GALLERY: Tracey Freeman was the Australian star of the 1972 Paralympics

Australian athlete Tracey Freeman was presented with one of her three gold medals by Ludwig Guttmann at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Freeman won each of her gold medals with a world record and was Australia’s most successful competitor at the Games, with five medals in total, all in Athletics events.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

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

Up against the best in the Basketball

Australian wheelchair basketballer John Martin (#11, in green) during the game against the USA at the 1972 summer Paralympics. The USA won 85-29 and went on to win the tournament and Australia finished 5th. Australia has competed in men’s Wheelchair Basketball at every Paralympics except 1964, but the Rollers didn’t finish among the medals until 1996.

Ray Barrett waits for onsite repairs

Australian athlete Ray Barrett waits for repairs to be made to his wheelchair during the 1972 summer Paralympics. As in every Games since, services were provided in the Village so that athletes could access repairs and service for their chairs.

Table Tennis is one of the original Paralympic sports

Australian Table Tennis player Bob McMillan competes at the 1972 summer Paralympics. After winning 6 medals in Table Tennis at the first 3 Paralympics, Australia missed out in 1972 and has since added just 2 medals in the sport in the years to the 2016 Rio Games.

Lawn bowls was an indoor event in Heidelberg

Australian athlete Eric Magennis prepares to bowl in a Lawn Bowls event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Magennis won a gold medal in the men’s singles event. With lawn bowls not being a widely practised sport in Germany, the competition was conducted indoors on carpet.

Terry Mason weightlifting

Australian athlete Terry Mason competes in the men’s featherweight division in Weightlifting at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Mason finished fourth of eleven competitors, missing out on bronze by 4kg. The weightlifting event required a straight press, with the bar starting on a rest, two inches above the chest of the lifter.

Pauline English with one of her three bronze medals

Australian swimmer Pauline English with coach Jan Murphy after the medal ceremony for an event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. English won three bronze medals. At 15, English was the youngest member of the Australian Team.

Pauline English was Australia’s youngest in Heidelberg

Australian swimmer Pauline English is ready to enter the water to start an event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. At 15, English was the youngest member of the Australian Team. She won three bronze medals.

GALLERY: Tracey Freeman was the Australian star of the 1972 Paralympics

Australian athlete Tracey Freeman was presented with one of her three gold medals by Ludwig Guttmann at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Freeman won each of her gold medals with a world record and was Australia’s most successful competitor at the Games, with five medals in total, all in Athletics events.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

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

Up against the best in the Basketball

Australian wheelchair basketballer John Martin (#11, in green) during the game against the USA at the 1972 summer Paralympics. The USA won 85-29 and went on to win the tournament and Australia finished 5th. Australia has competed in men’s Wheelchair Basketball at every Paralympics except 1964, but the Rollers didn’t finish among the medals until 1996.

Ray Barrett waits for onsite repairs

Australian athlete Ray Barrett waits for repairs to be made to his wheelchair during the 1972 summer Paralympics. As in every Games since, services were provided in the Village so that athletes could access repairs and service for their chairs.

Table Tennis is one of the original Paralympic sports

Australian Table Tennis player Bob McMillan competes at the 1972 summer Paralympics. After winning 6 medals in Table Tennis at the first 3 Paralympics, Australia missed out in 1972 and has since added just 2 medals in the sport in the years to the 2016 Rio Games.

Lawn bowls was an indoor event in Heidelberg

Australian athlete Eric Magennis prepares to bowl in a Lawn Bowls event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Magennis won a gold medal in the men’s singles event. With lawn bowls not being a widely practised sport in Germany, the competition was conducted indoors on carpet.

Terry Mason weightlifting

Australian athlete Terry Mason competes in the men’s featherweight division in Weightlifting at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Mason finished fourth of eleven competitors, missing out on bronze by 4kg. The weightlifting event required a straight press, with the bar starting on a rest, two inches above the chest of the lifter.

Pauline English with one of her three bronze medals

Australian swimmer Pauline English with coach Jan Murphy after the medal ceremony for an event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. English won three bronze medals. At 15, English was the youngest member of the Australian Team.

Pauline English was Australia’s youngest in Heidelberg

Australian swimmer Pauline English is ready to enter the water to start an event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. At 15, English was the youngest member of the Australian Team. She won three bronze medals.

GALLERY: Tracey Freeman was the Australian star of the 1972 Paralympics

Australian athlete Tracey Freeman was presented with one of her three gold medals by Ludwig Guttmann at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Freeman won each of her gold medals with a world record and was Australia’s most successful competitor at the Games, with five medals in total, all in Athletics events.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

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

Up against the best in the Basketball

Australian wheelchair basketballer John Martin (#11, in green) during the game against the USA at the 1972 summer Paralympics. The USA won 85-29 and went on to win the tournament and Australia finished 5th. Australia has competed in men’s Wheelchair Basketball at every Paralympics except 1964, but the Rollers didn’t finish among the medals until 1996.

Ray Barrett waits for onsite repairs

Australian athlete Ray Barrett waits for repairs to be made to his wheelchair during the 1972 summer Paralympics. As in every Games since, services were provided in the Village so that athletes could access repairs and service for their chairs.

Table Tennis is one of the original Paralympic sports

Australian Table Tennis player Bob McMillan competes at the 1972 summer Paralympics. After winning 6 medals in Table Tennis at the first 3 Paralympics, Australia missed out in 1972 and has since added just 2 medals in the sport in the years to the 2016 Rio Games.

Lawn bowls was an indoor event in Heidelberg

Australian athlete Eric Magennis prepares to bowl in a Lawn Bowls event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Magennis won a gold medal in the men’s singles event. With lawn bowls not being a widely practised sport in Germany, the competition was conducted indoors on carpet.

Terry Mason weightlifting

Australian athlete Terry Mason competes in the men’s featherweight division in Weightlifting at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Mason finished fourth of eleven competitors, missing out on bronze by 4kg. The weightlifting event required a straight press, with the bar starting on a rest, two inches above the chest of the lifter.

Pauline English with one of her three bronze medals

Australian swimmer Pauline English with coach Jan Murphy after the medal ceremony for an event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. English won three bronze medals. At 15, English was the youngest member of the Australian Team.

Pauline English was Australia’s youngest in Heidelberg

Australian swimmer Pauline English is ready to enter the water to start an event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. At 15, English was the youngest member of the Australian Team. She won three bronze medals.

GALLERY: Tracey Freeman was the Australian star of the 1972 Paralympics

Australian athlete Tracey Freeman was presented with one of her three gold medals by Ludwig Guttmann at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Freeman won each of her gold medals with a world record and was Australia’s most successful competitor at the Games, with five medals in total, all in Athletics events.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

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

Up against the best in the Basketball

Australian wheelchair basketballer John Martin (#11, in green) during the game against the USA at the 1972 summer Paralympics. The USA won 85-29 and went on to win the tournament and Australia finished 5th. Australia has competed in men’s Wheelchair Basketball at every Paralympics except 1964, but the Rollers didn’t finish among the medals until 1996.

Ray Barrett waits for onsite repairs

Australian athlete Ray Barrett waits for repairs to be made to his wheelchair during the 1972 summer Paralympics. As in every Games since, services were provided in the Village so that athletes could access repairs and service for their chairs.

Table Tennis is one of the original Paralympic sports

Australian Table Tennis player Bob McMillan competes at the 1972 summer Paralympics. After winning 6 medals in Table Tennis at the first 3 Paralympics, Australia missed out in 1972 and has since added just 2 medals in the sport in the years to the 2016 Rio Games.

Lawn bowls was an indoor event in Heidelberg

Australian athlete Eric Magennis prepares to bowl in a Lawn Bowls event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Magennis won a gold medal in the men’s singles event. With lawn bowls not being a widely practised sport in Germany, the competition was conducted indoors on carpet.

Terry Mason weightlifting

Australian athlete Terry Mason competes in the men’s featherweight division in Weightlifting at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Mason finished fourth of eleven competitors, missing out on bronze by 4kg. The weightlifting event required a straight press, with the bar starting on a rest, two inches above the chest of the lifter.

Pauline English with one of her three bronze medals

Australian swimmer Pauline English with coach Jan Murphy after the medal ceremony for an event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. English won three bronze medals. At 15, English was the youngest member of the Australian Team.

Pauline English was Australia’s youngest in Heidelberg

Australian swimmer Pauline English is ready to enter the water to start an event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. At 15, English was the youngest member of the Australian Team. She won three bronze medals.

GALLERY: Tracey Freeman was the Australian star of the 1972 Paralympics

Australian athlete Tracey Freeman was presented with one of her three gold medals by Ludwig Guttmann at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Freeman won each of her gold medals with a world record and was Australia’s most successful competitor at the Games, with five medals in total, all in Athletics events.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

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

Up against the best in the Basketball

Australian wheelchair basketballer John Martin (#11, in green) during the game against the USA at the 1972 summer Paralympics. The USA won 85-29 and went on to win the tournament and Australia finished 5th. Australia has competed in men’s Wheelchair Basketball at every Paralympics except 1964, but the Rollers didn’t finish among the medals until 1996.

Ray Barrett waits for onsite repairs

Australian athlete Ray Barrett waits for repairs to be made to his wheelchair during the 1972 summer Paralympics. As in every Games since, services were provided in the Village so that athletes could access repairs and service for their chairs.

Table Tennis is one of the original Paralympic sports

Australian Table Tennis player Bob McMillan competes at the 1972 summer Paralympics. After winning 6 medals in Table Tennis at the first 3 Paralympics, Australia missed out in 1972 and has since added just 2 medals in the sport in the years to the 2016 Rio Games.

Lawn bowls was an indoor event in Heidelberg

Australian athlete Eric Magennis prepares to bowl in a Lawn Bowls event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Magennis won a gold medal in the men’s singles event. With lawn bowls not being a widely practised sport in Germany, the competition was conducted indoors on carpet.

Terry Mason weightlifting

Australian athlete Terry Mason competes in the men’s featherweight division in Weightlifting at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Mason finished fourth of eleven competitors, missing out on bronze by 4kg. The weightlifting event required a straight press, with the bar starting on a rest, two inches above the chest of the lifter.

Pauline English with one of her three bronze medals

Australian swimmer Pauline English with coach Jan Murphy after the medal ceremony for an event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. English won three bronze medals. At 15, English was the youngest member of the Australian Team.

Pauline English was Australia’s youngest in Heidelberg

Australian swimmer Pauline English is ready to enter the water to start an event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. At 15, English was the youngest member of the Australian Team. She won three bronze medals.

GALLERY: Tracey Freeman was the Australian star of the 1972 Paralympics

Australian athlete Tracey Freeman was presented with one of her three gold medals by Ludwig Guttmann at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Freeman won each of her gold medals with a world record and was Australia’s most successful competitor at the Games, with five medals in total, all in Athletics events.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

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

Up against the best in the Basketball

Australian wheelchair basketballer John Martin (#11, in green) during the game against the USA at the 1972 summer Paralympics. The USA won 85-29 and went on to win the tournament and Australia finished 5th. Australia has competed in men’s Wheelchair Basketball at every Paralympics except 1964, but the Rollers didn’t finish among the medals until 1996.

Ray Barrett waits for onsite repairs

Australian athlete Ray Barrett waits for repairs to be made to his wheelchair during the 1972 summer Paralympics. As in every Games since, services were provided in the Village so that athletes could access repairs and service for their chairs.

Table Tennis is one of the original Paralympic sports

Australian Table Tennis player Bob McMillan competes at the 1972 summer Paralympics. After winning 6 medals in Table Tennis at the first 3 Paralympics, Australia missed out in 1972 and has since added just 2 medals in the sport in the years to the 2016 Rio Games.

Lawn bowls was an indoor event in Heidelberg

Australian athlete Eric Magennis prepares to bowl in a Lawn Bowls event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Magennis won a gold medal in the men’s singles event. With lawn bowls not being a widely practised sport in Germany, the competition was conducted indoors on carpet.

Terry Mason weightlifting

Australian athlete Terry Mason competes in the men’s featherweight division in Weightlifting at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Mason finished fourth of eleven competitors, missing out on bronze by 4kg. The weightlifting event required a straight press, with the bar starting on a rest, two inches above the chest of the lifter.

Pauline English with one of her three bronze medals

Australian swimmer Pauline English with coach Jan Murphy after the medal ceremony for an event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. English won three bronze medals. At 15, English was the youngest member of the Australian Team.

Pauline English was Australia’s youngest in Heidelberg

Australian swimmer Pauline English is ready to enter the water to start an event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. At 15, English was the youngest member of the Australian Team. She won three bronze medals.

GALLERY: Tracey Freeman was the Australian star of the 1972 Paralympics

Australian athlete Tracey Freeman was presented with one of her three gold medals by Ludwig Guttmann at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Freeman won each of her gold medals with a world record and was Australia’s most successful competitor at the Games, with five medals in total, all in Athletics events.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

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

Up against the best in the Basketball

Australian wheelchair basketballer John Martin (#11, in green) during the game against the USA at the 1972 summer Paralympics. The USA won 85-29 and went on to win the tournament and Australia finished 5th. Australia has competed in men’s Wheelchair Basketball at every Paralympics except 1964, but the Rollers didn’t finish among the medals until 1996.

Ray Barrett waits for onsite repairs

Australian athlete Ray Barrett waits for repairs to be made to his wheelchair during the 1972 summer Paralympics. As in every Games since, services were provided in the Village so that athletes could access repairs and service for their chairs.

Table Tennis is one of the original Paralympic sports

Australian Table Tennis player Bob McMillan competes at the 1972 summer Paralympics. After winning 6 medals in Table Tennis at the first 3 Paralympics, Australia missed out in 1972 and has since added just 2 medals in the sport in the years to the 2016 Rio Games.

Lawn bowls was an indoor event in Heidelberg

Australian athlete Eric Magennis prepares to bowl in a Lawn Bowls event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Magennis won a gold medal in the men’s singles event. With lawn bowls not being a widely practised sport in Germany, the competition was conducted indoors on carpet.

Terry Mason weightlifting

Australian athlete Terry Mason competes in the men’s featherweight division in Weightlifting at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Mason finished fourth of eleven competitors, missing out on bronze by 4kg. The weightlifting event required a straight press, with the bar starting on a rest, two inches above the chest of the lifter.

Pauline English with one of her three bronze medals

Australian swimmer Pauline English with coach Jan Murphy after the medal ceremony for an event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. English won three bronze medals. At 15, English was the youngest member of the Australian Team.

Pauline English was Australia’s youngest in Heidelberg

Australian swimmer Pauline English is ready to enter the water to start an event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. At 15, English was the youngest member of the Australian Team. She won three bronze medals.

GALLERY: Tracey Freeman was the Australian star of the 1972 Paralympics

Australian athlete Tracey Freeman was presented with one of her three gold medals by Ludwig Guttmann at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Freeman won each of her gold medals with a world record and was Australia’s most successful competitor at the Games, with five medals in total, all in Athletics events.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

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

Up against the best in the Basketball

Australian wheelchair basketballer John Martin (#11, in green) during the game against the USA at the 1972 summer Paralympics. The USA won 85-29 and went on to win the tournament and Australia finished 5th. Australia has competed in men’s Wheelchair Basketball at every Paralympics except 1964, but the Rollers didn’t finish among the medals until 1996.

Ray Barrett waits for onsite repairs

Australian athlete Ray Barrett waits for repairs to be made to his wheelchair during the 1972 summer Paralympics. As in every Games since, services were provided in the Village so that athletes could access repairs and service for their chairs.

Table Tennis is one of the original Paralympic sports

Australian Table Tennis player Bob McMillan competes at the 1972 summer Paralympics. After winning 6 medals in Table Tennis at the first 3 Paralympics, Australia missed out in 1972 and has since added just 2 medals in the sport in the years to the 2016 Rio Games.

Lawn bowls was an indoor event in Heidelberg

Australian athlete Eric Magennis prepares to bowl in a Lawn Bowls event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Magennis won a gold medal in the men’s singles event. With lawn bowls not being a widely practised sport in Germany, the competition was conducted indoors on carpet.

Terry Mason weightlifting

Australian athlete Terry Mason competes in the men’s featherweight division in Weightlifting at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Mason finished fourth of eleven competitors, missing out on bronze by 4kg. The weightlifting event required a straight press, with the bar starting on a rest, two inches above the chest of the lifter.

Pauline English with one of her three bronze medals

Australian swimmer Pauline English with coach Jan Murphy after the medal ceremony for an event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. English won three bronze medals. At 15, English was the youngest member of the Australian Team.

Pauline English was Australia’s youngest in Heidelberg

Australian swimmer Pauline English is ready to enter the water to start an event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. At 15, English was the youngest member of the Australian Team. She won three bronze medals.

GALLERY: Tracey Freeman was the Australian star of the 1972 Paralympics

Australian athlete Tracey Freeman was presented with one of her three gold medals by Ludwig Guttmann at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Freeman won each of her gold medals with a world record and was Australia’s most successful competitor at the Games, with five medals in total, all in Athletics events.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

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

Up against the best in the Basketball

Australian wheelchair basketballer John Martin (#11, in green) during the game against the USA at the 1972 summer Paralympics. The USA won 85-29 and went on to win the tournament and Australia finished 5th. Australia has competed in men’s Wheelchair Basketball at every Paralympics except 1964, but the Rollers didn’t finish among the medals until 1996.

Ray Barrett waits for onsite repairs

Australian athlete Ray Barrett waits for repairs to be made to his wheelchair during the 1972 summer Paralympics. As in every Games since, services were provided in the Village so that athletes could access repairs and service for their chairs.

Table Tennis is one of the original Paralympic sports

Australian Table Tennis player Bob McMillan competes at the 1972 summer Paralympics. After winning 6 medals in Table Tennis at the first 3 Paralympics, Australia missed out in 1972 and has since added just 2 medals in the sport in the years to the 2016 Rio Games.

Lawn bowls was an indoor event in Heidelberg

Australian athlete Eric Magennis prepares to bowl in a Lawn Bowls event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Magennis won a gold medal in the men’s singles event. With lawn bowls not being a widely practised sport in Germany, the competition was conducted indoors on carpet.

Terry Mason weightlifting

Australian athlete Terry Mason competes in the men’s featherweight division in Weightlifting at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Mason finished fourth of eleven competitors, missing out on bronze by 4kg. The weightlifting event required a straight press, with the bar starting on a rest, two inches above the chest of the lifter.

Pauline English with one of her three bronze medals

Australian swimmer Pauline English with coach Jan Murphy after the medal ceremony for an event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. English won three bronze medals. At 15, English was the youngest member of the Australian Team.

Pauline English was Australia’s youngest in Heidelberg

Australian swimmer Pauline English is ready to enter the water to start an event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. At 15, English was the youngest member of the Australian Team. She won three bronze medals.

GALLERY: Tracey Freeman was the Australian star of the 1972 Paralympics

Australian athlete Tracey Freeman was presented with one of her three gold medals by Ludwig Guttmann at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Freeman won each of her gold medals with a world record and was Australia’s most successful competitor at the Games, with five medals in total, all in Athletics events.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

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

Up against the best in the Basketball

Australian wheelchair basketballer John Martin (#11, in green) during the game against the USA at the 1972 summer Paralympics. The USA won 85-29 and went on to win the tournament and Australia finished 5th. Australia has competed in men’s Wheelchair Basketball at every Paralympics except 1964, but the Rollers didn’t finish among the medals until 1996.

Ray Barrett waits for onsite repairs

Australian athlete Ray Barrett waits for repairs to be made to his wheelchair during the 1972 summer Paralympics. As in every Games since, services were provided in the Village so that athletes could access repairs and service for their chairs.

Table Tennis is one of the original Paralympic sports

Australian Table Tennis player Bob McMillan competes at the 1972 summer Paralympics. After winning 6 medals in Table Tennis at the first 3 Paralympics, Australia missed out in 1972 and has since added just 2 medals in the sport in the years to the 2016 Rio Games.

Lawn bowls was an indoor event in Heidelberg

Australian athlete Eric Magennis prepares to bowl in a Lawn Bowls event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Magennis won a gold medal in the men’s singles event. With lawn bowls not being a widely practised sport in Germany, the competition was conducted indoors on carpet.

Terry Mason weightlifting

Australian athlete Terry Mason competes in the men’s featherweight division in Weightlifting at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Mason finished fourth of eleven competitors, missing out on bronze by 4kg. The weightlifting event required a straight press, with the bar starting on a rest, two inches above the chest of the lifter.

Pauline English with one of her three bronze medals

Australian swimmer Pauline English with coach Jan Murphy after the medal ceremony for an event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. English won three bronze medals. At 15, English was the youngest member of the Australian Team.

Pauline English was Australia’s youngest in Heidelberg

Australian swimmer Pauline English is ready to enter the water to start an event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. At 15, English was the youngest member of the Australian Team. She won three bronze medals.

GALLERY: Tracey Freeman was the Australian star of the 1972 Paralympics

Australian athlete Tracey Freeman was presented with one of her three gold medals by Ludwig Guttmann at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Freeman won each of her gold medals with a world record and was Australia’s most successful competitor at the Games, with five medals in total, all in Athletics events.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

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

Up against the best in the Basketball

Australian wheelchair basketballer John Martin (#11, in green) during the game against the USA at the 1972 summer Paralympics. The USA won 85-29 and went on to win the tournament and Australia finished 5th. Australia has competed in men’s Wheelchair Basketball at every Paralympics except 1964, but the Rollers didn’t finish among the medals until 1996.

Ray Barrett waits for onsite repairs

Australian athlete Ray Barrett waits for repairs to be made to his wheelchair during the 1972 summer Paralympics. As in every Games since, services were provided in the Village so that athletes could access repairs and service for their chairs.

Table Tennis is one of the original Paralympic sports

Australian Table Tennis player Bob McMillan competes at the 1972 summer Paralympics. After winning 6 medals in Table Tennis at the first 3 Paralympics, Australia missed out in 1972 and has since added just 2 medals in the sport in the years to the 2016 Rio Games.

Lawn bowls was an indoor event in Heidelberg

Australian athlete Eric Magennis prepares to bowl in a Lawn Bowls event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Magennis won a gold medal in the men’s singles event. With lawn bowls not being a widely practised sport in Germany, the competition was conducted indoors on carpet.

Terry Mason weightlifting

Australian athlete Terry Mason competes in the men’s featherweight division in Weightlifting at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Mason finished fourth of eleven competitors, missing out on bronze by 4kg. The weightlifting event required a straight press, with the bar starting on a rest, two inches above the chest of the lifter.

Pauline English with one of her three bronze medals

Australian swimmer Pauline English with coach Jan Murphy after the medal ceremony for an event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. English won three bronze medals. At 15, English was the youngest member of the Australian Team.

Pauline English was Australia’s youngest in Heidelberg

Australian swimmer Pauline English is ready to enter the water to start an event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. At 15, English was the youngest member of the Australian Team. She won three bronze medals.

GALLERY: Tracey Freeman was the Australian star of the 1972 Paralympics

Australian athlete Tracey Freeman was presented with one of her three gold medals by Ludwig Guttmann at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Freeman won each of her gold medals with a world record and was Australia’s most successful competitor at the Games, with five medals in total, all in Athletics events.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

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

Up against the best in the Basketball

Australian wheelchair basketballer John Martin (#11, in green) during the game against the USA at the 1972 summer Paralympics. The USA won 85-29 and went on to win the tournament and Australia finished 5th. Australia has competed in men’s Wheelchair Basketball at every Paralympics except 1964, but the Rollers didn’t finish among the medals until 1996.

Ray Barrett waits for onsite repairs

Australian athlete Ray Barrett waits for repairs to be made to his wheelchair during the 1972 summer Paralympics. As in every Games since, services were provided in the Village so that athletes could access repairs and service for their chairs.

Table Tennis is one of the original Paralympic sports

Australian Table Tennis player Bob McMillan competes at the 1972 summer Paralympics. After winning 6 medals in Table Tennis at the first 3 Paralympics, Australia missed out in 1972 and has since added just 2 medals in the sport in the years to the 2016 Rio Games.

Lawn bowls was an indoor event in Heidelberg

Australian athlete Eric Magennis prepares to bowl in a Lawn Bowls event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Magennis won a gold medal in the men’s singles event. With lawn bowls not being a widely practised sport in Germany, the competition was conducted indoors on carpet.

Terry Mason weightlifting

Australian athlete Terry Mason competes in the men’s featherweight division in Weightlifting at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Mason finished fourth of eleven competitors, missing out on bronze by 4kg. The weightlifting event required a straight press, with the bar starting on a rest, two inches above the chest of the lifter.

Pauline English with one of her three bronze medals

Australian swimmer Pauline English with coach Jan Murphy after the medal ceremony for an event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. English won three bronze medals. At 15, English was the youngest member of the Australian Team.

Pauline English was Australia’s youngest in Heidelberg

Australian swimmer Pauline English is ready to enter the water to start an event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. At 15, English was the youngest member of the Australian Team. She won three bronze medals.

GALLERY: Tracey Freeman was the Australian star of the 1972 Paralympics

Australian athlete Tracey Freeman was presented with one of her three gold medals by Ludwig Guttmann at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Freeman won each of her gold medals with a world record and was Australia’s most successful competitor at the Games, with five medals in total, all in Athletics events.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

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

Up against the best in the Basketball

Australian wheelchair basketballer John Martin (#11, in green) during the game against the USA at the 1972 summer Paralympics. The USA won 85-29 and went on to win the tournament and Australia finished 5th. Australia has competed in men’s Wheelchair Basketball at every Paralympics except 1964, but the Rollers didn’t finish among the medals until 1996.

Ray Barrett waits for onsite repairs

Australian athlete Ray Barrett waits for repairs to be made to his wheelchair during the 1972 summer Paralympics. As in every Games since, services were provided in the Village so that athletes could access repairs and service for their chairs.

Table Tennis is one of the original Paralympic sports

Australian Table Tennis player Bob McMillan competes at the 1972 summer Paralympics. After winning 6 medals in Table Tennis at the first 3 Paralympics, Australia missed out in 1972 and has since added just 2 medals in the sport in the years to the 2016 Rio Games.

Lawn bowls was an indoor event in Heidelberg

Australian athlete Eric Magennis prepares to bowl in a Lawn Bowls event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Magennis won a gold medal in the men’s singles event. With lawn bowls not being a widely practised sport in Germany, the competition was conducted indoors on carpet.

Terry Mason weightlifting

Australian athlete Terry Mason competes in the men’s featherweight division in Weightlifting at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Mason finished fourth of eleven competitors, missing out on bronze by 4kg. The weightlifting event required a straight press, with the bar starting on a rest, two inches above the chest of the lifter.

Pauline English with one of her three bronze medals

Australian swimmer Pauline English with coach Jan Murphy after the medal ceremony for an event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. English won three bronze medals. At 15, English was the youngest member of the Australian Team.

Pauline English was Australia’s youngest in Heidelberg

Australian swimmer Pauline English is ready to enter the water to start an event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. At 15, English was the youngest member of the Australian Team. She won three bronze medals.

GALLERY: Tracey Freeman was the Australian star of the 1972 Paralympics

Australian athlete Tracey Freeman was presented with one of her three gold medals by Ludwig Guttmann at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Freeman won each of her gold medals with a world record and was Australia’s most successful competitor at the Games, with five medals in total, all in Athletics events.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

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

Up against the best in the Basketball

Australian wheelchair basketballer John Martin (#11, in green) during the game against the USA at the 1972 summer Paralympics. The USA won 85-29 and went on to win the tournament and Australia finished 5th. Australia has competed in men’s Wheelchair Basketball at every Paralympics except 1964, but the Rollers didn’t finish among the medals until 1996.

Ray Barrett waits for onsite repairs

Australian athlete Ray Barrett waits for repairs to be made to his wheelchair during the 1972 summer Paralympics. As in every Games since, services were provided in the Village so that athletes could access repairs and service for their chairs.

Table Tennis is one of the original Paralympic sports

Australian Table Tennis player Bob McMillan competes at the 1972 summer Paralympics. After winning 6 medals in Table Tennis at the first 3 Paralympics, Australia missed out in 1972 and has since added just 2 medals in the sport in the years to the 2016 Rio Games.

Lawn bowls was an indoor event in Heidelberg

Australian athlete Eric Magennis prepares to bowl in a Lawn Bowls event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Magennis won a gold medal in the men’s singles event. With lawn bowls not being a widely practised sport in Germany, the competition was conducted indoors on carpet.

Terry Mason weightlifting

Australian athlete Terry Mason competes in the men’s featherweight division in Weightlifting at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Mason finished fourth of eleven competitors, missing out on bronze by 4kg. The weightlifting event required a straight press, with the bar starting on a rest, two inches above the chest of the lifter.

Pauline English with one of her three bronze medals

Australian swimmer Pauline English with coach Jan Murphy after the medal ceremony for an event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. English won three bronze medals. At 15, English was the youngest member of the Australian Team.

Pauline English was Australia’s youngest in Heidelberg

Australian swimmer Pauline English is ready to enter the water to start an event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. At 15, English was the youngest member of the Australian Team. She won three bronze medals.

GALLERY: Tracey Freeman was the Australian star of the 1972 Paralympics

Australian athlete Tracey Freeman was presented with one of her three gold medals by Ludwig Guttmann at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Freeman won each of her gold medals with a world record and was Australia’s most successful competitor at the Games, with five medals in total, all in Athletics events.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

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

Up against the best in the Basketball

Australian wheelchair basketballer John Martin (#11, in green) during the game against the USA at the 1972 summer Paralympics. The USA won 85-29 and went on to win the tournament and Australia finished 5th. Australia has competed in men’s Wheelchair Basketball at every Paralympics except 1964, but the Rollers didn’t finish among the medals until 1996.

Ray Barrett waits for onsite repairs

Australian athlete Ray Barrett waits for repairs to be made to his wheelchair during the 1972 summer Paralympics. As in every Games since, services were provided in the Village so that athletes could access repairs and service for their chairs.

Table Tennis is one of the original Paralympic sports

Australian Table Tennis player Bob McMillan competes at the 1972 summer Paralympics. After winning 6 medals in Table Tennis at the first 3 Paralympics, Australia missed out in 1972 and has since added just 2 medals in the sport in the years to the 2016 Rio Games.

Lawn bowls was an indoor event in Heidelberg

Australian athlete Eric Magennis prepares to bowl in a Lawn Bowls event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Magennis won a gold medal in the men’s singles event. With lawn bowls not being a widely practised sport in Germany, the competition was conducted indoors on carpet.

Terry Mason weightlifting

Australian athlete Terry Mason competes in the men’s featherweight division in Weightlifting at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Mason finished fourth of eleven competitors, missing out on bronze by 4kg. The weightlifting event required a straight press, with the bar starting on a rest, two inches above the chest of the lifter.

Pauline English with one of her three bronze medals

Australian swimmer Pauline English with coach Jan Murphy after the medal ceremony for an event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. English won three bronze medals. At 15, English was the youngest member of the Australian Team.

Pauline English was Australia’s youngest in Heidelberg

Australian swimmer Pauline English is ready to enter the water to start an event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. At 15, English was the youngest member of the Australian Team. She won three bronze medals.

GALLERY: Tracey Freeman was the Australian star of the 1972 Paralympics

Australian athlete Tracey Freeman was presented with one of her three gold medals by Ludwig Guttmann at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Freeman won each of her gold medals with a world record and was Australia’s most successful competitor at the Games, with five medals in total, all in Athletics events.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

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

Up against the best in the Basketball

Australian wheelchair basketballer John Martin (#11, in green) during the game against the USA at the 1972 summer Paralympics. The USA won 85-29 and went on to win the tournament and Australia finished 5th. Australia has competed in men’s Wheelchair Basketball at every Paralympics except 1964, but the Rollers didn’t finish among the medals until 1996.

Ray Barrett waits for onsite repairs

Australian athlete Ray Barrett waits for repairs to be made to his wheelchair during the 1972 summer Paralympics. As in every Games since, services were provided in the Village so that athletes could access repairs and service for their chairs.

Table Tennis is one of the original Paralympic sports

Australian Table Tennis player Bob McMillan competes at the 1972 summer Paralympics. After winning 6 medals in Table Tennis at the first 3 Paralympics, Australia missed out in 1972 and has since added just 2 medals in the sport in the years to the 2016 Rio Games.

Lawn bowls was an indoor event in Heidelberg

Australian athlete Eric Magennis prepares to bowl in a Lawn Bowls event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Magennis won a gold medal in the men’s singles event. With lawn bowls not being a widely practised sport in Germany, the competition was conducted indoors on carpet.

Terry Mason weightlifting

Australian athlete Terry Mason competes in the men’s featherweight division in Weightlifting at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Mason finished fourth of eleven competitors, missing out on bronze by 4kg. The weightlifting event required a straight press, with the bar starting on a rest, two inches above the chest of the lifter.

Pauline English with one of her three bronze medals

Australian swimmer Pauline English with coach Jan Murphy after the medal ceremony for an event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. English won three bronze medals. At 15, English was the youngest member of the Australian Team.

Pauline English was Australia’s youngest in Heidelberg

Australian swimmer Pauline English is ready to enter the water to start an event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. At 15, English was the youngest member of the Australian Team. She won three bronze medals.

GALLERY: Tracey Freeman was the Australian star of the 1972 Paralympics

Australian athlete Tracey Freeman was presented with one of her three gold medals by Ludwig Guttmann at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Freeman won each of her gold medals with a world record and was Australia’s most successful competitor at the Games, with five medals in total, all in Athletics events.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

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

Up against the best in the Basketball

Australian wheelchair basketballer John Martin (#11, in green) during the game against the USA at the 1972 summer Paralympics. The USA won 85-29 and went on to win the tournament and Australia finished 5th. Australia has competed in men’s Wheelchair Basketball at every Paralympics except 1964, but the Rollers didn’t finish among the medals until 1996.

Ray Barrett waits for onsite repairs

Australian athlete Ray Barrett waits for repairs to be made to his wheelchair during the 1972 summer Paralympics. As in every Games since, services were provided in the Village so that athletes could access repairs and service for their chairs.

Table Tennis is one of the original Paralympic sports

Australian Table Tennis player Bob McMillan competes at the 1972 summer Paralympics. After winning 6 medals in Table Tennis at the first 3 Paralympics, Australia missed out in 1972 and has since added just 2 medals in the sport in the years to the 2016 Rio Games.

Lawn bowls was an indoor event in Heidelberg

Australian athlete Eric Magennis prepares to bowl in a Lawn Bowls event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Magennis won a gold medal in the men’s singles event. With lawn bowls not being a widely practised sport in Germany, the competition was conducted indoors on carpet.

Terry Mason weightlifting

Australian athlete Terry Mason competes in the men’s featherweight division in Weightlifting at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Mason finished fourth of eleven competitors, missing out on bronze by 4kg. The weightlifting event required a straight press, with the bar starting on a rest, two inches above the chest of the lifter.

Pauline English with one of her three bronze medals

Australian swimmer Pauline English with coach Jan Murphy after the medal ceremony for an event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. English won three bronze medals. At 15, English was the youngest member of the Australian Team.

Pauline English was Australia’s youngest in Heidelberg

Australian swimmer Pauline English is ready to enter the water to start an event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. At 15, English was the youngest member of the Australian Team. She won three bronze medals.

GALLERY: Tracey Freeman was the Australian star of the 1972 Paralympics

Australian athlete Tracey Freeman was presented with one of her three gold medals by Ludwig Guttmann at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Freeman won each of her gold medals with a world record and was Australia’s most successful competitor at the Games, with five medals in total, all in Athletics events.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

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

Up against the best in the Basketball

Australian wheelchair basketballer John Martin (#11, in green) during the game against the USA at the 1972 summer Paralympics. The USA won 85-29 and went on to win the tournament and Australia finished 5th. Australia has competed in men’s Wheelchair Basketball at every Paralympics except 1964, but the Rollers didn’t finish among the medals until 1996.

Ray Barrett waits for onsite repairs

Australian athlete Ray Barrett waits for repairs to be made to his wheelchair during the 1972 summer Paralympics. As in every Games since, services were provided in the Village so that athletes could access repairs and service for their chairs.

Table Tennis is one of the original Paralympic sports

Australian Table Tennis player Bob McMillan competes at the 1972 summer Paralympics. After winning 6 medals in Table Tennis at the first 3 Paralympics, Australia missed out in 1972 and has since added just 2 medals in the sport in the years to the 2016 Rio Games.

Lawn bowls was an indoor event in Heidelberg

Australian athlete Eric Magennis prepares to bowl in a Lawn Bowls event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Magennis won a gold medal in the men’s singles event. With lawn bowls not being a widely practised sport in Germany, the competition was conducted indoors on carpet.

Terry Mason weightlifting

Australian athlete Terry Mason competes in the men’s featherweight division in Weightlifting at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Mason finished fourth of eleven competitors, missing out on bronze by 4kg. The weightlifting event required a straight press, with the bar starting on a rest, two inches above the chest of the lifter.

Pauline English with one of her three bronze medals

Australian swimmer Pauline English with coach Jan Murphy after the medal ceremony for an event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. English won three bronze medals. At 15, English was the youngest member of the Australian Team.

Pauline English was Australia’s youngest in Heidelberg

Australian swimmer Pauline English is ready to enter the water to start an event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. At 15, English was the youngest member of the Australian Team. She won three bronze medals.

GALLERY: Tracey Freeman was the Australian star of the 1972 Paralympics

Australian athlete Tracey Freeman was presented with one of her three gold medals by Ludwig Guttmann at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Freeman won each of her gold medals with a world record and was Australia’s most successful competitor at the Games, with five medals in total, all in Athletics events.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

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

Up against the best in the Basketball

Australian wheelchair basketballer John Martin (#11, in green) during the game against the USA at the 1972 summer Paralympics. The USA won 85-29 and went on to win the tournament and Australia finished 5th. Australia has competed in men’s Wheelchair Basketball at every Paralympics except 1964, but the Rollers didn’t finish among the medals until 1996.

Ray Barrett waits for onsite repairs

Australian athlete Ray Barrett waits for repairs to be made to his wheelchair during the 1972 summer Paralympics. As in every Games since, services were provided in the Village so that athletes could access repairs and service for their chairs.

Table Tennis is one of the original Paralympic sports

Australian Table Tennis player Bob McMillan competes at the 1972 summer Paralympics. After winning 6 medals in Table Tennis at the first 3 Paralympics, Australia missed out in 1972 and has since added just 2 medals in the sport in the years to the 2016 Rio Games.

Lawn bowls was an indoor event in Heidelberg

Australian athlete Eric Magennis prepares to bowl in a Lawn Bowls event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Magennis won a gold medal in the men’s singles event. With lawn bowls not being a widely practised sport in Germany, the competition was conducted indoors on carpet.

Terry Mason weightlifting

Australian athlete Terry Mason competes in the men’s featherweight division in Weightlifting at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Mason finished fourth of eleven competitors, missing out on bronze by 4kg. The weightlifting event required a straight press, with the bar starting on a rest, two inches above the chest of the lifter.

Pauline English with one of her three bronze medals

Australian swimmer Pauline English with coach Jan Murphy after the medal ceremony for an event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. English won three bronze medals. At 15, English was the youngest member of the Australian Team.

Pauline English was Australia’s youngest in Heidelberg

Australian swimmer Pauline English is ready to enter the water to start an event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. At 15, English was the youngest member of the Australian Team. She won three bronze medals.

GALLERY: Tracey Freeman was the Australian star of the 1972 Paralympics

Australian athlete Tracey Freeman was presented with one of her three gold medals by Ludwig Guttmann at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Freeman won each of her gold medals with a world record and was Australia’s most successful competitor at the Games, with five medals in total, all in Athletics events.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

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

Up against the best in the Basketball

Australian wheelchair basketballer John Martin (#11, in green) during the game against the USA at the 1972 summer Paralympics. The USA won 85-29 and went on to win the tournament and Australia finished 5th. Australia has competed in men’s Wheelchair Basketball at every Paralympics except 1964, but the Rollers didn’t finish among the medals until 1996.

Ray Barrett waits for onsite repairs

Australian athlete Ray Barrett waits for repairs to be made to his wheelchair during the 1972 summer Paralympics. As in every Games since, services were provided in the Village so that athletes could access repairs and service for their chairs.

Table Tennis is one of the original Paralympic sports

Australian Table Tennis player Bob McMillan competes at the 1972 summer Paralympics. After winning 6 medals in Table Tennis at the first 3 Paralympics, Australia missed out in 1972 and has since added just 2 medals in the sport in the years to the 2016 Rio Games.

Lawn bowls was an indoor event in Heidelberg

Australian athlete Eric Magennis prepares to bowl in a Lawn Bowls event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Magennis won a gold medal in the men’s singles event. With lawn bowls not being a widely practised sport in Germany, the competition was conducted indoors on carpet.

Terry Mason weightlifting

Australian athlete Terry Mason competes in the men’s featherweight division in Weightlifting at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Mason finished fourth of eleven competitors, missing out on bronze by 4kg. The weightlifting event required a straight press, with the bar starting on a rest, two inches above the chest of the lifter.

Pauline English with one of her three bronze medals

Australian swimmer Pauline English with coach Jan Murphy after the medal ceremony for an event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. English won three bronze medals. At 15, English was the youngest member of the Australian Team.

Pauline English was Australia’s youngest in Heidelberg

Australian swimmer Pauline English is ready to enter the water to start an event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. At 15, English was the youngest member of the Australian Team. She won three bronze medals.

GALLERY: Tracey Freeman was the Australian star of the 1972 Paralympics

Australian athlete Tracey Freeman was presented with one of her three gold medals by Ludwig Guttmann at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Freeman won each of her gold medals with a world record and was Australia’s most successful competitor at the Games, with five medals in total, all in Athletics events.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

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

Up against the best in the Basketball

Australian wheelchair basketballer John Martin (#11, in green) during the game against the USA at the 1972 summer Paralympics. The USA won 85-29 and went on to win the tournament and Australia finished 5th. Australia has competed in men’s Wheelchair Basketball at every Paralympics except 1964, but the Rollers didn’t finish among the medals until 1996.

Ray Barrett waits for onsite repairs

Australian athlete Ray Barrett waits for repairs to be made to his wheelchair during the 1972 summer Paralympics. As in every Games since, services were provided in the Village so that athletes could access repairs and service for their chairs.

Table Tennis is one of the original Paralympic sports

Australian Table Tennis player Bob McMillan competes at the 1972 summer Paralympics. After winning 6 medals in Table Tennis at the first 3 Paralympics, Australia missed out in 1972 and has since added just 2 medals in the sport in the years to the 2016 Rio Games.

Lawn bowls was an indoor event in Heidelberg

Australian athlete Eric Magennis prepares to bowl in a Lawn Bowls event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Magennis won a gold medal in the men’s singles event. With lawn bowls not being a widely practised sport in Germany, the competition was conducted indoors on carpet.

Terry Mason weightlifting

Australian athlete Terry Mason competes in the men’s featherweight division in Weightlifting at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Mason finished fourth of eleven competitors, missing out on bronze by 4kg. The weightlifting event required a straight press, with the bar starting on a rest, two inches above the chest of the lifter.

Pauline English with one of her three bronze medals

Australian swimmer Pauline English with coach Jan Murphy after the medal ceremony for an event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. English won three bronze medals. At 15, English was the youngest member of the Australian Team.

Pauline English was Australia’s youngest in Heidelberg

Australian swimmer Pauline English is ready to enter the water to start an event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. At 15, English was the youngest member of the Australian Team. She won three bronze medals.

GALLERY: Tracey Freeman was the Australian star of the 1972 Paralympics

Australian athlete Tracey Freeman was presented with one of her three gold medals by Ludwig Guttmann at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Freeman won each of her gold medals with a world record and was Australia’s most successful competitor at the Games, with five medals in total, all in Athletics events.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

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

Up against the best in the Basketball

Australian wheelchair basketballer John Martin (#11, in green) during the game against the USA at the 1972 summer Paralympics. The USA won 85-29 and went on to win the tournament and Australia finished 5th. Australia has competed in men’s Wheelchair Basketball at every Paralympics except 1964, but the Rollers didn’t finish among the medals until 1996.

Ray Barrett waits for onsite repairs

Australian athlete Ray Barrett waits for repairs to be made to his wheelchair during the 1972 summer Paralympics. As in every Games since, services were provided in the Village so that athletes could access repairs and service for their chairs.

Table Tennis is one of the original Paralympic sports

Australian Table Tennis player Bob McMillan competes at the 1972 summer Paralympics. After winning 6 medals in Table Tennis at the first 3 Paralympics, Australia missed out in 1972 and has since added just 2 medals in the sport in the years to the 2016 Rio Games.

Lawn bowls was an indoor event in Heidelberg

Australian athlete Eric Magennis prepares to bowl in a Lawn Bowls event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Magennis won a gold medal in the men’s singles event. With lawn bowls not being a widely practised sport in Germany, the competition was conducted indoors on carpet.

Terry Mason weightlifting

Australian athlete Terry Mason competes in the men’s featherweight division in Weightlifting at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Mason finished fourth of eleven competitors, missing out on bronze by 4kg. The weightlifting event required a straight press, with the bar starting on a rest, two inches above the chest of the lifter.

Pauline English with one of her three bronze medals

Australian swimmer Pauline English with coach Jan Murphy after the medal ceremony for an event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. English won three bronze medals. At 15, English was the youngest member of the Australian Team.

Pauline English was Australia’s youngest in Heidelberg

Australian swimmer Pauline English is ready to enter the water to start an event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. At 15, English was the youngest member of the Australian Team. She won three bronze medals.

GALLERY: Tracey Freeman was the Australian star of the 1972 Paralympics

Australian athlete Tracey Freeman was presented with one of her three gold medals by Ludwig Guttmann at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Freeman won each of her gold medals with a world record and was Australia’s most successful competitor at the Games, with five medals in total, all in Athletics events.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

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

Up against the best in the Basketball

Australian wheelchair basketballer John Martin (#11, in green) during the game against the USA at the 1972 summer Paralympics. The USA won 85-29 and went on to win the tournament and Australia finished 5th. Australia has competed in men’s Wheelchair Basketball at every Paralympics except 1964, but the Rollers didn’t finish among the medals until 1996.

Ray Barrett waits for onsite repairs

Australian athlete Ray Barrett waits for repairs to be made to his wheelchair during the 1972 summer Paralympics. As in every Games since, services were provided in the Village so that athletes could access repairs and service for their chairs.

Table Tennis is one of the original Paralympic sports

Australian Table Tennis player Bob McMillan competes at the 1972 summer Paralympics. After winning 6 medals in Table Tennis at the first 3 Paralympics, Australia missed out in 1972 and has since added just 2 medals in the sport in the years to the 2016 Rio Games.

Lawn bowls was an indoor event in Heidelberg

Australian athlete Eric Magennis prepares to bowl in a Lawn Bowls event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Magennis won a gold medal in the men’s singles event. With lawn bowls not being a widely practised sport in Germany, the competition was conducted indoors on carpet.

Terry Mason weightlifting

Australian athlete Terry Mason competes in the men’s featherweight division in Weightlifting at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Mason finished fourth of eleven competitors, missing out on bronze by 4kg. The weightlifting event required a straight press, with the bar starting on a rest, two inches above the chest of the lifter.

Pauline English with one of her three bronze medals

Australian swimmer Pauline English with coach Jan Murphy after the medal ceremony for an event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. English won three bronze medals. At 15, English was the youngest member of the Australian Team.

Pauline English was Australia’s youngest in Heidelberg

Australian swimmer Pauline English is ready to enter the water to start an event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. At 15, English was the youngest member of the Australian Team. She won three bronze medals.

GALLERY: Tracey Freeman was the Australian star of the 1972 Paralympics

Australian athlete Tracey Freeman was presented with one of her three gold medals by Ludwig Guttmann at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Freeman won each of her gold medals with a world record and was Australia’s most successful competitor at the Games, with five medals in total, all in Athletics events.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

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

Up against the best in the Basketball

Australian wheelchair basketballer John Martin (#11, in green) during the game against the USA at the 1972 summer Paralympics. The USA won 85-29 and went on to win the tournament and Australia finished 5th. Australia has competed in men’s Wheelchair Basketball at every Paralympics except 1964, but the Rollers didn’t finish among the medals until 1996.

Ray Barrett waits for onsite repairs

Australian athlete Ray Barrett waits for repairs to be made to his wheelchair during the 1972 summer Paralympics. As in every Games since, services were provided in the Village so that athletes could access repairs and service for their chairs.

Table Tennis is one of the original Paralympic sports

Australian Table Tennis player Bob McMillan competes at the 1972 summer Paralympics. After winning 6 medals in Table Tennis at the first 3 Paralympics, Australia missed out in 1972 and has since added just 2 medals in the sport in the years to the 2016 Rio Games.

Lawn bowls was an indoor event in Heidelberg

Australian athlete Eric Magennis prepares to bowl in a Lawn Bowls event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Magennis won a gold medal in the men’s singles event. With lawn bowls not being a widely practised sport in Germany, the competition was conducted indoors on carpet.

Terry Mason weightlifting

Australian athlete Terry Mason competes in the men’s featherweight division in Weightlifting at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Mason finished fourth of eleven competitors, missing out on bronze by 4kg. The weightlifting event required a straight press, with the bar starting on a rest, two inches above the chest of the lifter.

Pauline English with one of her three bronze medals

Australian swimmer Pauline English with coach Jan Murphy after the medal ceremony for an event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. English won three bronze medals. At 15, English was the youngest member of the Australian Team.

Pauline English was Australia’s youngest in Heidelberg

Australian swimmer Pauline English is ready to enter the water to start an event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. At 15, English was the youngest member of the Australian Team. She won three bronze medals.

GALLERY: Tracey Freeman was the Australian star of the 1972 Paralympics

Australian athlete Tracey Freeman was presented with one of her three gold medals by Ludwig Guttmann at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Freeman won each of her gold medals with a world record and was Australia’s most successful competitor at the Games, with five medals in total, all in Athletics events.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

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

Up against the best in the Basketball

Australian wheelchair basketballer John Martin (#11, in green) during the game against the USA at the 1972 summer Paralympics. The USA won 85-29 and went on to win the tournament and Australia finished 5th. Australia has competed in men’s Wheelchair Basketball at every Paralympics except 1964, but the Rollers didn’t finish among the medals until 1996.

Ray Barrett waits for onsite repairs

Australian athlete Ray Barrett waits for repairs to be made to his wheelchair during the 1972 summer Paralympics. As in every Games since, services were provided in the Village so that athletes could access repairs and service for their chairs.

Table Tennis is one of the original Paralympic sports

Australian Table Tennis player Bob McMillan competes at the 1972 summer Paralympics. After winning 6 medals in Table Tennis at the first 3 Paralympics, Australia missed out in 1972 and has since added just 2 medals in the sport in the years to the 2016 Rio Games.

Lawn bowls was an indoor event in Heidelberg

Australian athlete Eric Magennis prepares to bowl in a Lawn Bowls event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Magennis won a gold medal in the men’s singles event. With lawn bowls not being a widely practised sport in Germany, the competition was conducted indoors on carpet.

Terry Mason weightlifting

Australian athlete Terry Mason competes in the men’s featherweight division in Weightlifting at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Mason finished fourth of eleven competitors, missing out on bronze by 4kg. The weightlifting event required a straight press, with the bar starting on a rest, two inches above the chest of the lifter.

Pauline English with one of her three bronze medals

Australian swimmer Pauline English with coach Jan Murphy after the medal ceremony for an event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. English won three bronze medals. At 15, English was the youngest member of the Australian Team.

Pauline English was Australia’s youngest in Heidelberg

Australian swimmer Pauline English is ready to enter the water to start an event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. At 15, English was the youngest member of the Australian Team. She won three bronze medals.

GALLERY: Tracey Freeman was the Australian star of the 1972 Paralympics

Australian athlete Tracey Freeman was presented with one of her three gold medals by Ludwig Guttmann at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Freeman won each of her gold medals with a world record and was Australia’s most successful competitor at the Games, with five medals in total, all in Athletics events.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

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

Up against the best in the Basketball

Australian wheelchair basketballer John Martin (#11, in green) during the game against the USA at the 1972 summer Paralympics. The USA won 85-29 and went on to win the tournament and Australia finished 5th. Australia has competed in men’s Wheelchair Basketball at every Paralympics except 1964, but the Rollers didn’t finish among the medals until 1996.

Ray Barrett waits for onsite repairs

Australian athlete Ray Barrett waits for repairs to be made to his wheelchair during the 1972 summer Paralympics. As in every Games since, services were provided in the Village so that athletes could access repairs and service for their chairs.

Table Tennis is one of the original Paralympic sports

Australian Table Tennis player Bob McMillan competes at the 1972 summer Paralympics. After winning 6 medals in Table Tennis at the first 3 Paralympics, Australia missed out in 1972 and has since added just 2 medals in the sport in the years to the 2016 Rio Games.

Lawn bowls was an indoor event in Heidelberg

Australian athlete Eric Magennis prepares to bowl in a Lawn Bowls event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Magennis won a gold medal in the men’s singles event. With lawn bowls not being a widely practised sport in Germany, the competition was conducted indoors on carpet.

Terry Mason weightlifting

Australian athlete Terry Mason competes in the men’s featherweight division in Weightlifting at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Mason finished fourth of eleven competitors, missing out on bronze by 4kg. The weightlifting event required a straight press, with the bar starting on a rest, two inches above the chest of the lifter.

Pauline English with one of her three bronze medals

Australian swimmer Pauline English with coach Jan Murphy after the medal ceremony for an event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. English won three bronze medals. At 15, English was the youngest member of the Australian Team.

Pauline English was Australia’s youngest in Heidelberg

Australian swimmer Pauline English is ready to enter the water to start an event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. At 15, English was the youngest member of the Australian Team. She won three bronze medals.

GALLERY: Tracey Freeman was the Australian star of the 1972 Paralympics

Australian athlete Tracey Freeman was presented with one of her three gold medals by Ludwig Guttmann at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Freeman won each of her gold medals with a world record and was Australia’s most successful competitor at the Games, with five medals in total, all in Athletics events.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

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

Up against the best in the Basketball

Australian wheelchair basketballer John Martin (#11, in green) during the game against the USA at the 1972 summer Paralympics. The USA won 85-29 and went on to win the tournament and Australia finished 5th. Australia has competed in men’s Wheelchair Basketball at every Paralympics except 1964, but the Rollers didn’t finish among the medals until 1996.

Ray Barrett waits for onsite repairs

Australian athlete Ray Barrett waits for repairs to be made to his wheelchair during the 1972 summer Paralympics. As in every Games since, services were provided in the Village so that athletes could access repairs and service for their chairs.

Table Tennis is one of the original Paralympic sports

Australian Table Tennis player Bob McMillan competes at the 1972 summer Paralympics. After winning 6 medals in Table Tennis at the first 3 Paralympics, Australia missed out in 1972 and has since added just 2 medals in the sport in the years to the 2016 Rio Games.

Lawn bowls was an indoor event in Heidelberg

Australian athlete Eric Magennis prepares to bowl in a Lawn Bowls event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Magennis won a gold medal in the men’s singles event. With lawn bowls not being a widely practised sport in Germany, the competition was conducted indoors on carpet.

Terry Mason weightlifting

Australian athlete Terry Mason competes in the men’s featherweight division in Weightlifting at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Mason finished fourth of eleven competitors, missing out on bronze by 4kg. The weightlifting event required a straight press, with the bar starting on a rest, two inches above the chest of the lifter.

Pauline English with one of her three bronze medals

Australian swimmer Pauline English with coach Jan Murphy after the medal ceremony for an event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. English won three bronze medals. At 15, English was the youngest member of the Australian Team.

Pauline English was Australia’s youngest in Heidelberg

Australian swimmer Pauline English is ready to enter the water to start an event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. At 15, English was the youngest member of the Australian Team. She won three bronze medals.

GALLERY: Tracey Freeman was the Australian star of the 1972 Paralympics

Australian athlete Tracey Freeman was presented with one of her three gold medals by Ludwig Guttmann at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Freeman won each of her gold medals with a world record and was Australia’s most successful competitor at the Games, with five medals in total, all in Athletics events.

Action from the basketball game against the USA

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

Up against the best in the Basketball

Australian wheelchair basketballer John Martin (#11, in green) during the game against the USA at the 1972 summer Paralympics. The USA won 85-29 and went on to win the tournament and Australia finished 5th. Australia has competed in men’s Wheelchair Basketball at every Paralympics except 1964, but the Rollers didn’t finish among the medals until 1996.

Ray Barrett waits for onsite repairs

Australian athlete Ray Barrett waits for repairs to be made to his wheelchair during the 1972 summer Paralympics. As in every Games since, services were provided in the Village so that athletes could access repairs and service for their chairs.

Table Tennis is one of the original Paralympic sports

Australian Table Tennis player Bob McMillan competes at the 1972 summer Paralympics. After winning 6 medals in Table Tennis at the first 3 Paralympics, Australia missed out in 1972 and has since added just 2 medals in the sport in the years to the 2016 Rio Games.

Lawn bowls was an indoor event in Heidelberg

Australian athlete Eric Magennis prepares to bowl in a Lawn Bowls event at the 1972 summer Paralympics. Magennis won a gold medal in the men’s singles event. With lawn bowls not being a widely practised sport in Germany, the competition was conducted indoors on carpet.