honour at the 2010 Australian Paralympian of the Year Awards. All but one of the pictured athletes were accompanied by their long-term wives or husbands. Of the 12 athletes who attended the Games, eight were still alive 50 years later (Frank Ponta was too ill to attend). L to R (athlete and partner): Chris O’Brien with his sister; Daphne Hilton (nee Ceeney) and husband Frank; Gary Hooper and wife Jan; APC President Greg Hartung; Bruno Moretti and wife Scarlett; Kevin Coombs and wife Linda; Kevin Cunningham and wife Maureen; and Bill Mather-Brown and wife Nadine.

Bruno Moretti discusses wooden wheelchairs and technical changes over time

Rome Paralympian Bruno Moretti discusses changes in equipment over time.

Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Australian Team Members boarding bus 1960 Rome Paralympics

Australian athletes are helped onto a bus with a rear wheelchair hoist during the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Waiting at right is Ross Sutton, Australia’s first Paralympic gold medallist.

Gary Hooper on the place in history of the first Paralympians

1960 Paralympian Gary Hooper comments on the role of pioneering Paralympians in inspiring later generations of athletes.

Bill Mather-Brown talks about amusing experiences involving Bruno Moretti at the 1960 Rome Paralympics

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Interviewee: Bill Mather-Brown
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 3 June 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal

Ross Sutton won Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal, in the St Nicholas Round of Archery. Archery was scheduled as the opening event of the 1960 Games but was postponed to the second day due to rain, depriving Sutton of the opportunity of being the first ever Paralympic gold medalist, which honour went to an Italian fencer.

Australian Team members 1960 Rome Paralympics

Members of the first Australian Paralympic Team, in Rome in 1960, relax at the archery venue. Seated on the far left is Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton), Australia’s only female competitor in Rome and the first Australian female Paralympic gold medallist. Behind her, also looking at the camera, is Gary Hooper.

Bill Mather-Brown talks about the events he competed in during 1960 Rome Paralympics

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Interviewee: Bill Mather-Brown
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 3 June 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Listen to the full interview here.

Australian team 50-year reunion Rome Summer Paralympics

Seven members of the 1960 Australian Paralympic Team – the first – at the reunion to mark the 50th anniversary of the Games. The team members and their partners were guests of honour at the 2010 Australian Paralympian of the Year Awards. All but one of the pictured athletes were accompanied by their long-term wives or husbands. Of the 12 athletes who attended the Games, eight were still alive 50 years later (Frank Ponta was too ill to attend). L to R (athlete and partner): Chris O’Brien with his sister; Daphne Hilton (nee Ceeney) and husband Frank; Gary Hooper and wife Jan; APC President Greg Hartung; Bruno Moretti and wife Scarlett; Kevin Coombs and wife Linda; Kevin Cunningham and wife Maureen; and Bill Mather-Brown and wife Nadine.

Bruno Moretti discusses wooden wheelchairs and technical changes over time

Rome Paralympian Bruno Moretti discusses changes in equipment over time.

Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Australian Team Members boarding bus 1960 Rome Paralympics

Australian athletes are helped onto a bus with a rear wheelchair hoist during the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Waiting at right is Ross Sutton, Australia’s first Paralympic gold medallist.

Gary Hooper on the place in history of the first Paralympians

1960 Paralympian Gary Hooper comments on the role of pioneering Paralympians in inspiring later generations of athletes.

Bill Mather-Brown talks about amusing experiences involving Bruno Moretti at the 1960 Rome Paralympics

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Interviewee: Bill Mather-Brown
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 3 June 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal

Ross Sutton won Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal, in the St Nicholas Round of Archery. Archery was scheduled as the opening event of the 1960 Games but was postponed to the second day due to rain, depriving Sutton of the opportunity of being the first ever Paralympic gold medalist, which honour went to an Italian fencer.

Australian Team members 1960 Rome Paralympics

Members of the first Australian Paralympic Team, in Rome in 1960, relax at the archery venue. Seated on the far left is Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton), Australia’s only female competitor in Rome and the first Australian female Paralympic gold medallist. Behind her, also looking at the camera, is Gary Hooper.

Bill Mather-Brown talks about the events he competed in during 1960 Rome Paralympics

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Interviewee: Bill Mather-Brown
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 3 June 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Listen to the full interview here.

Australian team 50-year reunion Rome Summer Paralympics

Seven members of the 1960 Australian Paralympic Team – the first – at the reunion to mark the 50th anniversary of the Games. The team members and their partners were guests of honour at the 2010 Australian Paralympian of the Year Awards. All but one of the pictured athletes were accompanied by their long-term wives or husbands. Of the 12 athletes who attended the Games, eight were still alive 50 years later (Frank Ponta was too ill to attend). L to R (athlete and partner): Chris O’Brien with his sister; Daphne Hilton (nee Ceeney) and husband Frank; Gary Hooper and wife Jan; APC President Greg Hartung; Bruno Moretti and wife Scarlett; Kevin Coombs and wife Linda; Kevin Cunningham and wife Maureen; and Bill Mather-Brown and wife Nadine.

Bruno Moretti discusses wooden wheelchairs and technical changes over time

Rome Paralympian Bruno Moretti discusses changes in equipment over time.

Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Australian Team Members boarding bus 1960 Rome Paralympics

Australian athletes are helped onto a bus with a rear wheelchair hoist during the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Waiting at right is Ross Sutton, Australia’s first Paralympic gold medallist.

Gary Hooper on the place in history of the first Paralympians

1960 Paralympian Gary Hooper comments on the role of pioneering Paralympians in inspiring later generations of athletes.

Bill Mather-Brown talks about amusing experiences involving Bruno Moretti at the 1960 Rome Paralympics

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Interviewee: Bill Mather-Brown
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 3 June 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal

Ross Sutton won Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal, in the St Nicholas Round of Archery. Archery was scheduled as the opening event of the 1960 Games but was postponed to the second day due to rain, depriving Sutton of the opportunity of being the first ever Paralympic gold medalist, which honour went to an Italian fencer.

Australian Team members 1960 Rome Paralympics

Members of the first Australian Paralympic Team, in Rome in 1960, relax at the archery venue. Seated on the far left is Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton), Australia’s only female competitor in Rome and the first Australian female Paralympic gold medallist. Behind her, also looking at the camera, is Gary Hooper.

Bill Mather-Brown talks about the events he competed in during 1960 Rome Paralympics

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Interviewee: Bill Mather-Brown
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 3 June 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Listen to the full interview here.

Australian team 50-year reunion Rome Summer Paralympics

Seven members of the 1960 Australian Paralympic Team – the first – at the reunion to mark the 50th anniversary of the Games. The team members and their partners were guests of honour at the 2010 Australian Paralympian of the Year Awards. All but one of the pictured athletes were accompanied by their long-term wives or husbands. Of the 12 athletes who attended the Games, eight were still alive 50 years later (Frank Ponta was too ill to attend). L to R (athlete and partner): Chris O’Brien with his sister; Daphne Hilton (nee Ceeney) and husband Frank; Gary Hooper and wife Jan; APC President Greg Hartung; Bruno Moretti and wife Scarlett; Kevin Coombs and wife Linda; Kevin Cunningham and wife Maureen; and Bill Mather-Brown and wife Nadine.

Bruno Moretti discusses wooden wheelchairs and technical changes over time

Rome Paralympian Bruno Moretti discusses changes in equipment over time.

Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Australian Team Members boarding bus 1960 Rome Paralympics

Australian athletes are helped onto a bus with a rear wheelchair hoist during the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Waiting at right is Ross Sutton, Australia’s first Paralympic gold medallist.

Gary Hooper on the place in history of the first Paralympians

1960 Paralympian Gary Hooper comments on the role of pioneering Paralympians in inspiring later generations of athletes.

Bill Mather-Brown talks about amusing experiences involving Bruno Moretti at the 1960 Rome Paralympics

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Interviewee: Bill Mather-Brown
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 3 June 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal

Ross Sutton won Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal, in the St Nicholas Round of Archery. Archery was scheduled as the opening event of the 1960 Games but was postponed to the second day due to rain, depriving Sutton of the opportunity of being the first ever Paralympic gold medalist, which honour went to an Italian fencer.

Australian Team members 1960 Rome Paralympics

Members of the first Australian Paralympic Team, in Rome in 1960, relax at the archery venue. Seated on the far left is Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton), Australia’s only female competitor in Rome and the first Australian female Paralympic gold medallist. Behind her, also looking at the camera, is Gary Hooper.

Bill Mather-Brown talks about the events he competed in during 1960 Rome Paralympics

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Interviewee: Bill Mather-Brown
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 3 June 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Listen to the full interview here.

Australian team 50-year reunion Rome Summer Paralympics

Seven members of the 1960 Australian Paralympic Team – the first – at the reunion to mark the 50th anniversary of the Games. The team members and their partners were guests of honour at the 2010 Australian Paralympian of the Year Awards. All but one of the pictured athletes were accompanied by their long-term wives or husbands. Of the 12 athletes who attended the Games, eight were still alive 50 years later (Frank Ponta was too ill to attend). L to R (athlete and partner): Chris O’Brien with his sister; Daphne Hilton (nee Ceeney) and husband Frank; Gary Hooper and wife Jan; APC President Greg Hartung; Bruno Moretti and wife Scarlett; Kevin Coombs and wife Linda; Kevin Cunningham and wife Maureen; and Bill Mather-Brown and wife Nadine.

Bruno Moretti discusses wooden wheelchairs and technical changes over time

Rome Paralympian Bruno Moretti discusses changes in equipment over time.

Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Australian Team Members boarding bus 1960 Rome Paralympics

Australian athletes are helped onto a bus with a rear wheelchair hoist during the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Waiting at right is Ross Sutton, Australia’s first Paralympic gold medallist.

Gary Hooper on the place in history of the first Paralympians

1960 Paralympian Gary Hooper comments on the role of pioneering Paralympians in inspiring later generations of athletes.

Bill Mather-Brown talks about amusing experiences involving Bruno Moretti at the 1960 Rome Paralympics

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Interviewee: Bill Mather-Brown
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 3 June 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal

Ross Sutton won Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal, in the St Nicholas Round of Archery. Archery was scheduled as the opening event of the 1960 Games but was postponed to the second day due to rain, depriving Sutton of the opportunity of being the first ever Paralympic gold medalist, which honour went to an Italian fencer.

Australian Team members 1960 Rome Paralympics

Members of the first Australian Paralympic Team, in Rome in 1960, relax at the archery venue. Seated on the far left is Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton), Australia’s only female competitor in Rome and the first Australian female Paralympic gold medallist. Behind her, also looking at the camera, is Gary Hooper.

Bill Mather-Brown talks about the events he competed in during 1960 Rome Paralympics

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Interviewee: Bill Mather-Brown
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 3 June 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Listen to the full interview here.

Australian team 50-year reunion Rome Summer Paralympics

Seven members of the 1960 Australian Paralympic Team – the first – at the reunion to mark the 50th anniversary of the Games. The team members and their partners were guests of honour at the 2010 Australian Paralympian of the Year Awards. All but one of the pictured athletes were accompanied by their long-term wives or husbands. Of the 12 athletes who attended the Games, eight were still alive 50 years later (Frank Ponta was too ill to attend). L to R (athlete and partner): Chris O’Brien with his sister; Daphne Hilton (nee Ceeney) and husband Frank; Gary Hooper and wife Jan; APC President Greg Hartung; Bruno Moretti and wife Scarlett; Kevin Coombs and wife Linda; Kevin Cunningham and wife Maureen; and Bill Mather-Brown and wife Nadine.

Bruno Moretti discusses wooden wheelchairs and technical changes over time

Rome Paralympian Bruno Moretti discusses changes in equipment over time.

Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Australian Team Members boarding bus 1960 Rome Paralympics

Australian athletes are helped onto a bus with a rear wheelchair hoist during the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Waiting at right is Ross Sutton, Australia’s first Paralympic gold medallist.

Gary Hooper on the place in history of the first Paralympians

1960 Paralympian Gary Hooper comments on the role of pioneering Paralympians in inspiring later generations of athletes.

Bill Mather-Brown talks about amusing experiences involving Bruno Moretti at the 1960 Rome Paralympics

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Interviewee: Bill Mather-Brown
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 3 June 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal

Ross Sutton won Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal, in the St Nicholas Round of Archery. Archery was scheduled as the opening event of the 1960 Games but was postponed to the second day due to rain, depriving Sutton of the opportunity of being the first ever Paralympic gold medalist, which honour went to an Italian fencer.

Australian Team members 1960 Rome Paralympics

Members of the first Australian Paralympic Team, in Rome in 1960, relax at the archery venue. Seated on the far left is Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton), Australia’s only female competitor in Rome and the first Australian female Paralympic gold medallist. Behind her, also looking at the camera, is Gary Hooper.

Bill Mather-Brown talks about the events he competed in during 1960 Rome Paralympics

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Interviewee: Bill Mather-Brown
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 3 June 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Listen to the full interview here.

Australian team 50-year reunion Rome Summer Paralympics

Seven members of the 1960 Australian Paralympic Team – the first – at the reunion to mark the 50th anniversary of the Games. The team members and their partners were guests of honour at the 2010 Australian Paralympian of the Year Awards. All but one of the pictured athletes were accompanied by their long-term wives or husbands. Of the 12 athletes who attended the Games, eight were still alive 50 years later (Frank Ponta was too ill to attend). L to R (athlete and partner): Chris O’Brien with his sister; Daphne Hilton (nee Ceeney) and husband Frank; Gary Hooper and wife Jan; APC President Greg Hartung; Bruno Moretti and wife Scarlett; Kevin Coombs and wife Linda; Kevin Cunningham and wife Maureen; and Bill Mather-Brown and wife Nadine.

Bruno Moretti discusses wooden wheelchairs and technical changes over time

Rome Paralympian Bruno Moretti discusses changes in equipment over time.

Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Australian Team Members boarding bus 1960 Rome Paralympics

Australian athletes are helped onto a bus with a rear wheelchair hoist during the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Waiting at right is Ross Sutton, Australia’s first Paralympic gold medallist.

Gary Hooper on the place in history of the first Paralympians

1960 Paralympian Gary Hooper comments on the role of pioneering Paralympians in inspiring later generations of athletes.

Bill Mather-Brown talks about amusing experiences involving Bruno Moretti at the 1960 Rome Paralympics

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Interviewee: Bill Mather-Brown
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 3 June 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal

Ross Sutton won Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal, in the St Nicholas Round of Archery. Archery was scheduled as the opening event of the 1960 Games but was postponed to the second day due to rain, depriving Sutton of the opportunity of being the first ever Paralympic gold medalist, which honour went to an Italian fencer.

Australian Team members 1960 Rome Paralympics

Members of the first Australian Paralympic Team, in Rome in 1960, relax at the archery venue. Seated on the far left is Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton), Australia’s only female competitor in Rome and the first Australian female Paralympic gold medallist. Behind her, also looking at the camera, is Gary Hooper.

Bill Mather-Brown talks about the events he competed in during 1960 Rome Paralympics

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Interviewee: Bill Mather-Brown
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 3 June 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Listen to the full interview here.

Australian team 50-year reunion Rome Summer Paralympics

Seven members of the 1960 Australian Paralympic Team – the first – at the reunion to mark the 50th anniversary of the Games. The team members and their partners were guests of honour at the 2010 Australian Paralympian of the Year Awards. All but one of the pictured athletes were accompanied by their long-term wives or husbands. Of the 12 athletes who attended the Games, eight were still alive 50 years later (Frank Ponta was too ill to attend). L to R (athlete and partner): Chris O’Brien with his sister; Daphne Hilton (nee Ceeney) and husband Frank; Gary Hooper and wife Jan; APC President Greg Hartung; Bruno Moretti and wife Scarlett; Kevin Coombs and wife Linda; Kevin Cunningham and wife Maureen; and Bill Mather-Brown and wife Nadine.

Bruno Moretti discusses wooden wheelchairs and technical changes over time

Rome Paralympian Bruno Moretti discusses changes in equipment over time.

Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Australian Team Members boarding bus 1960 Rome Paralympics

Australian athletes are helped onto a bus with a rear wheelchair hoist during the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Waiting at right is Ross Sutton, Australia’s first Paralympic gold medallist.

Gary Hooper on the place in history of the first Paralympians

1960 Paralympian Gary Hooper comments on the role of pioneering Paralympians in inspiring later generations of athletes.

Bill Mather-Brown talks about amusing experiences involving Bruno Moretti at the 1960 Rome Paralympics

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Interviewee: Bill Mather-Brown
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 3 June 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal

Ross Sutton won Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal, in the St Nicholas Round of Archery. Archery was scheduled as the opening event of the 1960 Games but was postponed to the second day due to rain, depriving Sutton of the opportunity of being the first ever Paralympic gold medalist, which honour went to an Italian fencer.

Australian Team members 1960 Rome Paralympics

Members of the first Australian Paralympic Team, in Rome in 1960, relax at the archery venue. Seated on the far left is Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton), Australia’s only female competitor in Rome and the first Australian female Paralympic gold medallist. Behind her, also looking at the camera, is Gary Hooper.

Bill Mather-Brown talks about the events he competed in during 1960 Rome Paralympics

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Interviewee: Bill Mather-Brown
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 3 June 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Listen to the full interview here.

Australian team 50-year reunion Rome Summer Paralympics

Seven members of the 1960 Australian Paralympic Team – the first – at the reunion to mark the 50th anniversary of the Games. The team members and their partners were guests of honour at the 2010 Australian Paralympian of the Year Awards. All but one of the pictured athletes were accompanied by their long-term wives or husbands. Of the 12 athletes who attended the Games, eight were still alive 50 years later (Frank Ponta was too ill to attend). L to R (athlete and partner): Chris O’Brien with his sister; Daphne Hilton (nee Ceeney) and husband Frank; Gary Hooper and wife Jan; APC President Greg Hartung; Bruno Moretti and wife Scarlett; Kevin Coombs and wife Linda; Kevin Cunningham and wife Maureen; and Bill Mather-Brown and wife Nadine.

Bruno Moretti discusses wooden wheelchairs and technical changes over time

Rome Paralympian Bruno Moretti discusses changes in equipment over time.

Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Australian Team Members boarding bus 1960 Rome Paralympics

Australian athletes are helped onto a bus with a rear wheelchair hoist during the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Waiting at right is Ross Sutton, Australia’s first Paralympic gold medallist.

Gary Hooper on the place in history of the first Paralympians

1960 Paralympian Gary Hooper comments on the role of pioneering Paralympians in inspiring later generations of athletes.

Bill Mather-Brown talks about amusing experiences involving Bruno Moretti at the 1960 Rome Paralympics

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Interviewee: Bill Mather-Brown
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 3 June 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal

Ross Sutton won Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal, in the St Nicholas Round of Archery. Archery was scheduled as the opening event of the 1960 Games but was postponed to the second day due to rain, depriving Sutton of the opportunity of being the first ever Paralympic gold medalist, which honour went to an Italian fencer.

Australian Team members 1960 Rome Paralympics

Members of the first Australian Paralympic Team, in Rome in 1960, relax at the archery venue. Seated on the far left is Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton), Australia’s only female competitor in Rome and the first Australian female Paralympic gold medallist. Behind her, also looking at the camera, is Gary Hooper.

Bill Mather-Brown talks about the events he competed in during 1960 Rome Paralympics

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Interviewee: Bill Mather-Brown
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 3 June 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Listen to the full interview here.

Australian team 50-year reunion Rome Summer Paralympics

Seven members of the 1960 Australian Paralympic Team – the first – at the reunion to mark the 50th anniversary of the Games. The team members and their partners were guests of honour at the 2010 Australian Paralympian of the Year Awards. All but one of the pictured athletes were accompanied by their long-term wives or husbands. Of the 12 athletes who attended the Games, eight were still alive 50 years later (Frank Ponta was too ill to attend). L to R (athlete and partner): Chris O’Brien with his sister; Daphne Hilton (nee Ceeney) and husband Frank; Gary Hooper and wife Jan; APC President Greg Hartung; Bruno Moretti and wife Scarlett; Kevin Coombs and wife Linda; Kevin Cunningham and wife Maureen; and Bill Mather-Brown and wife Nadine.

Bruno Moretti discusses wooden wheelchairs and technical changes over time

Rome Paralympian Bruno Moretti discusses changes in equipment over time.

Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Australian Team Members boarding bus 1960 Rome Paralympics

Australian athletes are helped onto a bus with a rear wheelchair hoist during the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Waiting at right is Ross Sutton, Australia’s first Paralympic gold medallist.

Gary Hooper on the place in history of the first Paralympians

1960 Paralympian Gary Hooper comments on the role of pioneering Paralympians in inspiring later generations of athletes.

Bill Mather-Brown talks about amusing experiences involving Bruno Moretti at the 1960 Rome Paralympics

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Interviewee: Bill Mather-Brown
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 3 June 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal

Ross Sutton won Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal, in the St Nicholas Round of Archery. Archery was scheduled as the opening event of the 1960 Games but was postponed to the second day due to rain, depriving Sutton of the opportunity of being the first ever Paralympic gold medalist, which honour went to an Italian fencer.

Australian Team members 1960 Rome Paralympics

Members of the first Australian Paralympic Team, in Rome in 1960, relax at the archery venue. Seated on the far left is Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton), Australia’s only female competitor in Rome and the first Australian female Paralympic gold medallist. Behind her, also looking at the camera, is Gary Hooper.

Bill Mather-Brown talks about the events he competed in during 1960 Rome Paralympics

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Interviewee: Bill Mather-Brown
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 3 June 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Listen to the full interview here.

Australian team 50-year reunion Rome Summer Paralympics

Seven members of the 1960 Australian Paralympic Team – the first – at the reunion to mark the 50th anniversary of the Games. The team members and their partners were guests of honour at the 2010 Australian Paralympian of the Year Awards. All but one of the pictured athletes were accompanied by their long-term wives or husbands. Of the 12 athletes who attended the Games, eight were still alive 50 years later (Frank Ponta was too ill to attend). L to R (athlete and partner): Chris O’Brien with his sister; Daphne Hilton (nee Ceeney) and husband Frank; Gary Hooper and wife Jan; APC President Greg Hartung; Bruno Moretti and wife Scarlett; Kevin Coombs and wife Linda; Kevin Cunningham and wife Maureen; and Bill Mather-Brown and wife Nadine.

Bruno Moretti discusses wooden wheelchairs and technical changes over time

Rome Paralympian Bruno Moretti discusses changes in equipment over time.

Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Australian Team Members boarding bus 1960 Rome Paralympics

Australian athletes are helped onto a bus with a rear wheelchair hoist during the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Waiting at right is Ross Sutton, Australia’s first Paralympic gold medallist.

Gary Hooper on the place in history of the first Paralympians

1960 Paralympian Gary Hooper comments on the role of pioneering Paralympians in inspiring later generations of athletes.

Bill Mather-Brown talks about amusing experiences involving Bruno Moretti at the 1960 Rome Paralympics

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Interviewee: Bill Mather-Brown
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 3 June 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal

Ross Sutton won Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal, in the St Nicholas Round of Archery. Archery was scheduled as the opening event of the 1960 Games but was postponed to the second day due to rain, depriving Sutton of the opportunity of being the first ever Paralympic gold medalist, which honour went to an Italian fencer.

Australian Team members 1960 Rome Paralympics

Members of the first Australian Paralympic Team, in Rome in 1960, relax at the archery venue. Seated on the far left is Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton), Australia’s only female competitor in Rome and the first Australian female Paralympic gold medallist. Behind her, also looking at the camera, is Gary Hooper.

Bill Mather-Brown talks about the events he competed in during 1960 Rome Paralympics

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Interviewee: Bill Mather-Brown
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 3 June 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Listen to the full interview here.

Australian team 50-year reunion Rome Summer Paralympics

Seven members of the 1960 Australian Paralympic Team – the first – at the reunion to mark the 50th anniversary of the Games. The team members and their partners were guests of honour at the 2010 Australian Paralympian of the Year Awards. All but one of the pictured athletes were accompanied by their long-term wives or husbands. Of the 12 athletes who attended the Games, eight were still alive 50 years later (Frank Ponta was too ill to attend). L to R (athlete and partner): Chris O’Brien with his sister; Daphne Hilton (nee Ceeney) and husband Frank; Gary Hooper and wife Jan; APC President Greg Hartung; Bruno Moretti and wife Scarlett; Kevin Coombs and wife Linda; Kevin Cunningham and wife Maureen; and Bill Mather-Brown and wife Nadine.

Bruno Moretti discusses wooden wheelchairs and technical changes over time

Rome Paralympian Bruno Moretti discusses changes in equipment over time.

Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Australian Team Members boarding bus 1960 Rome Paralympics

Australian athletes are helped onto a bus with a rear wheelchair hoist during the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Waiting at right is Ross Sutton, Australia’s first Paralympic gold medallist.

Gary Hooper on the place in history of the first Paralympians

1960 Paralympian Gary Hooper comments on the role of pioneering Paralympians in inspiring later generations of athletes.

Bill Mather-Brown talks about amusing experiences involving Bruno Moretti at the 1960 Rome Paralympics

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Interviewee: Bill Mather-Brown
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 3 June 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal

Ross Sutton won Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal, in the St Nicholas Round of Archery. Archery was scheduled as the opening event of the 1960 Games but was postponed to the second day due to rain, depriving Sutton of the opportunity of being the first ever Paralympic gold medalist, which honour went to an Italian fencer.

Australian Team members 1960 Rome Paralympics

Members of the first Australian Paralympic Team, in Rome in 1960, relax at the archery venue. Seated on the far left is Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton), Australia’s only female competitor in Rome and the first Australian female Paralympic gold medallist. Behind her, also looking at the camera, is Gary Hooper.

Bill Mather-Brown talks about the events he competed in during 1960 Rome Paralympics

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Interviewee: Bill Mather-Brown
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 3 June 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Listen to the full interview here.

Australian team 50-year reunion Rome Summer Paralympics

Seven members of the 1960 Australian Paralympic Team – the first – at the reunion to mark the 50th anniversary of the Games. The team members and their partners were guests of honour at the 2010 Australian Paralympian of the Year Awards. All but one of the pictured athletes were accompanied by their long-term wives or husbands. Of the 12 athletes who attended the Games, eight were still alive 50 years later (Frank Ponta was too ill to attend). L to R (athlete and partner): Chris O’Brien with his sister; Daphne Hilton (nee Ceeney) and husband Frank; Gary Hooper and wife Jan; APC President Greg Hartung; Bruno Moretti and wife Scarlett; Kevin Coombs and wife Linda; Kevin Cunningham and wife Maureen; and Bill Mather-Brown and wife Nadine.

Bruno Moretti discusses wooden wheelchairs and technical changes over time

Rome Paralympian Bruno Moretti discusses changes in equipment over time.

Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Australian Team Members boarding bus 1960 Rome Paralympics

Australian athletes are helped onto a bus with a rear wheelchair hoist during the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Waiting at right is Ross Sutton, Australia’s first Paralympic gold medallist.

Gary Hooper on the place in history of the first Paralympians

1960 Paralympian Gary Hooper comments on the role of pioneering Paralympians in inspiring later generations of athletes.

Bill Mather-Brown talks about amusing experiences involving Bruno Moretti at the 1960 Rome Paralympics

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Interviewee: Bill Mather-Brown
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 3 June 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal

Ross Sutton won Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal, in the St Nicholas Round of Archery. Archery was scheduled as the opening event of the 1960 Games but was postponed to the second day due to rain, depriving Sutton of the opportunity of being the first ever Paralympic gold medalist, which honour went to an Italian fencer.

Australian Team members 1960 Rome Paralympics

Members of the first Australian Paralympic Team, in Rome in 1960, relax at the archery venue. Seated on the far left is Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton), Australia’s only female competitor in Rome and the first Australian female Paralympic gold medallist. Behind her, also looking at the camera, is Gary Hooper.

Bill Mather-Brown talks about the events he competed in during 1960 Rome Paralympics

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Interviewee: Bill Mather-Brown
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 3 June 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Listen to the full interview here.

Australian team 50-year reunion Rome Summer Paralympics

Seven members of the 1960 Australian Paralympic Team – the first – at the reunion to mark the 50th anniversary of the Games. The team members and their partners were guests of honour at the 2010 Australian Paralympian of the Year Awards. All but one of the pictured athletes were accompanied by their long-term wives or husbands. Of the 12 athletes who attended the Games, eight were still alive 50 years later (Frank Ponta was too ill to attend). L to R (athlete and partner): Chris O’Brien with his sister; Daphne Hilton (nee Ceeney) and husband Frank; Gary Hooper and wife Jan; APC President Greg Hartung; Bruno Moretti and wife Scarlett; Kevin Coombs and wife Linda; Kevin Cunningham and wife Maureen; and Bill Mather-Brown and wife Nadine.

Bruno Moretti discusses wooden wheelchairs and technical changes over time

Rome Paralympian Bruno Moretti discusses changes in equipment over time.

Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Australian Team Members boarding bus 1960 Rome Paralympics

Australian athletes are helped onto a bus with a rear wheelchair hoist during the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Waiting at right is Ross Sutton, Australia’s first Paralympic gold medallist.

Gary Hooper on the place in history of the first Paralympians

1960 Paralympian Gary Hooper comments on the role of pioneering Paralympians in inspiring later generations of athletes.

Bill Mather-Brown talks about amusing experiences involving Bruno Moretti at the 1960 Rome Paralympics

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Interviewee: Bill Mather-Brown
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 3 June 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal

Ross Sutton won Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal, in the St Nicholas Round of Archery. Archery was scheduled as the opening event of the 1960 Games but was postponed to the second day due to rain, depriving Sutton of the opportunity of being the first ever Paralympic gold medalist, which honour went to an Italian fencer.

Australian Team members 1960 Rome Paralympics

Members of the first Australian Paralympic Team, in Rome in 1960, relax at the archery venue. Seated on the far left is Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton), Australia’s only female competitor in Rome and the first Australian female Paralympic gold medallist. Behind her, also looking at the camera, is Gary Hooper.

Bill Mather-Brown talks about the events he competed in during 1960 Rome Paralympics

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Interviewee: Bill Mather-Brown
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 3 June 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Listen to the full interview here.

Australian team 50-year reunion Rome Summer Paralympics

Seven members of the 1960 Australian Paralympic Team – the first – at the reunion to mark the 50th anniversary of the Games. The team members and their partners were guests of honour at the 2010 Australian Paralympian of the Year Awards. All but one of the pictured athletes were accompanied by their long-term wives or husbands. Of the 12 athletes who attended the Games, eight were still alive 50 years later (Frank Ponta was too ill to attend). L to R (athlete and partner): Chris O’Brien with his sister; Daphne Hilton (nee Ceeney) and husband Frank; Gary Hooper and wife Jan; APC President Greg Hartung; Bruno Moretti and wife Scarlett; Kevin Coombs and wife Linda; Kevin Cunningham and wife Maureen; and Bill Mather-Brown and wife Nadine.

Bruno Moretti discusses wooden wheelchairs and technical changes over time

Rome Paralympian Bruno Moretti discusses changes in equipment over time.

Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Australian Team Members boarding bus 1960 Rome Paralympics

Australian athletes are helped onto a bus with a rear wheelchair hoist during the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Waiting at right is Ross Sutton, Australia’s first Paralympic gold medallist.

Gary Hooper on the place in history of the first Paralympians

1960 Paralympian Gary Hooper comments on the role of pioneering Paralympians in inspiring later generations of athletes.

Bill Mather-Brown talks about amusing experiences involving Bruno Moretti at the 1960 Rome Paralympics

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Interviewee: Bill Mather-Brown
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 3 June 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal

Ross Sutton won Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal, in the St Nicholas Round of Archery. Archery was scheduled as the opening event of the 1960 Games but was postponed to the second day due to rain, depriving Sutton of the opportunity of being the first ever Paralympic gold medalist, which honour went to an Italian fencer.

Australian Team members 1960 Rome Paralympics

Members of the first Australian Paralympic Team, in Rome in 1960, relax at the archery venue. Seated on the far left is Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton), Australia’s only female competitor in Rome and the first Australian female Paralympic gold medallist. Behind her, also looking at the camera, is Gary Hooper.

Bill Mather-Brown talks about the events he competed in during 1960 Rome Paralympics

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Interviewee: Bill Mather-Brown
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 3 June 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Listen to the full interview here.

Australian team 50-year reunion Rome Summer Paralympics

Seven members of the 1960 Australian Paralympic Team – the first – at the reunion to mark the 50th anniversary of the Games. The team members and their partners were guests of honour at the 2010 Australian Paralympian of the Year Awards. All but one of the pictured athletes were accompanied by their long-term wives or husbands. Of the 12 athletes who attended the Games, eight were still alive 50 years later (Frank Ponta was too ill to attend). L to R (athlete and partner): Chris O’Brien with his sister; Daphne Hilton (nee Ceeney) and husband Frank; Gary Hooper and wife Jan; APC President Greg Hartung; Bruno Moretti and wife Scarlett; Kevin Coombs and wife Linda; Kevin Cunningham and wife Maureen; and Bill Mather-Brown and wife Nadine.

Bruno Moretti discusses wooden wheelchairs and technical changes over time

Rome Paralympian Bruno Moretti discusses changes in equipment over time.

Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Australian Team Members boarding bus 1960 Rome Paralympics

Australian athletes are helped onto a bus with a rear wheelchair hoist during the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Waiting at right is Ross Sutton, Australia’s first Paralympic gold medallist.

Gary Hooper on the place in history of the first Paralympians

1960 Paralympian Gary Hooper comments on the role of pioneering Paralympians in inspiring later generations of athletes.

Bill Mather-Brown talks about amusing experiences involving Bruno Moretti at the 1960 Rome Paralympics

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Interviewee: Bill Mather-Brown
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 3 June 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal

Ross Sutton won Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal, in the St Nicholas Round of Archery. Archery was scheduled as the opening event of the 1960 Games but was postponed to the second day due to rain, depriving Sutton of the opportunity of being the first ever Paralympic gold medalist, which honour went to an Italian fencer.

Australian Team members 1960 Rome Paralympics

Members of the first Australian Paralympic Team, in Rome in 1960, relax at the archery venue. Seated on the far left is Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton), Australia’s only female competitor in Rome and the first Australian female Paralympic gold medallist. Behind her, also looking at the camera, is Gary Hooper.

Bill Mather-Brown talks about the events he competed in during 1960 Rome Paralympics

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Interviewee: Bill Mather-Brown
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 3 June 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Listen to the full interview here.

Australian team 50-year reunion Rome Summer Paralympics

Seven members of the 1960 Australian Paralympic Team – the first – at the reunion to mark the 50th anniversary of the Games. The team members and their partners were guests of honour at the 2010 Australian Paralympian of the Year Awards. All but one of the pictured athletes were accompanied by their long-term wives or husbands. Of the 12 athletes who attended the Games, eight were still alive 50 years later (Frank Ponta was too ill to attend). L to R (athlete and partner): Chris O’Brien with his sister; Daphne Hilton (nee Ceeney) and husband Frank; Gary Hooper and wife Jan; APC President Greg Hartung; Bruno Moretti and wife Scarlett; Kevin Coombs and wife Linda; Kevin Cunningham and wife Maureen; and Bill Mather-Brown and wife Nadine.

Bruno Moretti discusses wooden wheelchairs and technical changes over time

Rome Paralympian Bruno Moretti discusses changes in equipment over time.

Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Australian Team Members boarding bus 1960 Rome Paralympics

Australian athletes are helped onto a bus with a rear wheelchair hoist during the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Waiting at right is Ross Sutton, Australia’s first Paralympic gold medallist.

Gary Hooper on the place in history of the first Paralympians

1960 Paralympian Gary Hooper comments on the role of pioneering Paralympians in inspiring later generations of athletes.

Bill Mather-Brown talks about amusing experiences involving Bruno Moretti at the 1960 Rome Paralympics

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Interviewee: Bill Mather-Brown
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 3 June 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal

Ross Sutton won Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal, in the St Nicholas Round of Archery. Archery was scheduled as the opening event of the 1960 Games but was postponed to the second day due to rain, depriving Sutton of the opportunity of being the first ever Paralympic gold medalist, which honour went to an Italian fencer.

Australian Team members 1960 Rome Paralympics

Members of the first Australian Paralympic Team, in Rome in 1960, relax at the archery venue. Seated on the far left is Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton), Australia’s only female competitor in Rome and the first Australian female Paralympic gold medallist. Behind her, also looking at the camera, is Gary Hooper.

Bill Mather-Brown talks about the events he competed in during 1960 Rome Paralympics

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Interviewee: Bill Mather-Brown
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 3 June 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Listen to the full interview here.

Australian team 50-year reunion Rome Summer Paralympics

Seven members of the 1960 Australian Paralympic Team – the first – at the reunion to mark the 50th anniversary of the Games. The team members and their partners were guests of honour at the 2010 Australian Paralympian of the Year Awards. All but one of the pictured athletes were accompanied by their long-term wives or husbands. Of the 12 athletes who attended the Games, eight were still alive 50 years later (Frank Ponta was too ill to attend). L to R (athlete and partner): Chris O’Brien with his sister; Daphne Hilton (nee Ceeney) and husband Frank; Gary Hooper and wife Jan; APC President Greg Hartung; Bruno Moretti and wife Scarlett; Kevin Coombs and wife Linda; Kevin Cunningham and wife Maureen; and Bill Mather-Brown and wife Nadine.

Bruno Moretti discusses wooden wheelchairs and technical changes over time

Rome Paralympian Bruno Moretti discusses changes in equipment over time.

Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Australian Team Members boarding bus 1960 Rome Paralympics

Australian athletes are helped onto a bus with a rear wheelchair hoist during the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Waiting at right is Ross Sutton, Australia’s first Paralympic gold medallist.

Gary Hooper on the place in history of the first Paralympians

1960 Paralympian Gary Hooper comments on the role of pioneering Paralympians in inspiring later generations of athletes.

Bill Mather-Brown talks about amusing experiences involving Bruno Moretti at the 1960 Rome Paralympics

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Interviewee: Bill Mather-Brown
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 3 June 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal

Ross Sutton won Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal, in the St Nicholas Round of Archery. Archery was scheduled as the opening event of the 1960 Games but was postponed to the second day due to rain, depriving Sutton of the opportunity of being the first ever Paralympic gold medalist, which honour went to an Italian fencer.

Australian Team members 1960 Rome Paralympics

Members of the first Australian Paralympic Team, in Rome in 1960, relax at the archery venue. Seated on the far left is Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton), Australia’s only female competitor in Rome and the first Australian female Paralympic gold medallist. Behind her, also looking at the camera, is Gary Hooper.

Bill Mather-Brown talks about the events he competed in during 1960 Rome Paralympics

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Interviewee: Bill Mather-Brown
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 3 June 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Listen to the full interview here.

Australian team 50-year reunion Rome Summer Paralympics

Seven members of the 1960 Australian Paralympic Team – the first – at the reunion to mark the 50th anniversary of the Games. The team members and their partners were guests of honour at the 2010 Australian Paralympian of the Year Awards. All but one of the pictured athletes were accompanied by their long-term wives or husbands. Of the 12 athletes who attended the Games, eight were still alive 50 years later (Frank Ponta was too ill to attend). L to R (athlete and partner): Chris O’Brien with his sister; Daphne Hilton (nee Ceeney) and husband Frank; Gary Hooper and wife Jan; APC President Greg Hartung; Bruno Moretti and wife Scarlett; Kevin Coombs and wife Linda; Kevin Cunningham and wife Maureen; and Bill Mather-Brown and wife Nadine.

Bruno Moretti discusses wooden wheelchairs and technical changes over time

Rome Paralympian Bruno Moretti discusses changes in equipment over time.

Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Australian Team Members boarding bus 1960 Rome Paralympics

Australian athletes are helped onto a bus with a rear wheelchair hoist during the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Waiting at right is Ross Sutton, Australia’s first Paralympic gold medallist.

Gary Hooper on the place in history of the first Paralympians

1960 Paralympian Gary Hooper comments on the role of pioneering Paralympians in inspiring later generations of athletes.

Bill Mather-Brown talks about amusing experiences involving Bruno Moretti at the 1960 Rome Paralympics

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Interviewee: Bill Mather-Brown
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 3 June 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal

Ross Sutton won Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal, in the St Nicholas Round of Archery. Archery was scheduled as the opening event of the 1960 Games but was postponed to the second day due to rain, depriving Sutton of the opportunity of being the first ever Paralympic gold medalist, which honour went to an Italian fencer.

Australian Team members 1960 Rome Paralympics

Members of the first Australian Paralympic Team, in Rome in 1960, relax at the archery venue. Seated on the far left is Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton), Australia’s only female competitor in Rome and the first Australian female Paralympic gold medallist. Behind her, also looking at the camera, is Gary Hooper.

Bill Mather-Brown talks about the events he competed in during 1960 Rome Paralympics

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Interviewee: Bill Mather-Brown
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 3 June 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Listen to the full interview here.

Australian team 50-year reunion Rome Summer Paralympics

Seven members of the 1960 Australian Paralympic Team – the first – at the reunion to mark the 50th anniversary of the Games. The team members and their partners were guests of honour at the 2010 Australian Paralympian of the Year Awards. All but one of the pictured athletes were accompanied by their long-term wives or husbands. Of the 12 athletes who attended the Games, eight were still alive 50 years later (Frank Ponta was too ill to attend). L to R (athlete and partner): Chris O’Brien with his sister; Daphne Hilton (nee Ceeney) and husband Frank; Gary Hooper and wife Jan; APC President Greg Hartung; Bruno Moretti and wife Scarlett; Kevin Coombs and wife Linda; Kevin Cunningham and wife Maureen; and Bill Mather-Brown and wife Nadine.

Bruno Moretti discusses wooden wheelchairs and technical changes over time

Rome Paralympian Bruno Moretti discusses changes in equipment over time.

Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Australian Team Members boarding bus 1960 Rome Paralympics

Australian athletes are helped onto a bus with a rear wheelchair hoist during the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Waiting at right is Ross Sutton, Australia’s first Paralympic gold medallist.

Gary Hooper on the place in history of the first Paralympians

1960 Paralympian Gary Hooper comments on the role of pioneering Paralympians in inspiring later generations of athletes.

Bill Mather-Brown talks about amusing experiences involving Bruno Moretti at the 1960 Rome Paralympics

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Interviewee: Bill Mather-Brown
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 3 June 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal

Ross Sutton won Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal, in the St Nicholas Round of Archery. Archery was scheduled as the opening event of the 1960 Games but was postponed to the second day due to rain, depriving Sutton of the opportunity of being the first ever Paralympic gold medalist, which honour went to an Italian fencer.

Australian Team members 1960 Rome Paralympics

Members of the first Australian Paralympic Team, in Rome in 1960, relax at the archery venue. Seated on the far left is Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton), Australia’s only female competitor in Rome and the first Australian female Paralympic gold medallist. Behind her, also looking at the camera, is Gary Hooper.

Bill Mather-Brown talks about the events he competed in during 1960 Rome Paralympics

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Interviewee: Bill Mather-Brown
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 3 June 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Listen to the full interview here.

Australian team 50-year reunion Rome Summer Paralympics

Seven members of the 1960 Australian Paralympic Team – the first – at the reunion to mark the 50th anniversary of the Games. The team members and their partners were guests of honour at the 2010 Australian Paralympian of the Year Awards. All but one of the pictured athletes were accompanied by their long-term wives or husbands. Of the 12 athletes who attended the Games, eight were still alive 50 years later (Frank Ponta was too ill to attend). L to R (athlete and partner): Chris O’Brien with his sister; Daphne Hilton (nee Ceeney) and husband Frank; Gary Hooper and wife Jan; APC President Greg Hartung; Bruno Moretti and wife Scarlett; Kevin Coombs and wife Linda; Kevin Cunningham and wife Maureen; and Bill Mather-Brown and wife Nadine.

Bruno Moretti discusses wooden wheelchairs and technical changes over time

Rome Paralympian Bruno Moretti discusses changes in equipment over time.

Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Australian Team Members boarding bus 1960 Rome Paralympics

Australian athletes are helped onto a bus with a rear wheelchair hoist during the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Waiting at right is Ross Sutton, Australia’s first Paralympic gold medallist.

Gary Hooper on the place in history of the first Paralympians

1960 Paralympian Gary Hooper comments on the role of pioneering Paralympians in inspiring later generations of athletes.

Bill Mather-Brown talks about amusing experiences involving Bruno Moretti at the 1960 Rome Paralympics

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Interviewee: Bill Mather-Brown
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 3 June 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal

Ross Sutton won Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal, in the St Nicholas Round of Archery. Archery was scheduled as the opening event of the 1960 Games but was postponed to the second day due to rain, depriving Sutton of the opportunity of being the first ever Paralympic gold medalist, which honour went to an Italian fencer.

Australian Team members 1960 Rome Paralympics

Members of the first Australian Paralympic Team, in Rome in 1960, relax at the archery venue. Seated on the far left is Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton), Australia’s only female competitor in Rome and the first Australian female Paralympic gold medallist. Behind her, also looking at the camera, is Gary Hooper.

Bill Mather-Brown talks about the events he competed in during 1960 Rome Paralympics

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Interviewee: Bill Mather-Brown
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 3 June 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Listen to the full interview here.

Australian team 50-year reunion Rome Summer Paralympics

Seven members of the 1960 Australian Paralympic Team – the first – at the reunion to mark the 50th anniversary of the Games. The team members and their partners were guests of honour at the 2010 Australian Paralympian of the Year Awards. All but one of the pictured athletes were accompanied by their long-term wives or husbands. Of the 12 athletes who attended the Games, eight were still alive 50 years later (Frank Ponta was too ill to attend). L to R (athlete and partner): Chris O’Brien with his sister; Daphne Hilton (nee Ceeney) and husband Frank; Gary Hooper and wife Jan; APC President Greg Hartung; Bruno Moretti and wife Scarlett; Kevin Coombs and wife Linda; Kevin Cunningham and wife Maureen; and Bill Mather-Brown and wife Nadine.

Bruno Moretti discusses wooden wheelchairs and technical changes over time

Rome Paralympian Bruno Moretti discusses changes in equipment over time.

Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Australian Team Members boarding bus 1960 Rome Paralympics

Australian athletes are helped onto a bus with a rear wheelchair hoist during the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Waiting at right is Ross Sutton, Australia’s first Paralympic gold medallist.

Gary Hooper on the place in history of the first Paralympians

1960 Paralympian Gary Hooper comments on the role of pioneering Paralympians in inspiring later generations of athletes.

Bill Mather-Brown talks about amusing experiences involving Bruno Moretti at the 1960 Rome Paralympics

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Interviewee: Bill Mather-Brown
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 3 June 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal

Ross Sutton won Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal, in the St Nicholas Round of Archery. Archery was scheduled as the opening event of the 1960 Games but was postponed to the second day due to rain, depriving Sutton of the opportunity of being the first ever Paralympic gold medalist, which honour went to an Italian fencer.

Australian Team members 1960 Rome Paralympics

Members of the first Australian Paralympic Team, in Rome in 1960, relax at the archery venue. Seated on the far left is Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton), Australia’s only female competitor in Rome and the first Australian female Paralympic gold medallist. Behind her, also looking at the camera, is Gary Hooper.

Bill Mather-Brown talks about the events he competed in during 1960 Rome Paralympics

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Interviewee: Bill Mather-Brown
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 3 June 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Listen to the full interview here.

Australian team 50-year reunion Rome Summer Paralympics

Seven members of the 1960 Australian Paralympic Team – the first – at the reunion to mark the 50th anniversary of the Games. The team members and their partners were guests of honour at the 2010 Australian Paralympian of the Year Awards. All but one of the pictured athletes were accompanied by their long-term wives or husbands. Of the 12 athletes who attended the Games, eight were still alive 50 years later (Frank Ponta was too ill to attend). L to R (athlete and partner): Chris O’Brien with his sister; Daphne Hilton (nee Ceeney) and husband Frank; Gary Hooper and wife Jan; APC President Greg Hartung; Bruno Moretti and wife Scarlett; Kevin Coombs and wife Linda; Kevin Cunningham and wife Maureen; and Bill Mather-Brown and wife Nadine.

Bruno Moretti discusses wooden wheelchairs and technical changes over time

Rome Paralympian Bruno Moretti discusses changes in equipment over time.

Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Australian Team Members boarding bus 1960 Rome Paralympics

Australian athletes are helped onto a bus with a rear wheelchair hoist during the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Waiting at right is Ross Sutton, Australia’s first Paralympic gold medallist.

Gary Hooper on the place in history of the first Paralympians

1960 Paralympian Gary Hooper comments on the role of pioneering Paralympians in inspiring later generations of athletes.

Bill Mather-Brown talks about amusing experiences involving Bruno Moretti at the 1960 Rome Paralympics

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Interviewee: Bill Mather-Brown
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 3 June 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal

Ross Sutton won Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal, in the St Nicholas Round of Archery. Archery was scheduled as the opening event of the 1960 Games but was postponed to the second day due to rain, depriving Sutton of the opportunity of being the first ever Paralympic gold medalist, which honour went to an Italian fencer.

Australian Team members 1960 Rome Paralympics

Members of the first Australian Paralympic Team, in Rome in 1960, relax at the archery venue. Seated on the far left is Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton), Australia’s only female competitor in Rome and the first Australian female Paralympic gold medallist. Behind her, also looking at the camera, is Gary Hooper.

Bill Mather-Brown talks about the events he competed in during 1960 Rome Paralympics

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Interviewee: Bill Mather-Brown
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 3 June 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Listen to the full interview here.

Australian team 50-year reunion Rome Summer Paralympics

Seven members of the 1960 Australian Paralympic Team – the first – at the reunion to mark the 50th anniversary of the Games. The team members and their partners were guests of honour at the 2010 Australian Paralympian of the Year Awards. All but one of the pictured athletes were accompanied by their long-term wives or husbands. Of the 12 athletes who attended the Games, eight were still alive 50 years later (Frank Ponta was too ill to attend). L to R (athlete and partner): Chris O’Brien with his sister; Daphne Hilton (nee Ceeney) and husband Frank; Gary Hooper and wife Jan; APC President Greg Hartung; Bruno Moretti and wife Scarlett; Kevin Coombs and wife Linda; Kevin Cunningham and wife Maureen; and Bill Mather-Brown and wife Nadine.

Bruno Moretti discusses wooden wheelchairs and technical changes over time

Rome Paralympian Bruno Moretti discusses changes in equipment over time.

Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Australian Team Members boarding bus 1960 Rome Paralympics

Australian athletes are helped onto a bus with a rear wheelchair hoist during the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Waiting at right is Ross Sutton, Australia’s first Paralympic gold medallist.

Gary Hooper on the place in history of the first Paralympians

1960 Paralympian Gary Hooper comments on the role of pioneering Paralympians in inspiring later generations of athletes.

Bill Mather-Brown talks about amusing experiences involving Bruno Moretti at the 1960 Rome Paralympics

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Interviewee: Bill Mather-Brown
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 3 June 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal

Ross Sutton won Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal, in the St Nicholas Round of Archery. Archery was scheduled as the opening event of the 1960 Games but was postponed to the second day due to rain, depriving Sutton of the opportunity of being the first ever Paralympic gold medalist, which honour went to an Italian fencer.

Australian Team members 1960 Rome Paralympics

Members of the first Australian Paralympic Team, in Rome in 1960, relax at the archery venue. Seated on the far left is Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton), Australia’s only female competitor in Rome and the first Australian female Paralympic gold medallist. Behind her, also looking at the camera, is Gary Hooper.

Bill Mather-Brown talks about the events he competed in during 1960 Rome Paralympics

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Interviewee: Bill Mather-Brown
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 3 June 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Listen to the full interview here.

Australian team 50-year reunion Rome Summer Paralympics

Seven members of the 1960 Australian Paralympic Team – the first – at the reunion to mark the 50th anniversary of the Games. The team members and their partners were guests of honour at the 2010 Australian Paralympian of the Year Awards. All but one of the pictured athletes were accompanied by their long-term wives or husbands. Of the 12 athletes who attended the Games, eight were still alive 50 years later (Frank Ponta was too ill to attend). L to R (athlete and partner): Chris O’Brien with his sister; Daphne Hilton (nee Ceeney) and husband Frank; Gary Hooper and wife Jan; APC President Greg Hartung; Bruno Moretti and wife Scarlett; Kevin Coombs and wife Linda; Kevin Cunningham and wife Maureen; and Bill Mather-Brown and wife Nadine.

Bruno Moretti discusses wooden wheelchairs and technical changes over time

Rome Paralympian Bruno Moretti discusses changes in equipment over time.

Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Australian Team Members boarding bus 1960 Rome Paralympics

Australian athletes are helped onto a bus with a rear wheelchair hoist during the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Waiting at right is Ross Sutton, Australia’s first Paralympic gold medallist.

Gary Hooper on the place in history of the first Paralympians

1960 Paralympian Gary Hooper comments on the role of pioneering Paralympians in inspiring later generations of athletes.

Bill Mather-Brown talks about amusing experiences involving Bruno Moretti at the 1960 Rome Paralympics

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Interviewee: Bill Mather-Brown
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 3 June 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal

Ross Sutton won Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal, in the St Nicholas Round of Archery. Archery was scheduled as the opening event of the 1960 Games but was postponed to the second day due to rain, depriving Sutton of the opportunity of being the first ever Paralympic gold medalist, which honour went to an Italian fencer.

Australian Team members 1960 Rome Paralympics

Members of the first Australian Paralympic Team, in Rome in 1960, relax at the archery venue. Seated on the far left is Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton), Australia’s only female competitor in Rome and the first Australian female Paralympic gold medallist. Behind her, also looking at the camera, is Gary Hooper.

Bill Mather-Brown talks about the events he competed in during 1960 Rome Paralympics

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Interviewee: Bill Mather-Brown
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 3 June 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Listen to the full interview here.

Australian team 50-year reunion Rome Summer Paralympics

Seven members of the 1960 Australian Paralympic Team – the first – at the reunion to mark the 50th anniversary of the Games. The team members and their partners were guests of honour at the 2010 Australian Paralympian of the Year Awards. All but one of the pictured athletes were accompanied by their long-term wives or husbands. Of the 12 athletes who attended the Games, eight were still alive 50 years later (Frank Ponta was too ill to attend). L to R (athlete and partner): Chris O’Brien with his sister; Daphne Hilton (nee Ceeney) and husband Frank; Gary Hooper and wife Jan; APC President Greg Hartung; Bruno Moretti and wife Scarlett; Kevin Coombs and wife Linda; Kevin Cunningham and wife Maureen; and Bill Mather-Brown and wife Nadine.

Bruno Moretti discusses wooden wheelchairs and technical changes over time

Rome Paralympian Bruno Moretti discusses changes in equipment over time.

Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Australian Team Members boarding bus 1960 Rome Paralympics

Australian athletes are helped onto a bus with a rear wheelchair hoist during the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Waiting at right is Ross Sutton, Australia’s first Paralympic gold medallist.

Gary Hooper on the place in history of the first Paralympians

1960 Paralympian Gary Hooper comments on the role of pioneering Paralympians in inspiring later generations of athletes.

Bill Mather-Brown talks about amusing experiences involving Bruno Moretti at the 1960 Rome Paralympics

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Interviewee: Bill Mather-Brown
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 3 June 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal

Ross Sutton won Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal, in the St Nicholas Round of Archery. Archery was scheduled as the opening event of the 1960 Games but was postponed to the second day due to rain, depriving Sutton of the opportunity of being the first ever Paralympic gold medalist, which honour went to an Italian fencer.

Australian Team members 1960 Rome Paralympics

Members of the first Australian Paralympic Team, in Rome in 1960, relax at the archery venue. Seated on the far left is Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton), Australia’s only female competitor in Rome and the first Australian female Paralympic gold medallist. Behind her, also looking at the camera, is Gary Hooper.

Bill Mather-Brown talks about the events he competed in during 1960 Rome Paralympics

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Interviewee: Bill Mather-Brown
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 3 June 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Listen to the full interview here.

Australian team 50-year reunion Rome Summer Paralympics

Seven members of the 1960 Australian Paralympic Team – the first – at the reunion to mark the 50th anniversary of the Games. The team members and their partners were guests of honour at the 2010 Australian Paralympian of the Year Awards. All but one of the pictured athletes were accompanied by their long-term wives or husbands. Of the 12 athletes who attended the Games, eight were still alive 50 years later (Frank Ponta was too ill to attend). L to R (athlete and partner): Chris O’Brien with his sister; Daphne Hilton (nee Ceeney) and husband Frank; Gary Hooper and wife Jan; APC President Greg Hartung; Bruno Moretti and wife Scarlett; Kevin Coombs and wife Linda; Kevin Cunningham and wife Maureen; and Bill Mather-Brown and wife Nadine.

Bruno Moretti discusses wooden wheelchairs and technical changes over time