Michael Milton on the significance of Australia’s first ever winter medals

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Interviewee: Michael Milton
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 12 April 2011
Location: Canberra, ACT
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s first ever winter sport medalists

The Australian medalists at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. Left to right: David Munk, Michael Milton and Michael Norton. These athletes won Australia’s first ever winter medals, Paralympic or Olympic, and set the Australian Paralympic winter team on a path to win medals at every subsequent Games. It was a major breakthrough after years of steady development.

Nick Dean discusses the first Winter Paralympic medal won by an Australian

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

Michael Norton on his way to a slalom bronze medal

On one of those days when sky and snow are one, Michael Norton won a bronze medal in the men’s LW11 slalom event at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. The 1992 Games marked a breakthrough for the Australian team –  with 5 athletes and 7 staff, it was the largest team to that time and it was the first team to return with any medals, after Norton, Michael Milton and David Munk all achieved podium finishes.

Nick Dean says that Michael Norton was one of the best athletes he ever saw

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

The first team to have technical support staff such as Alan Dean

Australian Team official Alan Dean – who was officially a “Team Assistant” – stands in front of the Paralympic Cauldron, ready for work. Dean assisted the team coaches, tuned the athletes’ skis (waxing them with wax to suit the conditions and sharpening the edges), carried gear up and down the mountain and generally helped the team to run smoothly. The 1992 Australian winter team was the first to have the ‘luxury’ of a full complement of support staff.

Rod Hacon’s family came to cheer him on

“Rocket” Rod Hacon poses with members of his family and Australian Team Chef de Mission Ron Finneran (centre) at the start of the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. They were the first winter Games where the Australian Team was well supported by a good number of team officials, as well as family and friends, demonstrating how support for the winter program had grown and matured since Ron Finneran paid his own way to travel alone to Sweden for the first Games just 16 years before.

Australian Team, Albertville Winter Paralympics

The Australian team, athletes and officials, poses at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games:
Back left to right: Eddie Jesiolovski (Team Assistant), Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Graham Morris (Head Coach), Kyrra Grunnsund, Michael Milton, Dean Shepherd (Assistant Coach), Nick Dean (Assistant Chef de Mission).
Front left to right: Alan Dean (Team Assistant), David Munk, Rod Hacon, Michael Norton, David Howells (Team Assistant).

Adrienne Smith and the media coverage thanks to Paul Griffiths and his ‘black box’

Interviewers: Rob Willis and Tony Naar
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Adrienne Smith
Recorded: 16 May 2011
Location: Stuarts Point, NSW
Listen to the full interview here.

Michael Milton on the significance of Australia’s first ever winter medals

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Interviewee: Michael Milton
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 12 April 2011
Location: Canberra, ACT
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s first ever winter sport medalists

The Australian medalists at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. Left to right: David Munk, Michael Milton and Michael Norton. These athletes won Australia’s first ever winter medals, Paralympic or Olympic, and set the Australian Paralympic winter team on a path to win medals at every subsequent Games. It was a major breakthrough after years of steady development.

Nick Dean discusses the first Winter Paralympic medal won by an Australian

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

Michael Norton on his way to a slalom bronze medal

On one of those days when sky and snow are one, Michael Norton won a bronze medal in the men’s LW11 slalom event at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. The 1992 Games marked a breakthrough for the Australian team –  with 5 athletes and 7 staff, it was the largest team to that time and it was the first team to return with any medals, after Norton, Michael Milton and David Munk all achieved podium finishes.

Nick Dean says that Michael Norton was one of the best athletes he ever saw

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

The first team to have technical support staff such as Alan Dean

Australian Team official Alan Dean – who was officially a “Team Assistant” – stands in front of the Paralympic Cauldron, ready for work. Dean assisted the team coaches, tuned the athletes’ skis (waxing them with wax to suit the conditions and sharpening the edges), carried gear up and down the mountain and generally helped the team to run smoothly. The 1992 Australian winter team was the first to have the ‘luxury’ of a full complement of support staff.

Rod Hacon’s family came to cheer him on

“Rocket” Rod Hacon poses with members of his family and Australian Team Chef de Mission Ron Finneran (centre) at the start of the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. They were the first winter Games where the Australian Team was well supported by a good number of team officials, as well as family and friends, demonstrating how support for the winter program had grown and matured since Ron Finneran paid his own way to travel alone to Sweden for the first Games just 16 years before.

Australian Team, Albertville Winter Paralympics

The Australian team, athletes and officials, poses at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games:
Back left to right: Eddie Jesiolovski (Team Assistant), Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Graham Morris (Head Coach), Kyrra Grunnsund, Michael Milton, Dean Shepherd (Assistant Coach), Nick Dean (Assistant Chef de Mission).
Front left to right: Alan Dean (Team Assistant), David Munk, Rod Hacon, Michael Norton, David Howells (Team Assistant).

Adrienne Smith and the media coverage thanks to Paul Griffiths and his ‘black box’

Interviewers: Rob Willis and Tony Naar
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Adrienne Smith
Recorded: 16 May 2011
Location: Stuarts Point, NSW
Listen to the full interview here.

Michael Milton on the significance of Australia’s first ever winter medals

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Interviewee: Michael Milton
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 12 April 2011
Location: Canberra, ACT
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s first ever winter sport medalists

The Australian medalists at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. Left to right: David Munk, Michael Milton and Michael Norton. These athletes won Australia’s first ever winter medals, Paralympic or Olympic, and set the Australian Paralympic winter team on a path to win medals at every subsequent Games. It was a major breakthrough after years of steady development.

Nick Dean discusses the first Winter Paralympic medal won by an Australian

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

Michael Norton on his way to a slalom bronze medal

On one of those days when sky and snow are one, Michael Norton won a bronze medal in the men’s LW11 slalom event at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. The 1992 Games marked a breakthrough for the Australian team –  with 5 athletes and 7 staff, it was the largest team to that time and it was the first team to return with any medals, after Norton, Michael Milton and David Munk all achieved podium finishes.

Nick Dean says that Michael Norton was one of the best athletes he ever saw

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

The first team to have technical support staff such as Alan Dean

Australian Team official Alan Dean – who was officially a “Team Assistant” – stands in front of the Paralympic Cauldron, ready for work. Dean assisted the team coaches, tuned the athletes’ skis (waxing them with wax to suit the conditions and sharpening the edges), carried gear up and down the mountain and generally helped the team to run smoothly. The 1992 Australian winter team was the first to have the ‘luxury’ of a full complement of support staff.

Rod Hacon’s family came to cheer him on

“Rocket” Rod Hacon poses with members of his family and Australian Team Chef de Mission Ron Finneran (centre) at the start of the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. They were the first winter Games where the Australian Team was well supported by a good number of team officials, as well as family and friends, demonstrating how support for the winter program had grown and matured since Ron Finneran paid his own way to travel alone to Sweden for the first Games just 16 years before.

Australian Team, Albertville Winter Paralympics

The Australian team, athletes and officials, poses at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games:
Back left to right: Eddie Jesiolovski (Team Assistant), Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Graham Morris (Head Coach), Kyrra Grunnsund, Michael Milton, Dean Shepherd (Assistant Coach), Nick Dean (Assistant Chef de Mission).
Front left to right: Alan Dean (Team Assistant), David Munk, Rod Hacon, Michael Norton, David Howells (Team Assistant).

Adrienne Smith and the media coverage thanks to Paul Griffiths and his ‘black box’

Interviewers: Rob Willis and Tony Naar
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Adrienne Smith
Recorded: 16 May 2011
Location: Stuarts Point, NSW
Listen to the full interview here.

Michael Milton on the significance of Australia’s first ever winter medals

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Interviewee: Michael Milton
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 12 April 2011
Location: Canberra, ACT
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s first ever winter sport medalists

The Australian medalists at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. Left to right: David Munk, Michael Milton and Michael Norton. These athletes won Australia’s first ever winter medals, Paralympic or Olympic, and set the Australian Paralympic winter team on a path to win medals at every subsequent Games. It was a major breakthrough after years of steady development.

Nick Dean discusses the first Winter Paralympic medal won by an Australian

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

Michael Norton on his way to a slalom bronze medal

On one of those days when sky and snow are one, Michael Norton won a bronze medal in the men’s LW11 slalom event at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. The 1992 Games marked a breakthrough for the Australian team –  with 5 athletes and 7 staff, it was the largest team to that time and it was the first team to return with any medals, after Norton, Michael Milton and David Munk all achieved podium finishes.

Nick Dean says that Michael Norton was one of the best athletes he ever saw

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

The first team to have technical support staff such as Alan Dean

Australian Team official Alan Dean – who was officially a “Team Assistant” – stands in front of the Paralympic Cauldron, ready for work. Dean assisted the team coaches, tuned the athletes’ skis (waxing them with wax to suit the conditions and sharpening the edges), carried gear up and down the mountain and generally helped the team to run smoothly. The 1992 Australian winter team was the first to have the ‘luxury’ of a full complement of support staff.

Rod Hacon’s family came to cheer him on

“Rocket” Rod Hacon poses with members of his family and Australian Team Chef de Mission Ron Finneran (centre) at the start of the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. They were the first winter Games where the Australian Team was well supported by a good number of team officials, as well as family and friends, demonstrating how support for the winter program had grown and matured since Ron Finneran paid his own way to travel alone to Sweden for the first Games just 16 years before.

Australian Team, Albertville Winter Paralympics

The Australian team, athletes and officials, poses at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games:
Back left to right: Eddie Jesiolovski (Team Assistant), Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Graham Morris (Head Coach), Kyrra Grunnsund, Michael Milton, Dean Shepherd (Assistant Coach), Nick Dean (Assistant Chef de Mission).
Front left to right: Alan Dean (Team Assistant), David Munk, Rod Hacon, Michael Norton, David Howells (Team Assistant).

Adrienne Smith and the media coverage thanks to Paul Griffiths and his ‘black box’

Interviewers: Rob Willis and Tony Naar
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Adrienne Smith
Recorded: 16 May 2011
Location: Stuarts Point, NSW
Listen to the full interview here.

Michael Milton on the significance of Australia’s first ever winter medals

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Interviewee: Michael Milton
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 12 April 2011
Location: Canberra, ACT
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s first ever winter sport medalists

The Australian medalists at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. Left to right: David Munk, Michael Milton and Michael Norton. These athletes won Australia’s first ever winter medals, Paralympic or Olympic, and set the Australian Paralympic winter team on a path to win medals at every subsequent Games. It was a major breakthrough after years of steady development.

Nick Dean discusses the first Winter Paralympic medal won by an Australian

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

Michael Norton on his way to a slalom bronze medal

On one of those days when sky and snow are one, Michael Norton won a bronze medal in the men’s LW11 slalom event at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. The 1992 Games marked a breakthrough for the Australian team –  with 5 athletes and 7 staff, it was the largest team to that time and it was the first team to return with any medals, after Norton, Michael Milton and David Munk all achieved podium finishes.

Nick Dean says that Michael Norton was one of the best athletes he ever saw

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

The first team to have technical support staff such as Alan Dean

Australian Team official Alan Dean – who was officially a “Team Assistant” – stands in front of the Paralympic Cauldron, ready for work. Dean assisted the team coaches, tuned the athletes’ skis (waxing them with wax to suit the conditions and sharpening the edges), carried gear up and down the mountain and generally helped the team to run smoothly. The 1992 Australian winter team was the first to have the ‘luxury’ of a full complement of support staff.

Rod Hacon’s family came to cheer him on

“Rocket” Rod Hacon poses with members of his family and Australian Team Chef de Mission Ron Finneran (centre) at the start of the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. They were the first winter Games where the Australian Team was well supported by a good number of team officials, as well as family and friends, demonstrating how support for the winter program had grown and matured since Ron Finneran paid his own way to travel alone to Sweden for the first Games just 16 years before.

Australian Team, Albertville Winter Paralympics

The Australian team, athletes and officials, poses at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games:
Back left to right: Eddie Jesiolovski (Team Assistant), Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Graham Morris (Head Coach), Kyrra Grunnsund, Michael Milton, Dean Shepherd (Assistant Coach), Nick Dean (Assistant Chef de Mission).
Front left to right: Alan Dean (Team Assistant), David Munk, Rod Hacon, Michael Norton, David Howells (Team Assistant).

Adrienne Smith and the media coverage thanks to Paul Griffiths and his ‘black box’

Interviewers: Rob Willis and Tony Naar
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Adrienne Smith
Recorded: 16 May 2011
Location: Stuarts Point, NSW
Listen to the full interview here.

Michael Milton on the significance of Australia’s first ever winter medals

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Interviewee: Michael Milton
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 12 April 2011
Location: Canberra, ACT
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s first ever winter sport medalists

The Australian medalists at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. Left to right: David Munk, Michael Milton and Michael Norton. These athletes won Australia’s first ever winter medals, Paralympic or Olympic, and set the Australian Paralympic winter team on a path to win medals at every subsequent Games. It was a major breakthrough after years of steady development.

Nick Dean discusses the first Winter Paralympic medal won by an Australian

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

Michael Norton on his way to a slalom bronze medal

On one of those days when sky and snow are one, Michael Norton won a bronze medal in the men’s LW11 slalom event at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. The 1992 Games marked a breakthrough for the Australian team –  with 5 athletes and 7 staff, it was the largest team to that time and it was the first team to return with any medals, after Norton, Michael Milton and David Munk all achieved podium finishes.

Nick Dean says that Michael Norton was one of the best athletes he ever saw

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

The first team to have technical support staff such as Alan Dean

Australian Team official Alan Dean – who was officially a “Team Assistant” – stands in front of the Paralympic Cauldron, ready for work. Dean assisted the team coaches, tuned the athletes’ skis (waxing them with wax to suit the conditions and sharpening the edges), carried gear up and down the mountain and generally helped the team to run smoothly. The 1992 Australian winter team was the first to have the ‘luxury’ of a full complement of support staff.

Rod Hacon’s family came to cheer him on

“Rocket” Rod Hacon poses with members of his family and Australian Team Chef de Mission Ron Finneran (centre) at the start of the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. They were the first winter Games where the Australian Team was well supported by a good number of team officials, as well as family and friends, demonstrating how support for the winter program had grown and matured since Ron Finneran paid his own way to travel alone to Sweden for the first Games just 16 years before.

Australian Team, Albertville Winter Paralympics

The Australian team, athletes and officials, poses at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games:
Back left to right: Eddie Jesiolovski (Team Assistant), Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Graham Morris (Head Coach), Kyrra Grunnsund, Michael Milton, Dean Shepherd (Assistant Coach), Nick Dean (Assistant Chef de Mission).
Front left to right: Alan Dean (Team Assistant), David Munk, Rod Hacon, Michael Norton, David Howells (Team Assistant).

Adrienne Smith and the media coverage thanks to Paul Griffiths and his ‘black box’

Interviewers: Rob Willis and Tony Naar
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Adrienne Smith
Recorded: 16 May 2011
Location: Stuarts Point, NSW
Listen to the full interview here.

Michael Milton on the significance of Australia’s first ever winter medals

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Interviewee: Michael Milton
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 12 April 2011
Location: Canberra, ACT
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s first ever winter sport medalists

The Australian medalists at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. Left to right: David Munk, Michael Milton and Michael Norton. These athletes won Australia’s first ever winter medals, Paralympic or Olympic, and set the Australian Paralympic winter team on a path to win medals at every subsequent Games. It was a major breakthrough after years of steady development.

Nick Dean discusses the first Winter Paralympic medal won by an Australian

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

Michael Norton on his way to a slalom bronze medal

On one of those days when sky and snow are one, Michael Norton won a bronze medal in the men’s LW11 slalom event at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. The 1992 Games marked a breakthrough for the Australian team –  with 5 athletes and 7 staff, it was the largest team to that time and it was the first team to return with any medals, after Norton, Michael Milton and David Munk all achieved podium finishes.

Nick Dean says that Michael Norton was one of the best athletes he ever saw

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

The first team to have technical support staff such as Alan Dean

Australian Team official Alan Dean – who was officially a “Team Assistant” – stands in front of the Paralympic Cauldron, ready for work. Dean assisted the team coaches, tuned the athletes’ skis (waxing them with wax to suit the conditions and sharpening the edges), carried gear up and down the mountain and generally helped the team to run smoothly. The 1992 Australian winter team was the first to have the ‘luxury’ of a full complement of support staff.

Rod Hacon’s family came to cheer him on

“Rocket” Rod Hacon poses with members of his family and Australian Team Chef de Mission Ron Finneran (centre) at the start of the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. They were the first winter Games where the Australian Team was well supported by a good number of team officials, as well as family and friends, demonstrating how support for the winter program had grown and matured since Ron Finneran paid his own way to travel alone to Sweden for the first Games just 16 years before.

Australian Team, Albertville Winter Paralympics

The Australian team, athletes and officials, poses at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games:
Back left to right: Eddie Jesiolovski (Team Assistant), Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Graham Morris (Head Coach), Kyrra Grunnsund, Michael Milton, Dean Shepherd (Assistant Coach), Nick Dean (Assistant Chef de Mission).
Front left to right: Alan Dean (Team Assistant), David Munk, Rod Hacon, Michael Norton, David Howells (Team Assistant).

Adrienne Smith and the media coverage thanks to Paul Griffiths and his ‘black box’

Interviewers: Rob Willis and Tony Naar
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Adrienne Smith
Recorded: 16 May 2011
Location: Stuarts Point, NSW
Listen to the full interview here.

Michael Milton on the significance of Australia’s first ever winter medals

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Interviewee: Michael Milton
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 12 April 2011
Location: Canberra, ACT
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s first ever winter sport medalists

The Australian medalists at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. Left to right: David Munk, Michael Milton and Michael Norton. These athletes won Australia’s first ever winter medals, Paralympic or Olympic, and set the Australian Paralympic winter team on a path to win medals at every subsequent Games. It was a major breakthrough after years of steady development.

Nick Dean discusses the first Winter Paralympic medal won by an Australian

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

Michael Norton on his way to a slalom bronze medal

On one of those days when sky and snow are one, Michael Norton won a bronze medal in the men’s LW11 slalom event at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. The 1992 Games marked a breakthrough for the Australian team –  with 5 athletes and 7 staff, it was the largest team to that time and it was the first team to return with any medals, after Norton, Michael Milton and David Munk all achieved podium finishes.

Nick Dean says that Michael Norton was one of the best athletes he ever saw

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

The first team to have technical support staff such as Alan Dean

Australian Team official Alan Dean – who was officially a “Team Assistant” – stands in front of the Paralympic Cauldron, ready for work. Dean assisted the team coaches, tuned the athletes’ skis (waxing them with wax to suit the conditions and sharpening the edges), carried gear up and down the mountain and generally helped the team to run smoothly. The 1992 Australian winter team was the first to have the ‘luxury’ of a full complement of support staff.

Rod Hacon’s family came to cheer him on

“Rocket” Rod Hacon poses with members of his family and Australian Team Chef de Mission Ron Finneran (centre) at the start of the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. They were the first winter Games where the Australian Team was well supported by a good number of team officials, as well as family and friends, demonstrating how support for the winter program had grown and matured since Ron Finneran paid his own way to travel alone to Sweden for the first Games just 16 years before.

Australian Team, Albertville Winter Paralympics

The Australian team, athletes and officials, poses at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games:
Back left to right: Eddie Jesiolovski (Team Assistant), Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Graham Morris (Head Coach), Kyrra Grunnsund, Michael Milton, Dean Shepherd (Assistant Coach), Nick Dean (Assistant Chef de Mission).
Front left to right: Alan Dean (Team Assistant), David Munk, Rod Hacon, Michael Norton, David Howells (Team Assistant).

Adrienne Smith and the media coverage thanks to Paul Griffiths and his ‘black box’

Interviewers: Rob Willis and Tony Naar
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Adrienne Smith
Recorded: 16 May 2011
Location: Stuarts Point, NSW
Listen to the full interview here.

Michael Milton on the significance of Australia’s first ever winter medals

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Interviewee: Michael Milton
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 12 April 2011
Location: Canberra, ACT
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s first ever winter sport medalists

The Australian medalists at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. Left to right: David Munk, Michael Milton and Michael Norton. These athletes won Australia’s first ever winter medals, Paralympic or Olympic, and set the Australian Paralympic winter team on a path to win medals at every subsequent Games. It was a major breakthrough after years of steady development.

Nick Dean discusses the first Winter Paralympic medal won by an Australian

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

Michael Norton on his way to a slalom bronze medal

On one of those days when sky and snow are one, Michael Norton won a bronze medal in the men’s LW11 slalom event at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. The 1992 Games marked a breakthrough for the Australian team –  with 5 athletes and 7 staff, it was the largest team to that time and it was the first team to return with any medals, after Norton, Michael Milton and David Munk all achieved podium finishes.

Nick Dean says that Michael Norton was one of the best athletes he ever saw

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

The first team to have technical support staff such as Alan Dean

Australian Team official Alan Dean – who was officially a “Team Assistant” – stands in front of the Paralympic Cauldron, ready for work. Dean assisted the team coaches, tuned the athletes’ skis (waxing them with wax to suit the conditions and sharpening the edges), carried gear up and down the mountain and generally helped the team to run smoothly. The 1992 Australian winter team was the first to have the ‘luxury’ of a full complement of support staff.

Rod Hacon’s family came to cheer him on

“Rocket” Rod Hacon poses with members of his family and Australian Team Chef de Mission Ron Finneran (centre) at the start of the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. They were the first winter Games where the Australian Team was well supported by a good number of team officials, as well as family and friends, demonstrating how support for the winter program had grown and matured since Ron Finneran paid his own way to travel alone to Sweden for the first Games just 16 years before.

Australian Team, Albertville Winter Paralympics

The Australian team, athletes and officials, poses at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games:
Back left to right: Eddie Jesiolovski (Team Assistant), Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Graham Morris (Head Coach), Kyrra Grunnsund, Michael Milton, Dean Shepherd (Assistant Coach), Nick Dean (Assistant Chef de Mission).
Front left to right: Alan Dean (Team Assistant), David Munk, Rod Hacon, Michael Norton, David Howells (Team Assistant).

Adrienne Smith and the media coverage thanks to Paul Griffiths and his ‘black box’

Interviewers: Rob Willis and Tony Naar
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Adrienne Smith
Recorded: 16 May 2011
Location: Stuarts Point, NSW
Listen to the full interview here.

Michael Milton on the significance of Australia’s first ever winter medals

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Interviewee: Michael Milton
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 12 April 2011
Location: Canberra, ACT
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s first ever winter sport medalists

The Australian medalists at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. Left to right: David Munk, Michael Milton and Michael Norton. These athletes won Australia’s first ever winter medals, Paralympic or Olympic, and set the Australian Paralympic winter team on a path to win medals at every subsequent Games. It was a major breakthrough after years of steady development.

Nick Dean discusses the first Winter Paralympic medal won by an Australian

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

Michael Norton on his way to a slalom bronze medal

On one of those days when sky and snow are one, Michael Norton won a bronze medal in the men’s LW11 slalom event at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. The 1992 Games marked a breakthrough for the Australian team –  with 5 athletes and 7 staff, it was the largest team to that time and it was the first team to return with any medals, after Norton, Michael Milton and David Munk all achieved podium finishes.

Nick Dean says that Michael Norton was one of the best athletes he ever saw

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

The first team to have technical support staff such as Alan Dean

Australian Team official Alan Dean – who was officially a “Team Assistant” – stands in front of the Paralympic Cauldron, ready for work. Dean assisted the team coaches, tuned the athletes’ skis (waxing them with wax to suit the conditions and sharpening the edges), carried gear up and down the mountain and generally helped the team to run smoothly. The 1992 Australian winter team was the first to have the ‘luxury’ of a full complement of support staff.

Rod Hacon’s family came to cheer him on

“Rocket” Rod Hacon poses with members of his family and Australian Team Chef de Mission Ron Finneran (centre) at the start of the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. They were the first winter Games where the Australian Team was well supported by a good number of team officials, as well as family and friends, demonstrating how support for the winter program had grown and matured since Ron Finneran paid his own way to travel alone to Sweden for the first Games just 16 years before.

Australian Team, Albertville Winter Paralympics

The Australian team, athletes and officials, poses at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games:
Back left to right: Eddie Jesiolovski (Team Assistant), Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Graham Morris (Head Coach), Kyrra Grunnsund, Michael Milton, Dean Shepherd (Assistant Coach), Nick Dean (Assistant Chef de Mission).
Front left to right: Alan Dean (Team Assistant), David Munk, Rod Hacon, Michael Norton, David Howells (Team Assistant).

Adrienne Smith and the media coverage thanks to Paul Griffiths and his ‘black box’

Interviewers: Rob Willis and Tony Naar
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Adrienne Smith
Recorded: 16 May 2011
Location: Stuarts Point, NSW
Listen to the full interview here.

Michael Milton on the significance of Australia’s first ever winter medals

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Interviewee: Michael Milton
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 12 April 2011
Location: Canberra, ACT
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s first ever winter sport medalists

The Australian medalists at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. Left to right: David Munk, Michael Milton and Michael Norton. These athletes won Australia’s first ever winter medals, Paralympic or Olympic, and set the Australian Paralympic winter team on a path to win medals at every subsequent Games. It was a major breakthrough after years of steady development.

Nick Dean discusses the first Winter Paralympic medal won by an Australian

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

Michael Norton on his way to a slalom bronze medal

On one of those days when sky and snow are one, Michael Norton won a bronze medal in the men’s LW11 slalom event at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. The 1992 Games marked a breakthrough for the Australian team –  with 5 athletes and 7 staff, it was the largest team to that time and it was the first team to return with any medals, after Norton, Michael Milton and David Munk all achieved podium finishes.

Nick Dean says that Michael Norton was one of the best athletes he ever saw

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

The first team to have technical support staff such as Alan Dean

Australian Team official Alan Dean – who was officially a “Team Assistant” – stands in front of the Paralympic Cauldron, ready for work. Dean assisted the team coaches, tuned the athletes’ skis (waxing them with wax to suit the conditions and sharpening the edges), carried gear up and down the mountain and generally helped the team to run smoothly. The 1992 Australian winter team was the first to have the ‘luxury’ of a full complement of support staff.

Rod Hacon’s family came to cheer him on

“Rocket” Rod Hacon poses with members of his family and Australian Team Chef de Mission Ron Finneran (centre) at the start of the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. They were the first winter Games where the Australian Team was well supported by a good number of team officials, as well as family and friends, demonstrating how support for the winter program had grown and matured since Ron Finneran paid his own way to travel alone to Sweden for the first Games just 16 years before.

Australian Team, Albertville Winter Paralympics

The Australian team, athletes and officials, poses at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games:
Back left to right: Eddie Jesiolovski (Team Assistant), Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Graham Morris (Head Coach), Kyrra Grunnsund, Michael Milton, Dean Shepherd (Assistant Coach), Nick Dean (Assistant Chef de Mission).
Front left to right: Alan Dean (Team Assistant), David Munk, Rod Hacon, Michael Norton, David Howells (Team Assistant).

Adrienne Smith and the media coverage thanks to Paul Griffiths and his ‘black box’

Interviewers: Rob Willis and Tony Naar
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Adrienne Smith
Recorded: 16 May 2011
Location: Stuarts Point, NSW
Listen to the full interview here.

Michael Milton on the significance of Australia’s first ever winter medals

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Interviewee: Michael Milton
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 12 April 2011
Location: Canberra, ACT
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s first ever winter sport medalists

The Australian medalists at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. Left to right: David Munk, Michael Milton and Michael Norton. These athletes won Australia’s first ever winter medals, Paralympic or Olympic, and set the Australian Paralympic winter team on a path to win medals at every subsequent Games. It was a major breakthrough after years of steady development.

Nick Dean discusses the first Winter Paralympic medal won by an Australian

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

Michael Norton on his way to a slalom bronze medal

On one of those days when sky and snow are one, Michael Norton won a bronze medal in the men’s LW11 slalom event at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. The 1992 Games marked a breakthrough for the Australian team –  with 5 athletes and 7 staff, it was the largest team to that time and it was the first team to return with any medals, after Norton, Michael Milton and David Munk all achieved podium finishes.

Nick Dean says that Michael Norton was one of the best athletes he ever saw

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

The first team to have technical support staff such as Alan Dean

Australian Team official Alan Dean – who was officially a “Team Assistant” – stands in front of the Paralympic Cauldron, ready for work. Dean assisted the team coaches, tuned the athletes’ skis (waxing them with wax to suit the conditions and sharpening the edges), carried gear up and down the mountain and generally helped the team to run smoothly. The 1992 Australian winter team was the first to have the ‘luxury’ of a full complement of support staff.

Rod Hacon’s family came to cheer him on

“Rocket” Rod Hacon poses with members of his family and Australian Team Chef de Mission Ron Finneran (centre) at the start of the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. They were the first winter Games where the Australian Team was well supported by a good number of team officials, as well as family and friends, demonstrating how support for the winter program had grown and matured since Ron Finneran paid his own way to travel alone to Sweden for the first Games just 16 years before.

Australian Team, Albertville Winter Paralympics

The Australian team, athletes and officials, poses at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games:
Back left to right: Eddie Jesiolovski (Team Assistant), Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Graham Morris (Head Coach), Kyrra Grunnsund, Michael Milton, Dean Shepherd (Assistant Coach), Nick Dean (Assistant Chef de Mission).
Front left to right: Alan Dean (Team Assistant), David Munk, Rod Hacon, Michael Norton, David Howells (Team Assistant).

Adrienne Smith and the media coverage thanks to Paul Griffiths and his ‘black box’

Interviewers: Rob Willis and Tony Naar
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Adrienne Smith
Recorded: 16 May 2011
Location: Stuarts Point, NSW
Listen to the full interview here.

Michael Milton on the significance of Australia’s first ever winter medals

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Interviewee: Michael Milton
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 12 April 2011
Location: Canberra, ACT
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s first ever winter sport medalists

The Australian medalists at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. Left to right: David Munk, Michael Milton and Michael Norton. These athletes won Australia’s first ever winter medals, Paralympic or Olympic, and set the Australian Paralympic winter team on a path to win medals at every subsequent Games. It was a major breakthrough after years of steady development.

Nick Dean discusses the first Winter Paralympic medal won by an Australian

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

Michael Norton on his way to a slalom bronze medal

On one of those days when sky and snow are one, Michael Norton won a bronze medal in the men’s LW11 slalom event at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. The 1992 Games marked a breakthrough for the Australian team –  with 5 athletes and 7 staff, it was the largest team to that time and it was the first team to return with any medals, after Norton, Michael Milton and David Munk all achieved podium finishes.

Nick Dean says that Michael Norton was one of the best athletes he ever saw

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

The first team to have technical support staff such as Alan Dean

Australian Team official Alan Dean – who was officially a “Team Assistant” – stands in front of the Paralympic Cauldron, ready for work. Dean assisted the team coaches, tuned the athletes’ skis (waxing them with wax to suit the conditions and sharpening the edges), carried gear up and down the mountain and generally helped the team to run smoothly. The 1992 Australian winter team was the first to have the ‘luxury’ of a full complement of support staff.

Rod Hacon’s family came to cheer him on

“Rocket” Rod Hacon poses with members of his family and Australian Team Chef de Mission Ron Finneran (centre) at the start of the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. They were the first winter Games where the Australian Team was well supported by a good number of team officials, as well as family and friends, demonstrating how support for the winter program had grown and matured since Ron Finneran paid his own way to travel alone to Sweden for the first Games just 16 years before.

Australian Team, Albertville Winter Paralympics

The Australian team, athletes and officials, poses at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games:
Back left to right: Eddie Jesiolovski (Team Assistant), Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Graham Morris (Head Coach), Kyrra Grunnsund, Michael Milton, Dean Shepherd (Assistant Coach), Nick Dean (Assistant Chef de Mission).
Front left to right: Alan Dean (Team Assistant), David Munk, Rod Hacon, Michael Norton, David Howells (Team Assistant).

Adrienne Smith and the media coverage thanks to Paul Griffiths and his ‘black box’

Interviewers: Rob Willis and Tony Naar
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Adrienne Smith
Recorded: 16 May 2011
Location: Stuarts Point, NSW
Listen to the full interview here.

Michael Milton on the significance of Australia’s first ever winter medals

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Interviewee: Michael Milton
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 12 April 2011
Location: Canberra, ACT
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s first ever winter sport medalists

The Australian medalists at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. Left to right: David Munk, Michael Milton and Michael Norton. These athletes won Australia’s first ever winter medals, Paralympic or Olympic, and set the Australian Paralympic winter team on a path to win medals at every subsequent Games. It was a major breakthrough after years of steady development.

Nick Dean discusses the first Winter Paralympic medal won by an Australian

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

Michael Norton on his way to a slalom bronze medal

On one of those days when sky and snow are one, Michael Norton won a bronze medal in the men’s LW11 slalom event at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. The 1992 Games marked a breakthrough for the Australian team –  with 5 athletes and 7 staff, it was the largest team to that time and it was the first team to return with any medals, after Norton, Michael Milton and David Munk all achieved podium finishes.

Nick Dean says that Michael Norton was one of the best athletes he ever saw

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

The first team to have technical support staff such as Alan Dean

Australian Team official Alan Dean – who was officially a “Team Assistant” – stands in front of the Paralympic Cauldron, ready for work. Dean assisted the team coaches, tuned the athletes’ skis (waxing them with wax to suit the conditions and sharpening the edges), carried gear up and down the mountain and generally helped the team to run smoothly. The 1992 Australian winter team was the first to have the ‘luxury’ of a full complement of support staff.

Rod Hacon’s family came to cheer him on

“Rocket” Rod Hacon poses with members of his family and Australian Team Chef de Mission Ron Finneran (centre) at the start of the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. They were the first winter Games where the Australian Team was well supported by a good number of team officials, as well as family and friends, demonstrating how support for the winter program had grown and matured since Ron Finneran paid his own way to travel alone to Sweden for the first Games just 16 years before.

Australian Team, Albertville Winter Paralympics

The Australian team, athletes and officials, poses at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games:
Back left to right: Eddie Jesiolovski (Team Assistant), Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Graham Morris (Head Coach), Kyrra Grunnsund, Michael Milton, Dean Shepherd (Assistant Coach), Nick Dean (Assistant Chef de Mission).
Front left to right: Alan Dean (Team Assistant), David Munk, Rod Hacon, Michael Norton, David Howells (Team Assistant).

Adrienne Smith and the media coverage thanks to Paul Griffiths and his ‘black box’

Interviewers: Rob Willis and Tony Naar
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Adrienne Smith
Recorded: 16 May 2011
Location: Stuarts Point, NSW
Listen to the full interview here.

Michael Milton on the significance of Australia’s first ever winter medals

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Interviewee: Michael Milton
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 12 April 2011
Location: Canberra, ACT
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s first ever winter sport medalists

The Australian medalists at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. Left to right: David Munk, Michael Milton and Michael Norton. These athletes won Australia’s first ever winter medals, Paralympic or Olympic, and set the Australian Paralympic winter team on a path to win medals at every subsequent Games. It was a major breakthrough after years of steady development.

Nick Dean discusses the first Winter Paralympic medal won by an Australian

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

Michael Norton on his way to a slalom bronze medal

On one of those days when sky and snow are one, Michael Norton won a bronze medal in the men’s LW11 slalom event at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. The 1992 Games marked a breakthrough for the Australian team –  with 5 athletes and 7 staff, it was the largest team to that time and it was the first team to return with any medals, after Norton, Michael Milton and David Munk all achieved podium finishes.

Nick Dean says that Michael Norton was one of the best athletes he ever saw

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

The first team to have technical support staff such as Alan Dean

Australian Team official Alan Dean – who was officially a “Team Assistant” – stands in front of the Paralympic Cauldron, ready for work. Dean assisted the team coaches, tuned the athletes’ skis (waxing them with wax to suit the conditions and sharpening the edges), carried gear up and down the mountain and generally helped the team to run smoothly. The 1992 Australian winter team was the first to have the ‘luxury’ of a full complement of support staff.

Rod Hacon’s family came to cheer him on

“Rocket” Rod Hacon poses with members of his family and Australian Team Chef de Mission Ron Finneran (centre) at the start of the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. They were the first winter Games where the Australian Team was well supported by a good number of team officials, as well as family and friends, demonstrating how support for the winter program had grown and matured since Ron Finneran paid his own way to travel alone to Sweden for the first Games just 16 years before.

Australian Team, Albertville Winter Paralympics

The Australian team, athletes and officials, poses at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games:
Back left to right: Eddie Jesiolovski (Team Assistant), Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Graham Morris (Head Coach), Kyrra Grunnsund, Michael Milton, Dean Shepherd (Assistant Coach), Nick Dean (Assistant Chef de Mission).
Front left to right: Alan Dean (Team Assistant), David Munk, Rod Hacon, Michael Norton, David Howells (Team Assistant).

Adrienne Smith and the media coverage thanks to Paul Griffiths and his ‘black box’

Interviewers: Rob Willis and Tony Naar
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Adrienne Smith
Recorded: 16 May 2011
Location: Stuarts Point, NSW
Listen to the full interview here.

Michael Milton on the significance of Australia’s first ever winter medals

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Interviewee: Michael Milton
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 12 April 2011
Location: Canberra, ACT
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s first ever winter sport medalists

The Australian medalists at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. Left to right: David Munk, Michael Milton and Michael Norton. These athletes won Australia’s first ever winter medals, Paralympic or Olympic, and set the Australian Paralympic winter team on a path to win medals at every subsequent Games. It was a major breakthrough after years of steady development.

Nick Dean discusses the first Winter Paralympic medal won by an Australian

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

Michael Norton on his way to a slalom bronze medal

On one of those days when sky and snow are one, Michael Norton won a bronze medal in the men’s LW11 slalom event at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. The 1992 Games marked a breakthrough for the Australian team –  with 5 athletes and 7 staff, it was the largest team to that time and it was the first team to return with any medals, after Norton, Michael Milton and David Munk all achieved podium finishes.

Nick Dean says that Michael Norton was one of the best athletes he ever saw

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

The first team to have technical support staff such as Alan Dean

Australian Team official Alan Dean – who was officially a “Team Assistant” – stands in front of the Paralympic Cauldron, ready for work. Dean assisted the team coaches, tuned the athletes’ skis (waxing them with wax to suit the conditions and sharpening the edges), carried gear up and down the mountain and generally helped the team to run smoothly. The 1992 Australian winter team was the first to have the ‘luxury’ of a full complement of support staff.

Rod Hacon’s family came to cheer him on

“Rocket” Rod Hacon poses with members of his family and Australian Team Chef de Mission Ron Finneran (centre) at the start of the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. They were the first winter Games where the Australian Team was well supported by a good number of team officials, as well as family and friends, demonstrating how support for the winter program had grown and matured since Ron Finneran paid his own way to travel alone to Sweden for the first Games just 16 years before.

Australian Team, Albertville Winter Paralympics

The Australian team, athletes and officials, poses at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games:
Back left to right: Eddie Jesiolovski (Team Assistant), Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Graham Morris (Head Coach), Kyrra Grunnsund, Michael Milton, Dean Shepherd (Assistant Coach), Nick Dean (Assistant Chef de Mission).
Front left to right: Alan Dean (Team Assistant), David Munk, Rod Hacon, Michael Norton, David Howells (Team Assistant).

Adrienne Smith and the media coverage thanks to Paul Griffiths and his ‘black box’

Interviewers: Rob Willis and Tony Naar
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Adrienne Smith
Recorded: 16 May 2011
Location: Stuarts Point, NSW
Listen to the full interview here.

Michael Milton on the significance of Australia’s first ever winter medals

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Interviewee: Michael Milton
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 12 April 2011
Location: Canberra, ACT
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s first ever winter sport medalists

The Australian medalists at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. Left to right: David Munk, Michael Milton and Michael Norton. These athletes won Australia’s first ever winter medals, Paralympic or Olympic, and set the Australian Paralympic winter team on a path to win medals at every subsequent Games. It was a major breakthrough after years of steady development.

Nick Dean discusses the first Winter Paralympic medal won by an Australian

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

Michael Norton on his way to a slalom bronze medal

On one of those days when sky and snow are one, Michael Norton won a bronze medal in the men’s LW11 slalom event at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. The 1992 Games marked a breakthrough for the Australian team –  with 5 athletes and 7 staff, it was the largest team to that time and it was the first team to return with any medals, after Norton, Michael Milton and David Munk all achieved podium finishes.

Nick Dean says that Michael Norton was one of the best athletes he ever saw

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

The first team to have technical support staff such as Alan Dean

Australian Team official Alan Dean – who was officially a “Team Assistant” – stands in front of the Paralympic Cauldron, ready for work. Dean assisted the team coaches, tuned the athletes’ skis (waxing them with wax to suit the conditions and sharpening the edges), carried gear up and down the mountain and generally helped the team to run smoothly. The 1992 Australian winter team was the first to have the ‘luxury’ of a full complement of support staff.

Rod Hacon’s family came to cheer him on

“Rocket” Rod Hacon poses with members of his family and Australian Team Chef de Mission Ron Finneran (centre) at the start of the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. They were the first winter Games where the Australian Team was well supported by a good number of team officials, as well as family and friends, demonstrating how support for the winter program had grown and matured since Ron Finneran paid his own way to travel alone to Sweden for the first Games just 16 years before.

Australian Team, Albertville Winter Paralympics

The Australian team, athletes and officials, poses at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games:
Back left to right: Eddie Jesiolovski (Team Assistant), Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Graham Morris (Head Coach), Kyrra Grunnsund, Michael Milton, Dean Shepherd (Assistant Coach), Nick Dean (Assistant Chef de Mission).
Front left to right: Alan Dean (Team Assistant), David Munk, Rod Hacon, Michael Norton, David Howells (Team Assistant).

Adrienne Smith and the media coverage thanks to Paul Griffiths and his ‘black box’

Interviewers: Rob Willis and Tony Naar
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Adrienne Smith
Recorded: 16 May 2011
Location: Stuarts Point, NSW
Listen to the full interview here.

Michael Milton on the significance of Australia’s first ever winter medals

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Interviewee: Michael Milton
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 12 April 2011
Location: Canberra, ACT
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s first ever winter sport medalists

The Australian medalists at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. Left to right: David Munk, Michael Milton and Michael Norton. These athletes won Australia’s first ever winter medals, Paralympic or Olympic, and set the Australian Paralympic winter team on a path to win medals at every subsequent Games. It was a major breakthrough after years of steady development.

Nick Dean discusses the first Winter Paralympic medal won by an Australian

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

Michael Norton on his way to a slalom bronze medal

On one of those days when sky and snow are one, Michael Norton won a bronze medal in the men’s LW11 slalom event at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. The 1992 Games marked a breakthrough for the Australian team –  with 5 athletes and 7 staff, it was the largest team to that time and it was the first team to return with any medals, after Norton, Michael Milton and David Munk all achieved podium finishes.

Nick Dean says that Michael Norton was one of the best athletes he ever saw

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

The first team to have technical support staff such as Alan Dean

Australian Team official Alan Dean – who was officially a “Team Assistant” – stands in front of the Paralympic Cauldron, ready for work. Dean assisted the team coaches, tuned the athletes’ skis (waxing them with wax to suit the conditions and sharpening the edges), carried gear up and down the mountain and generally helped the team to run smoothly. The 1992 Australian winter team was the first to have the ‘luxury’ of a full complement of support staff.

Rod Hacon’s family came to cheer him on

“Rocket” Rod Hacon poses with members of his family and Australian Team Chef de Mission Ron Finneran (centre) at the start of the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. They were the first winter Games where the Australian Team was well supported by a good number of team officials, as well as family and friends, demonstrating how support for the winter program had grown and matured since Ron Finneran paid his own way to travel alone to Sweden for the first Games just 16 years before.

Australian Team, Albertville Winter Paralympics

The Australian team, athletes and officials, poses at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games:
Back left to right: Eddie Jesiolovski (Team Assistant), Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Graham Morris (Head Coach), Kyrra Grunnsund, Michael Milton, Dean Shepherd (Assistant Coach), Nick Dean (Assistant Chef de Mission).
Front left to right: Alan Dean (Team Assistant), David Munk, Rod Hacon, Michael Norton, David Howells (Team Assistant).

Adrienne Smith and the media coverage thanks to Paul Griffiths and his ‘black box’

Interviewers: Rob Willis and Tony Naar
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Adrienne Smith
Recorded: 16 May 2011
Location: Stuarts Point, NSW
Listen to the full interview here.

Michael Milton on the significance of Australia’s first ever winter medals

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Interviewee: Michael Milton
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 12 April 2011
Location: Canberra, ACT
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s first ever winter sport medalists

The Australian medalists at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. Left to right: David Munk, Michael Milton and Michael Norton. These athletes won Australia’s first ever winter medals, Paralympic or Olympic, and set the Australian Paralympic winter team on a path to win medals at every subsequent Games. It was a major breakthrough after years of steady development.

Nick Dean discusses the first Winter Paralympic medal won by an Australian

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

Michael Norton on his way to a slalom bronze medal

On one of those days when sky and snow are one, Michael Norton won a bronze medal in the men’s LW11 slalom event at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. The 1992 Games marked a breakthrough for the Australian team –  with 5 athletes and 7 staff, it was the largest team to that time and it was the first team to return with any medals, after Norton, Michael Milton and David Munk all achieved podium finishes.

Nick Dean says that Michael Norton was one of the best athletes he ever saw

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

The first team to have technical support staff such as Alan Dean

Australian Team official Alan Dean – who was officially a “Team Assistant” – stands in front of the Paralympic Cauldron, ready for work. Dean assisted the team coaches, tuned the athletes’ skis (waxing them with wax to suit the conditions and sharpening the edges), carried gear up and down the mountain and generally helped the team to run smoothly. The 1992 Australian winter team was the first to have the ‘luxury’ of a full complement of support staff.

Rod Hacon’s family came to cheer him on

“Rocket” Rod Hacon poses with members of his family and Australian Team Chef de Mission Ron Finneran (centre) at the start of the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. They were the first winter Games where the Australian Team was well supported by a good number of team officials, as well as family and friends, demonstrating how support for the winter program had grown and matured since Ron Finneran paid his own way to travel alone to Sweden for the first Games just 16 years before.

Australian Team, Albertville Winter Paralympics

The Australian team, athletes and officials, poses at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games:
Back left to right: Eddie Jesiolovski (Team Assistant), Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Graham Morris (Head Coach), Kyrra Grunnsund, Michael Milton, Dean Shepherd (Assistant Coach), Nick Dean (Assistant Chef de Mission).
Front left to right: Alan Dean (Team Assistant), David Munk, Rod Hacon, Michael Norton, David Howells (Team Assistant).

Adrienne Smith and the media coverage thanks to Paul Griffiths and his ‘black box’

Interviewers: Rob Willis and Tony Naar
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Adrienne Smith
Recorded: 16 May 2011
Location: Stuarts Point, NSW
Listen to the full interview here.

Michael Milton on the significance of Australia’s first ever winter medals

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Interviewee: Michael Milton
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 12 April 2011
Location: Canberra, ACT
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s first ever winter sport medalists

The Australian medalists at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. Left to right: David Munk, Michael Milton and Michael Norton. These athletes won Australia’s first ever winter medals, Paralympic or Olympic, and set the Australian Paralympic winter team on a path to win medals at every subsequent Games. It was a major breakthrough after years of steady development.

Nick Dean discusses the first Winter Paralympic medal won by an Australian

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

Michael Norton on his way to a slalom bronze medal

On one of those days when sky and snow are one, Michael Norton won a bronze medal in the men’s LW11 slalom event at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. The 1992 Games marked a breakthrough for the Australian team –  with 5 athletes and 7 staff, it was the largest team to that time and it was the first team to return with any medals, after Norton, Michael Milton and David Munk all achieved podium finishes.

Nick Dean says that Michael Norton was one of the best athletes he ever saw

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

The first team to have technical support staff such as Alan Dean

Australian Team official Alan Dean – who was officially a “Team Assistant” – stands in front of the Paralympic Cauldron, ready for work. Dean assisted the team coaches, tuned the athletes’ skis (waxing them with wax to suit the conditions and sharpening the edges), carried gear up and down the mountain and generally helped the team to run smoothly. The 1992 Australian winter team was the first to have the ‘luxury’ of a full complement of support staff.

Rod Hacon’s family came to cheer him on

“Rocket” Rod Hacon poses with members of his family and Australian Team Chef de Mission Ron Finneran (centre) at the start of the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. They were the first winter Games where the Australian Team was well supported by a good number of team officials, as well as family and friends, demonstrating how support for the winter program had grown and matured since Ron Finneran paid his own way to travel alone to Sweden for the first Games just 16 years before.

Australian Team, Albertville Winter Paralympics

The Australian team, athletes and officials, poses at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games:
Back left to right: Eddie Jesiolovski (Team Assistant), Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Graham Morris (Head Coach), Kyrra Grunnsund, Michael Milton, Dean Shepherd (Assistant Coach), Nick Dean (Assistant Chef de Mission).
Front left to right: Alan Dean (Team Assistant), David Munk, Rod Hacon, Michael Norton, David Howells (Team Assistant).

Adrienne Smith and the media coverage thanks to Paul Griffiths and his ‘black box’

Interviewers: Rob Willis and Tony Naar
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Adrienne Smith
Recorded: 16 May 2011
Location: Stuarts Point, NSW
Listen to the full interview here.

Michael Milton on the significance of Australia’s first ever winter medals

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Interviewee: Michael Milton
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 12 April 2011
Location: Canberra, ACT
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s first ever winter sport medalists

The Australian medalists at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. Left to right: David Munk, Michael Milton and Michael Norton. These athletes won Australia’s first ever winter medals, Paralympic or Olympic, and set the Australian Paralympic winter team on a path to win medals at every subsequent Games. It was a major breakthrough after years of steady development.

Nick Dean discusses the first Winter Paralympic medal won by an Australian

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

Michael Norton on his way to a slalom bronze medal

On one of those days when sky and snow are one, Michael Norton won a bronze medal in the men’s LW11 slalom event at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. The 1992 Games marked a breakthrough for the Australian team –  with 5 athletes and 7 staff, it was the largest team to that time and it was the first team to return with any medals, after Norton, Michael Milton and David Munk all achieved podium finishes.

Nick Dean says that Michael Norton was one of the best athletes he ever saw

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

The first team to have technical support staff such as Alan Dean

Australian Team official Alan Dean – who was officially a “Team Assistant” – stands in front of the Paralympic Cauldron, ready for work. Dean assisted the team coaches, tuned the athletes’ skis (waxing them with wax to suit the conditions and sharpening the edges), carried gear up and down the mountain and generally helped the team to run smoothly. The 1992 Australian winter team was the first to have the ‘luxury’ of a full complement of support staff.

Rod Hacon’s family came to cheer him on

“Rocket” Rod Hacon poses with members of his family and Australian Team Chef de Mission Ron Finneran (centre) at the start of the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. They were the first winter Games where the Australian Team was well supported by a good number of team officials, as well as family and friends, demonstrating how support for the winter program had grown and matured since Ron Finneran paid his own way to travel alone to Sweden for the first Games just 16 years before.

Australian Team, Albertville Winter Paralympics

The Australian team, athletes and officials, poses at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games:
Back left to right: Eddie Jesiolovski (Team Assistant), Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Graham Morris (Head Coach), Kyrra Grunnsund, Michael Milton, Dean Shepherd (Assistant Coach), Nick Dean (Assistant Chef de Mission).
Front left to right: Alan Dean (Team Assistant), David Munk, Rod Hacon, Michael Norton, David Howells (Team Assistant).

Adrienne Smith and the media coverage thanks to Paul Griffiths and his ‘black box’

Interviewers: Rob Willis and Tony Naar
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Adrienne Smith
Recorded: 16 May 2011
Location: Stuarts Point, NSW
Listen to the full interview here.

Michael Milton on the significance of Australia’s first ever winter medals

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Interviewee: Michael Milton
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 12 April 2011
Location: Canberra, ACT
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s first ever winter sport medalists

The Australian medalists at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. Left to right: David Munk, Michael Milton and Michael Norton. These athletes won Australia’s first ever winter medals, Paralympic or Olympic, and set the Australian Paralympic winter team on a path to win medals at every subsequent Games. It was a major breakthrough after years of steady development.

Nick Dean discusses the first Winter Paralympic medal won by an Australian

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

Michael Norton on his way to a slalom bronze medal

On one of those days when sky and snow are one, Michael Norton won a bronze medal in the men’s LW11 slalom event at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. The 1992 Games marked a breakthrough for the Australian team –  with 5 athletes and 7 staff, it was the largest team to that time and it was the first team to return with any medals, after Norton, Michael Milton and David Munk all achieved podium finishes.

Nick Dean says that Michael Norton was one of the best athletes he ever saw

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

The first team to have technical support staff such as Alan Dean

Australian Team official Alan Dean – who was officially a “Team Assistant” – stands in front of the Paralympic Cauldron, ready for work. Dean assisted the team coaches, tuned the athletes’ skis (waxing them with wax to suit the conditions and sharpening the edges), carried gear up and down the mountain and generally helped the team to run smoothly. The 1992 Australian winter team was the first to have the ‘luxury’ of a full complement of support staff.

Rod Hacon’s family came to cheer him on

“Rocket” Rod Hacon poses with members of his family and Australian Team Chef de Mission Ron Finneran (centre) at the start of the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. They were the first winter Games where the Australian Team was well supported by a good number of team officials, as well as family and friends, demonstrating how support for the winter program had grown and matured since Ron Finneran paid his own way to travel alone to Sweden for the first Games just 16 years before.

Australian Team, Albertville Winter Paralympics

The Australian team, athletes and officials, poses at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games:
Back left to right: Eddie Jesiolovski (Team Assistant), Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Graham Morris (Head Coach), Kyrra Grunnsund, Michael Milton, Dean Shepherd (Assistant Coach), Nick Dean (Assistant Chef de Mission).
Front left to right: Alan Dean (Team Assistant), David Munk, Rod Hacon, Michael Norton, David Howells (Team Assistant).

Adrienne Smith and the media coverage thanks to Paul Griffiths and his ‘black box’

Interviewers: Rob Willis and Tony Naar
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Adrienne Smith
Recorded: 16 May 2011
Location: Stuarts Point, NSW
Listen to the full interview here.

Michael Milton on the significance of Australia’s first ever winter medals

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Interviewee: Michael Milton
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 12 April 2011
Location: Canberra, ACT
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s first ever winter sport medalists

The Australian medalists at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. Left to right: David Munk, Michael Milton and Michael Norton. These athletes won Australia’s first ever winter medals, Paralympic or Olympic, and set the Australian Paralympic winter team on a path to win medals at every subsequent Games. It was a major breakthrough after years of steady development.

Nick Dean discusses the first Winter Paralympic medal won by an Australian

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

Michael Norton on his way to a slalom bronze medal

On one of those days when sky and snow are one, Michael Norton won a bronze medal in the men’s LW11 slalom event at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. The 1992 Games marked a breakthrough for the Australian team –  with 5 athletes and 7 staff, it was the largest team to that time and it was the first team to return with any medals, after Norton, Michael Milton and David Munk all achieved podium finishes.

Nick Dean says that Michael Norton was one of the best athletes he ever saw

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

The first team to have technical support staff such as Alan Dean

Australian Team official Alan Dean – who was officially a “Team Assistant” – stands in front of the Paralympic Cauldron, ready for work. Dean assisted the team coaches, tuned the athletes’ skis (waxing them with wax to suit the conditions and sharpening the edges), carried gear up and down the mountain and generally helped the team to run smoothly. The 1992 Australian winter team was the first to have the ‘luxury’ of a full complement of support staff.

Rod Hacon’s family came to cheer him on

“Rocket” Rod Hacon poses with members of his family and Australian Team Chef de Mission Ron Finneran (centre) at the start of the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. They were the first winter Games where the Australian Team was well supported by a good number of team officials, as well as family and friends, demonstrating how support for the winter program had grown and matured since Ron Finneran paid his own way to travel alone to Sweden for the first Games just 16 years before.

Australian Team, Albertville Winter Paralympics

The Australian team, athletes and officials, poses at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games:
Back left to right: Eddie Jesiolovski (Team Assistant), Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Graham Morris (Head Coach), Kyrra Grunnsund, Michael Milton, Dean Shepherd (Assistant Coach), Nick Dean (Assistant Chef de Mission).
Front left to right: Alan Dean (Team Assistant), David Munk, Rod Hacon, Michael Norton, David Howells (Team Assistant).

Adrienne Smith and the media coverage thanks to Paul Griffiths and his ‘black box’

Interviewers: Rob Willis and Tony Naar
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Adrienne Smith
Recorded: 16 May 2011
Location: Stuarts Point, NSW
Listen to the full interview here.

Michael Milton on the significance of Australia’s first ever winter medals

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Interviewee: Michael Milton
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 12 April 2011
Location: Canberra, ACT
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s first ever winter sport medalists

The Australian medalists at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. Left to right: David Munk, Michael Milton and Michael Norton. These athletes won Australia’s first ever winter medals, Paralympic or Olympic, and set the Australian Paralympic winter team on a path to win medals at every subsequent Games. It was a major breakthrough after years of steady development.

Nick Dean discusses the first Winter Paralympic medal won by an Australian

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

Michael Norton on his way to a slalom bronze medal

On one of those days when sky and snow are one, Michael Norton won a bronze medal in the men’s LW11 slalom event at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. The 1992 Games marked a breakthrough for the Australian team –  with 5 athletes and 7 staff, it was the largest team to that time and it was the first team to return with any medals, after Norton, Michael Milton and David Munk all achieved podium finishes.

Nick Dean says that Michael Norton was one of the best athletes he ever saw

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

The first team to have technical support staff such as Alan Dean

Australian Team official Alan Dean – who was officially a “Team Assistant” – stands in front of the Paralympic Cauldron, ready for work. Dean assisted the team coaches, tuned the athletes’ skis (waxing them with wax to suit the conditions and sharpening the edges), carried gear up and down the mountain and generally helped the team to run smoothly. The 1992 Australian winter team was the first to have the ‘luxury’ of a full complement of support staff.

Rod Hacon’s family came to cheer him on

“Rocket” Rod Hacon poses with members of his family and Australian Team Chef de Mission Ron Finneran (centre) at the start of the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. They were the first winter Games where the Australian Team was well supported by a good number of team officials, as well as family and friends, demonstrating how support for the winter program had grown and matured since Ron Finneran paid his own way to travel alone to Sweden for the first Games just 16 years before.

Australian Team, Albertville Winter Paralympics

The Australian team, athletes and officials, poses at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games:
Back left to right: Eddie Jesiolovski (Team Assistant), Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Graham Morris (Head Coach), Kyrra Grunnsund, Michael Milton, Dean Shepherd (Assistant Coach), Nick Dean (Assistant Chef de Mission).
Front left to right: Alan Dean (Team Assistant), David Munk, Rod Hacon, Michael Norton, David Howells (Team Assistant).

Adrienne Smith and the media coverage thanks to Paul Griffiths and his ‘black box’

Interviewers: Rob Willis and Tony Naar
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Adrienne Smith
Recorded: 16 May 2011
Location: Stuarts Point, NSW
Listen to the full interview here.

Michael Milton on the significance of Australia’s first ever winter medals

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Interviewee: Michael Milton
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 12 April 2011
Location: Canberra, ACT
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s first ever winter sport medalists

The Australian medalists at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. Left to right: David Munk, Michael Milton and Michael Norton. These athletes won Australia’s first ever winter medals, Paralympic or Olympic, and set the Australian Paralympic winter team on a path to win medals at every subsequent Games. It was a major breakthrough after years of steady development.

Nick Dean discusses the first Winter Paralympic medal won by an Australian

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

Michael Norton on his way to a slalom bronze medal

On one of those days when sky and snow are one, Michael Norton won a bronze medal in the men’s LW11 slalom event at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. The 1992 Games marked a breakthrough for the Australian team –  with 5 athletes and 7 staff, it was the largest team to that time and it was the first team to return with any medals, after Norton, Michael Milton and David Munk all achieved podium finishes.

Nick Dean says that Michael Norton was one of the best athletes he ever saw

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

The first team to have technical support staff such as Alan Dean

Australian Team official Alan Dean – who was officially a “Team Assistant” – stands in front of the Paralympic Cauldron, ready for work. Dean assisted the team coaches, tuned the athletes’ skis (waxing them with wax to suit the conditions and sharpening the edges), carried gear up and down the mountain and generally helped the team to run smoothly. The 1992 Australian winter team was the first to have the ‘luxury’ of a full complement of support staff.

Rod Hacon’s family came to cheer him on

“Rocket” Rod Hacon poses with members of his family and Australian Team Chef de Mission Ron Finneran (centre) at the start of the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. They were the first winter Games where the Australian Team was well supported by a good number of team officials, as well as family and friends, demonstrating how support for the winter program had grown and matured since Ron Finneran paid his own way to travel alone to Sweden for the first Games just 16 years before.

Australian Team, Albertville Winter Paralympics

The Australian team, athletes and officials, poses at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games:
Back left to right: Eddie Jesiolovski (Team Assistant), Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Graham Morris (Head Coach), Kyrra Grunnsund, Michael Milton, Dean Shepherd (Assistant Coach), Nick Dean (Assistant Chef de Mission).
Front left to right: Alan Dean (Team Assistant), David Munk, Rod Hacon, Michael Norton, David Howells (Team Assistant).

Adrienne Smith and the media coverage thanks to Paul Griffiths and his ‘black box’

Interviewers: Rob Willis and Tony Naar
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Adrienne Smith
Recorded: 16 May 2011
Location: Stuarts Point, NSW
Listen to the full interview here.

Michael Milton on the significance of Australia’s first ever winter medals

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Interviewee: Michael Milton
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 12 April 2011
Location: Canberra, ACT
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s first ever winter sport medalists

The Australian medalists at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. Left to right: David Munk, Michael Milton and Michael Norton. These athletes won Australia’s first ever winter medals, Paralympic or Olympic, and set the Australian Paralympic winter team on a path to win medals at every subsequent Games. It was a major breakthrough after years of steady development.

Nick Dean discusses the first Winter Paralympic medal won by an Australian

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

Michael Norton on his way to a slalom bronze medal

On one of those days when sky and snow are one, Michael Norton won a bronze medal in the men’s LW11 slalom event at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. The 1992 Games marked a breakthrough for the Australian team –  with 5 athletes and 7 staff, it was the largest team to that time and it was the first team to return with any medals, after Norton, Michael Milton and David Munk all achieved podium finishes.

Nick Dean says that Michael Norton was one of the best athletes he ever saw

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

The first team to have technical support staff such as Alan Dean

Australian Team official Alan Dean – who was officially a “Team Assistant” – stands in front of the Paralympic Cauldron, ready for work. Dean assisted the team coaches, tuned the athletes’ skis (waxing them with wax to suit the conditions and sharpening the edges), carried gear up and down the mountain and generally helped the team to run smoothly. The 1992 Australian winter team was the first to have the ‘luxury’ of a full complement of support staff.

Rod Hacon’s family came to cheer him on

“Rocket” Rod Hacon poses with members of his family and Australian Team Chef de Mission Ron Finneran (centre) at the start of the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. They were the first winter Games where the Australian Team was well supported by a good number of team officials, as well as family and friends, demonstrating how support for the winter program had grown and matured since Ron Finneran paid his own way to travel alone to Sweden for the first Games just 16 years before.

Australian Team, Albertville Winter Paralympics

The Australian team, athletes and officials, poses at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games:
Back left to right: Eddie Jesiolovski (Team Assistant), Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Graham Morris (Head Coach), Kyrra Grunnsund, Michael Milton, Dean Shepherd (Assistant Coach), Nick Dean (Assistant Chef de Mission).
Front left to right: Alan Dean (Team Assistant), David Munk, Rod Hacon, Michael Norton, David Howells (Team Assistant).

Adrienne Smith and the media coverage thanks to Paul Griffiths and his ‘black box’

Interviewers: Rob Willis and Tony Naar
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Adrienne Smith
Recorded: 16 May 2011
Location: Stuarts Point, NSW
Listen to the full interview here.

Michael Milton on the significance of Australia’s first ever winter medals

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Interviewee: Michael Milton
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 12 April 2011
Location: Canberra, ACT
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s first ever winter sport medalists

The Australian medalists at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. Left to right: David Munk, Michael Milton and Michael Norton. These athletes won Australia’s first ever winter medals, Paralympic or Olympic, and set the Australian Paralympic winter team on a path to win medals at every subsequent Games. It was a major breakthrough after years of steady development.

Nick Dean discusses the first Winter Paralympic medal won by an Australian

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

Michael Norton on his way to a slalom bronze medal

On one of those days when sky and snow are one, Michael Norton won a bronze medal in the men’s LW11 slalom event at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. The 1992 Games marked a breakthrough for the Australian team –  with 5 athletes and 7 staff, it was the largest team to that time and it was the first team to return with any medals, after Norton, Michael Milton and David Munk all achieved podium finishes.

Nick Dean says that Michael Norton was one of the best athletes he ever saw

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

The first team to have technical support staff such as Alan Dean

Australian Team official Alan Dean – who was officially a “Team Assistant” – stands in front of the Paralympic Cauldron, ready for work. Dean assisted the team coaches, tuned the athletes’ skis (waxing them with wax to suit the conditions and sharpening the edges), carried gear up and down the mountain and generally helped the team to run smoothly. The 1992 Australian winter team was the first to have the ‘luxury’ of a full complement of support staff.

Rod Hacon’s family came to cheer him on

“Rocket” Rod Hacon poses with members of his family and Australian Team Chef de Mission Ron Finneran (centre) at the start of the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. They were the first winter Games where the Australian Team was well supported by a good number of team officials, as well as family and friends, demonstrating how support for the winter program had grown and matured since Ron Finneran paid his own way to travel alone to Sweden for the first Games just 16 years before.

Australian Team, Albertville Winter Paralympics

The Australian team, athletes and officials, poses at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games:
Back left to right: Eddie Jesiolovski (Team Assistant), Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Graham Morris (Head Coach), Kyrra Grunnsund, Michael Milton, Dean Shepherd (Assistant Coach), Nick Dean (Assistant Chef de Mission).
Front left to right: Alan Dean (Team Assistant), David Munk, Rod Hacon, Michael Norton, David Howells (Team Assistant).

Adrienne Smith and the media coverage thanks to Paul Griffiths and his ‘black box’

Interviewers: Rob Willis and Tony Naar
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Adrienne Smith
Recorded: 16 May 2011
Location: Stuarts Point, NSW
Listen to the full interview here.

Michael Milton on the significance of Australia’s first ever winter medals

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Interviewee: Michael Milton
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 12 April 2011
Location: Canberra, ACT
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s first ever winter sport medalists

The Australian medalists at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. Left to right: David Munk, Michael Milton and Michael Norton. These athletes won Australia’s first ever winter medals, Paralympic or Olympic, and set the Australian Paralympic winter team on a path to win medals at every subsequent Games. It was a major breakthrough after years of steady development.

Nick Dean discusses the first Winter Paralympic medal won by an Australian

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

Michael Norton on his way to a slalom bronze medal

On one of those days when sky and snow are one, Michael Norton won a bronze medal in the men’s LW11 slalom event at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. The 1992 Games marked a breakthrough for the Australian team –  with 5 athletes and 7 staff, it was the largest team to that time and it was the first team to return with any medals, after Norton, Michael Milton and David Munk all achieved podium finishes.

Nick Dean says that Michael Norton was one of the best athletes he ever saw

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

The first team to have technical support staff such as Alan Dean

Australian Team official Alan Dean – who was officially a “Team Assistant” – stands in front of the Paralympic Cauldron, ready for work. Dean assisted the team coaches, tuned the athletes’ skis (waxing them with wax to suit the conditions and sharpening the edges), carried gear up and down the mountain and generally helped the team to run smoothly. The 1992 Australian winter team was the first to have the ‘luxury’ of a full complement of support staff.

Rod Hacon’s family came to cheer him on

“Rocket” Rod Hacon poses with members of his family and Australian Team Chef de Mission Ron Finneran (centre) at the start of the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. They were the first winter Games where the Australian Team was well supported by a good number of team officials, as well as family and friends, demonstrating how support for the winter program had grown and matured since Ron Finneran paid his own way to travel alone to Sweden for the first Games just 16 years before.

Australian Team, Albertville Winter Paralympics

The Australian team, athletes and officials, poses at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games:
Back left to right: Eddie Jesiolovski (Team Assistant), Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Graham Morris (Head Coach), Kyrra Grunnsund, Michael Milton, Dean Shepherd (Assistant Coach), Nick Dean (Assistant Chef de Mission).
Front left to right: Alan Dean (Team Assistant), David Munk, Rod Hacon, Michael Norton, David Howells (Team Assistant).

Adrienne Smith and the media coverage thanks to Paul Griffiths and his ‘black box’

Interviewers: Rob Willis and Tony Naar
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Adrienne Smith
Recorded: 16 May 2011
Location: Stuarts Point, NSW
Listen to the full interview here.

Michael Milton on the significance of Australia’s first ever winter medals

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Interviewee: Michael Milton
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 12 April 2011
Location: Canberra, ACT
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s first ever winter sport medalists

The Australian medalists at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. Left to right: David Munk, Michael Milton and Michael Norton. These athletes won Australia’s first ever winter medals, Paralympic or Olympic, and set the Australian Paralympic winter team on a path to win medals at every subsequent Games. It was a major breakthrough after years of steady development.

Nick Dean discusses the first Winter Paralympic medal won by an Australian

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

Michael Norton on his way to a slalom bronze medal

On one of those days when sky and snow are one, Michael Norton won a bronze medal in the men’s LW11 slalom event at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. The 1992 Games marked a breakthrough for the Australian team –  with 5 athletes and 7 staff, it was the largest team to that time and it was the first team to return with any medals, after Norton, Michael Milton and David Munk all achieved podium finishes.

Nick Dean says that Michael Norton was one of the best athletes he ever saw

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

The first team to have technical support staff such as Alan Dean

Australian Team official Alan Dean – who was officially a “Team Assistant” – stands in front of the Paralympic Cauldron, ready for work. Dean assisted the team coaches, tuned the athletes’ skis (waxing them with wax to suit the conditions and sharpening the edges), carried gear up and down the mountain and generally helped the team to run smoothly. The 1992 Australian winter team was the first to have the ‘luxury’ of a full complement of support staff.

Rod Hacon’s family came to cheer him on

“Rocket” Rod Hacon poses with members of his family and Australian Team Chef de Mission Ron Finneran (centre) at the start of the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games. They were the first winter Games where the Australian Team was well supported by a good number of team officials, as well as family and friends, demonstrating how support for the winter program had grown and matured since Ron Finneran paid his own way to travel alone to Sweden for the first Games just 16 years before.

Australian Team, Albertville Winter Paralympics

The Australian team, athletes and officials, poses at the 1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games:
Back left to right: Eddie Jesiolovski (Team Assistant), Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Graham Morris (Head Coach), Kyrra Grunnsund, Michael Milton, Dean Shepherd (Assistant Coach), Nick Dean (Assistant Chef de Mission).
Front left to right: Alan Dean (Team Assistant), David Munk, Rod Hacon, Michael Norton, David Howells (Team Assistant).

Adrienne Smith and the media coverage thanks to Paul Griffiths and his ‘black box’

Interviewers: Rob Willis and Tony Naar
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Adrienne Smith
Recorded: 16 May 2011
Location: Stuarts Point, NSW
Listen to the full interview here.

Michael Milton on the significance of Australia’s first ever winter medals