Brendan Flynn talks about the Sydney Games’ place in history

Interviewer: Nikki Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Brendan Flynn
Recorded: 12 November 2013
Location: Runaway Bay, Queensland
Listen to the full interview here.

GALLERY: Now, the carnival is over

The athletes gather for the final time. The Paralympic flag comes down. The flame is extinguished. It’s time to party to mark the end of a six week festival of sport in Sydney – the Olympics and Paralympics. Fireworks. And, as the lights go out, The Seekers sing “The Carnival is Over”.

Nick Dean reflects on how Sydney transformed the Paralympic movement

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

Brendan Flynn explains how the rugby program was created

Interviewer: Nikki Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Brendan Flynn
Recorded: 12 November 2013
Location: Runaway Bay, Queensland
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s best ever result to then – but not what they came for

After finishing 6th (and last) at the demonstration event at the 1996 Paralympics and then 5th at the 1998 world championships, it seems that the Australian wheelchair rugby team should have been thrilled to win the silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. However, the loss to perennial powerhouse, the USA, by one point was heartbreaking for the team, which had come into the tournament with the gold medal in mind.

Hands up who’s here to win?

Australia’s Brad Dubberley clashes with the USA’s Cliff Chunn during the wheelchair rugby gold medal game at the 2000 summer Paralympics. Just 19 years old, Dubberley was one of the stars of the Australian team. A ‘high pointer’, Dubberley was a primary ball carrier and a master of the big hit in defence. Chunn was a ‘mid pointer’, who played a more tactical role, while his skill and length gave him an edge against any opponent. Both were key players in the final, which was won by the USA 32-31.

Dubberley and Hucks apply the pressure in the wheelchair rugby final

Australian players Brad Dubberley (left) and George Hucks trap Stephen Pate (USA) with the ball during the Wheelchair Rugby gold medal game at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. The USA won a nail-biting game in front of 10,000 wildly cheering spectators by one point, 32-31, to claim the gold medal.

Australia’s first ever women’s basketball medal – the start of a tradition

The Australian women’s wheelchair basketball team acknowledge the crowd after being presented with their silver medals at the Sydney summer Paralympics. It was the first ever Paralympic medal for the team, which went on to win medals at each of the next three Games.

Richard Nicholson lifts for silver

Richard Nicholson won a silver medal in Powerlifting at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics, Australia’s only medal in a very fiercely contested sport.

Brendan Flynn talks about the Sydney Games’ place in history

Interviewer: Nikki Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Brendan Flynn
Recorded: 12 November 2013
Location: Runaway Bay, Queensland
Listen to the full interview here.

GALLERY: Now, the carnival is over

The athletes gather for the final time. The Paralympic flag comes down. The flame is extinguished. It’s time to party to mark the end of a six week festival of sport in Sydney – the Olympics and Paralympics. Fireworks. And, as the lights go out, The Seekers sing “The Carnival is Over”.

Nick Dean reflects on how Sydney transformed the Paralympic movement

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

Brendan Flynn explains how the rugby program was created

Interviewer: Nikki Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Brendan Flynn
Recorded: 12 November 2013
Location: Runaway Bay, Queensland
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s best ever result to then – but not what they came for

After finishing 6th (and last) at the demonstration event at the 1996 Paralympics and then 5th at the 1998 world championships, it seems that the Australian wheelchair rugby team should have been thrilled to win the silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. However, the loss to perennial powerhouse, the USA, by one point was heartbreaking for the team, which had come into the tournament with the gold medal in mind.

Hands up who’s here to win?

Australia’s Brad Dubberley clashes with the USA’s Cliff Chunn during the wheelchair rugby gold medal game at the 2000 summer Paralympics. Just 19 years old, Dubberley was one of the stars of the Australian team. A ‘high pointer’, Dubberley was a primary ball carrier and a master of the big hit in defence. Chunn was a ‘mid pointer’, who played a more tactical role, while his skill and length gave him an edge against any opponent. Both were key players in the final, which was won by the USA 32-31.

Dubberley and Hucks apply the pressure in the wheelchair rugby final

Australian players Brad Dubberley (left) and George Hucks trap Stephen Pate (USA) with the ball during the Wheelchair Rugby gold medal game at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. The USA won a nail-biting game in front of 10,000 wildly cheering spectators by one point, 32-31, to claim the gold medal.

Australia’s first ever women’s basketball medal – the start of a tradition

The Australian women’s wheelchair basketball team acknowledge the crowd after being presented with their silver medals at the Sydney summer Paralympics. It was the first ever Paralympic medal for the team, which went on to win medals at each of the next three Games.

Richard Nicholson lifts for silver

Richard Nicholson won a silver medal in Powerlifting at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics, Australia’s only medal in a very fiercely contested sport.

Brendan Flynn talks about the Sydney Games’ place in history

Interviewer: Nikki Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Brendan Flynn
Recorded: 12 November 2013
Location: Runaway Bay, Queensland
Listen to the full interview here.

GALLERY: Now, the carnival is over

The athletes gather for the final time. The Paralympic flag comes down. The flame is extinguished. It’s time to party to mark the end of a six week festival of sport in Sydney – the Olympics and Paralympics. Fireworks. And, as the lights go out, The Seekers sing “The Carnival is Over”.

Nick Dean reflects on how Sydney transformed the Paralympic movement

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

Brendan Flynn explains how the rugby program was created

Interviewer: Nikki Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Brendan Flynn
Recorded: 12 November 2013
Location: Runaway Bay, Queensland
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s best ever result to then – but not what they came for

After finishing 6th (and last) at the demonstration event at the 1996 Paralympics and then 5th at the 1998 world championships, it seems that the Australian wheelchair rugby team should have been thrilled to win the silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. However, the loss to perennial powerhouse, the USA, by one point was heartbreaking for the team, which had come into the tournament with the gold medal in mind.

Hands up who’s here to win?

Australia’s Brad Dubberley clashes with the USA’s Cliff Chunn during the wheelchair rugby gold medal game at the 2000 summer Paralympics. Just 19 years old, Dubberley was one of the stars of the Australian team. A ‘high pointer’, Dubberley was a primary ball carrier and a master of the big hit in defence. Chunn was a ‘mid pointer’, who played a more tactical role, while his skill and length gave him an edge against any opponent. Both were key players in the final, which was won by the USA 32-31.

Dubberley and Hucks apply the pressure in the wheelchair rugby final

Australian players Brad Dubberley (left) and George Hucks trap Stephen Pate (USA) with the ball during the Wheelchair Rugby gold medal game at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. The USA won a nail-biting game in front of 10,000 wildly cheering spectators by one point, 32-31, to claim the gold medal.

Australia’s first ever women’s basketball medal – the start of a tradition

The Australian women’s wheelchair basketball team acknowledge the crowd after being presented with their silver medals at the Sydney summer Paralympics. It was the first ever Paralympic medal for the team, which went on to win medals at each of the next three Games.

Richard Nicholson lifts for silver

Richard Nicholson won a silver medal in Powerlifting at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics, Australia’s only medal in a very fiercely contested sport.

Brendan Flynn talks about the Sydney Games’ place in history

Interviewer: Nikki Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Brendan Flynn
Recorded: 12 November 2013
Location: Runaway Bay, Queensland
Listen to the full interview here.

GALLERY: Now, the carnival is over

The athletes gather for the final time. The Paralympic flag comes down. The flame is extinguished. It’s time to party to mark the end of a six week festival of sport in Sydney – the Olympics and Paralympics. Fireworks. And, as the lights go out, The Seekers sing “The Carnival is Over”.

Nick Dean reflects on how Sydney transformed the Paralympic movement

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

Brendan Flynn explains how the rugby program was created

Interviewer: Nikki Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Brendan Flynn
Recorded: 12 November 2013
Location: Runaway Bay, Queensland
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s best ever result to then – but not what they came for

After finishing 6th (and last) at the demonstration event at the 1996 Paralympics and then 5th at the 1998 world championships, it seems that the Australian wheelchair rugby team should have been thrilled to win the silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. However, the loss to perennial powerhouse, the USA, by one point was heartbreaking for the team, which had come into the tournament with the gold medal in mind.

Hands up who’s here to win?

Australia’s Brad Dubberley clashes with the USA’s Cliff Chunn during the wheelchair rugby gold medal game at the 2000 summer Paralympics. Just 19 years old, Dubberley was one of the stars of the Australian team. A ‘high pointer’, Dubberley was a primary ball carrier and a master of the big hit in defence. Chunn was a ‘mid pointer’, who played a more tactical role, while his skill and length gave him an edge against any opponent. Both were key players in the final, which was won by the USA 32-31.

Dubberley and Hucks apply the pressure in the wheelchair rugby final

Australian players Brad Dubberley (left) and George Hucks trap Stephen Pate (USA) with the ball during the Wheelchair Rugby gold medal game at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. The USA won a nail-biting game in front of 10,000 wildly cheering spectators by one point, 32-31, to claim the gold medal.

Australia’s first ever women’s basketball medal – the start of a tradition

The Australian women’s wheelchair basketball team acknowledge the crowd after being presented with their silver medals at the Sydney summer Paralympics. It was the first ever Paralympic medal for the team, which went on to win medals at each of the next three Games.

Richard Nicholson lifts for silver

Richard Nicholson won a silver medal in Powerlifting at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics, Australia’s only medal in a very fiercely contested sport.

Brendan Flynn talks about the Sydney Games’ place in history

Interviewer: Nikki Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Brendan Flynn
Recorded: 12 November 2013
Location: Runaway Bay, Queensland
Listen to the full interview here.

GALLERY: Now, the carnival is over

The athletes gather for the final time. The Paralympic flag comes down. The flame is extinguished. It’s time to party to mark the end of a six week festival of sport in Sydney – the Olympics and Paralympics. Fireworks. And, as the lights go out, The Seekers sing “The Carnival is Over”.

Nick Dean reflects on how Sydney transformed the Paralympic movement

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

Brendan Flynn explains how the rugby program was created

Interviewer: Nikki Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Brendan Flynn
Recorded: 12 November 2013
Location: Runaway Bay, Queensland
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s best ever result to then – but not what they came for

After finishing 6th (and last) at the demonstration event at the 1996 Paralympics and then 5th at the 1998 world championships, it seems that the Australian wheelchair rugby team should have been thrilled to win the silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. However, the loss to perennial powerhouse, the USA, by one point was heartbreaking for the team, which had come into the tournament with the gold medal in mind.

Hands up who’s here to win?

Australia’s Brad Dubberley clashes with the USA’s Cliff Chunn during the wheelchair rugby gold medal game at the 2000 summer Paralympics. Just 19 years old, Dubberley was one of the stars of the Australian team. A ‘high pointer’, Dubberley was a primary ball carrier and a master of the big hit in defence. Chunn was a ‘mid pointer’, who played a more tactical role, while his skill and length gave him an edge against any opponent. Both were key players in the final, which was won by the USA 32-31.

Dubberley and Hucks apply the pressure in the wheelchair rugby final

Australian players Brad Dubberley (left) and George Hucks trap Stephen Pate (USA) with the ball during the Wheelchair Rugby gold medal game at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. The USA won a nail-biting game in front of 10,000 wildly cheering spectators by one point, 32-31, to claim the gold medal.

Australia’s first ever women’s basketball medal – the start of a tradition

The Australian women’s wheelchair basketball team acknowledge the crowd after being presented with their silver medals at the Sydney summer Paralympics. It was the first ever Paralympic medal for the team, which went on to win medals at each of the next three Games.

Richard Nicholson lifts for silver

Richard Nicholson won a silver medal in Powerlifting at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics, Australia’s only medal in a very fiercely contested sport.

Brendan Flynn talks about the Sydney Games’ place in history

Interviewer: Nikki Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Brendan Flynn
Recorded: 12 November 2013
Location: Runaway Bay, Queensland
Listen to the full interview here.

GALLERY: Now, the carnival is over

The athletes gather for the final time. The Paralympic flag comes down. The flame is extinguished. It’s time to party to mark the end of a six week festival of sport in Sydney – the Olympics and Paralympics. Fireworks. And, as the lights go out, The Seekers sing “The Carnival is Over”.

Nick Dean reflects on how Sydney transformed the Paralympic movement

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

Brendan Flynn explains how the rugby program was created

Interviewer: Nikki Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Brendan Flynn
Recorded: 12 November 2013
Location: Runaway Bay, Queensland
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s best ever result to then – but not what they came for

After finishing 6th (and last) at the demonstration event at the 1996 Paralympics and then 5th at the 1998 world championships, it seems that the Australian wheelchair rugby team should have been thrilled to win the silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. However, the loss to perennial powerhouse, the USA, by one point was heartbreaking for the team, which had come into the tournament with the gold medal in mind.

Hands up who’s here to win?

Australia’s Brad Dubberley clashes with the USA’s Cliff Chunn during the wheelchair rugby gold medal game at the 2000 summer Paralympics. Just 19 years old, Dubberley was one of the stars of the Australian team. A ‘high pointer’, Dubberley was a primary ball carrier and a master of the big hit in defence. Chunn was a ‘mid pointer’, who played a more tactical role, while his skill and length gave him an edge against any opponent. Both were key players in the final, which was won by the USA 32-31.

Dubberley and Hucks apply the pressure in the wheelchair rugby final

Australian players Brad Dubberley (left) and George Hucks trap Stephen Pate (USA) with the ball during the Wheelchair Rugby gold medal game at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. The USA won a nail-biting game in front of 10,000 wildly cheering spectators by one point, 32-31, to claim the gold medal.

Australia’s first ever women’s basketball medal – the start of a tradition

The Australian women’s wheelchair basketball team acknowledge the crowd after being presented with their silver medals at the Sydney summer Paralympics. It was the first ever Paralympic medal for the team, which went on to win medals at each of the next three Games.

Richard Nicholson lifts for silver

Richard Nicholson won a silver medal in Powerlifting at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics, Australia’s only medal in a very fiercely contested sport.

Brendan Flynn talks about the Sydney Games’ place in history

Interviewer: Nikki Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Brendan Flynn
Recorded: 12 November 2013
Location: Runaway Bay, Queensland
Listen to the full interview here.

GALLERY: Now, the carnival is over

The athletes gather for the final time. The Paralympic flag comes down. The flame is extinguished. It’s time to party to mark the end of a six week festival of sport in Sydney – the Olympics and Paralympics. Fireworks. And, as the lights go out, The Seekers sing “The Carnival is Over”.

Nick Dean reflects on how Sydney transformed the Paralympic movement

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

Brendan Flynn explains how the rugby program was created

Interviewer: Nikki Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Brendan Flynn
Recorded: 12 November 2013
Location: Runaway Bay, Queensland
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s best ever result to then – but not what they came for

After finishing 6th (and last) at the demonstration event at the 1996 Paralympics and then 5th at the 1998 world championships, it seems that the Australian wheelchair rugby team should have been thrilled to win the silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. However, the loss to perennial powerhouse, the USA, by one point was heartbreaking for the team, which had come into the tournament with the gold medal in mind.

Hands up who’s here to win?

Australia’s Brad Dubberley clashes with the USA’s Cliff Chunn during the wheelchair rugby gold medal game at the 2000 summer Paralympics. Just 19 years old, Dubberley was one of the stars of the Australian team. A ‘high pointer’, Dubberley was a primary ball carrier and a master of the big hit in defence. Chunn was a ‘mid pointer’, who played a more tactical role, while his skill and length gave him an edge against any opponent. Both were key players in the final, which was won by the USA 32-31.

Dubberley and Hucks apply the pressure in the wheelchair rugby final

Australian players Brad Dubberley (left) and George Hucks trap Stephen Pate (USA) with the ball during the Wheelchair Rugby gold medal game at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. The USA won a nail-biting game in front of 10,000 wildly cheering spectators by one point, 32-31, to claim the gold medal.

Australia’s first ever women’s basketball medal – the start of a tradition

The Australian women’s wheelchair basketball team acknowledge the crowd after being presented with their silver medals at the Sydney summer Paralympics. It was the first ever Paralympic medal for the team, which went on to win medals at each of the next three Games.

Richard Nicholson lifts for silver

Richard Nicholson won a silver medal in Powerlifting at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics, Australia’s only medal in a very fiercely contested sport.

Brendan Flynn talks about the Sydney Games’ place in history

Interviewer: Nikki Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Brendan Flynn
Recorded: 12 November 2013
Location: Runaway Bay, Queensland
Listen to the full interview here.

GALLERY: Now, the carnival is over

The athletes gather for the final time. The Paralympic flag comes down. The flame is extinguished. It’s time to party to mark the end of a six week festival of sport in Sydney – the Olympics and Paralympics. Fireworks. And, as the lights go out, The Seekers sing “The Carnival is Over”.

Nick Dean reflects on how Sydney transformed the Paralympic movement

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

Brendan Flynn explains how the rugby program was created

Interviewer: Nikki Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Brendan Flynn
Recorded: 12 November 2013
Location: Runaway Bay, Queensland
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s best ever result to then – but not what they came for

After finishing 6th (and last) at the demonstration event at the 1996 Paralympics and then 5th at the 1998 world championships, it seems that the Australian wheelchair rugby team should have been thrilled to win the silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. However, the loss to perennial powerhouse, the USA, by one point was heartbreaking for the team, which had come into the tournament with the gold medal in mind.

Hands up who’s here to win?

Australia’s Brad Dubberley clashes with the USA’s Cliff Chunn during the wheelchair rugby gold medal game at the 2000 summer Paralympics. Just 19 years old, Dubberley was one of the stars of the Australian team. A ‘high pointer’, Dubberley was a primary ball carrier and a master of the big hit in defence. Chunn was a ‘mid pointer’, who played a more tactical role, while his skill and length gave him an edge against any opponent. Both were key players in the final, which was won by the USA 32-31.

Dubberley and Hucks apply the pressure in the wheelchair rugby final

Australian players Brad Dubberley (left) and George Hucks trap Stephen Pate (USA) with the ball during the Wheelchair Rugby gold medal game at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. The USA won a nail-biting game in front of 10,000 wildly cheering spectators by one point, 32-31, to claim the gold medal.

Australia’s first ever women’s basketball medal – the start of a tradition

The Australian women’s wheelchair basketball team acknowledge the crowd after being presented with their silver medals at the Sydney summer Paralympics. It was the first ever Paralympic medal for the team, which went on to win medals at each of the next three Games.

Richard Nicholson lifts for silver

Richard Nicholson won a silver medal in Powerlifting at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics, Australia’s only medal in a very fiercely contested sport.

Brendan Flynn talks about the Sydney Games’ place in history

Interviewer: Nikki Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Brendan Flynn
Recorded: 12 November 2013
Location: Runaway Bay, Queensland
Listen to the full interview here.

GALLERY: Now, the carnival is over

The athletes gather for the final time. The Paralympic flag comes down. The flame is extinguished. It’s time to party to mark the end of a six week festival of sport in Sydney – the Olympics and Paralympics. Fireworks. And, as the lights go out, The Seekers sing “The Carnival is Over”.

Nick Dean reflects on how Sydney transformed the Paralympic movement

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

Brendan Flynn explains how the rugby program was created

Interviewer: Nikki Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Brendan Flynn
Recorded: 12 November 2013
Location: Runaway Bay, Queensland
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s best ever result to then – but not what they came for

After finishing 6th (and last) at the demonstration event at the 1996 Paralympics and then 5th at the 1998 world championships, it seems that the Australian wheelchair rugby team should have been thrilled to win the silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. However, the loss to perennial powerhouse, the USA, by one point was heartbreaking for the team, which had come into the tournament with the gold medal in mind.

Hands up who’s here to win?

Australia’s Brad Dubberley clashes with the USA’s Cliff Chunn during the wheelchair rugby gold medal game at the 2000 summer Paralympics. Just 19 years old, Dubberley was one of the stars of the Australian team. A ‘high pointer’, Dubberley was a primary ball carrier and a master of the big hit in defence. Chunn was a ‘mid pointer’, who played a more tactical role, while his skill and length gave him an edge against any opponent. Both were key players in the final, which was won by the USA 32-31.

Dubberley and Hucks apply the pressure in the wheelchair rugby final

Australian players Brad Dubberley (left) and George Hucks trap Stephen Pate (USA) with the ball during the Wheelchair Rugby gold medal game at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. The USA won a nail-biting game in front of 10,000 wildly cheering spectators by one point, 32-31, to claim the gold medal.

Australia’s first ever women’s basketball medal – the start of a tradition

The Australian women’s wheelchair basketball team acknowledge the crowd after being presented with their silver medals at the Sydney summer Paralympics. It was the first ever Paralympic medal for the team, which went on to win medals at each of the next three Games.

Richard Nicholson lifts for silver

Richard Nicholson won a silver medal in Powerlifting at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics, Australia’s only medal in a very fiercely contested sport.

Brendan Flynn talks about the Sydney Games’ place in history

Interviewer: Nikki Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Brendan Flynn
Recorded: 12 November 2013
Location: Runaway Bay, Queensland
Listen to the full interview here.

GALLERY: Now, the carnival is over

The athletes gather for the final time. The Paralympic flag comes down. The flame is extinguished. It’s time to party to mark the end of a six week festival of sport in Sydney – the Olympics and Paralympics. Fireworks. And, as the lights go out, The Seekers sing “The Carnival is Over”.

Nick Dean reflects on how Sydney transformed the Paralympic movement

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

Brendan Flynn explains how the rugby program was created

Interviewer: Nikki Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Brendan Flynn
Recorded: 12 November 2013
Location: Runaway Bay, Queensland
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s best ever result to then – but not what they came for

After finishing 6th (and last) at the demonstration event at the 1996 Paralympics and then 5th at the 1998 world championships, it seems that the Australian wheelchair rugby team should have been thrilled to win the silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. However, the loss to perennial powerhouse, the USA, by one point was heartbreaking for the team, which had come into the tournament with the gold medal in mind.

Hands up who’s here to win?

Australia’s Brad Dubberley clashes with the USA’s Cliff Chunn during the wheelchair rugby gold medal game at the 2000 summer Paralympics. Just 19 years old, Dubberley was one of the stars of the Australian team. A ‘high pointer’, Dubberley was a primary ball carrier and a master of the big hit in defence. Chunn was a ‘mid pointer’, who played a more tactical role, while his skill and length gave him an edge against any opponent. Both were key players in the final, which was won by the USA 32-31.

Dubberley and Hucks apply the pressure in the wheelchair rugby final

Australian players Brad Dubberley (left) and George Hucks trap Stephen Pate (USA) with the ball during the Wheelchair Rugby gold medal game at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. The USA won a nail-biting game in front of 10,000 wildly cheering spectators by one point, 32-31, to claim the gold medal.

Australia’s first ever women’s basketball medal – the start of a tradition

The Australian women’s wheelchair basketball team acknowledge the crowd after being presented with their silver medals at the Sydney summer Paralympics. It was the first ever Paralympic medal for the team, which went on to win medals at each of the next three Games.

Richard Nicholson lifts for silver

Richard Nicholson won a silver medal in Powerlifting at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics, Australia’s only medal in a very fiercely contested sport.

Brendan Flynn talks about the Sydney Games’ place in history

Interviewer: Nikki Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Brendan Flynn
Recorded: 12 November 2013
Location: Runaway Bay, Queensland
Listen to the full interview here.

GALLERY: Now, the carnival is over

The athletes gather for the final time. The Paralympic flag comes down. The flame is extinguished. It’s time to party to mark the end of a six week festival of sport in Sydney – the Olympics and Paralympics. Fireworks. And, as the lights go out, The Seekers sing “The Carnival is Over”.

Nick Dean reflects on how Sydney transformed the Paralympic movement

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

Brendan Flynn explains how the rugby program was created

Interviewer: Nikki Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Brendan Flynn
Recorded: 12 November 2013
Location: Runaway Bay, Queensland
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s best ever result to then – but not what they came for

After finishing 6th (and last) at the demonstration event at the 1996 Paralympics and then 5th at the 1998 world championships, it seems that the Australian wheelchair rugby team should have been thrilled to win the silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. However, the loss to perennial powerhouse, the USA, by one point was heartbreaking for the team, which had come into the tournament with the gold medal in mind.

Hands up who’s here to win?

Australia’s Brad Dubberley clashes with the USA’s Cliff Chunn during the wheelchair rugby gold medal game at the 2000 summer Paralympics. Just 19 years old, Dubberley was one of the stars of the Australian team. A ‘high pointer’, Dubberley was a primary ball carrier and a master of the big hit in defence. Chunn was a ‘mid pointer’, who played a more tactical role, while his skill and length gave him an edge against any opponent. Both were key players in the final, which was won by the USA 32-31.

Dubberley and Hucks apply the pressure in the wheelchair rugby final

Australian players Brad Dubberley (left) and George Hucks trap Stephen Pate (USA) with the ball during the Wheelchair Rugby gold medal game at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. The USA won a nail-biting game in front of 10,000 wildly cheering spectators by one point, 32-31, to claim the gold medal.

Australia’s first ever women’s basketball medal – the start of a tradition

The Australian women’s wheelchair basketball team acknowledge the crowd after being presented with their silver medals at the Sydney summer Paralympics. It was the first ever Paralympic medal for the team, which went on to win medals at each of the next three Games.

Richard Nicholson lifts for silver

Richard Nicholson won a silver medal in Powerlifting at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics, Australia’s only medal in a very fiercely contested sport.

Brendan Flynn talks about the Sydney Games’ place in history

Interviewer: Nikki Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Brendan Flynn
Recorded: 12 November 2013
Location: Runaway Bay, Queensland
Listen to the full interview here.

GALLERY: Now, the carnival is over

The athletes gather for the final time. The Paralympic flag comes down. The flame is extinguished. It’s time to party to mark the end of a six week festival of sport in Sydney – the Olympics and Paralympics. Fireworks. And, as the lights go out, The Seekers sing “The Carnival is Over”.

Nick Dean reflects on how Sydney transformed the Paralympic movement

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

Brendan Flynn explains how the rugby program was created

Interviewer: Nikki Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Brendan Flynn
Recorded: 12 November 2013
Location: Runaway Bay, Queensland
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s best ever result to then – but not what they came for

After finishing 6th (and last) at the demonstration event at the 1996 Paralympics and then 5th at the 1998 world championships, it seems that the Australian wheelchair rugby team should have been thrilled to win the silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. However, the loss to perennial powerhouse, the USA, by one point was heartbreaking for the team, which had come into the tournament with the gold medal in mind.

Hands up who’s here to win?

Australia’s Brad Dubberley clashes with the USA’s Cliff Chunn during the wheelchair rugby gold medal game at the 2000 summer Paralympics. Just 19 years old, Dubberley was one of the stars of the Australian team. A ‘high pointer’, Dubberley was a primary ball carrier and a master of the big hit in defence. Chunn was a ‘mid pointer’, who played a more tactical role, while his skill and length gave him an edge against any opponent. Both were key players in the final, which was won by the USA 32-31.

Dubberley and Hucks apply the pressure in the wheelchair rugby final

Australian players Brad Dubberley (left) and George Hucks trap Stephen Pate (USA) with the ball during the Wheelchair Rugby gold medal game at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. The USA won a nail-biting game in front of 10,000 wildly cheering spectators by one point, 32-31, to claim the gold medal.

Australia’s first ever women’s basketball medal – the start of a tradition

The Australian women’s wheelchair basketball team acknowledge the crowd after being presented with their silver medals at the Sydney summer Paralympics. It was the first ever Paralympic medal for the team, which went on to win medals at each of the next three Games.

Richard Nicholson lifts for silver

Richard Nicholson won a silver medal in Powerlifting at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics, Australia’s only medal in a very fiercely contested sport.

Brendan Flynn talks about the Sydney Games’ place in history

Interviewer: Nikki Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Brendan Flynn
Recorded: 12 November 2013
Location: Runaway Bay, Queensland
Listen to the full interview here.

GALLERY: Now, the carnival is over

The athletes gather for the final time. The Paralympic flag comes down. The flame is extinguished. It’s time to party to mark the end of a six week festival of sport in Sydney – the Olympics and Paralympics. Fireworks. And, as the lights go out, The Seekers sing “The Carnival is Over”.

Nick Dean reflects on how Sydney transformed the Paralympic movement

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

Brendan Flynn explains how the rugby program was created

Interviewer: Nikki Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Brendan Flynn
Recorded: 12 November 2013
Location: Runaway Bay, Queensland
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s best ever result to then – but not what they came for

After finishing 6th (and last) at the demonstration event at the 1996 Paralympics and then 5th at the 1998 world championships, it seems that the Australian wheelchair rugby team should have been thrilled to win the silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. However, the loss to perennial powerhouse, the USA, by one point was heartbreaking for the team, which had come into the tournament with the gold medal in mind.

Hands up who’s here to win?

Australia’s Brad Dubberley clashes with the USA’s Cliff Chunn during the wheelchair rugby gold medal game at the 2000 summer Paralympics. Just 19 years old, Dubberley was one of the stars of the Australian team. A ‘high pointer’, Dubberley was a primary ball carrier and a master of the big hit in defence. Chunn was a ‘mid pointer’, who played a more tactical role, while his skill and length gave him an edge against any opponent. Both were key players in the final, which was won by the USA 32-31.

Dubberley and Hucks apply the pressure in the wheelchair rugby final

Australian players Brad Dubberley (left) and George Hucks trap Stephen Pate (USA) with the ball during the Wheelchair Rugby gold medal game at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. The USA won a nail-biting game in front of 10,000 wildly cheering spectators by one point, 32-31, to claim the gold medal.

Australia’s first ever women’s basketball medal – the start of a tradition

The Australian women’s wheelchair basketball team acknowledge the crowd after being presented with their silver medals at the Sydney summer Paralympics. It was the first ever Paralympic medal for the team, which went on to win medals at each of the next three Games.

Richard Nicholson lifts for silver

Richard Nicholson won a silver medal in Powerlifting at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics, Australia’s only medal in a very fiercely contested sport.

Brendan Flynn talks about the Sydney Games’ place in history

Interviewer: Nikki Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Brendan Flynn
Recorded: 12 November 2013
Location: Runaway Bay, Queensland
Listen to the full interview here.

GALLERY: Now, the carnival is over

The athletes gather for the final time. The Paralympic flag comes down. The flame is extinguished. It’s time to party to mark the end of a six week festival of sport in Sydney – the Olympics and Paralympics. Fireworks. And, as the lights go out, The Seekers sing “The Carnival is Over”.

Nick Dean reflects on how Sydney transformed the Paralympic movement

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

Brendan Flynn explains how the rugby program was created

Interviewer: Nikki Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Brendan Flynn
Recorded: 12 November 2013
Location: Runaway Bay, Queensland
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s best ever result to then – but not what they came for

After finishing 6th (and last) at the demonstration event at the 1996 Paralympics and then 5th at the 1998 world championships, it seems that the Australian wheelchair rugby team should have been thrilled to win the silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. However, the loss to perennial powerhouse, the USA, by one point was heartbreaking for the team, which had come into the tournament with the gold medal in mind.

Hands up who’s here to win?

Australia’s Brad Dubberley clashes with the USA’s Cliff Chunn during the wheelchair rugby gold medal game at the 2000 summer Paralympics. Just 19 years old, Dubberley was one of the stars of the Australian team. A ‘high pointer’, Dubberley was a primary ball carrier and a master of the big hit in defence. Chunn was a ‘mid pointer’, who played a more tactical role, while his skill and length gave him an edge against any opponent. Both were key players in the final, which was won by the USA 32-31.

Dubberley and Hucks apply the pressure in the wheelchair rugby final

Australian players Brad Dubberley (left) and George Hucks trap Stephen Pate (USA) with the ball during the Wheelchair Rugby gold medal game at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. The USA won a nail-biting game in front of 10,000 wildly cheering spectators by one point, 32-31, to claim the gold medal.

Australia’s first ever women’s basketball medal – the start of a tradition

The Australian women’s wheelchair basketball team acknowledge the crowd after being presented with their silver medals at the Sydney summer Paralympics. It was the first ever Paralympic medal for the team, which went on to win medals at each of the next three Games.

Richard Nicholson lifts for silver

Richard Nicholson won a silver medal in Powerlifting at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics, Australia’s only medal in a very fiercely contested sport.

Brendan Flynn talks about the Sydney Games’ place in history

Interviewer: Nikki Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Brendan Flynn
Recorded: 12 November 2013
Location: Runaway Bay, Queensland
Listen to the full interview here.

GALLERY: Now, the carnival is over

The athletes gather for the final time. The Paralympic flag comes down. The flame is extinguished. It’s time to party to mark the end of a six week festival of sport in Sydney – the Olympics and Paralympics. Fireworks. And, as the lights go out, The Seekers sing “The Carnival is Over”.

Nick Dean reflects on how Sydney transformed the Paralympic movement

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

Brendan Flynn explains how the rugby program was created

Interviewer: Nikki Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Brendan Flynn
Recorded: 12 November 2013
Location: Runaway Bay, Queensland
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s best ever result to then – but not what they came for

After finishing 6th (and last) at the demonstration event at the 1996 Paralympics and then 5th at the 1998 world championships, it seems that the Australian wheelchair rugby team should have been thrilled to win the silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. However, the loss to perennial powerhouse, the USA, by one point was heartbreaking for the team, which had come into the tournament with the gold medal in mind.

Hands up who’s here to win?

Australia’s Brad Dubberley clashes with the USA’s Cliff Chunn during the wheelchair rugby gold medal game at the 2000 summer Paralympics. Just 19 years old, Dubberley was one of the stars of the Australian team. A ‘high pointer’, Dubberley was a primary ball carrier and a master of the big hit in defence. Chunn was a ‘mid pointer’, who played a more tactical role, while his skill and length gave him an edge against any opponent. Both were key players in the final, which was won by the USA 32-31.

Dubberley and Hucks apply the pressure in the wheelchair rugby final

Australian players Brad Dubberley (left) and George Hucks trap Stephen Pate (USA) with the ball during the Wheelchair Rugby gold medal game at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. The USA won a nail-biting game in front of 10,000 wildly cheering spectators by one point, 32-31, to claim the gold medal.

Australia’s first ever women’s basketball medal – the start of a tradition

The Australian women’s wheelchair basketball team acknowledge the crowd after being presented with their silver medals at the Sydney summer Paralympics. It was the first ever Paralympic medal for the team, which went on to win medals at each of the next three Games.

Richard Nicholson lifts for silver

Richard Nicholson won a silver medal in Powerlifting at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics, Australia’s only medal in a very fiercely contested sport.

Brendan Flynn talks about the Sydney Games’ place in history

Interviewer: Nikki Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Brendan Flynn
Recorded: 12 November 2013
Location: Runaway Bay, Queensland
Listen to the full interview here.

GALLERY: Now, the carnival is over

The athletes gather for the final time. The Paralympic flag comes down. The flame is extinguished. It’s time to party to mark the end of a six week festival of sport in Sydney – the Olympics and Paralympics. Fireworks. And, as the lights go out, The Seekers sing “The Carnival is Over”.

Nick Dean reflects on how Sydney transformed the Paralympic movement

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

Brendan Flynn explains how the rugby program was created

Interviewer: Nikki Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Brendan Flynn
Recorded: 12 November 2013
Location: Runaway Bay, Queensland
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s best ever result to then – but not what they came for

After finishing 6th (and last) at the demonstration event at the 1996 Paralympics and then 5th at the 1998 world championships, it seems that the Australian wheelchair rugby team should have been thrilled to win the silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. However, the loss to perennial powerhouse, the USA, by one point was heartbreaking for the team, which had come into the tournament with the gold medal in mind.

Hands up who’s here to win?

Australia’s Brad Dubberley clashes with the USA’s Cliff Chunn during the wheelchair rugby gold medal game at the 2000 summer Paralympics. Just 19 years old, Dubberley was one of the stars of the Australian team. A ‘high pointer’, Dubberley was a primary ball carrier and a master of the big hit in defence. Chunn was a ‘mid pointer’, who played a more tactical role, while his skill and length gave him an edge against any opponent. Both were key players in the final, which was won by the USA 32-31.

Dubberley and Hucks apply the pressure in the wheelchair rugby final

Australian players Brad Dubberley (left) and George Hucks trap Stephen Pate (USA) with the ball during the Wheelchair Rugby gold medal game at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. The USA won a nail-biting game in front of 10,000 wildly cheering spectators by one point, 32-31, to claim the gold medal.

Australia’s first ever women’s basketball medal – the start of a tradition

The Australian women’s wheelchair basketball team acknowledge the crowd after being presented with their silver medals at the Sydney summer Paralympics. It was the first ever Paralympic medal for the team, which went on to win medals at each of the next three Games.

Richard Nicholson lifts for silver

Richard Nicholson won a silver medal in Powerlifting at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics, Australia’s only medal in a very fiercely contested sport.

Brendan Flynn talks about the Sydney Games’ place in history

Interviewer: Nikki Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Brendan Flynn
Recorded: 12 November 2013
Location: Runaway Bay, Queensland
Listen to the full interview here.

GALLERY: Now, the carnival is over

The athletes gather for the final time. The Paralympic flag comes down. The flame is extinguished. It’s time to party to mark the end of a six week festival of sport in Sydney – the Olympics and Paralympics. Fireworks. And, as the lights go out, The Seekers sing “The Carnival is Over”.

Nick Dean reflects on how Sydney transformed the Paralympic movement

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

Brendan Flynn explains how the rugby program was created

Interviewer: Nikki Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Brendan Flynn
Recorded: 12 November 2013
Location: Runaway Bay, Queensland
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s best ever result to then – but not what they came for

After finishing 6th (and last) at the demonstration event at the 1996 Paralympics and then 5th at the 1998 world championships, it seems that the Australian wheelchair rugby team should have been thrilled to win the silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. However, the loss to perennial powerhouse, the USA, by one point was heartbreaking for the team, which had come into the tournament with the gold medal in mind.

Hands up who’s here to win?

Australia’s Brad Dubberley clashes with the USA’s Cliff Chunn during the wheelchair rugby gold medal game at the 2000 summer Paralympics. Just 19 years old, Dubberley was one of the stars of the Australian team. A ‘high pointer’, Dubberley was a primary ball carrier and a master of the big hit in defence. Chunn was a ‘mid pointer’, who played a more tactical role, while his skill and length gave him an edge against any opponent. Both were key players in the final, which was won by the USA 32-31.

Dubberley and Hucks apply the pressure in the wheelchair rugby final

Australian players Brad Dubberley (left) and George Hucks trap Stephen Pate (USA) with the ball during the Wheelchair Rugby gold medal game at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. The USA won a nail-biting game in front of 10,000 wildly cheering spectators by one point, 32-31, to claim the gold medal.

Australia’s first ever women’s basketball medal – the start of a tradition

The Australian women’s wheelchair basketball team acknowledge the crowd after being presented with their silver medals at the Sydney summer Paralympics. It was the first ever Paralympic medal for the team, which went on to win medals at each of the next three Games.

Richard Nicholson lifts for silver

Richard Nicholson won a silver medal in Powerlifting at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics, Australia’s only medal in a very fiercely contested sport.

Brendan Flynn talks about the Sydney Games’ place in history

Interviewer: Nikki Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Brendan Flynn
Recorded: 12 November 2013
Location: Runaway Bay, Queensland
Listen to the full interview here.

GALLERY: Now, the carnival is over

The athletes gather for the final time. The Paralympic flag comes down. The flame is extinguished. It’s time to party to mark the end of a six week festival of sport in Sydney – the Olympics and Paralympics. Fireworks. And, as the lights go out, The Seekers sing “The Carnival is Over”.

Nick Dean reflects on how Sydney transformed the Paralympic movement

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

Brendan Flynn explains how the rugby program was created

Interviewer: Nikki Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Brendan Flynn
Recorded: 12 November 2013
Location: Runaway Bay, Queensland
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s best ever result to then – but not what they came for

After finishing 6th (and last) at the demonstration event at the 1996 Paralympics and then 5th at the 1998 world championships, it seems that the Australian wheelchair rugby team should have been thrilled to win the silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. However, the loss to perennial powerhouse, the USA, by one point was heartbreaking for the team, which had come into the tournament with the gold medal in mind.

Hands up who’s here to win?

Australia’s Brad Dubberley clashes with the USA’s Cliff Chunn during the wheelchair rugby gold medal game at the 2000 summer Paralympics. Just 19 years old, Dubberley was one of the stars of the Australian team. A ‘high pointer’, Dubberley was a primary ball carrier and a master of the big hit in defence. Chunn was a ‘mid pointer’, who played a more tactical role, while his skill and length gave him an edge against any opponent. Both were key players in the final, which was won by the USA 32-31.

Dubberley and Hucks apply the pressure in the wheelchair rugby final

Australian players Brad Dubberley (left) and George Hucks trap Stephen Pate (USA) with the ball during the Wheelchair Rugby gold medal game at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. The USA won a nail-biting game in front of 10,000 wildly cheering spectators by one point, 32-31, to claim the gold medal.

Australia’s first ever women’s basketball medal – the start of a tradition

The Australian women’s wheelchair basketball team acknowledge the crowd after being presented with their silver medals at the Sydney summer Paralympics. It was the first ever Paralympic medal for the team, which went on to win medals at each of the next three Games.

Richard Nicholson lifts for silver

Richard Nicholson won a silver medal in Powerlifting at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics, Australia’s only medal in a very fiercely contested sport.

Brendan Flynn talks about the Sydney Games’ place in history

Interviewer: Nikki Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Brendan Flynn
Recorded: 12 November 2013
Location: Runaway Bay, Queensland
Listen to the full interview here.

GALLERY: Now, the carnival is over

The athletes gather for the final time. The Paralympic flag comes down. The flame is extinguished. It’s time to party to mark the end of a six week festival of sport in Sydney – the Olympics and Paralympics. Fireworks. And, as the lights go out, The Seekers sing “The Carnival is Over”.

Nick Dean reflects on how Sydney transformed the Paralympic movement

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

Brendan Flynn explains how the rugby program was created

Interviewer: Nikki Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Brendan Flynn
Recorded: 12 November 2013
Location: Runaway Bay, Queensland
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s best ever result to then – but not what they came for

After finishing 6th (and last) at the demonstration event at the 1996 Paralympics and then 5th at the 1998 world championships, it seems that the Australian wheelchair rugby team should have been thrilled to win the silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. However, the loss to perennial powerhouse, the USA, by one point was heartbreaking for the team, which had come into the tournament with the gold medal in mind.

Hands up who’s here to win?

Australia’s Brad Dubberley clashes with the USA’s Cliff Chunn during the wheelchair rugby gold medal game at the 2000 summer Paralympics. Just 19 years old, Dubberley was one of the stars of the Australian team. A ‘high pointer’, Dubberley was a primary ball carrier and a master of the big hit in defence. Chunn was a ‘mid pointer’, who played a more tactical role, while his skill and length gave him an edge against any opponent. Both were key players in the final, which was won by the USA 32-31.

Dubberley and Hucks apply the pressure in the wheelchair rugby final

Australian players Brad Dubberley (left) and George Hucks trap Stephen Pate (USA) with the ball during the Wheelchair Rugby gold medal game at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. The USA won a nail-biting game in front of 10,000 wildly cheering spectators by one point, 32-31, to claim the gold medal.

Australia’s first ever women’s basketball medal – the start of a tradition

The Australian women’s wheelchair basketball team acknowledge the crowd after being presented with their silver medals at the Sydney summer Paralympics. It was the first ever Paralympic medal for the team, which went on to win medals at each of the next three Games.

Richard Nicholson lifts for silver

Richard Nicholson won a silver medal in Powerlifting at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics, Australia’s only medal in a very fiercely contested sport.

Brendan Flynn talks about the Sydney Games’ place in history

Interviewer: Nikki Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Brendan Flynn
Recorded: 12 November 2013
Location: Runaway Bay, Queensland
Listen to the full interview here.

GALLERY: Now, the carnival is over

The athletes gather for the final time. The Paralympic flag comes down. The flame is extinguished. It’s time to party to mark the end of a six week festival of sport in Sydney – the Olympics and Paralympics. Fireworks. And, as the lights go out, The Seekers sing “The Carnival is Over”.

Nick Dean reflects on how Sydney transformed the Paralympic movement

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

Brendan Flynn explains how the rugby program was created

Interviewer: Nikki Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Brendan Flynn
Recorded: 12 November 2013
Location: Runaway Bay, Queensland
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s best ever result to then – but not what they came for

After finishing 6th (and last) at the demonstration event at the 1996 Paralympics and then 5th at the 1998 world championships, it seems that the Australian wheelchair rugby team should have been thrilled to win the silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. However, the loss to perennial powerhouse, the USA, by one point was heartbreaking for the team, which had come into the tournament with the gold medal in mind.

Hands up who’s here to win?

Australia’s Brad Dubberley clashes with the USA’s Cliff Chunn during the wheelchair rugby gold medal game at the 2000 summer Paralympics. Just 19 years old, Dubberley was one of the stars of the Australian team. A ‘high pointer’, Dubberley was a primary ball carrier and a master of the big hit in defence. Chunn was a ‘mid pointer’, who played a more tactical role, while his skill and length gave him an edge against any opponent. Both were key players in the final, which was won by the USA 32-31.

Dubberley and Hucks apply the pressure in the wheelchair rugby final

Australian players Brad Dubberley (left) and George Hucks trap Stephen Pate (USA) with the ball during the Wheelchair Rugby gold medal game at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. The USA won a nail-biting game in front of 10,000 wildly cheering spectators by one point, 32-31, to claim the gold medal.

Australia’s first ever women’s basketball medal – the start of a tradition

The Australian women’s wheelchair basketball team acknowledge the crowd after being presented with their silver medals at the Sydney summer Paralympics. It was the first ever Paralympic medal for the team, which went on to win medals at each of the next three Games.

Richard Nicholson lifts for silver

Richard Nicholson won a silver medal in Powerlifting at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics, Australia’s only medal in a very fiercely contested sport.

Brendan Flynn talks about the Sydney Games’ place in history

Interviewer: Nikki Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Brendan Flynn
Recorded: 12 November 2013
Location: Runaway Bay, Queensland
Listen to the full interview here.

GALLERY: Now, the carnival is over

The athletes gather for the final time. The Paralympic flag comes down. The flame is extinguished. It’s time to party to mark the end of a six week festival of sport in Sydney – the Olympics and Paralympics. Fireworks. And, as the lights go out, The Seekers sing “The Carnival is Over”.

Nick Dean reflects on how Sydney transformed the Paralympic movement

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

Brendan Flynn explains how the rugby program was created

Interviewer: Nikki Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Brendan Flynn
Recorded: 12 November 2013
Location: Runaway Bay, Queensland
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s best ever result to then – but not what they came for

After finishing 6th (and last) at the demonstration event at the 1996 Paralympics and then 5th at the 1998 world championships, it seems that the Australian wheelchair rugby team should have been thrilled to win the silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. However, the loss to perennial powerhouse, the USA, by one point was heartbreaking for the team, which had come into the tournament with the gold medal in mind.

Hands up who’s here to win?

Australia’s Brad Dubberley clashes with the USA’s Cliff Chunn during the wheelchair rugby gold medal game at the 2000 summer Paralympics. Just 19 years old, Dubberley was one of the stars of the Australian team. A ‘high pointer’, Dubberley was a primary ball carrier and a master of the big hit in defence. Chunn was a ‘mid pointer’, who played a more tactical role, while his skill and length gave him an edge against any opponent. Both were key players in the final, which was won by the USA 32-31.

Dubberley and Hucks apply the pressure in the wheelchair rugby final

Australian players Brad Dubberley (left) and George Hucks trap Stephen Pate (USA) with the ball during the Wheelchair Rugby gold medal game at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. The USA won a nail-biting game in front of 10,000 wildly cheering spectators by one point, 32-31, to claim the gold medal.

Australia’s first ever women’s basketball medal – the start of a tradition

The Australian women’s wheelchair basketball team acknowledge the crowd after being presented with their silver medals at the Sydney summer Paralympics. It was the first ever Paralympic medal for the team, which went on to win medals at each of the next three Games.

Richard Nicholson lifts for silver

Richard Nicholson won a silver medal in Powerlifting at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics, Australia’s only medal in a very fiercely contested sport.

Brendan Flynn talks about the Sydney Games’ place in history

Interviewer: Nikki Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Brendan Flynn
Recorded: 12 November 2013
Location: Runaway Bay, Queensland
Listen to the full interview here.

GALLERY: Now, the carnival is over

The athletes gather for the final time. The Paralympic flag comes down. The flame is extinguished. It’s time to party to mark the end of a six week festival of sport in Sydney – the Olympics and Paralympics. Fireworks. And, as the lights go out, The Seekers sing “The Carnival is Over”.

Nick Dean reflects on how Sydney transformed the Paralympic movement

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

Brendan Flynn explains how the rugby program was created

Interviewer: Nikki Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Brendan Flynn
Recorded: 12 November 2013
Location: Runaway Bay, Queensland
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s best ever result to then – but not what they came for

After finishing 6th (and last) at the demonstration event at the 1996 Paralympics and then 5th at the 1998 world championships, it seems that the Australian wheelchair rugby team should have been thrilled to win the silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. However, the loss to perennial powerhouse, the USA, by one point was heartbreaking for the team, which had come into the tournament with the gold medal in mind.

Hands up who’s here to win?

Australia’s Brad Dubberley clashes with the USA’s Cliff Chunn during the wheelchair rugby gold medal game at the 2000 summer Paralympics. Just 19 years old, Dubberley was one of the stars of the Australian team. A ‘high pointer’, Dubberley was a primary ball carrier and a master of the big hit in defence. Chunn was a ‘mid pointer’, who played a more tactical role, while his skill and length gave him an edge against any opponent. Both were key players in the final, which was won by the USA 32-31.

Dubberley and Hucks apply the pressure in the wheelchair rugby final

Australian players Brad Dubberley (left) and George Hucks trap Stephen Pate (USA) with the ball during the Wheelchair Rugby gold medal game at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. The USA won a nail-biting game in front of 10,000 wildly cheering spectators by one point, 32-31, to claim the gold medal.

Australia’s first ever women’s basketball medal – the start of a tradition

The Australian women’s wheelchair basketball team acknowledge the crowd after being presented with their silver medals at the Sydney summer Paralympics. It was the first ever Paralympic medal for the team, which went on to win medals at each of the next three Games.

Richard Nicholson lifts for silver

Richard Nicholson won a silver medal in Powerlifting at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics, Australia’s only medal in a very fiercely contested sport.

Brendan Flynn talks about the Sydney Games’ place in history

Interviewer: Nikki Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Brendan Flynn
Recorded: 12 November 2013
Location: Runaway Bay, Queensland
Listen to the full interview here.

GALLERY: Now, the carnival is over

The athletes gather for the final time. The Paralympic flag comes down. The flame is extinguished. It’s time to party to mark the end of a six week festival of sport in Sydney – the Olympics and Paralympics. Fireworks. And, as the lights go out, The Seekers sing “The Carnival is Over”.

Nick Dean reflects on how Sydney transformed the Paralympic movement

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

Brendan Flynn explains how the rugby program was created

Interviewer: Nikki Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Brendan Flynn
Recorded: 12 November 2013
Location: Runaway Bay, Queensland
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s best ever result to then – but not what they came for

After finishing 6th (and last) at the demonstration event at the 1996 Paralympics and then 5th at the 1998 world championships, it seems that the Australian wheelchair rugby team should have been thrilled to win the silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. However, the loss to perennial powerhouse, the USA, by one point was heartbreaking for the team, which had come into the tournament with the gold medal in mind.

Hands up who’s here to win?

Australia’s Brad Dubberley clashes with the USA’s Cliff Chunn during the wheelchair rugby gold medal game at the 2000 summer Paralympics. Just 19 years old, Dubberley was one of the stars of the Australian team. A ‘high pointer’, Dubberley was a primary ball carrier and a master of the big hit in defence. Chunn was a ‘mid pointer’, who played a more tactical role, while his skill and length gave him an edge against any opponent. Both were key players in the final, which was won by the USA 32-31.

Dubberley and Hucks apply the pressure in the wheelchair rugby final

Australian players Brad Dubberley (left) and George Hucks trap Stephen Pate (USA) with the ball during the Wheelchair Rugby gold medal game at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. The USA won a nail-biting game in front of 10,000 wildly cheering spectators by one point, 32-31, to claim the gold medal.

Australia’s first ever women’s basketball medal – the start of a tradition

The Australian women’s wheelchair basketball team acknowledge the crowd after being presented with their silver medals at the Sydney summer Paralympics. It was the first ever Paralympic medal for the team, which went on to win medals at each of the next three Games.

Richard Nicholson lifts for silver

Richard Nicholson won a silver medal in Powerlifting at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics, Australia’s only medal in a very fiercely contested sport.

Brendan Flynn talks about the Sydney Games’ place in history

Interviewer: Nikki Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Brendan Flynn
Recorded: 12 November 2013
Location: Runaway Bay, Queensland
Listen to the full interview here.

GALLERY: Now, the carnival is over

The athletes gather for the final time. The Paralympic flag comes down. The flame is extinguished. It’s time to party to mark the end of a six week festival of sport in Sydney – the Olympics and Paralympics. Fireworks. And, as the lights go out, The Seekers sing “The Carnival is Over”.

Nick Dean reflects on how Sydney transformed the Paralympic movement

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

Brendan Flynn explains how the rugby program was created

Interviewer: Nikki Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Brendan Flynn
Recorded: 12 November 2013
Location: Runaway Bay, Queensland
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s best ever result to then – but not what they came for

After finishing 6th (and last) at the demonstration event at the 1996 Paralympics and then 5th at the 1998 world championships, it seems that the Australian wheelchair rugby team should have been thrilled to win the silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. However, the loss to perennial powerhouse, the USA, by one point was heartbreaking for the team, which had come into the tournament with the gold medal in mind.

Hands up who’s here to win?

Australia’s Brad Dubberley clashes with the USA’s Cliff Chunn during the wheelchair rugby gold medal game at the 2000 summer Paralympics. Just 19 years old, Dubberley was one of the stars of the Australian team. A ‘high pointer’, Dubberley was a primary ball carrier and a master of the big hit in defence. Chunn was a ‘mid pointer’, who played a more tactical role, while his skill and length gave him an edge against any opponent. Both were key players in the final, which was won by the USA 32-31.

Dubberley and Hucks apply the pressure in the wheelchair rugby final

Australian players Brad Dubberley (left) and George Hucks trap Stephen Pate (USA) with the ball during the Wheelchair Rugby gold medal game at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. The USA won a nail-biting game in front of 10,000 wildly cheering spectators by one point, 32-31, to claim the gold medal.

Australia’s first ever women’s basketball medal – the start of a tradition

The Australian women’s wheelchair basketball team acknowledge the crowd after being presented with their silver medals at the Sydney summer Paralympics. It was the first ever Paralympic medal for the team, which went on to win medals at each of the next three Games.

Richard Nicholson lifts for silver

Richard Nicholson won a silver medal in Powerlifting at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics, Australia’s only medal in a very fiercely contested sport.

Brendan Flynn talks about the Sydney Games’ place in history

Interviewer: Nikki Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Brendan Flynn
Recorded: 12 November 2013
Location: Runaway Bay, Queensland
Listen to the full interview here.

GALLERY: Now, the carnival is over

The athletes gather for the final time. The Paralympic flag comes down. The flame is extinguished. It’s time to party to mark the end of a six week festival of sport in Sydney – the Olympics and Paralympics. Fireworks. And, as the lights go out, The Seekers sing “The Carnival is Over”.

Nick Dean reflects on how Sydney transformed the Paralympic movement

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

Brendan Flynn explains how the rugby program was created

Interviewer: Nikki Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Brendan Flynn
Recorded: 12 November 2013
Location: Runaway Bay, Queensland
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s best ever result to then – but not what they came for

After finishing 6th (and last) at the demonstration event at the 1996 Paralympics and then 5th at the 1998 world championships, it seems that the Australian wheelchair rugby team should have been thrilled to win the silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. However, the loss to perennial powerhouse, the USA, by one point was heartbreaking for the team, which had come into the tournament with the gold medal in mind.

Hands up who’s here to win?

Australia’s Brad Dubberley clashes with the USA’s Cliff Chunn during the wheelchair rugby gold medal game at the 2000 summer Paralympics. Just 19 years old, Dubberley was one of the stars of the Australian team. A ‘high pointer’, Dubberley was a primary ball carrier and a master of the big hit in defence. Chunn was a ‘mid pointer’, who played a more tactical role, while his skill and length gave him an edge against any opponent. Both were key players in the final, which was won by the USA 32-31.

Dubberley and Hucks apply the pressure in the wheelchair rugby final

Australian players Brad Dubberley (left) and George Hucks trap Stephen Pate (USA) with the ball during the Wheelchair Rugby gold medal game at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. The USA won a nail-biting game in front of 10,000 wildly cheering spectators by one point, 32-31, to claim the gold medal.

Australia’s first ever women’s basketball medal – the start of a tradition

The Australian women’s wheelchair basketball team acknowledge the crowd after being presented with their silver medals at the Sydney summer Paralympics. It was the first ever Paralympic medal for the team, which went on to win medals at each of the next three Games.

Richard Nicholson lifts for silver

Richard Nicholson won a silver medal in Powerlifting at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics, Australia’s only medal in a very fiercely contested sport.

Brendan Flynn talks about the Sydney Games’ place in history

Interviewer: Nikki Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Brendan Flynn
Recorded: 12 November 2013
Location: Runaway Bay, Queensland
Listen to the full interview here.

GALLERY: Now, the carnival is over

The athletes gather for the final time. The Paralympic flag comes down. The flame is extinguished. It’s time to party to mark the end of a six week festival of sport in Sydney – the Olympics and Paralympics. Fireworks. And, as the lights go out, The Seekers sing “The Carnival is Over”.

Nick Dean reflects on how Sydney transformed the Paralympic movement

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

Brendan Flynn explains how the rugby program was created

Interviewer: Nikki Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Brendan Flynn
Recorded: 12 November 2013
Location: Runaway Bay, Queensland
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s best ever result to then – but not what they came for

After finishing 6th (and last) at the demonstration event at the 1996 Paralympics and then 5th at the 1998 world championships, it seems that the Australian wheelchair rugby team should have been thrilled to win the silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. However, the loss to perennial powerhouse, the USA, by one point was heartbreaking for the team, which had come into the tournament with the gold medal in mind.

Hands up who’s here to win?

Australia’s Brad Dubberley clashes with the USA’s Cliff Chunn during the wheelchair rugby gold medal game at the 2000 summer Paralympics. Just 19 years old, Dubberley was one of the stars of the Australian team. A ‘high pointer’, Dubberley was a primary ball carrier and a master of the big hit in defence. Chunn was a ‘mid pointer’, who played a more tactical role, while his skill and length gave him an edge against any opponent. Both were key players in the final, which was won by the USA 32-31.

Dubberley and Hucks apply the pressure in the wheelchair rugby final

Australian players Brad Dubberley (left) and George Hucks trap Stephen Pate (USA) with the ball during the Wheelchair Rugby gold medal game at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. The USA won a nail-biting game in front of 10,000 wildly cheering spectators by one point, 32-31, to claim the gold medal.

Australia’s first ever women’s basketball medal – the start of a tradition

The Australian women’s wheelchair basketball team acknowledge the crowd after being presented with their silver medals at the Sydney summer Paralympics. It was the first ever Paralympic medal for the team, which went on to win medals at each of the next three Games.

Richard Nicholson lifts for silver

Richard Nicholson won a silver medal in Powerlifting at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics, Australia’s only medal in a very fiercely contested sport.

Brendan Flynn talks about the Sydney Games’ place in history

Interviewer: Nikki Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Brendan Flynn
Recorded: 12 November 2013
Location: Runaway Bay, Queensland
Listen to the full interview here.

GALLERY: Now, the carnival is over

The athletes gather for the final time. The Paralympic flag comes down. The flame is extinguished. It’s time to party to mark the end of a six week festival of sport in Sydney – the Olympics and Paralympics. Fireworks. And, as the lights go out, The Seekers sing “The Carnival is Over”.

Nick Dean reflects on how Sydney transformed the Paralympic movement

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

Brendan Flynn explains how the rugby program was created

Interviewer: Nikki Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Brendan Flynn
Recorded: 12 November 2013
Location: Runaway Bay, Queensland
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s best ever result to then – but not what they came for

After finishing 6th (and last) at the demonstration event at the 1996 Paralympics and then 5th at the 1998 world championships, it seems that the Australian wheelchair rugby team should have been thrilled to win the silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. However, the loss to perennial powerhouse, the USA, by one point was heartbreaking for the team, which had come into the tournament with the gold medal in mind.

Hands up who’s here to win?

Australia’s Brad Dubberley clashes with the USA’s Cliff Chunn during the wheelchair rugby gold medal game at the 2000 summer Paralympics. Just 19 years old, Dubberley was one of the stars of the Australian team. A ‘high pointer’, Dubberley was a primary ball carrier and a master of the big hit in defence. Chunn was a ‘mid pointer’, who played a more tactical role, while his skill and length gave him an edge against any opponent. Both were key players in the final, which was won by the USA 32-31.

Dubberley and Hucks apply the pressure in the wheelchair rugby final

Australian players Brad Dubberley (left) and George Hucks trap Stephen Pate (USA) with the ball during the Wheelchair Rugby gold medal game at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. The USA won a nail-biting game in front of 10,000 wildly cheering spectators by one point, 32-31, to claim the gold medal.

Australia’s first ever women’s basketball medal – the start of a tradition

The Australian women’s wheelchair basketball team acknowledge the crowd after being presented with their silver medals at the Sydney summer Paralympics. It was the first ever Paralympic medal for the team, which went on to win medals at each of the next three Games.

Richard Nicholson lifts for silver

Richard Nicholson won a silver medal in Powerlifting at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics, Australia’s only medal in a very fiercely contested sport.

Brendan Flynn talks about the Sydney Games’ place in history

Interviewer: Nikki Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Brendan Flynn
Recorded: 12 November 2013
Location: Runaway Bay, Queensland
Listen to the full interview here.

GALLERY: Now, the carnival is over

The athletes gather for the final time. The Paralympic flag comes down. The flame is extinguished. It’s time to party to mark the end of a six week festival of sport in Sydney – the Olympics and Paralympics. Fireworks. And, as the lights go out, The Seekers sing “The Carnival is Over”.

Nick Dean reflects on how Sydney transformed the Paralympic movement

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

Brendan Flynn explains how the rugby program was created

Interviewer: Nikki Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Brendan Flynn
Recorded: 12 November 2013
Location: Runaway Bay, Queensland
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s best ever result to then – but not what they came for

After finishing 6th (and last) at the demonstration event at the 1996 Paralympics and then 5th at the 1998 world championships, it seems that the Australian wheelchair rugby team should have been thrilled to win the silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. However, the loss to perennial powerhouse, the USA, by one point was heartbreaking for the team, which had come into the tournament with the gold medal in mind.

Hands up who’s here to win?

Australia’s Brad Dubberley clashes with the USA’s Cliff Chunn during the wheelchair rugby gold medal game at the 2000 summer Paralympics. Just 19 years old, Dubberley was one of the stars of the Australian team. A ‘high pointer’, Dubberley was a primary ball carrier and a master of the big hit in defence. Chunn was a ‘mid pointer’, who played a more tactical role, while his skill and length gave him an edge against any opponent. Both were key players in the final, which was won by the USA 32-31.

Dubberley and Hucks apply the pressure in the wheelchair rugby final

Australian players Brad Dubberley (left) and George Hucks trap Stephen Pate (USA) with the ball during the Wheelchair Rugby gold medal game at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. The USA won a nail-biting game in front of 10,000 wildly cheering spectators by one point, 32-31, to claim the gold medal.

Australia’s first ever women’s basketball medal – the start of a tradition

The Australian women’s wheelchair basketball team acknowledge the crowd after being presented with their silver medals at the Sydney summer Paralympics. It was the first ever Paralympic medal for the team, which went on to win medals at each of the next three Games.

Richard Nicholson lifts for silver

Richard Nicholson won a silver medal in Powerlifting at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics, Australia’s only medal in a very fiercely contested sport.

Brendan Flynn talks about the Sydney Games’ place in history

Interviewer: Nikki Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Brendan Flynn
Recorded: 12 November 2013
Location: Runaway Bay, Queensland
Listen to the full interview here.

GALLERY: Now, the carnival is over

The athletes gather for the final time. The Paralympic flag comes down. The flame is extinguished. It’s time to party to mark the end of a six week festival of sport in Sydney – the Olympics and Paralympics. Fireworks. And, as the lights go out, The Seekers sing “The Carnival is Over”.

Nick Dean reflects on how Sydney transformed the Paralympic movement

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

Brendan Flynn explains how the rugby program was created

Interviewer: Nikki Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Brendan Flynn
Recorded: 12 November 2013
Location: Runaway Bay, Queensland
Listen to the full interview here.

Australia’s best ever result to then – but not what they came for

After finishing 6th (and last) at the demonstration event at the 1996 Paralympics and then 5th at the 1998 world championships, it seems that the Australian wheelchair rugby team should have been thrilled to win the silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. However, the loss to perennial powerhouse, the USA, by one point was heartbreaking for the team, which had come into the tournament with the gold medal in mind.

Hands up who’s here to win?

Australia’s Brad Dubberley clashes with the USA’s Cliff Chunn during the wheelchair rugby gold medal game at the 2000 summer Paralympics. Just 19 years old, Dubberley was one of the stars of the Australian team. A ‘high pointer’, Dubberley was a primary ball carrier and a master of the big hit in defence. Chunn was a ‘mid pointer’, who played a more tactical role, while his skill and length gave him an edge against any opponent. Both were key players in the final, which was won by the USA 32-31.

Dubberley and Hucks apply the pressure in the wheelchair rugby final

Australian players Brad Dubberley (left) and George Hucks trap Stephen Pate (USA) with the ball during the Wheelchair Rugby gold medal game at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. The USA won a nail-biting game in front of 10,000 wildly cheering spectators by one point, 32-31, to claim the gold medal.

Australia’s first ever women’s basketball medal – the start of a tradition

The Australian women’s wheelchair basketball team acknowledge the crowd after being presented with their silver medals at the Sydney summer Paralympics. It was the first ever Paralympic medal for the team, which went on to win medals at each of the next three Games.

Richard Nicholson lifts for silver

Richard Nicholson won a silver medal in Powerlifting at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics, Australia’s only medal in a very fiercely contested sport.

Brendan Flynn talks about the Sydney Games’ place in history

Interviewer: Nikki Henningham
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Brendan Flynn
Recorded: 12 November 2013
Location: Runaway Bay, Queensland
Listen to the full interview here.

GALLERY: Now, the carnival is over