1964 Team Members passing on wisdom to 2012 athletes

1964 Australian Paralympic Team Members attending a Team reunion in Sydney in 2011 talk to athlete sport representatives and Team staff for the London 2012 Games about their experiences in 1964, changes in Paralympic sport and exchange views on what it means to be a Paralympian. The 1964 Team Members are, right to left: Elizabeth Edmondson, Bill Mather-Brown, Mike Dow, Gary Hooper and John Martin.

Wheelchair basketball Tokyo Paralympics

Action during a wheelchair basketball game between two unknown teams outside the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

A telegram from Dr Bedbrook

A telegram from the 1964 Australian Paralympic Team head of delegation, George Bedbrook, to the family of swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson, informing them of her success at the Games and plans for the return trip to Australia. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. In 1964, a telegram was the equivalent of today’s text message.

Listen to Elizabeth Edmondson’s experience of the 1964 Tokyo Games

Interviewer: Ian Jobling
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Elizabeth Edmondson
Recorded: 24 October 2012
Location: Dalkeith, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

3 gold medals; 3 world records; 14 years old in Tokyo

Australian swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson at the 1964 summer Paralympics. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest competitor at the Games. She won three gold medals, all with a world record and was Australia’s youngest gold medalist until Maddison Elliott in 2012. The day after Edmondson returned from Tokyo, she was back at school.

Ceeney and Edmondson handshake Tokyo Paralympics

Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton) – left – who won the silver medal, congratulates 14 year old Elizabeth Edmondson, who won gold in a world record time in the 50m Freestyle Prone Complete Class 5 swimming event at the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games. Edmondson remained the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. Australian Team official Kevin Betts pushes Daphne Ceeney and ‘Johnno’ Johnston pushes Elizabeth Edmondson.

Swimming venue Tokyo Paralympics

Scene at the swimming venue during a race during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Basketball free throw Tokyo Summer Paralympics

A player from an unknown team shoots a free throw in a wheelchair basketball game against the USA at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Frank Ponta on his fencing silver medal in Tokyo 1964

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Frank Ponta
Recorded: 4 June 2010
Location: Perth, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

1964 Team Members passing on wisdom to 2012 athletes

1964 Australian Paralympic Team Members attending a Team reunion in Sydney in 2011 talk to athlete sport representatives and Team staff for the London 2012 Games about their experiences in 1964, changes in Paralympic sport and exchange views on what it means to be a Paralympian. The 1964 Team Members are, right to left: Elizabeth Edmondson, Bill Mather-Brown, Mike Dow, Gary Hooper and John Martin.

Wheelchair basketball Tokyo Paralympics

Action during a wheelchair basketball game between two unknown teams outside the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

A telegram from Dr Bedbrook

A telegram from the 1964 Australian Paralympic Team head of delegation, George Bedbrook, to the family of swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson, informing them of her success at the Games and plans for the return trip to Australia. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. In 1964, a telegram was the equivalent of today’s text message.

Listen to Elizabeth Edmondson’s experience of the 1964 Tokyo Games

Interviewer: Ian Jobling
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Elizabeth Edmondson
Recorded: 24 October 2012
Location: Dalkeith, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

3 gold medals; 3 world records; 14 years old in Tokyo

Australian swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson at the 1964 summer Paralympics. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest competitor at the Games. She won three gold medals, all with a world record and was Australia’s youngest gold medalist until Maddison Elliott in 2012. The day after Edmondson returned from Tokyo, she was back at school.

Ceeney and Edmondson handshake Tokyo Paralympics

Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton) – left – who won the silver medal, congratulates 14 year old Elizabeth Edmondson, who won gold in a world record time in the 50m Freestyle Prone Complete Class 5 swimming event at the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games. Edmondson remained the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. Australian Team official Kevin Betts pushes Daphne Ceeney and ‘Johnno’ Johnston pushes Elizabeth Edmondson.

Swimming venue Tokyo Paralympics

Scene at the swimming venue during a race during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Basketball free throw Tokyo Summer Paralympics

A player from an unknown team shoots a free throw in a wheelchair basketball game against the USA at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Frank Ponta on his fencing silver medal in Tokyo 1964

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Frank Ponta
Recorded: 4 June 2010
Location: Perth, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

1964 Team Members passing on wisdom to 2012 athletes

1964 Australian Paralympic Team Members attending a Team reunion in Sydney in 2011 talk to athlete sport representatives and Team staff for the London 2012 Games about their experiences in 1964, changes in Paralympic sport and exchange views on what it means to be a Paralympian. The 1964 Team Members are, right to left: Elizabeth Edmondson, Bill Mather-Brown, Mike Dow, Gary Hooper and John Martin.

Wheelchair basketball Tokyo Paralympics

Action during a wheelchair basketball game between two unknown teams outside the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

A telegram from Dr Bedbrook

A telegram from the 1964 Australian Paralympic Team head of delegation, George Bedbrook, to the family of swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson, informing them of her success at the Games and plans for the return trip to Australia. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. In 1964, a telegram was the equivalent of today’s text message.

Listen to Elizabeth Edmondson’s experience of the 1964 Tokyo Games

Interviewer: Ian Jobling
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Elizabeth Edmondson
Recorded: 24 October 2012
Location: Dalkeith, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

3 gold medals; 3 world records; 14 years old in Tokyo

Australian swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson at the 1964 summer Paralympics. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest competitor at the Games. She won three gold medals, all with a world record and was Australia’s youngest gold medalist until Maddison Elliott in 2012. The day after Edmondson returned from Tokyo, she was back at school.

Ceeney and Edmondson handshake Tokyo Paralympics

Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton) – left – who won the silver medal, congratulates 14 year old Elizabeth Edmondson, who won gold in a world record time in the 50m Freestyle Prone Complete Class 5 swimming event at the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games. Edmondson remained the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. Australian Team official Kevin Betts pushes Daphne Ceeney and ‘Johnno’ Johnston pushes Elizabeth Edmondson.

Swimming venue Tokyo Paralympics

Scene at the swimming venue during a race during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Basketball free throw Tokyo Summer Paralympics

A player from an unknown team shoots a free throw in a wheelchair basketball game against the USA at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Frank Ponta on his fencing silver medal in Tokyo 1964

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Frank Ponta
Recorded: 4 June 2010
Location: Perth, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

1964 Team Members passing on wisdom to 2012 athletes

1964 Australian Paralympic Team Members attending a Team reunion in Sydney in 2011 talk to athlete sport representatives and Team staff for the London 2012 Games about their experiences in 1964, changes in Paralympic sport and exchange views on what it means to be a Paralympian. The 1964 Team Members are, right to left: Elizabeth Edmondson, Bill Mather-Brown, Mike Dow, Gary Hooper and John Martin.

Wheelchair basketball Tokyo Paralympics

Action during a wheelchair basketball game between two unknown teams outside the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

A telegram from Dr Bedbrook

A telegram from the 1964 Australian Paralympic Team head of delegation, George Bedbrook, to the family of swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson, informing them of her success at the Games and plans for the return trip to Australia. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. In 1964, a telegram was the equivalent of today’s text message.

Listen to Elizabeth Edmondson’s experience of the 1964 Tokyo Games

Interviewer: Ian Jobling
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Elizabeth Edmondson
Recorded: 24 October 2012
Location: Dalkeith, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

3 gold medals; 3 world records; 14 years old in Tokyo

Australian swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson at the 1964 summer Paralympics. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest competitor at the Games. She won three gold medals, all with a world record and was Australia’s youngest gold medalist until Maddison Elliott in 2012. The day after Edmondson returned from Tokyo, she was back at school.

Ceeney and Edmondson handshake Tokyo Paralympics

Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton) – left – who won the silver medal, congratulates 14 year old Elizabeth Edmondson, who won gold in a world record time in the 50m Freestyle Prone Complete Class 5 swimming event at the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games. Edmondson remained the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. Australian Team official Kevin Betts pushes Daphne Ceeney and ‘Johnno’ Johnston pushes Elizabeth Edmondson.

Swimming venue Tokyo Paralympics

Scene at the swimming venue during a race during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Basketball free throw Tokyo Summer Paralympics

A player from an unknown team shoots a free throw in a wheelchair basketball game against the USA at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Frank Ponta on his fencing silver medal in Tokyo 1964

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Frank Ponta
Recorded: 4 June 2010
Location: Perth, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

1964 Team Members passing on wisdom to 2012 athletes

1964 Australian Paralympic Team Members attending a Team reunion in Sydney in 2011 talk to athlete sport representatives and Team staff for the London 2012 Games about their experiences in 1964, changes in Paralympic sport and exchange views on what it means to be a Paralympian. The 1964 Team Members are, right to left: Elizabeth Edmondson, Bill Mather-Brown, Mike Dow, Gary Hooper and John Martin.

Wheelchair basketball Tokyo Paralympics

Action during a wheelchair basketball game between two unknown teams outside the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

A telegram from Dr Bedbrook

A telegram from the 1964 Australian Paralympic Team head of delegation, George Bedbrook, to the family of swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson, informing them of her success at the Games and plans for the return trip to Australia. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. In 1964, a telegram was the equivalent of today’s text message.

Listen to Elizabeth Edmondson’s experience of the 1964 Tokyo Games

Interviewer: Ian Jobling
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Elizabeth Edmondson
Recorded: 24 October 2012
Location: Dalkeith, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

3 gold medals; 3 world records; 14 years old in Tokyo

Australian swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson at the 1964 summer Paralympics. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest competitor at the Games. She won three gold medals, all with a world record and was Australia’s youngest gold medalist until Maddison Elliott in 2012. The day after Edmondson returned from Tokyo, she was back at school.

Ceeney and Edmondson handshake Tokyo Paralympics

Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton) – left – who won the silver medal, congratulates 14 year old Elizabeth Edmondson, who won gold in a world record time in the 50m Freestyle Prone Complete Class 5 swimming event at the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games. Edmondson remained the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. Australian Team official Kevin Betts pushes Daphne Ceeney and ‘Johnno’ Johnston pushes Elizabeth Edmondson.

Swimming venue Tokyo Paralympics

Scene at the swimming venue during a race during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Basketball free throw Tokyo Summer Paralympics

A player from an unknown team shoots a free throw in a wheelchair basketball game against the USA at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Frank Ponta on his fencing silver medal in Tokyo 1964

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Frank Ponta
Recorded: 4 June 2010
Location: Perth, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

1964 Team Members passing on wisdom to 2012 athletes

1964 Australian Paralympic Team Members attending a Team reunion in Sydney in 2011 talk to athlete sport representatives and Team staff for the London 2012 Games about their experiences in 1964, changes in Paralympic sport and exchange views on what it means to be a Paralympian. The 1964 Team Members are, right to left: Elizabeth Edmondson, Bill Mather-Brown, Mike Dow, Gary Hooper and John Martin.

Wheelchair basketball Tokyo Paralympics

Action during a wheelchair basketball game between two unknown teams outside the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

A telegram from Dr Bedbrook

A telegram from the 1964 Australian Paralympic Team head of delegation, George Bedbrook, to the family of swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson, informing them of her success at the Games and plans for the return trip to Australia. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. In 1964, a telegram was the equivalent of today’s text message.

Listen to Elizabeth Edmondson’s experience of the 1964 Tokyo Games

Interviewer: Ian Jobling
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Elizabeth Edmondson
Recorded: 24 October 2012
Location: Dalkeith, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

3 gold medals; 3 world records; 14 years old in Tokyo

Australian swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson at the 1964 summer Paralympics. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest competitor at the Games. She won three gold medals, all with a world record and was Australia’s youngest gold medalist until Maddison Elliott in 2012. The day after Edmondson returned from Tokyo, she was back at school.

Ceeney and Edmondson handshake Tokyo Paralympics

Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton) – left – who won the silver medal, congratulates 14 year old Elizabeth Edmondson, who won gold in a world record time in the 50m Freestyle Prone Complete Class 5 swimming event at the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games. Edmondson remained the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. Australian Team official Kevin Betts pushes Daphne Ceeney and ‘Johnno’ Johnston pushes Elizabeth Edmondson.

Swimming venue Tokyo Paralympics

Scene at the swimming venue during a race during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Basketball free throw Tokyo Summer Paralympics

A player from an unknown team shoots a free throw in a wheelchair basketball game against the USA at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Frank Ponta on his fencing silver medal in Tokyo 1964

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Frank Ponta
Recorded: 4 June 2010
Location: Perth, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

1964 Team Members passing on wisdom to 2012 athletes

1964 Australian Paralympic Team Members attending a Team reunion in Sydney in 2011 talk to athlete sport representatives and Team staff for the London 2012 Games about their experiences in 1964, changes in Paralympic sport and exchange views on what it means to be a Paralympian. The 1964 Team Members are, right to left: Elizabeth Edmondson, Bill Mather-Brown, Mike Dow, Gary Hooper and John Martin.

Wheelchair basketball Tokyo Paralympics

Action during a wheelchair basketball game between two unknown teams outside the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

A telegram from Dr Bedbrook

A telegram from the 1964 Australian Paralympic Team head of delegation, George Bedbrook, to the family of swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson, informing them of her success at the Games and plans for the return trip to Australia. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. In 1964, a telegram was the equivalent of today’s text message.

Listen to Elizabeth Edmondson’s experience of the 1964 Tokyo Games

Interviewer: Ian Jobling
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Elizabeth Edmondson
Recorded: 24 October 2012
Location: Dalkeith, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

3 gold medals; 3 world records; 14 years old in Tokyo

Australian swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson at the 1964 summer Paralympics. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest competitor at the Games. She won three gold medals, all with a world record and was Australia’s youngest gold medalist until Maddison Elliott in 2012. The day after Edmondson returned from Tokyo, she was back at school.

Ceeney and Edmondson handshake Tokyo Paralympics

Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton) – left – who won the silver medal, congratulates 14 year old Elizabeth Edmondson, who won gold in a world record time in the 50m Freestyle Prone Complete Class 5 swimming event at the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games. Edmondson remained the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. Australian Team official Kevin Betts pushes Daphne Ceeney and ‘Johnno’ Johnston pushes Elizabeth Edmondson.

Swimming venue Tokyo Paralympics

Scene at the swimming venue during a race during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Basketball free throw Tokyo Summer Paralympics

A player from an unknown team shoots a free throw in a wheelchair basketball game against the USA at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Frank Ponta on his fencing silver medal in Tokyo 1964

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Frank Ponta
Recorded: 4 June 2010
Location: Perth, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

1964 Team Members passing on wisdom to 2012 athletes

1964 Australian Paralympic Team Members attending a Team reunion in Sydney in 2011 talk to athlete sport representatives and Team staff for the London 2012 Games about their experiences in 1964, changes in Paralympic sport and exchange views on what it means to be a Paralympian. The 1964 Team Members are, right to left: Elizabeth Edmondson, Bill Mather-Brown, Mike Dow, Gary Hooper and John Martin.

Wheelchair basketball Tokyo Paralympics

Action during a wheelchair basketball game between two unknown teams outside the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

A telegram from Dr Bedbrook

A telegram from the 1964 Australian Paralympic Team head of delegation, George Bedbrook, to the family of swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson, informing them of her success at the Games and plans for the return trip to Australia. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. In 1964, a telegram was the equivalent of today’s text message.

Listen to Elizabeth Edmondson’s experience of the 1964 Tokyo Games

Interviewer: Ian Jobling
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Elizabeth Edmondson
Recorded: 24 October 2012
Location: Dalkeith, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

3 gold medals; 3 world records; 14 years old in Tokyo

Australian swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson at the 1964 summer Paralympics. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest competitor at the Games. She won three gold medals, all with a world record and was Australia’s youngest gold medalist until Maddison Elliott in 2012. The day after Edmondson returned from Tokyo, she was back at school.

Ceeney and Edmondson handshake Tokyo Paralympics

Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton) – left – who won the silver medal, congratulates 14 year old Elizabeth Edmondson, who won gold in a world record time in the 50m Freestyle Prone Complete Class 5 swimming event at the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games. Edmondson remained the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. Australian Team official Kevin Betts pushes Daphne Ceeney and ‘Johnno’ Johnston pushes Elizabeth Edmondson.

Swimming venue Tokyo Paralympics

Scene at the swimming venue during a race during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Basketball free throw Tokyo Summer Paralympics

A player from an unknown team shoots a free throw in a wheelchair basketball game against the USA at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Frank Ponta on his fencing silver medal in Tokyo 1964

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Frank Ponta
Recorded: 4 June 2010
Location: Perth, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

1964 Team Members passing on wisdom to 2012 athletes

1964 Australian Paralympic Team Members attending a Team reunion in Sydney in 2011 talk to athlete sport representatives and Team staff for the London 2012 Games about their experiences in 1964, changes in Paralympic sport and exchange views on what it means to be a Paralympian. The 1964 Team Members are, right to left: Elizabeth Edmondson, Bill Mather-Brown, Mike Dow, Gary Hooper and John Martin.

Wheelchair basketball Tokyo Paralympics

Action during a wheelchair basketball game between two unknown teams outside the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

A telegram from Dr Bedbrook

A telegram from the 1964 Australian Paralympic Team head of delegation, George Bedbrook, to the family of swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson, informing them of her success at the Games and plans for the return trip to Australia. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. In 1964, a telegram was the equivalent of today’s text message.

Listen to Elizabeth Edmondson’s experience of the 1964 Tokyo Games

Interviewer: Ian Jobling
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Elizabeth Edmondson
Recorded: 24 October 2012
Location: Dalkeith, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

3 gold medals; 3 world records; 14 years old in Tokyo

Australian swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson at the 1964 summer Paralympics. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest competitor at the Games. She won three gold medals, all with a world record and was Australia’s youngest gold medalist until Maddison Elliott in 2012. The day after Edmondson returned from Tokyo, she was back at school.

Ceeney and Edmondson handshake Tokyo Paralympics

Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton) – left – who won the silver medal, congratulates 14 year old Elizabeth Edmondson, who won gold in a world record time in the 50m Freestyle Prone Complete Class 5 swimming event at the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games. Edmondson remained the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. Australian Team official Kevin Betts pushes Daphne Ceeney and ‘Johnno’ Johnston pushes Elizabeth Edmondson.

Swimming venue Tokyo Paralympics

Scene at the swimming venue during a race during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Basketball free throw Tokyo Summer Paralympics

A player from an unknown team shoots a free throw in a wheelchair basketball game against the USA at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Frank Ponta on his fencing silver medal in Tokyo 1964

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Frank Ponta
Recorded: 4 June 2010
Location: Perth, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

1964 Team Members passing on wisdom to 2012 athletes

1964 Australian Paralympic Team Members attending a Team reunion in Sydney in 2011 talk to athlete sport representatives and Team staff for the London 2012 Games about their experiences in 1964, changes in Paralympic sport and exchange views on what it means to be a Paralympian. The 1964 Team Members are, right to left: Elizabeth Edmondson, Bill Mather-Brown, Mike Dow, Gary Hooper and John Martin.

Wheelchair basketball Tokyo Paralympics

Action during a wheelchair basketball game between two unknown teams outside the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

A telegram from Dr Bedbrook

A telegram from the 1964 Australian Paralympic Team head of delegation, George Bedbrook, to the family of swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson, informing them of her success at the Games and plans for the return trip to Australia. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. In 1964, a telegram was the equivalent of today’s text message.

Listen to Elizabeth Edmondson’s experience of the 1964 Tokyo Games

Interviewer: Ian Jobling
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Elizabeth Edmondson
Recorded: 24 October 2012
Location: Dalkeith, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

3 gold medals; 3 world records; 14 years old in Tokyo

Australian swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson at the 1964 summer Paralympics. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest competitor at the Games. She won three gold medals, all with a world record and was Australia’s youngest gold medalist until Maddison Elliott in 2012. The day after Edmondson returned from Tokyo, she was back at school.

Ceeney and Edmondson handshake Tokyo Paralympics

Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton) – left – who won the silver medal, congratulates 14 year old Elizabeth Edmondson, who won gold in a world record time in the 50m Freestyle Prone Complete Class 5 swimming event at the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games. Edmondson remained the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. Australian Team official Kevin Betts pushes Daphne Ceeney and ‘Johnno’ Johnston pushes Elizabeth Edmondson.

Swimming venue Tokyo Paralympics

Scene at the swimming venue during a race during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Basketball free throw Tokyo Summer Paralympics

A player from an unknown team shoots a free throw in a wheelchair basketball game against the USA at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Frank Ponta on his fencing silver medal in Tokyo 1964

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Frank Ponta
Recorded: 4 June 2010
Location: Perth, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

1964 Team Members passing on wisdom to 2012 athletes

1964 Australian Paralympic Team Members attending a Team reunion in Sydney in 2011 talk to athlete sport representatives and Team staff for the London 2012 Games about their experiences in 1964, changes in Paralympic sport and exchange views on what it means to be a Paralympian. The 1964 Team Members are, right to left: Elizabeth Edmondson, Bill Mather-Brown, Mike Dow, Gary Hooper and John Martin.

Wheelchair basketball Tokyo Paralympics

Action during a wheelchair basketball game between two unknown teams outside the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

A telegram from Dr Bedbrook

A telegram from the 1964 Australian Paralympic Team head of delegation, George Bedbrook, to the family of swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson, informing them of her success at the Games and plans for the return trip to Australia. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. In 1964, a telegram was the equivalent of today’s text message.

Listen to Elizabeth Edmondson’s experience of the 1964 Tokyo Games

Interviewer: Ian Jobling
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Elizabeth Edmondson
Recorded: 24 October 2012
Location: Dalkeith, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

3 gold medals; 3 world records; 14 years old in Tokyo

Australian swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson at the 1964 summer Paralympics. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest competitor at the Games. She won three gold medals, all with a world record and was Australia’s youngest gold medalist until Maddison Elliott in 2012. The day after Edmondson returned from Tokyo, she was back at school.

Ceeney and Edmondson handshake Tokyo Paralympics

Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton) – left – who won the silver medal, congratulates 14 year old Elizabeth Edmondson, who won gold in a world record time in the 50m Freestyle Prone Complete Class 5 swimming event at the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games. Edmondson remained the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. Australian Team official Kevin Betts pushes Daphne Ceeney and ‘Johnno’ Johnston pushes Elizabeth Edmondson.

Swimming venue Tokyo Paralympics

Scene at the swimming venue during a race during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Basketball free throw Tokyo Summer Paralympics

A player from an unknown team shoots a free throw in a wheelchair basketball game against the USA at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Frank Ponta on his fencing silver medal in Tokyo 1964

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Frank Ponta
Recorded: 4 June 2010
Location: Perth, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

1964 Team Members passing on wisdom to 2012 athletes

1964 Australian Paralympic Team Members attending a Team reunion in Sydney in 2011 talk to athlete sport representatives and Team staff for the London 2012 Games about their experiences in 1964, changes in Paralympic sport and exchange views on what it means to be a Paralympian. The 1964 Team Members are, right to left: Elizabeth Edmondson, Bill Mather-Brown, Mike Dow, Gary Hooper and John Martin.

Wheelchair basketball Tokyo Paralympics

Action during a wheelchair basketball game between two unknown teams outside the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

A telegram from Dr Bedbrook

A telegram from the 1964 Australian Paralympic Team head of delegation, George Bedbrook, to the family of swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson, informing them of her success at the Games and plans for the return trip to Australia. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. In 1964, a telegram was the equivalent of today’s text message.

Listen to Elizabeth Edmondson’s experience of the 1964 Tokyo Games

Interviewer: Ian Jobling
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Elizabeth Edmondson
Recorded: 24 October 2012
Location: Dalkeith, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

3 gold medals; 3 world records; 14 years old in Tokyo

Australian swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson at the 1964 summer Paralympics. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest competitor at the Games. She won three gold medals, all with a world record and was Australia’s youngest gold medalist until Maddison Elliott in 2012. The day after Edmondson returned from Tokyo, she was back at school.

Ceeney and Edmondson handshake Tokyo Paralympics

Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton) – left – who won the silver medal, congratulates 14 year old Elizabeth Edmondson, who won gold in a world record time in the 50m Freestyle Prone Complete Class 5 swimming event at the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games. Edmondson remained the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. Australian Team official Kevin Betts pushes Daphne Ceeney and ‘Johnno’ Johnston pushes Elizabeth Edmondson.

Swimming venue Tokyo Paralympics

Scene at the swimming venue during a race during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Basketball free throw Tokyo Summer Paralympics

A player from an unknown team shoots a free throw in a wheelchair basketball game against the USA at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Frank Ponta on his fencing silver medal in Tokyo 1964

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Frank Ponta
Recorded: 4 June 2010
Location: Perth, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

1964 Team Members passing on wisdom to 2012 athletes

1964 Australian Paralympic Team Members attending a Team reunion in Sydney in 2011 talk to athlete sport representatives and Team staff for the London 2012 Games about their experiences in 1964, changes in Paralympic sport and exchange views on what it means to be a Paralympian. The 1964 Team Members are, right to left: Elizabeth Edmondson, Bill Mather-Brown, Mike Dow, Gary Hooper and John Martin.

Wheelchair basketball Tokyo Paralympics

Action during a wheelchair basketball game between two unknown teams outside the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

A telegram from Dr Bedbrook

A telegram from the 1964 Australian Paralympic Team head of delegation, George Bedbrook, to the family of swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson, informing them of her success at the Games and plans for the return trip to Australia. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. In 1964, a telegram was the equivalent of today’s text message.

Listen to Elizabeth Edmondson’s experience of the 1964 Tokyo Games

Interviewer: Ian Jobling
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Elizabeth Edmondson
Recorded: 24 October 2012
Location: Dalkeith, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

3 gold medals; 3 world records; 14 years old in Tokyo

Australian swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson at the 1964 summer Paralympics. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest competitor at the Games. She won three gold medals, all with a world record and was Australia’s youngest gold medalist until Maddison Elliott in 2012. The day after Edmondson returned from Tokyo, she was back at school.

Ceeney and Edmondson handshake Tokyo Paralympics

Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton) – left – who won the silver medal, congratulates 14 year old Elizabeth Edmondson, who won gold in a world record time in the 50m Freestyle Prone Complete Class 5 swimming event at the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games. Edmondson remained the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. Australian Team official Kevin Betts pushes Daphne Ceeney and ‘Johnno’ Johnston pushes Elizabeth Edmondson.

Swimming venue Tokyo Paralympics

Scene at the swimming venue during a race during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Basketball free throw Tokyo Summer Paralympics

A player from an unknown team shoots a free throw in a wheelchair basketball game against the USA at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Frank Ponta on his fencing silver medal in Tokyo 1964

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Frank Ponta
Recorded: 4 June 2010
Location: Perth, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

1964 Team Members passing on wisdom to 2012 athletes

1964 Australian Paralympic Team Members attending a Team reunion in Sydney in 2011 talk to athlete sport representatives and Team staff for the London 2012 Games about their experiences in 1964, changes in Paralympic sport and exchange views on what it means to be a Paralympian. The 1964 Team Members are, right to left: Elizabeth Edmondson, Bill Mather-Brown, Mike Dow, Gary Hooper and John Martin.

Wheelchair basketball Tokyo Paralympics

Action during a wheelchair basketball game between two unknown teams outside the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

A telegram from Dr Bedbrook

A telegram from the 1964 Australian Paralympic Team head of delegation, George Bedbrook, to the family of swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson, informing them of her success at the Games and plans for the return trip to Australia. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. In 1964, a telegram was the equivalent of today’s text message.

Listen to Elizabeth Edmondson’s experience of the 1964 Tokyo Games

Interviewer: Ian Jobling
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Elizabeth Edmondson
Recorded: 24 October 2012
Location: Dalkeith, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

3 gold medals; 3 world records; 14 years old in Tokyo

Australian swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson at the 1964 summer Paralympics. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest competitor at the Games. She won three gold medals, all with a world record and was Australia’s youngest gold medalist until Maddison Elliott in 2012. The day after Edmondson returned from Tokyo, she was back at school.

Ceeney and Edmondson handshake Tokyo Paralympics

Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton) – left – who won the silver medal, congratulates 14 year old Elizabeth Edmondson, who won gold in a world record time in the 50m Freestyle Prone Complete Class 5 swimming event at the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games. Edmondson remained the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. Australian Team official Kevin Betts pushes Daphne Ceeney and ‘Johnno’ Johnston pushes Elizabeth Edmondson.

Swimming venue Tokyo Paralympics

Scene at the swimming venue during a race during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Basketball free throw Tokyo Summer Paralympics

A player from an unknown team shoots a free throw in a wheelchair basketball game against the USA at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Frank Ponta on his fencing silver medal in Tokyo 1964

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Frank Ponta
Recorded: 4 June 2010
Location: Perth, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

1964 Team Members passing on wisdom to 2012 athletes

1964 Australian Paralympic Team Members attending a Team reunion in Sydney in 2011 talk to athlete sport representatives and Team staff for the London 2012 Games about their experiences in 1964, changes in Paralympic sport and exchange views on what it means to be a Paralympian. The 1964 Team Members are, right to left: Elizabeth Edmondson, Bill Mather-Brown, Mike Dow, Gary Hooper and John Martin.

Wheelchair basketball Tokyo Paralympics

Action during a wheelchair basketball game between two unknown teams outside the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

A telegram from Dr Bedbrook

A telegram from the 1964 Australian Paralympic Team head of delegation, George Bedbrook, to the family of swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson, informing them of her success at the Games and plans for the return trip to Australia. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. In 1964, a telegram was the equivalent of today’s text message.

Listen to Elizabeth Edmondson’s experience of the 1964 Tokyo Games

Interviewer: Ian Jobling
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Elizabeth Edmondson
Recorded: 24 October 2012
Location: Dalkeith, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

3 gold medals; 3 world records; 14 years old in Tokyo

Australian swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson at the 1964 summer Paralympics. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest competitor at the Games. She won three gold medals, all with a world record and was Australia’s youngest gold medalist until Maddison Elliott in 2012. The day after Edmondson returned from Tokyo, she was back at school.

Ceeney and Edmondson handshake Tokyo Paralympics

Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton) – left – who won the silver medal, congratulates 14 year old Elizabeth Edmondson, who won gold in a world record time in the 50m Freestyle Prone Complete Class 5 swimming event at the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games. Edmondson remained the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. Australian Team official Kevin Betts pushes Daphne Ceeney and ‘Johnno’ Johnston pushes Elizabeth Edmondson.

Swimming venue Tokyo Paralympics

Scene at the swimming venue during a race during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Basketball free throw Tokyo Summer Paralympics

A player from an unknown team shoots a free throw in a wheelchair basketball game against the USA at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Frank Ponta on his fencing silver medal in Tokyo 1964

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Frank Ponta
Recorded: 4 June 2010
Location: Perth, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

1964 Team Members passing on wisdom to 2012 athletes

1964 Australian Paralympic Team Members attending a Team reunion in Sydney in 2011 talk to athlete sport representatives and Team staff for the London 2012 Games about their experiences in 1964, changes in Paralympic sport and exchange views on what it means to be a Paralympian. The 1964 Team Members are, right to left: Elizabeth Edmondson, Bill Mather-Brown, Mike Dow, Gary Hooper and John Martin.

Wheelchair basketball Tokyo Paralympics

Action during a wheelchair basketball game between two unknown teams outside the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

A telegram from Dr Bedbrook

A telegram from the 1964 Australian Paralympic Team head of delegation, George Bedbrook, to the family of swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson, informing them of her success at the Games and plans for the return trip to Australia. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. In 1964, a telegram was the equivalent of today’s text message.

Listen to Elizabeth Edmondson’s experience of the 1964 Tokyo Games

Interviewer: Ian Jobling
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Elizabeth Edmondson
Recorded: 24 October 2012
Location: Dalkeith, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

3 gold medals; 3 world records; 14 years old in Tokyo

Australian swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson at the 1964 summer Paralympics. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest competitor at the Games. She won three gold medals, all with a world record and was Australia’s youngest gold medalist until Maddison Elliott in 2012. The day after Edmondson returned from Tokyo, she was back at school.

Ceeney and Edmondson handshake Tokyo Paralympics

Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton) – left – who won the silver medal, congratulates 14 year old Elizabeth Edmondson, who won gold in a world record time in the 50m Freestyle Prone Complete Class 5 swimming event at the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games. Edmondson remained the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. Australian Team official Kevin Betts pushes Daphne Ceeney and ‘Johnno’ Johnston pushes Elizabeth Edmondson.

Swimming venue Tokyo Paralympics

Scene at the swimming venue during a race during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Basketball free throw Tokyo Summer Paralympics

A player from an unknown team shoots a free throw in a wheelchair basketball game against the USA at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Frank Ponta on his fencing silver medal in Tokyo 1964

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Frank Ponta
Recorded: 4 June 2010
Location: Perth, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

1964 Team Members passing on wisdom to 2012 athletes

1964 Australian Paralympic Team Members attending a Team reunion in Sydney in 2011 talk to athlete sport representatives and Team staff for the London 2012 Games about their experiences in 1964, changes in Paralympic sport and exchange views on what it means to be a Paralympian. The 1964 Team Members are, right to left: Elizabeth Edmondson, Bill Mather-Brown, Mike Dow, Gary Hooper and John Martin.

Wheelchair basketball Tokyo Paralympics

Action during a wheelchair basketball game between two unknown teams outside the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

A telegram from Dr Bedbrook

A telegram from the 1964 Australian Paralympic Team head of delegation, George Bedbrook, to the family of swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson, informing them of her success at the Games and plans for the return trip to Australia. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. In 1964, a telegram was the equivalent of today’s text message.

Listen to Elizabeth Edmondson’s experience of the 1964 Tokyo Games

Interviewer: Ian Jobling
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Elizabeth Edmondson
Recorded: 24 October 2012
Location: Dalkeith, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

3 gold medals; 3 world records; 14 years old in Tokyo

Australian swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson at the 1964 summer Paralympics. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest competitor at the Games. She won three gold medals, all with a world record and was Australia’s youngest gold medalist until Maddison Elliott in 2012. The day after Edmondson returned from Tokyo, she was back at school.

Ceeney and Edmondson handshake Tokyo Paralympics

Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton) – left – who won the silver medal, congratulates 14 year old Elizabeth Edmondson, who won gold in a world record time in the 50m Freestyle Prone Complete Class 5 swimming event at the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games. Edmondson remained the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. Australian Team official Kevin Betts pushes Daphne Ceeney and ‘Johnno’ Johnston pushes Elizabeth Edmondson.

Swimming venue Tokyo Paralympics

Scene at the swimming venue during a race during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Basketball free throw Tokyo Summer Paralympics

A player from an unknown team shoots a free throw in a wheelchair basketball game against the USA at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Frank Ponta on his fencing silver medal in Tokyo 1964

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Frank Ponta
Recorded: 4 June 2010
Location: Perth, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

1964 Team Members passing on wisdom to 2012 athletes

1964 Australian Paralympic Team Members attending a Team reunion in Sydney in 2011 talk to athlete sport representatives and Team staff for the London 2012 Games about their experiences in 1964, changes in Paralympic sport and exchange views on what it means to be a Paralympian. The 1964 Team Members are, right to left: Elizabeth Edmondson, Bill Mather-Brown, Mike Dow, Gary Hooper and John Martin.

Wheelchair basketball Tokyo Paralympics

Action during a wheelchair basketball game between two unknown teams outside the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

A telegram from Dr Bedbrook

A telegram from the 1964 Australian Paralympic Team head of delegation, George Bedbrook, to the family of swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson, informing them of her success at the Games and plans for the return trip to Australia. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. In 1964, a telegram was the equivalent of today’s text message.

Listen to Elizabeth Edmondson’s experience of the 1964 Tokyo Games

Interviewer: Ian Jobling
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Elizabeth Edmondson
Recorded: 24 October 2012
Location: Dalkeith, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

3 gold medals; 3 world records; 14 years old in Tokyo

Australian swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson at the 1964 summer Paralympics. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest competitor at the Games. She won three gold medals, all with a world record and was Australia’s youngest gold medalist until Maddison Elliott in 2012. The day after Edmondson returned from Tokyo, she was back at school.

Ceeney and Edmondson handshake Tokyo Paralympics

Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton) – left – who won the silver medal, congratulates 14 year old Elizabeth Edmondson, who won gold in a world record time in the 50m Freestyle Prone Complete Class 5 swimming event at the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games. Edmondson remained the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. Australian Team official Kevin Betts pushes Daphne Ceeney and ‘Johnno’ Johnston pushes Elizabeth Edmondson.

Swimming venue Tokyo Paralympics

Scene at the swimming venue during a race during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Basketball free throw Tokyo Summer Paralympics

A player from an unknown team shoots a free throw in a wheelchair basketball game against the USA at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Frank Ponta on his fencing silver medal in Tokyo 1964

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Frank Ponta
Recorded: 4 June 2010
Location: Perth, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

1964 Team Members passing on wisdom to 2012 athletes

1964 Australian Paralympic Team Members attending a Team reunion in Sydney in 2011 talk to athlete sport representatives and Team staff for the London 2012 Games about their experiences in 1964, changes in Paralympic sport and exchange views on what it means to be a Paralympian. The 1964 Team Members are, right to left: Elizabeth Edmondson, Bill Mather-Brown, Mike Dow, Gary Hooper and John Martin.

Wheelchair basketball Tokyo Paralympics

Action during a wheelchair basketball game between two unknown teams outside the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

A telegram from Dr Bedbrook

A telegram from the 1964 Australian Paralympic Team head of delegation, George Bedbrook, to the family of swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson, informing them of her success at the Games and plans for the return trip to Australia. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. In 1964, a telegram was the equivalent of today’s text message.

Listen to Elizabeth Edmondson’s experience of the 1964 Tokyo Games

Interviewer: Ian Jobling
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Elizabeth Edmondson
Recorded: 24 October 2012
Location: Dalkeith, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

3 gold medals; 3 world records; 14 years old in Tokyo

Australian swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson at the 1964 summer Paralympics. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest competitor at the Games. She won three gold medals, all with a world record and was Australia’s youngest gold medalist until Maddison Elliott in 2012. The day after Edmondson returned from Tokyo, she was back at school.

Ceeney and Edmondson handshake Tokyo Paralympics

Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton) – left – who won the silver medal, congratulates 14 year old Elizabeth Edmondson, who won gold in a world record time in the 50m Freestyle Prone Complete Class 5 swimming event at the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games. Edmondson remained the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. Australian Team official Kevin Betts pushes Daphne Ceeney and ‘Johnno’ Johnston pushes Elizabeth Edmondson.

Swimming venue Tokyo Paralympics

Scene at the swimming venue during a race during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Basketball free throw Tokyo Summer Paralympics

A player from an unknown team shoots a free throw in a wheelchair basketball game against the USA at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Frank Ponta on his fencing silver medal in Tokyo 1964

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Frank Ponta
Recorded: 4 June 2010
Location: Perth, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

1964 Team Members passing on wisdom to 2012 athletes

1964 Australian Paralympic Team Members attending a Team reunion in Sydney in 2011 talk to athlete sport representatives and Team staff for the London 2012 Games about their experiences in 1964, changes in Paralympic sport and exchange views on what it means to be a Paralympian. The 1964 Team Members are, right to left: Elizabeth Edmondson, Bill Mather-Brown, Mike Dow, Gary Hooper and John Martin.

Wheelchair basketball Tokyo Paralympics

Action during a wheelchair basketball game between two unknown teams outside the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

A telegram from Dr Bedbrook

A telegram from the 1964 Australian Paralympic Team head of delegation, George Bedbrook, to the family of swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson, informing them of her success at the Games and plans for the return trip to Australia. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. In 1964, a telegram was the equivalent of today’s text message.

Listen to Elizabeth Edmondson’s experience of the 1964 Tokyo Games

Interviewer: Ian Jobling
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Elizabeth Edmondson
Recorded: 24 October 2012
Location: Dalkeith, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

3 gold medals; 3 world records; 14 years old in Tokyo

Australian swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson at the 1964 summer Paralympics. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest competitor at the Games. She won three gold medals, all with a world record and was Australia’s youngest gold medalist until Maddison Elliott in 2012. The day after Edmondson returned from Tokyo, she was back at school.

Ceeney and Edmondson handshake Tokyo Paralympics

Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton) – left – who won the silver medal, congratulates 14 year old Elizabeth Edmondson, who won gold in a world record time in the 50m Freestyle Prone Complete Class 5 swimming event at the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games. Edmondson remained the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. Australian Team official Kevin Betts pushes Daphne Ceeney and ‘Johnno’ Johnston pushes Elizabeth Edmondson.

Swimming venue Tokyo Paralympics

Scene at the swimming venue during a race during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Basketball free throw Tokyo Summer Paralympics

A player from an unknown team shoots a free throw in a wheelchair basketball game against the USA at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Frank Ponta on his fencing silver medal in Tokyo 1964

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Frank Ponta
Recorded: 4 June 2010
Location: Perth, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

1964 Team Members passing on wisdom to 2012 athletes

1964 Australian Paralympic Team Members attending a Team reunion in Sydney in 2011 talk to athlete sport representatives and Team staff for the London 2012 Games about their experiences in 1964, changes in Paralympic sport and exchange views on what it means to be a Paralympian. The 1964 Team Members are, right to left: Elizabeth Edmondson, Bill Mather-Brown, Mike Dow, Gary Hooper and John Martin.

Wheelchair basketball Tokyo Paralympics

Action during a wheelchair basketball game between two unknown teams outside the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

A telegram from Dr Bedbrook

A telegram from the 1964 Australian Paralympic Team head of delegation, George Bedbrook, to the family of swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson, informing them of her success at the Games and plans for the return trip to Australia. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. In 1964, a telegram was the equivalent of today’s text message.

Listen to Elizabeth Edmondson’s experience of the 1964 Tokyo Games

Interviewer: Ian Jobling
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Elizabeth Edmondson
Recorded: 24 October 2012
Location: Dalkeith, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

3 gold medals; 3 world records; 14 years old in Tokyo

Australian swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson at the 1964 summer Paralympics. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest competitor at the Games. She won three gold medals, all with a world record and was Australia’s youngest gold medalist until Maddison Elliott in 2012. The day after Edmondson returned from Tokyo, she was back at school.

Ceeney and Edmondson handshake Tokyo Paralympics

Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton) – left – who won the silver medal, congratulates 14 year old Elizabeth Edmondson, who won gold in a world record time in the 50m Freestyle Prone Complete Class 5 swimming event at the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games. Edmondson remained the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. Australian Team official Kevin Betts pushes Daphne Ceeney and ‘Johnno’ Johnston pushes Elizabeth Edmondson.

Swimming venue Tokyo Paralympics

Scene at the swimming venue during a race during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Basketball free throw Tokyo Summer Paralympics

A player from an unknown team shoots a free throw in a wheelchair basketball game against the USA at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Frank Ponta on his fencing silver medal in Tokyo 1964

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Frank Ponta
Recorded: 4 June 2010
Location: Perth, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

1964 Team Members passing on wisdom to 2012 athletes

1964 Australian Paralympic Team Members attending a Team reunion in Sydney in 2011 talk to athlete sport representatives and Team staff for the London 2012 Games about their experiences in 1964, changes in Paralympic sport and exchange views on what it means to be a Paralympian. The 1964 Team Members are, right to left: Elizabeth Edmondson, Bill Mather-Brown, Mike Dow, Gary Hooper and John Martin.

Wheelchair basketball Tokyo Paralympics

Action during a wheelchair basketball game between two unknown teams outside the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

A telegram from Dr Bedbrook

A telegram from the 1964 Australian Paralympic Team head of delegation, George Bedbrook, to the family of swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson, informing them of her success at the Games and plans for the return trip to Australia. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. In 1964, a telegram was the equivalent of today’s text message.

Listen to Elizabeth Edmondson’s experience of the 1964 Tokyo Games

Interviewer: Ian Jobling
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Elizabeth Edmondson
Recorded: 24 October 2012
Location: Dalkeith, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

3 gold medals; 3 world records; 14 years old in Tokyo

Australian swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson at the 1964 summer Paralympics. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest competitor at the Games. She won three gold medals, all with a world record and was Australia’s youngest gold medalist until Maddison Elliott in 2012. The day after Edmondson returned from Tokyo, she was back at school.

Ceeney and Edmondson handshake Tokyo Paralympics

Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton) – left – who won the silver medal, congratulates 14 year old Elizabeth Edmondson, who won gold in a world record time in the 50m Freestyle Prone Complete Class 5 swimming event at the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games. Edmondson remained the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. Australian Team official Kevin Betts pushes Daphne Ceeney and ‘Johnno’ Johnston pushes Elizabeth Edmondson.

Swimming venue Tokyo Paralympics

Scene at the swimming venue during a race during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Basketball free throw Tokyo Summer Paralympics

A player from an unknown team shoots a free throw in a wheelchair basketball game against the USA at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Frank Ponta on his fencing silver medal in Tokyo 1964

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Frank Ponta
Recorded: 4 June 2010
Location: Perth, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

1964 Team Members passing on wisdom to 2012 athletes

1964 Australian Paralympic Team Members attending a Team reunion in Sydney in 2011 talk to athlete sport representatives and Team staff for the London 2012 Games about their experiences in 1964, changes in Paralympic sport and exchange views on what it means to be a Paralympian. The 1964 Team Members are, right to left: Elizabeth Edmondson, Bill Mather-Brown, Mike Dow, Gary Hooper and John Martin.

Wheelchair basketball Tokyo Paralympics

Action during a wheelchair basketball game between two unknown teams outside the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

A telegram from Dr Bedbrook

A telegram from the 1964 Australian Paralympic Team head of delegation, George Bedbrook, to the family of swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson, informing them of her success at the Games and plans for the return trip to Australia. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. In 1964, a telegram was the equivalent of today’s text message.

Listen to Elizabeth Edmondson’s experience of the 1964 Tokyo Games

Interviewer: Ian Jobling
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Elizabeth Edmondson
Recorded: 24 October 2012
Location: Dalkeith, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

3 gold medals; 3 world records; 14 years old in Tokyo

Australian swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson at the 1964 summer Paralympics. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest competitor at the Games. She won three gold medals, all with a world record and was Australia’s youngest gold medalist until Maddison Elliott in 2012. The day after Edmondson returned from Tokyo, she was back at school.

Ceeney and Edmondson handshake Tokyo Paralympics

Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton) – left – who won the silver medal, congratulates 14 year old Elizabeth Edmondson, who won gold in a world record time in the 50m Freestyle Prone Complete Class 5 swimming event at the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games. Edmondson remained the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. Australian Team official Kevin Betts pushes Daphne Ceeney and ‘Johnno’ Johnston pushes Elizabeth Edmondson.

Swimming venue Tokyo Paralympics

Scene at the swimming venue during a race during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Basketball free throw Tokyo Summer Paralympics

A player from an unknown team shoots a free throw in a wheelchair basketball game against the USA at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Frank Ponta on his fencing silver medal in Tokyo 1964

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Frank Ponta
Recorded: 4 June 2010
Location: Perth, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

1964 Team Members passing on wisdom to 2012 athletes

1964 Australian Paralympic Team Members attending a Team reunion in Sydney in 2011 talk to athlete sport representatives and Team staff for the London 2012 Games about their experiences in 1964, changes in Paralympic sport and exchange views on what it means to be a Paralympian. The 1964 Team Members are, right to left: Elizabeth Edmondson, Bill Mather-Brown, Mike Dow, Gary Hooper and John Martin.

Wheelchair basketball Tokyo Paralympics

Action during a wheelchair basketball game between two unknown teams outside the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

A telegram from Dr Bedbrook

A telegram from the 1964 Australian Paralympic Team head of delegation, George Bedbrook, to the family of swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson, informing them of her success at the Games and plans for the return trip to Australia. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. In 1964, a telegram was the equivalent of today’s text message.

Listen to Elizabeth Edmondson’s experience of the 1964 Tokyo Games

Interviewer: Ian Jobling
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Elizabeth Edmondson
Recorded: 24 October 2012
Location: Dalkeith, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

3 gold medals; 3 world records; 14 years old in Tokyo

Australian swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson at the 1964 summer Paralympics. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest competitor at the Games. She won three gold medals, all with a world record and was Australia’s youngest gold medalist until Maddison Elliott in 2012. The day after Edmondson returned from Tokyo, she was back at school.

Ceeney and Edmondson handshake Tokyo Paralympics

Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton) – left – who won the silver medal, congratulates 14 year old Elizabeth Edmondson, who won gold in a world record time in the 50m Freestyle Prone Complete Class 5 swimming event at the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games. Edmondson remained the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. Australian Team official Kevin Betts pushes Daphne Ceeney and ‘Johnno’ Johnston pushes Elizabeth Edmondson.

Swimming venue Tokyo Paralympics

Scene at the swimming venue during a race during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Basketball free throw Tokyo Summer Paralympics

A player from an unknown team shoots a free throw in a wheelchair basketball game against the USA at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Frank Ponta on his fencing silver medal in Tokyo 1964

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Frank Ponta
Recorded: 4 June 2010
Location: Perth, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

1964 Team Members passing on wisdom to 2012 athletes

1964 Australian Paralympic Team Members attending a Team reunion in Sydney in 2011 talk to athlete sport representatives and Team staff for the London 2012 Games about their experiences in 1964, changes in Paralympic sport and exchange views on what it means to be a Paralympian. The 1964 Team Members are, right to left: Elizabeth Edmondson, Bill Mather-Brown, Mike Dow, Gary Hooper and John Martin.

Wheelchair basketball Tokyo Paralympics

Action during a wheelchair basketball game between two unknown teams outside the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

A telegram from Dr Bedbrook

A telegram from the 1964 Australian Paralympic Team head of delegation, George Bedbrook, to the family of swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson, informing them of her success at the Games and plans for the return trip to Australia. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. In 1964, a telegram was the equivalent of today’s text message.

Listen to Elizabeth Edmondson’s experience of the 1964 Tokyo Games

Interviewer: Ian Jobling
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Elizabeth Edmondson
Recorded: 24 October 2012
Location: Dalkeith, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

3 gold medals; 3 world records; 14 years old in Tokyo

Australian swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson at the 1964 summer Paralympics. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest competitor at the Games. She won three gold medals, all with a world record and was Australia’s youngest gold medalist until Maddison Elliott in 2012. The day after Edmondson returned from Tokyo, she was back at school.

Ceeney and Edmondson handshake Tokyo Paralympics

Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton) – left – who won the silver medal, congratulates 14 year old Elizabeth Edmondson, who won gold in a world record time in the 50m Freestyle Prone Complete Class 5 swimming event at the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games. Edmondson remained the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. Australian Team official Kevin Betts pushes Daphne Ceeney and ‘Johnno’ Johnston pushes Elizabeth Edmondson.

Swimming venue Tokyo Paralympics

Scene at the swimming venue during a race during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Basketball free throw Tokyo Summer Paralympics

A player from an unknown team shoots a free throw in a wheelchair basketball game against the USA at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Frank Ponta on his fencing silver medal in Tokyo 1964

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Frank Ponta
Recorded: 4 June 2010
Location: Perth, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

1964 Team Members passing on wisdom to 2012 athletes

1964 Australian Paralympic Team Members attending a Team reunion in Sydney in 2011 talk to athlete sport representatives and Team staff for the London 2012 Games about their experiences in 1964, changes in Paralympic sport and exchange views on what it means to be a Paralympian. The 1964 Team Members are, right to left: Elizabeth Edmondson, Bill Mather-Brown, Mike Dow, Gary Hooper and John Martin.

Wheelchair basketball Tokyo Paralympics

Action during a wheelchair basketball game between two unknown teams outside the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

A telegram from Dr Bedbrook

A telegram from the 1964 Australian Paralympic Team head of delegation, George Bedbrook, to the family of swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson, informing them of her success at the Games and plans for the return trip to Australia. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. In 1964, a telegram was the equivalent of today’s text message.

Listen to Elizabeth Edmondson’s experience of the 1964 Tokyo Games

Interviewer: Ian Jobling
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Elizabeth Edmondson
Recorded: 24 October 2012
Location: Dalkeith, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

3 gold medals; 3 world records; 14 years old in Tokyo

Australian swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson at the 1964 summer Paralympics. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest competitor at the Games. She won three gold medals, all with a world record and was Australia’s youngest gold medalist until Maddison Elliott in 2012. The day after Edmondson returned from Tokyo, she was back at school.

Ceeney and Edmondson handshake Tokyo Paralympics

Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton) – left – who won the silver medal, congratulates 14 year old Elizabeth Edmondson, who won gold in a world record time in the 50m Freestyle Prone Complete Class 5 swimming event at the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games. Edmondson remained the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. Australian Team official Kevin Betts pushes Daphne Ceeney and ‘Johnno’ Johnston pushes Elizabeth Edmondson.

Swimming venue Tokyo Paralympics

Scene at the swimming venue during a race during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Basketball free throw Tokyo Summer Paralympics

A player from an unknown team shoots a free throw in a wheelchair basketball game against the USA at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Frank Ponta on his fencing silver medal in Tokyo 1964

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Frank Ponta
Recorded: 4 June 2010
Location: Perth, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

1964 Team Members passing on wisdom to 2012 athletes

1964 Australian Paralympic Team Members attending a Team reunion in Sydney in 2011 talk to athlete sport representatives and Team staff for the London 2012 Games about their experiences in 1964, changes in Paralympic sport and exchange views on what it means to be a Paralympian. The 1964 Team Members are, right to left: Elizabeth Edmondson, Bill Mather-Brown, Mike Dow, Gary Hooper and John Martin.

Wheelchair basketball Tokyo Paralympics

Action during a wheelchair basketball game between two unknown teams outside the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

A telegram from Dr Bedbrook

A telegram from the 1964 Australian Paralympic Team head of delegation, George Bedbrook, to the family of swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson, informing them of her success at the Games and plans for the return trip to Australia. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. In 1964, a telegram was the equivalent of today’s text message.

Listen to Elizabeth Edmondson’s experience of the 1964 Tokyo Games

Interviewer: Ian Jobling
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Elizabeth Edmondson
Recorded: 24 October 2012
Location: Dalkeith, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

3 gold medals; 3 world records; 14 years old in Tokyo

Australian swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson at the 1964 summer Paralympics. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest competitor at the Games. She won three gold medals, all with a world record and was Australia’s youngest gold medalist until Maddison Elliott in 2012. The day after Edmondson returned from Tokyo, she was back at school.

Ceeney and Edmondson handshake Tokyo Paralympics

Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton) – left – who won the silver medal, congratulates 14 year old Elizabeth Edmondson, who won gold in a world record time in the 50m Freestyle Prone Complete Class 5 swimming event at the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games. Edmondson remained the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. Australian Team official Kevin Betts pushes Daphne Ceeney and ‘Johnno’ Johnston pushes Elizabeth Edmondson.

Swimming venue Tokyo Paralympics

Scene at the swimming venue during a race during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Basketball free throw Tokyo Summer Paralympics

A player from an unknown team shoots a free throw in a wheelchair basketball game against the USA at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Frank Ponta on his fencing silver medal in Tokyo 1964

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Frank Ponta
Recorded: 4 June 2010
Location: Perth, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

1964 Team Members passing on wisdom to 2012 athletes

1964 Australian Paralympic Team Members attending a Team reunion in Sydney in 2011 talk to athlete sport representatives and Team staff for the London 2012 Games about their experiences in 1964, changes in Paralympic sport and exchange views on what it means to be a Paralympian. The 1964 Team Members are, right to left: Elizabeth Edmondson, Bill Mather-Brown, Mike Dow, Gary Hooper and John Martin.

Wheelchair basketball Tokyo Paralympics

Action during a wheelchair basketball game between two unknown teams outside the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

A telegram from Dr Bedbrook

A telegram from the 1964 Australian Paralympic Team head of delegation, George Bedbrook, to the family of swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson, informing them of her success at the Games and plans for the return trip to Australia. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. In 1964, a telegram was the equivalent of today’s text message.

Listen to Elizabeth Edmondson’s experience of the 1964 Tokyo Games

Interviewer: Ian Jobling
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Elizabeth Edmondson
Recorded: 24 October 2012
Location: Dalkeith, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

3 gold medals; 3 world records; 14 years old in Tokyo

Australian swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson at the 1964 summer Paralympics. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest competitor at the Games. She won three gold medals, all with a world record and was Australia’s youngest gold medalist until Maddison Elliott in 2012. The day after Edmondson returned from Tokyo, she was back at school.

Ceeney and Edmondson handshake Tokyo Paralympics

Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton) – left – who won the silver medal, congratulates 14 year old Elizabeth Edmondson, who won gold in a world record time in the 50m Freestyle Prone Complete Class 5 swimming event at the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games. Edmondson remained the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. Australian Team official Kevin Betts pushes Daphne Ceeney and ‘Johnno’ Johnston pushes Elizabeth Edmondson.

Swimming venue Tokyo Paralympics

Scene at the swimming venue during a race during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Basketball free throw Tokyo Summer Paralympics

A player from an unknown team shoots a free throw in a wheelchair basketball game against the USA at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Frank Ponta on his fencing silver medal in Tokyo 1964

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Frank Ponta
Recorded: 4 June 2010
Location: Perth, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

1964 Team Members passing on wisdom to 2012 athletes

1964 Australian Paralympic Team Members attending a Team reunion in Sydney in 2011 talk to athlete sport representatives and Team staff for the London 2012 Games about their experiences in 1964, changes in Paralympic sport and exchange views on what it means to be a Paralympian. The 1964 Team Members are, right to left: Elizabeth Edmondson, Bill Mather-Brown, Mike Dow, Gary Hooper and John Martin.

Wheelchair basketball Tokyo Paralympics

Action during a wheelchair basketball game between two unknown teams outside the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

A telegram from Dr Bedbrook

A telegram from the 1964 Australian Paralympic Team head of delegation, George Bedbrook, to the family of swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson, informing them of her success at the Games and plans for the return trip to Australia. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. In 1964, a telegram was the equivalent of today’s text message.

Listen to Elizabeth Edmondson’s experience of the 1964 Tokyo Games

Interviewer: Ian Jobling
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Elizabeth Edmondson
Recorded: 24 October 2012
Location: Dalkeith, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

3 gold medals; 3 world records; 14 years old in Tokyo

Australian swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson at the 1964 summer Paralympics. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest competitor at the Games. She won three gold medals, all with a world record and was Australia’s youngest gold medalist until Maddison Elliott in 2012. The day after Edmondson returned from Tokyo, she was back at school.

Ceeney and Edmondson handshake Tokyo Paralympics

Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton) – left – who won the silver medal, congratulates 14 year old Elizabeth Edmondson, who won gold in a world record time in the 50m Freestyle Prone Complete Class 5 swimming event at the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games. Edmondson remained the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. Australian Team official Kevin Betts pushes Daphne Ceeney and ‘Johnno’ Johnston pushes Elizabeth Edmondson.

Swimming venue Tokyo Paralympics

Scene at the swimming venue during a race during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Basketball free throw Tokyo Summer Paralympics

A player from an unknown team shoots a free throw in a wheelchair basketball game against the USA at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Frank Ponta on his fencing silver medal in Tokyo 1964

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Frank Ponta
Recorded: 4 June 2010
Location: Perth, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

1964 Team Members passing on wisdom to 2012 athletes

1964 Australian Paralympic Team Members attending a Team reunion in Sydney in 2011 talk to athlete sport representatives and Team staff for the London 2012 Games about their experiences in 1964, changes in Paralympic sport and exchange views on what it means to be a Paralympian. The 1964 Team Members are, right to left: Elizabeth Edmondson, Bill Mather-Brown, Mike Dow, Gary Hooper and John Martin.

Wheelchair basketball Tokyo Paralympics

Action during a wheelchair basketball game between two unknown teams outside the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

A telegram from Dr Bedbrook

A telegram from the 1964 Australian Paralympic Team head of delegation, George Bedbrook, to the family of swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson, informing them of her success at the Games and plans for the return trip to Australia. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. In 1964, a telegram was the equivalent of today’s text message.

Listen to Elizabeth Edmondson’s experience of the 1964 Tokyo Games

Interviewer: Ian Jobling
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Elizabeth Edmondson
Recorded: 24 October 2012
Location: Dalkeith, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

3 gold medals; 3 world records; 14 years old in Tokyo

Australian swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson at the 1964 summer Paralympics. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest competitor at the Games. She won three gold medals, all with a world record and was Australia’s youngest gold medalist until Maddison Elliott in 2012. The day after Edmondson returned from Tokyo, she was back at school.

Ceeney and Edmondson handshake Tokyo Paralympics

Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton) – left – who won the silver medal, congratulates 14 year old Elizabeth Edmondson, who won gold in a world record time in the 50m Freestyle Prone Complete Class 5 swimming event at the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games. Edmondson remained the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. Australian Team official Kevin Betts pushes Daphne Ceeney and ‘Johnno’ Johnston pushes Elizabeth Edmondson.

Swimming venue Tokyo Paralympics

Scene at the swimming venue during a race during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Basketball free throw Tokyo Summer Paralympics

A player from an unknown team shoots a free throw in a wheelchair basketball game against the USA at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Frank Ponta on his fencing silver medal in Tokyo 1964

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Frank Ponta
Recorded: 4 June 2010
Location: Perth, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

1964 Team Members passing on wisdom to 2012 athletes

1964 Australian Paralympic Team Members attending a Team reunion in Sydney in 2011 talk to athlete sport representatives and Team staff for the London 2012 Games about their experiences in 1964, changes in Paralympic sport and exchange views on what it means to be a Paralympian. The 1964 Team Members are, right to left: Elizabeth Edmondson, Bill Mather-Brown, Mike Dow, Gary Hooper and John Martin.

Wheelchair basketball Tokyo Paralympics

Action during a wheelchair basketball game between two unknown teams outside the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

A telegram from Dr Bedbrook

A telegram from the 1964 Australian Paralympic Team head of delegation, George Bedbrook, to the family of swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson, informing them of her success at the Games and plans for the return trip to Australia. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. In 1964, a telegram was the equivalent of today’s text message.

Listen to Elizabeth Edmondson’s experience of the 1964 Tokyo Games

Interviewer: Ian Jobling
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Elizabeth Edmondson
Recorded: 24 October 2012
Location: Dalkeith, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

3 gold medals; 3 world records; 14 years old in Tokyo

Australian swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson at the 1964 summer Paralympics. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest competitor at the Games. She won three gold medals, all with a world record and was Australia’s youngest gold medalist until Maddison Elliott in 2012. The day after Edmondson returned from Tokyo, she was back at school.

Ceeney and Edmondson handshake Tokyo Paralympics

Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton) – left – who won the silver medal, congratulates 14 year old Elizabeth Edmondson, who won gold in a world record time in the 50m Freestyle Prone Complete Class 5 swimming event at the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games. Edmondson remained the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. Australian Team official Kevin Betts pushes Daphne Ceeney and ‘Johnno’ Johnston pushes Elizabeth Edmondson.

Swimming venue Tokyo Paralympics

Scene at the swimming venue during a race during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Basketball free throw Tokyo Summer Paralympics

A player from an unknown team shoots a free throw in a wheelchair basketball game against the USA at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Frank Ponta on his fencing silver medal in Tokyo 1964

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Frank Ponta
Recorded: 4 June 2010
Location: Perth, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

1964 Team Members passing on wisdom to 2012 athletes

1964 Australian Paralympic Team Members attending a Team reunion in Sydney in 2011 talk to athlete sport representatives and Team staff for the London 2012 Games about their experiences in 1964, changes in Paralympic sport and exchange views on what it means to be a Paralympian. The 1964 Team Members are, right to left: Elizabeth Edmondson, Bill Mather-Brown, Mike Dow, Gary Hooper and John Martin.

Wheelchair basketball Tokyo Paralympics

Action during a wheelchair basketball game between two unknown teams outside the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

A telegram from Dr Bedbrook

A telegram from the 1964 Australian Paralympic Team head of delegation, George Bedbrook, to the family of swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson, informing them of her success at the Games and plans for the return trip to Australia. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. In 1964, a telegram was the equivalent of today’s text message.

Listen to Elizabeth Edmondson’s experience of the 1964 Tokyo Games

Interviewer: Ian Jobling
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Elizabeth Edmondson
Recorded: 24 October 2012
Location: Dalkeith, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

3 gold medals; 3 world records; 14 years old in Tokyo

Australian swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson at the 1964 summer Paralympics. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest competitor at the Games. She won three gold medals, all with a world record and was Australia’s youngest gold medalist until Maddison Elliott in 2012. The day after Edmondson returned from Tokyo, she was back at school.

Ceeney and Edmondson handshake Tokyo Paralympics

Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton) – left – who won the silver medal, congratulates 14 year old Elizabeth Edmondson, who won gold in a world record time in the 50m Freestyle Prone Complete Class 5 swimming event at the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games. Edmondson remained the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. Australian Team official Kevin Betts pushes Daphne Ceeney and ‘Johnno’ Johnston pushes Elizabeth Edmondson.

Swimming venue Tokyo Paralympics

Scene at the swimming venue during a race during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Basketball free throw Tokyo Summer Paralympics

A player from an unknown team shoots a free throw in a wheelchair basketball game against the USA at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Frank Ponta on his fencing silver medal in Tokyo 1964

Interviewer: Robin Poke
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Frank Ponta
Recorded: 4 June 2010
Location: Perth, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

1964 Team Members passing on wisdom to 2012 athletes

1964 Australian Paralympic Team Members attending a Team reunion in Sydney in 2011 talk to athlete sport representatives and Team staff for the London 2012 Games about their experiences in 1964, changes in Paralympic sport and exchange views on what it means to be a Paralympian. The 1964 Team Members are, right to left: Elizabeth Edmondson, Bill Mather-Brown, Mike Dow, Gary Hooper and John Martin.

Wheelchair basketball Tokyo Paralympics

Action during a wheelchair basketball game between two unknown teams outside the Yoyogi National Gymnasium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

A telegram from Dr Bedbrook

A telegram from the 1964 Australian Paralympic Team head of delegation, George Bedbrook, to the family of swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson, informing them of her success at the Games and plans for the return trip to Australia. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. In 1964, a telegram was the equivalent of today’s text message.

Listen to Elizabeth Edmondson’s experience of the 1964 Tokyo Games

Interviewer: Ian Jobling
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Elizabeth Edmondson
Recorded: 24 October 2012
Location: Dalkeith, WA
Listen to the full interview here.

3 gold medals; 3 world records; 14 years old in Tokyo

Australian swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson at the 1964 summer Paralympics. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest competitor at the Games. She won three gold medals, all with a world record and was Australia’s youngest gold medalist until Maddison Elliott in 2012. The day after Edmondson returned from Tokyo, she was back at school.

Ceeney and Edmondson handshake Tokyo Paralympics

Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton) – left – who won the silver medal, congratulates 14 year old Elizabeth Edmondson, who won gold in a world record time in the 50m Freestyle Prone Complete Class 5 swimming event at the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games. Edmondson remained the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. Australian Team official Kevin Betts pushes Daphne Ceeney and ‘Johnno’ Johnston pushes Elizabeth Edmondson.