Of course, there were fireworks

The closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics ended in the traditional way – with fireworks.

The crowds lined the streets of Torino

The closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics began with a parade through the streets of Torino (Turin). The locals turned out in numbers to watch the end of a month of Olympic and Paralympic sport.

Time to hand over to the next generation (of one legged skiers)

Michael Milton, who had won his last medal, was selected to carry the Australian flag for the closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics. However, Milton asked that Toby Kane, who had won his first medal in Torino, carry the flag. It was a symbolic handing over to the new generation of skiers. Like Milton, Kane is a one legged skier.

It was the end of a long journey for Milto and his family

Born into a skiing family, Michael Milton starting skiing from the time he could walk. Losing his leg to cancer aged nine, didn’t stop his love of skiing. He represented Australia at his first Paralympics, aged 14, in 1988, retired briefly in the 90s, then returned to win a clean sweep of all events in his class at the 2002 winter Games. In 2006, his family and his partner Penny were there for one more Games and some more Milto magic on the slopes.

Michael Milton went retro in his final race at the winter Paralympics

Bringing the curtain down on a long and successful career, in his last ever race that the winter Paralympics, Michael Milton wore the Australian team race suit from the 1994 winter Paralympics, when he won a gold, a silver and two bronze medals and became the first Australian to win a medal in every alpine skiing event at the same Games. The Torino winter Paralympics had been a tough competition for Milton but he had achieved his goal of winning a medal and was ready to move on with his life.

Slalom is the final event on the alpine skiing program and conditions were tough

Nick Watts competes in the final event on the alpine skiing program, the slalom, at the Torino winter Paralympics. Although Watts was a single leg skier, he competed with a prosthesis on his left leg after lots of experimentation, because the lower leg kept ‘getting in the way’ when he skied on a single leg. Conditions were tough for the slalom, making it difficult to differentiate between snow and sky.

Key sponsors and supporters got a firsthand experience of the Games

For the 2000 Sydney Paralympics and since, the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) sought to engage key sponsors and other supporters with the Australian team during the Games, to promote an understanding of the Games themselves and of the Australian team and its athletes. At the Torino winter Paralympics the sponsors and supporters group stayed near the Games’ venues in Sestriere and had a number of opportunities to interact with the athletes and team staff. The group included Ron Finneran and Steve Gibb from the APC’s program partner Disabled Wintersport Australia, Peter and Marion Evans (Toyota), Ross Cunningham (Star City), Kim and Judith Clifford (Thredbo Resorts), Belinda Green and Steve Mason (Desert Duel fundraiser organisers), John and Susie Croll (Media Monitors), Anthony Fanning (Healthe) and promotional competition winners Brian and Samuel Hardaker. The group was led by APC Board members Joyce Parzsos, Steve Loader and Justin Holdforth. Most of the group had been or were to become long term supporters of the APC and the Paralympic movement.

And James Millar became Australia’s first competitor in biathlon

At the Torino winter Paralympics, James Millar was the first Australian cross country competitor since the 1984 winter Games. He also became Australia’s first competitor in the biathlon. Biathlon is a sport where athletes complete circuits of a cross country course and, between each circuit, shoot at targets. It combines the fitness of cross country skiing and the ability to slow the heart rate and steady to aim at the targets. Biathlon is based on the supposed demands on soldiers in a winter environment.

The coach coached

Australian team head coach Steve Graham discusses the line to take on the course with alpine skier Dean Calabrese at the Torino winter Paralympics.

Of course, there were fireworks

The closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics ended in the traditional way – with fireworks.

The crowds lined the streets of Torino

The closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics began with a parade through the streets of Torino (Turin). The locals turned out in numbers to watch the end of a month of Olympic and Paralympic sport.

Time to hand over to the next generation (of one legged skiers)

Michael Milton, who had won his last medal, was selected to carry the Australian flag for the closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics. However, Milton asked that Toby Kane, who had won his first medal in Torino, carry the flag. It was a symbolic handing over to the new generation of skiers. Like Milton, Kane is a one legged skier.

It was the end of a long journey for Milto and his family

Born into a skiing family, Michael Milton starting skiing from the time he could walk. Losing his leg to cancer aged nine, didn’t stop his love of skiing. He represented Australia at his first Paralympics, aged 14, in 1988, retired briefly in the 90s, then returned to win a clean sweep of all events in his class at the 2002 winter Games. In 2006, his family and his partner Penny were there for one more Games and some more Milto magic on the slopes.

Michael Milton went retro in his final race at the winter Paralympics

Bringing the curtain down on a long and successful career, in his last ever race that the winter Paralympics, Michael Milton wore the Australian team race suit from the 1994 winter Paralympics, when he won a gold, a silver and two bronze medals and became the first Australian to win a medal in every alpine skiing event at the same Games. The Torino winter Paralympics had been a tough competition for Milton but he had achieved his goal of winning a medal and was ready to move on with his life.

Slalom is the final event on the alpine skiing program and conditions were tough

Nick Watts competes in the final event on the alpine skiing program, the slalom, at the Torino winter Paralympics. Although Watts was a single leg skier, he competed with a prosthesis on his left leg after lots of experimentation, because the lower leg kept ‘getting in the way’ when he skied on a single leg. Conditions were tough for the slalom, making it difficult to differentiate between snow and sky.

Key sponsors and supporters got a firsthand experience of the Games

For the 2000 Sydney Paralympics and since, the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) sought to engage key sponsors and other supporters with the Australian team during the Games, to promote an understanding of the Games themselves and of the Australian team and its athletes. At the Torino winter Paralympics the sponsors and supporters group stayed near the Games’ venues in Sestriere and had a number of opportunities to interact with the athletes and team staff. The group included Ron Finneran and Steve Gibb from the APC’s program partner Disabled Wintersport Australia, Peter and Marion Evans (Toyota), Ross Cunningham (Star City), Kim and Judith Clifford (Thredbo Resorts), Belinda Green and Steve Mason (Desert Duel fundraiser organisers), John and Susie Croll (Media Monitors), Anthony Fanning (Healthe) and promotional competition winners Brian and Samuel Hardaker. The group was led by APC Board members Joyce Parzsos, Steve Loader and Justin Holdforth. Most of the group had been or were to become long term supporters of the APC and the Paralympic movement.

And James Millar became Australia’s first competitor in biathlon

At the Torino winter Paralympics, James Millar was the first Australian cross country competitor since the 1984 winter Games. He also became Australia’s first competitor in the biathlon. Biathlon is a sport where athletes complete circuits of a cross country course and, between each circuit, shoot at targets. It combines the fitness of cross country skiing and the ability to slow the heart rate and steady to aim at the targets. Biathlon is based on the supposed demands on soldiers in a winter environment.

The coach coached

Australian team head coach Steve Graham discusses the line to take on the course with alpine skier Dean Calabrese at the Torino winter Paralympics.

Of course, there were fireworks

The closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics ended in the traditional way – with fireworks.

The crowds lined the streets of Torino

The closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics began with a parade through the streets of Torino (Turin). The locals turned out in numbers to watch the end of a month of Olympic and Paralympic sport.

Time to hand over to the next generation (of one legged skiers)

Michael Milton, who had won his last medal, was selected to carry the Australian flag for the closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics. However, Milton asked that Toby Kane, who had won his first medal in Torino, carry the flag. It was a symbolic handing over to the new generation of skiers. Like Milton, Kane is a one legged skier.

It was the end of a long journey for Milto and his family

Born into a skiing family, Michael Milton starting skiing from the time he could walk. Losing his leg to cancer aged nine, didn’t stop his love of skiing. He represented Australia at his first Paralympics, aged 14, in 1988, retired briefly in the 90s, then returned to win a clean sweep of all events in his class at the 2002 winter Games. In 2006, his family and his partner Penny were there for one more Games and some more Milto magic on the slopes.

Michael Milton went retro in his final race at the winter Paralympics

Bringing the curtain down on a long and successful career, in his last ever race that the winter Paralympics, Michael Milton wore the Australian team race suit from the 1994 winter Paralympics, when he won a gold, a silver and two bronze medals and became the first Australian to win a medal in every alpine skiing event at the same Games. The Torino winter Paralympics had been a tough competition for Milton but he had achieved his goal of winning a medal and was ready to move on with his life.

Slalom is the final event on the alpine skiing program and conditions were tough

Nick Watts competes in the final event on the alpine skiing program, the slalom, at the Torino winter Paralympics. Although Watts was a single leg skier, he competed with a prosthesis on his left leg after lots of experimentation, because the lower leg kept ‘getting in the way’ when he skied on a single leg. Conditions were tough for the slalom, making it difficult to differentiate between snow and sky.

Key sponsors and supporters got a firsthand experience of the Games

For the 2000 Sydney Paralympics and since, the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) sought to engage key sponsors and other supporters with the Australian team during the Games, to promote an understanding of the Games themselves and of the Australian team and its athletes. At the Torino winter Paralympics the sponsors and supporters group stayed near the Games’ venues in Sestriere and had a number of opportunities to interact with the athletes and team staff. The group included Ron Finneran and Steve Gibb from the APC’s program partner Disabled Wintersport Australia, Peter and Marion Evans (Toyota), Ross Cunningham (Star City), Kim and Judith Clifford (Thredbo Resorts), Belinda Green and Steve Mason (Desert Duel fundraiser organisers), John and Susie Croll (Media Monitors), Anthony Fanning (Healthe) and promotional competition winners Brian and Samuel Hardaker. The group was led by APC Board members Joyce Parzsos, Steve Loader and Justin Holdforth. Most of the group had been or were to become long term supporters of the APC and the Paralympic movement.

And James Millar became Australia’s first competitor in biathlon

At the Torino winter Paralympics, James Millar was the first Australian cross country competitor since the 1984 winter Games. He also became Australia’s first competitor in the biathlon. Biathlon is a sport where athletes complete circuits of a cross country course and, between each circuit, shoot at targets. It combines the fitness of cross country skiing and the ability to slow the heart rate and steady to aim at the targets. Biathlon is based on the supposed demands on soldiers in a winter environment.

The coach coached

Australian team head coach Steve Graham discusses the line to take on the course with alpine skier Dean Calabrese at the Torino winter Paralympics.

Of course, there were fireworks

The closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics ended in the traditional way – with fireworks.

The crowds lined the streets of Torino

The closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics began with a parade through the streets of Torino (Turin). The locals turned out in numbers to watch the end of a month of Olympic and Paralympic sport.

Time to hand over to the next generation (of one legged skiers)

Michael Milton, who had won his last medal, was selected to carry the Australian flag for the closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics. However, Milton asked that Toby Kane, who had won his first medal in Torino, carry the flag. It was a symbolic handing over to the new generation of skiers. Like Milton, Kane is a one legged skier.

It was the end of a long journey for Milto and his family

Born into a skiing family, Michael Milton starting skiing from the time he could walk. Losing his leg to cancer aged nine, didn’t stop his love of skiing. He represented Australia at his first Paralympics, aged 14, in 1988, retired briefly in the 90s, then returned to win a clean sweep of all events in his class at the 2002 winter Games. In 2006, his family and his partner Penny were there for one more Games and some more Milto magic on the slopes.

Michael Milton went retro in his final race at the winter Paralympics

Bringing the curtain down on a long and successful career, in his last ever race that the winter Paralympics, Michael Milton wore the Australian team race suit from the 1994 winter Paralympics, when he won a gold, a silver and two bronze medals and became the first Australian to win a medal in every alpine skiing event at the same Games. The Torino winter Paralympics had been a tough competition for Milton but he had achieved his goal of winning a medal and was ready to move on with his life.

Slalom is the final event on the alpine skiing program and conditions were tough

Nick Watts competes in the final event on the alpine skiing program, the slalom, at the Torino winter Paralympics. Although Watts was a single leg skier, he competed with a prosthesis on his left leg after lots of experimentation, because the lower leg kept ‘getting in the way’ when he skied on a single leg. Conditions were tough for the slalom, making it difficult to differentiate between snow and sky.

Key sponsors and supporters got a firsthand experience of the Games

For the 2000 Sydney Paralympics and since, the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) sought to engage key sponsors and other supporters with the Australian team during the Games, to promote an understanding of the Games themselves and of the Australian team and its athletes. At the Torino winter Paralympics the sponsors and supporters group stayed near the Games’ venues in Sestriere and had a number of opportunities to interact with the athletes and team staff. The group included Ron Finneran and Steve Gibb from the APC’s program partner Disabled Wintersport Australia, Peter and Marion Evans (Toyota), Ross Cunningham (Star City), Kim and Judith Clifford (Thredbo Resorts), Belinda Green and Steve Mason (Desert Duel fundraiser organisers), John and Susie Croll (Media Monitors), Anthony Fanning (Healthe) and promotional competition winners Brian and Samuel Hardaker. The group was led by APC Board members Joyce Parzsos, Steve Loader and Justin Holdforth. Most of the group had been or were to become long term supporters of the APC and the Paralympic movement.

And James Millar became Australia’s first competitor in biathlon

At the Torino winter Paralympics, James Millar was the first Australian cross country competitor since the 1984 winter Games. He also became Australia’s first competitor in the biathlon. Biathlon is a sport where athletes complete circuits of a cross country course and, between each circuit, shoot at targets. It combines the fitness of cross country skiing and the ability to slow the heart rate and steady to aim at the targets. Biathlon is based on the supposed demands on soldiers in a winter environment.

The coach coached

Australian team head coach Steve Graham discusses the line to take on the course with alpine skier Dean Calabrese at the Torino winter Paralympics.

Of course, there were fireworks

The closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics ended in the traditional way – with fireworks.

The crowds lined the streets of Torino

The closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics began with a parade through the streets of Torino (Turin). The locals turned out in numbers to watch the end of a month of Olympic and Paralympic sport.

Time to hand over to the next generation (of one legged skiers)

Michael Milton, who had won his last medal, was selected to carry the Australian flag for the closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics. However, Milton asked that Toby Kane, who had won his first medal in Torino, carry the flag. It was a symbolic handing over to the new generation of skiers. Like Milton, Kane is a one legged skier.

It was the end of a long journey for Milto and his family

Born into a skiing family, Michael Milton starting skiing from the time he could walk. Losing his leg to cancer aged nine, didn’t stop his love of skiing. He represented Australia at his first Paralympics, aged 14, in 1988, retired briefly in the 90s, then returned to win a clean sweep of all events in his class at the 2002 winter Games. In 2006, his family and his partner Penny were there for one more Games and some more Milto magic on the slopes.

Michael Milton went retro in his final race at the winter Paralympics

Bringing the curtain down on a long and successful career, in his last ever race that the winter Paralympics, Michael Milton wore the Australian team race suit from the 1994 winter Paralympics, when he won a gold, a silver and two bronze medals and became the first Australian to win a medal in every alpine skiing event at the same Games. The Torino winter Paralympics had been a tough competition for Milton but he had achieved his goal of winning a medal and was ready to move on with his life.

Slalom is the final event on the alpine skiing program and conditions were tough

Nick Watts competes in the final event on the alpine skiing program, the slalom, at the Torino winter Paralympics. Although Watts was a single leg skier, he competed with a prosthesis on his left leg after lots of experimentation, because the lower leg kept ‘getting in the way’ when he skied on a single leg. Conditions were tough for the slalom, making it difficult to differentiate between snow and sky.

Key sponsors and supporters got a firsthand experience of the Games

For the 2000 Sydney Paralympics and since, the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) sought to engage key sponsors and other supporters with the Australian team during the Games, to promote an understanding of the Games themselves and of the Australian team and its athletes. At the Torino winter Paralympics the sponsors and supporters group stayed near the Games’ venues in Sestriere and had a number of opportunities to interact with the athletes and team staff. The group included Ron Finneran and Steve Gibb from the APC’s program partner Disabled Wintersport Australia, Peter and Marion Evans (Toyota), Ross Cunningham (Star City), Kim and Judith Clifford (Thredbo Resorts), Belinda Green and Steve Mason (Desert Duel fundraiser organisers), John and Susie Croll (Media Monitors), Anthony Fanning (Healthe) and promotional competition winners Brian and Samuel Hardaker. The group was led by APC Board members Joyce Parzsos, Steve Loader and Justin Holdforth. Most of the group had been or were to become long term supporters of the APC and the Paralympic movement.

And James Millar became Australia’s first competitor in biathlon

At the Torino winter Paralympics, James Millar was the first Australian cross country competitor since the 1984 winter Games. He also became Australia’s first competitor in the biathlon. Biathlon is a sport where athletes complete circuits of a cross country course and, between each circuit, shoot at targets. It combines the fitness of cross country skiing and the ability to slow the heart rate and steady to aim at the targets. Biathlon is based on the supposed demands on soldiers in a winter environment.

The coach coached

Australian team head coach Steve Graham discusses the line to take on the course with alpine skier Dean Calabrese at the Torino winter Paralympics.

Of course, there were fireworks

The closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics ended in the traditional way – with fireworks.

The crowds lined the streets of Torino

The closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics began with a parade through the streets of Torino (Turin). The locals turned out in numbers to watch the end of a month of Olympic and Paralympic sport.

Time to hand over to the next generation (of one legged skiers)

Michael Milton, who had won his last medal, was selected to carry the Australian flag for the closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics. However, Milton asked that Toby Kane, who had won his first medal in Torino, carry the flag. It was a symbolic handing over to the new generation of skiers. Like Milton, Kane is a one legged skier.

It was the end of a long journey for Milto and his family

Born into a skiing family, Michael Milton starting skiing from the time he could walk. Losing his leg to cancer aged nine, didn’t stop his love of skiing. He represented Australia at his first Paralympics, aged 14, in 1988, retired briefly in the 90s, then returned to win a clean sweep of all events in his class at the 2002 winter Games. In 2006, his family and his partner Penny were there for one more Games and some more Milto magic on the slopes.

Michael Milton went retro in his final race at the winter Paralympics

Bringing the curtain down on a long and successful career, in his last ever race that the winter Paralympics, Michael Milton wore the Australian team race suit from the 1994 winter Paralympics, when he won a gold, a silver and two bronze medals and became the first Australian to win a medal in every alpine skiing event at the same Games. The Torino winter Paralympics had been a tough competition for Milton but he had achieved his goal of winning a medal and was ready to move on with his life.

Slalom is the final event on the alpine skiing program and conditions were tough

Nick Watts competes in the final event on the alpine skiing program, the slalom, at the Torino winter Paralympics. Although Watts was a single leg skier, he competed with a prosthesis on his left leg after lots of experimentation, because the lower leg kept ‘getting in the way’ when he skied on a single leg. Conditions were tough for the slalom, making it difficult to differentiate between snow and sky.

Key sponsors and supporters got a firsthand experience of the Games

For the 2000 Sydney Paralympics and since, the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) sought to engage key sponsors and other supporters with the Australian team during the Games, to promote an understanding of the Games themselves and of the Australian team and its athletes. At the Torino winter Paralympics the sponsors and supporters group stayed near the Games’ venues in Sestriere and had a number of opportunities to interact with the athletes and team staff. The group included Ron Finneran and Steve Gibb from the APC’s program partner Disabled Wintersport Australia, Peter and Marion Evans (Toyota), Ross Cunningham (Star City), Kim and Judith Clifford (Thredbo Resorts), Belinda Green and Steve Mason (Desert Duel fundraiser organisers), John and Susie Croll (Media Monitors), Anthony Fanning (Healthe) and promotional competition winners Brian and Samuel Hardaker. The group was led by APC Board members Joyce Parzsos, Steve Loader and Justin Holdforth. Most of the group had been or were to become long term supporters of the APC and the Paralympic movement.

And James Millar became Australia’s first competitor in biathlon

At the Torino winter Paralympics, James Millar was the first Australian cross country competitor since the 1984 winter Games. He also became Australia’s first competitor in the biathlon. Biathlon is a sport where athletes complete circuits of a cross country course and, between each circuit, shoot at targets. It combines the fitness of cross country skiing and the ability to slow the heart rate and steady to aim at the targets. Biathlon is based on the supposed demands on soldiers in a winter environment.

The coach coached

Australian team head coach Steve Graham discusses the line to take on the course with alpine skier Dean Calabrese at the Torino winter Paralympics.

Of course, there were fireworks

The closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics ended in the traditional way – with fireworks.

The crowds lined the streets of Torino

The closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics began with a parade through the streets of Torino (Turin). The locals turned out in numbers to watch the end of a month of Olympic and Paralympic sport.

Time to hand over to the next generation (of one legged skiers)

Michael Milton, who had won his last medal, was selected to carry the Australian flag for the closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics. However, Milton asked that Toby Kane, who had won his first medal in Torino, carry the flag. It was a symbolic handing over to the new generation of skiers. Like Milton, Kane is a one legged skier.

It was the end of a long journey for Milto and his family

Born into a skiing family, Michael Milton starting skiing from the time he could walk. Losing his leg to cancer aged nine, didn’t stop his love of skiing. He represented Australia at his first Paralympics, aged 14, in 1988, retired briefly in the 90s, then returned to win a clean sweep of all events in his class at the 2002 winter Games. In 2006, his family and his partner Penny were there for one more Games and some more Milto magic on the slopes.

Michael Milton went retro in his final race at the winter Paralympics

Bringing the curtain down on a long and successful career, in his last ever race that the winter Paralympics, Michael Milton wore the Australian team race suit from the 1994 winter Paralympics, when he won a gold, a silver and two bronze medals and became the first Australian to win a medal in every alpine skiing event at the same Games. The Torino winter Paralympics had been a tough competition for Milton but he had achieved his goal of winning a medal and was ready to move on with his life.

Slalom is the final event on the alpine skiing program and conditions were tough

Nick Watts competes in the final event on the alpine skiing program, the slalom, at the Torino winter Paralympics. Although Watts was a single leg skier, he competed with a prosthesis on his left leg after lots of experimentation, because the lower leg kept ‘getting in the way’ when he skied on a single leg. Conditions were tough for the slalom, making it difficult to differentiate between snow and sky.

Key sponsors and supporters got a firsthand experience of the Games

For the 2000 Sydney Paralympics and since, the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) sought to engage key sponsors and other supporters with the Australian team during the Games, to promote an understanding of the Games themselves and of the Australian team and its athletes. At the Torino winter Paralympics the sponsors and supporters group stayed near the Games’ venues in Sestriere and had a number of opportunities to interact with the athletes and team staff. The group included Ron Finneran and Steve Gibb from the APC’s program partner Disabled Wintersport Australia, Peter and Marion Evans (Toyota), Ross Cunningham (Star City), Kim and Judith Clifford (Thredbo Resorts), Belinda Green and Steve Mason (Desert Duel fundraiser organisers), John and Susie Croll (Media Monitors), Anthony Fanning (Healthe) and promotional competition winners Brian and Samuel Hardaker. The group was led by APC Board members Joyce Parzsos, Steve Loader and Justin Holdforth. Most of the group had been or were to become long term supporters of the APC and the Paralympic movement.

And James Millar became Australia’s first competitor in biathlon

At the Torino winter Paralympics, James Millar was the first Australian cross country competitor since the 1984 winter Games. He also became Australia’s first competitor in the biathlon. Biathlon is a sport where athletes complete circuits of a cross country course and, between each circuit, shoot at targets. It combines the fitness of cross country skiing and the ability to slow the heart rate and steady to aim at the targets. Biathlon is based on the supposed demands on soldiers in a winter environment.

The coach coached

Australian team head coach Steve Graham discusses the line to take on the course with alpine skier Dean Calabrese at the Torino winter Paralympics.

Of course, there were fireworks

The closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics ended in the traditional way – with fireworks.

The crowds lined the streets of Torino

The closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics began with a parade through the streets of Torino (Turin). The locals turned out in numbers to watch the end of a month of Olympic and Paralympic sport.

Time to hand over to the next generation (of one legged skiers)

Michael Milton, who had won his last medal, was selected to carry the Australian flag for the closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics. However, Milton asked that Toby Kane, who had won his first medal in Torino, carry the flag. It was a symbolic handing over to the new generation of skiers. Like Milton, Kane is a one legged skier.

It was the end of a long journey for Milto and his family

Born into a skiing family, Michael Milton starting skiing from the time he could walk. Losing his leg to cancer aged nine, didn’t stop his love of skiing. He represented Australia at his first Paralympics, aged 14, in 1988, retired briefly in the 90s, then returned to win a clean sweep of all events in his class at the 2002 winter Games. In 2006, his family and his partner Penny were there for one more Games and some more Milto magic on the slopes.

Michael Milton went retro in his final race at the winter Paralympics

Bringing the curtain down on a long and successful career, in his last ever race that the winter Paralympics, Michael Milton wore the Australian team race suit from the 1994 winter Paralympics, when he won a gold, a silver and two bronze medals and became the first Australian to win a medal in every alpine skiing event at the same Games. The Torino winter Paralympics had been a tough competition for Milton but he had achieved his goal of winning a medal and was ready to move on with his life.

Slalom is the final event on the alpine skiing program and conditions were tough

Nick Watts competes in the final event on the alpine skiing program, the slalom, at the Torino winter Paralympics. Although Watts was a single leg skier, he competed with a prosthesis on his left leg after lots of experimentation, because the lower leg kept ‘getting in the way’ when he skied on a single leg. Conditions were tough for the slalom, making it difficult to differentiate between snow and sky.

Key sponsors and supporters got a firsthand experience of the Games

For the 2000 Sydney Paralympics and since, the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) sought to engage key sponsors and other supporters with the Australian team during the Games, to promote an understanding of the Games themselves and of the Australian team and its athletes. At the Torino winter Paralympics the sponsors and supporters group stayed near the Games’ venues in Sestriere and had a number of opportunities to interact with the athletes and team staff. The group included Ron Finneran and Steve Gibb from the APC’s program partner Disabled Wintersport Australia, Peter and Marion Evans (Toyota), Ross Cunningham (Star City), Kim and Judith Clifford (Thredbo Resorts), Belinda Green and Steve Mason (Desert Duel fundraiser organisers), John and Susie Croll (Media Monitors), Anthony Fanning (Healthe) and promotional competition winners Brian and Samuel Hardaker. The group was led by APC Board members Joyce Parzsos, Steve Loader and Justin Holdforth. Most of the group had been or were to become long term supporters of the APC and the Paralympic movement.

And James Millar became Australia’s first competitor in biathlon

At the Torino winter Paralympics, James Millar was the first Australian cross country competitor since the 1984 winter Games. He also became Australia’s first competitor in the biathlon. Biathlon is a sport where athletes complete circuits of a cross country course and, between each circuit, shoot at targets. It combines the fitness of cross country skiing and the ability to slow the heart rate and steady to aim at the targets. Biathlon is based on the supposed demands on soldiers in a winter environment.

The coach coached

Australian team head coach Steve Graham discusses the line to take on the course with alpine skier Dean Calabrese at the Torino winter Paralympics.

Of course, there were fireworks

The closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics ended in the traditional way – with fireworks.

The crowds lined the streets of Torino

The closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics began with a parade through the streets of Torino (Turin). The locals turned out in numbers to watch the end of a month of Olympic and Paralympic sport.

Time to hand over to the next generation (of one legged skiers)

Michael Milton, who had won his last medal, was selected to carry the Australian flag for the closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics. However, Milton asked that Toby Kane, who had won his first medal in Torino, carry the flag. It was a symbolic handing over to the new generation of skiers. Like Milton, Kane is a one legged skier.

It was the end of a long journey for Milto and his family

Born into a skiing family, Michael Milton starting skiing from the time he could walk. Losing his leg to cancer aged nine, didn’t stop his love of skiing. He represented Australia at his first Paralympics, aged 14, in 1988, retired briefly in the 90s, then returned to win a clean sweep of all events in his class at the 2002 winter Games. In 2006, his family and his partner Penny were there for one more Games and some more Milto magic on the slopes.

Michael Milton went retro in his final race at the winter Paralympics

Bringing the curtain down on a long and successful career, in his last ever race that the winter Paralympics, Michael Milton wore the Australian team race suit from the 1994 winter Paralympics, when he won a gold, a silver and two bronze medals and became the first Australian to win a medal in every alpine skiing event at the same Games. The Torino winter Paralympics had been a tough competition for Milton but he had achieved his goal of winning a medal and was ready to move on with his life.

Slalom is the final event on the alpine skiing program and conditions were tough

Nick Watts competes in the final event on the alpine skiing program, the slalom, at the Torino winter Paralympics. Although Watts was a single leg skier, he competed with a prosthesis on his left leg after lots of experimentation, because the lower leg kept ‘getting in the way’ when he skied on a single leg. Conditions were tough for the slalom, making it difficult to differentiate between snow and sky.

Key sponsors and supporters got a firsthand experience of the Games

For the 2000 Sydney Paralympics and since, the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) sought to engage key sponsors and other supporters with the Australian team during the Games, to promote an understanding of the Games themselves and of the Australian team and its athletes. At the Torino winter Paralympics the sponsors and supporters group stayed near the Games’ venues in Sestriere and had a number of opportunities to interact with the athletes and team staff. The group included Ron Finneran and Steve Gibb from the APC’s program partner Disabled Wintersport Australia, Peter and Marion Evans (Toyota), Ross Cunningham (Star City), Kim and Judith Clifford (Thredbo Resorts), Belinda Green and Steve Mason (Desert Duel fundraiser organisers), John and Susie Croll (Media Monitors), Anthony Fanning (Healthe) and promotional competition winners Brian and Samuel Hardaker. The group was led by APC Board members Joyce Parzsos, Steve Loader and Justin Holdforth. Most of the group had been or were to become long term supporters of the APC and the Paralympic movement.

And James Millar became Australia’s first competitor in biathlon

At the Torino winter Paralympics, James Millar was the first Australian cross country competitor since the 1984 winter Games. He also became Australia’s first competitor in the biathlon. Biathlon is a sport where athletes complete circuits of a cross country course and, between each circuit, shoot at targets. It combines the fitness of cross country skiing and the ability to slow the heart rate and steady to aim at the targets. Biathlon is based on the supposed demands on soldiers in a winter environment.

The coach coached

Australian team head coach Steve Graham discusses the line to take on the course with alpine skier Dean Calabrese at the Torino winter Paralympics.

Of course, there were fireworks

The closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics ended in the traditional way – with fireworks.

The crowds lined the streets of Torino

The closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics began with a parade through the streets of Torino (Turin). The locals turned out in numbers to watch the end of a month of Olympic and Paralympic sport.

Time to hand over to the next generation (of one legged skiers)

Michael Milton, who had won his last medal, was selected to carry the Australian flag for the closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics. However, Milton asked that Toby Kane, who had won his first medal in Torino, carry the flag. It was a symbolic handing over to the new generation of skiers. Like Milton, Kane is a one legged skier.

It was the end of a long journey for Milto and his family

Born into a skiing family, Michael Milton starting skiing from the time he could walk. Losing his leg to cancer aged nine, didn’t stop his love of skiing. He represented Australia at his first Paralympics, aged 14, in 1988, retired briefly in the 90s, then returned to win a clean sweep of all events in his class at the 2002 winter Games. In 2006, his family and his partner Penny were there for one more Games and some more Milto magic on the slopes.

Michael Milton went retro in his final race at the winter Paralympics

Bringing the curtain down on a long and successful career, in his last ever race that the winter Paralympics, Michael Milton wore the Australian team race suit from the 1994 winter Paralympics, when he won a gold, a silver and two bronze medals and became the first Australian to win a medal in every alpine skiing event at the same Games. The Torino winter Paralympics had been a tough competition for Milton but he had achieved his goal of winning a medal and was ready to move on with his life.

Slalom is the final event on the alpine skiing program and conditions were tough

Nick Watts competes in the final event on the alpine skiing program, the slalom, at the Torino winter Paralympics. Although Watts was a single leg skier, he competed with a prosthesis on his left leg after lots of experimentation, because the lower leg kept ‘getting in the way’ when he skied on a single leg. Conditions were tough for the slalom, making it difficult to differentiate between snow and sky.

Key sponsors and supporters got a firsthand experience of the Games

For the 2000 Sydney Paralympics and since, the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) sought to engage key sponsors and other supporters with the Australian team during the Games, to promote an understanding of the Games themselves and of the Australian team and its athletes. At the Torino winter Paralympics the sponsors and supporters group stayed near the Games’ venues in Sestriere and had a number of opportunities to interact with the athletes and team staff. The group included Ron Finneran and Steve Gibb from the APC’s program partner Disabled Wintersport Australia, Peter and Marion Evans (Toyota), Ross Cunningham (Star City), Kim and Judith Clifford (Thredbo Resorts), Belinda Green and Steve Mason (Desert Duel fundraiser organisers), John and Susie Croll (Media Monitors), Anthony Fanning (Healthe) and promotional competition winners Brian and Samuel Hardaker. The group was led by APC Board members Joyce Parzsos, Steve Loader and Justin Holdforth. Most of the group had been or were to become long term supporters of the APC and the Paralympic movement.

And James Millar became Australia’s first competitor in biathlon

At the Torino winter Paralympics, James Millar was the first Australian cross country competitor since the 1984 winter Games. He also became Australia’s first competitor in the biathlon. Biathlon is a sport where athletes complete circuits of a cross country course and, between each circuit, shoot at targets. It combines the fitness of cross country skiing and the ability to slow the heart rate and steady to aim at the targets. Biathlon is based on the supposed demands on soldiers in a winter environment.

The coach coached

Australian team head coach Steve Graham discusses the line to take on the course with alpine skier Dean Calabrese at the Torino winter Paralympics.

Of course, there were fireworks

The closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics ended in the traditional way – with fireworks.

The crowds lined the streets of Torino

The closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics began with a parade through the streets of Torino (Turin). The locals turned out in numbers to watch the end of a month of Olympic and Paralympic sport.

Time to hand over to the next generation (of one legged skiers)

Michael Milton, who had won his last medal, was selected to carry the Australian flag for the closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics. However, Milton asked that Toby Kane, who had won his first medal in Torino, carry the flag. It was a symbolic handing over to the new generation of skiers. Like Milton, Kane is a one legged skier.

It was the end of a long journey for Milto and his family

Born into a skiing family, Michael Milton starting skiing from the time he could walk. Losing his leg to cancer aged nine, didn’t stop his love of skiing. He represented Australia at his first Paralympics, aged 14, in 1988, retired briefly in the 90s, then returned to win a clean sweep of all events in his class at the 2002 winter Games. In 2006, his family and his partner Penny were there for one more Games and some more Milto magic on the slopes.

Michael Milton went retro in his final race at the winter Paralympics

Bringing the curtain down on a long and successful career, in his last ever race that the winter Paralympics, Michael Milton wore the Australian team race suit from the 1994 winter Paralympics, when he won a gold, a silver and two bronze medals and became the first Australian to win a medal in every alpine skiing event at the same Games. The Torino winter Paralympics had been a tough competition for Milton but he had achieved his goal of winning a medal and was ready to move on with his life.

Slalom is the final event on the alpine skiing program and conditions were tough

Nick Watts competes in the final event on the alpine skiing program, the slalom, at the Torino winter Paralympics. Although Watts was a single leg skier, he competed with a prosthesis on his left leg after lots of experimentation, because the lower leg kept ‘getting in the way’ when he skied on a single leg. Conditions were tough for the slalom, making it difficult to differentiate between snow and sky.

Key sponsors and supporters got a firsthand experience of the Games

For the 2000 Sydney Paralympics and since, the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) sought to engage key sponsors and other supporters with the Australian team during the Games, to promote an understanding of the Games themselves and of the Australian team and its athletes. At the Torino winter Paralympics the sponsors and supporters group stayed near the Games’ venues in Sestriere and had a number of opportunities to interact with the athletes and team staff. The group included Ron Finneran and Steve Gibb from the APC’s program partner Disabled Wintersport Australia, Peter and Marion Evans (Toyota), Ross Cunningham (Star City), Kim and Judith Clifford (Thredbo Resorts), Belinda Green and Steve Mason (Desert Duel fundraiser organisers), John and Susie Croll (Media Monitors), Anthony Fanning (Healthe) and promotional competition winners Brian and Samuel Hardaker. The group was led by APC Board members Joyce Parzsos, Steve Loader and Justin Holdforth. Most of the group had been or were to become long term supporters of the APC and the Paralympic movement.

And James Millar became Australia’s first competitor in biathlon

At the Torino winter Paralympics, James Millar was the first Australian cross country competitor since the 1984 winter Games. He also became Australia’s first competitor in the biathlon. Biathlon is a sport where athletes complete circuits of a cross country course and, between each circuit, shoot at targets. It combines the fitness of cross country skiing and the ability to slow the heart rate and steady to aim at the targets. Biathlon is based on the supposed demands on soldiers in a winter environment.

The coach coached

Australian team head coach Steve Graham discusses the line to take on the course with alpine skier Dean Calabrese at the Torino winter Paralympics.

Of course, there were fireworks

The closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics ended in the traditional way – with fireworks.

The crowds lined the streets of Torino

The closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics began with a parade through the streets of Torino (Turin). The locals turned out in numbers to watch the end of a month of Olympic and Paralympic sport.

Time to hand over to the next generation (of one legged skiers)

Michael Milton, who had won his last medal, was selected to carry the Australian flag for the closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics. However, Milton asked that Toby Kane, who had won his first medal in Torino, carry the flag. It was a symbolic handing over to the new generation of skiers. Like Milton, Kane is a one legged skier.

It was the end of a long journey for Milto and his family

Born into a skiing family, Michael Milton starting skiing from the time he could walk. Losing his leg to cancer aged nine, didn’t stop his love of skiing. He represented Australia at his first Paralympics, aged 14, in 1988, retired briefly in the 90s, then returned to win a clean sweep of all events in his class at the 2002 winter Games. In 2006, his family and his partner Penny were there for one more Games and some more Milto magic on the slopes.

Michael Milton went retro in his final race at the winter Paralympics

Bringing the curtain down on a long and successful career, in his last ever race that the winter Paralympics, Michael Milton wore the Australian team race suit from the 1994 winter Paralympics, when he won a gold, a silver and two bronze medals and became the first Australian to win a medal in every alpine skiing event at the same Games. The Torino winter Paralympics had been a tough competition for Milton but he had achieved his goal of winning a medal and was ready to move on with his life.

Slalom is the final event on the alpine skiing program and conditions were tough

Nick Watts competes in the final event on the alpine skiing program, the slalom, at the Torino winter Paralympics. Although Watts was a single leg skier, he competed with a prosthesis on his left leg after lots of experimentation, because the lower leg kept ‘getting in the way’ when he skied on a single leg. Conditions were tough for the slalom, making it difficult to differentiate between snow and sky.

Key sponsors and supporters got a firsthand experience of the Games

For the 2000 Sydney Paralympics and since, the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) sought to engage key sponsors and other supporters with the Australian team during the Games, to promote an understanding of the Games themselves and of the Australian team and its athletes. At the Torino winter Paralympics the sponsors and supporters group stayed near the Games’ venues in Sestriere and had a number of opportunities to interact with the athletes and team staff. The group included Ron Finneran and Steve Gibb from the APC’s program partner Disabled Wintersport Australia, Peter and Marion Evans (Toyota), Ross Cunningham (Star City), Kim and Judith Clifford (Thredbo Resorts), Belinda Green and Steve Mason (Desert Duel fundraiser organisers), John and Susie Croll (Media Monitors), Anthony Fanning (Healthe) and promotional competition winners Brian and Samuel Hardaker. The group was led by APC Board members Joyce Parzsos, Steve Loader and Justin Holdforth. Most of the group had been or were to become long term supporters of the APC and the Paralympic movement.

And James Millar became Australia’s first competitor in biathlon

At the Torino winter Paralympics, James Millar was the first Australian cross country competitor since the 1984 winter Games. He also became Australia’s first competitor in the biathlon. Biathlon is a sport where athletes complete circuits of a cross country course and, between each circuit, shoot at targets. It combines the fitness of cross country skiing and the ability to slow the heart rate and steady to aim at the targets. Biathlon is based on the supposed demands on soldiers in a winter environment.

The coach coached

Australian team head coach Steve Graham discusses the line to take on the course with alpine skier Dean Calabrese at the Torino winter Paralympics.

Of course, there were fireworks

The closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics ended in the traditional way – with fireworks.

The crowds lined the streets of Torino

The closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics began with a parade through the streets of Torino (Turin). The locals turned out in numbers to watch the end of a month of Olympic and Paralympic sport.

Time to hand over to the next generation (of one legged skiers)

Michael Milton, who had won his last medal, was selected to carry the Australian flag for the closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics. However, Milton asked that Toby Kane, who had won his first medal in Torino, carry the flag. It was a symbolic handing over to the new generation of skiers. Like Milton, Kane is a one legged skier.

It was the end of a long journey for Milto and his family

Born into a skiing family, Michael Milton starting skiing from the time he could walk. Losing his leg to cancer aged nine, didn’t stop his love of skiing. He represented Australia at his first Paralympics, aged 14, in 1988, retired briefly in the 90s, then returned to win a clean sweep of all events in his class at the 2002 winter Games. In 2006, his family and his partner Penny were there for one more Games and some more Milto magic on the slopes.

Michael Milton went retro in his final race at the winter Paralympics

Bringing the curtain down on a long and successful career, in his last ever race that the winter Paralympics, Michael Milton wore the Australian team race suit from the 1994 winter Paralympics, when he won a gold, a silver and two bronze medals and became the first Australian to win a medal in every alpine skiing event at the same Games. The Torino winter Paralympics had been a tough competition for Milton but he had achieved his goal of winning a medal and was ready to move on with his life.

Slalom is the final event on the alpine skiing program and conditions were tough

Nick Watts competes in the final event on the alpine skiing program, the slalom, at the Torino winter Paralympics. Although Watts was a single leg skier, he competed with a prosthesis on his left leg after lots of experimentation, because the lower leg kept ‘getting in the way’ when he skied on a single leg. Conditions were tough for the slalom, making it difficult to differentiate between snow and sky.

Key sponsors and supporters got a firsthand experience of the Games

For the 2000 Sydney Paralympics and since, the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) sought to engage key sponsors and other supporters with the Australian team during the Games, to promote an understanding of the Games themselves and of the Australian team and its athletes. At the Torino winter Paralympics the sponsors and supporters group stayed near the Games’ venues in Sestriere and had a number of opportunities to interact with the athletes and team staff. The group included Ron Finneran and Steve Gibb from the APC’s program partner Disabled Wintersport Australia, Peter and Marion Evans (Toyota), Ross Cunningham (Star City), Kim and Judith Clifford (Thredbo Resorts), Belinda Green and Steve Mason (Desert Duel fundraiser organisers), John and Susie Croll (Media Monitors), Anthony Fanning (Healthe) and promotional competition winners Brian and Samuel Hardaker. The group was led by APC Board members Joyce Parzsos, Steve Loader and Justin Holdforth. Most of the group had been or were to become long term supporters of the APC and the Paralympic movement.

And James Millar became Australia’s first competitor in biathlon

At the Torino winter Paralympics, James Millar was the first Australian cross country competitor since the 1984 winter Games. He also became Australia’s first competitor in the biathlon. Biathlon is a sport where athletes complete circuits of a cross country course and, between each circuit, shoot at targets. It combines the fitness of cross country skiing and the ability to slow the heart rate and steady to aim at the targets. Biathlon is based on the supposed demands on soldiers in a winter environment.

The coach coached

Australian team head coach Steve Graham discusses the line to take on the course with alpine skier Dean Calabrese at the Torino winter Paralympics.

Of course, there were fireworks

The closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics ended in the traditional way – with fireworks.

The crowds lined the streets of Torino

The closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics began with a parade through the streets of Torino (Turin). The locals turned out in numbers to watch the end of a month of Olympic and Paralympic sport.

Time to hand over to the next generation (of one legged skiers)

Michael Milton, who had won his last medal, was selected to carry the Australian flag for the closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics. However, Milton asked that Toby Kane, who had won his first medal in Torino, carry the flag. It was a symbolic handing over to the new generation of skiers. Like Milton, Kane is a one legged skier.

It was the end of a long journey for Milto and his family

Born into a skiing family, Michael Milton starting skiing from the time he could walk. Losing his leg to cancer aged nine, didn’t stop his love of skiing. He represented Australia at his first Paralympics, aged 14, in 1988, retired briefly in the 90s, then returned to win a clean sweep of all events in his class at the 2002 winter Games. In 2006, his family and his partner Penny were there for one more Games and some more Milto magic on the slopes.

Michael Milton went retro in his final race at the winter Paralympics

Bringing the curtain down on a long and successful career, in his last ever race that the winter Paralympics, Michael Milton wore the Australian team race suit from the 1994 winter Paralympics, when he won a gold, a silver and two bronze medals and became the first Australian to win a medal in every alpine skiing event at the same Games. The Torino winter Paralympics had been a tough competition for Milton but he had achieved his goal of winning a medal and was ready to move on with his life.

Slalom is the final event on the alpine skiing program and conditions were tough

Nick Watts competes in the final event on the alpine skiing program, the slalom, at the Torino winter Paralympics. Although Watts was a single leg skier, he competed with a prosthesis on his left leg after lots of experimentation, because the lower leg kept ‘getting in the way’ when he skied on a single leg. Conditions were tough for the slalom, making it difficult to differentiate between snow and sky.

Key sponsors and supporters got a firsthand experience of the Games

For the 2000 Sydney Paralympics and since, the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) sought to engage key sponsors and other supporters with the Australian team during the Games, to promote an understanding of the Games themselves and of the Australian team and its athletes. At the Torino winter Paralympics the sponsors and supporters group stayed near the Games’ venues in Sestriere and had a number of opportunities to interact with the athletes and team staff. The group included Ron Finneran and Steve Gibb from the APC’s program partner Disabled Wintersport Australia, Peter and Marion Evans (Toyota), Ross Cunningham (Star City), Kim and Judith Clifford (Thredbo Resorts), Belinda Green and Steve Mason (Desert Duel fundraiser organisers), John and Susie Croll (Media Monitors), Anthony Fanning (Healthe) and promotional competition winners Brian and Samuel Hardaker. The group was led by APC Board members Joyce Parzsos, Steve Loader and Justin Holdforth. Most of the group had been or were to become long term supporters of the APC and the Paralympic movement.

And James Millar became Australia’s first competitor in biathlon

At the Torino winter Paralympics, James Millar was the first Australian cross country competitor since the 1984 winter Games. He also became Australia’s first competitor in the biathlon. Biathlon is a sport where athletes complete circuits of a cross country course and, between each circuit, shoot at targets. It combines the fitness of cross country skiing and the ability to slow the heart rate and steady to aim at the targets. Biathlon is based on the supposed demands on soldiers in a winter environment.

The coach coached

Australian team head coach Steve Graham discusses the line to take on the course with alpine skier Dean Calabrese at the Torino winter Paralympics.

Of course, there were fireworks

The closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics ended in the traditional way – with fireworks.

The crowds lined the streets of Torino

The closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics began with a parade through the streets of Torino (Turin). The locals turned out in numbers to watch the end of a month of Olympic and Paralympic sport.

Time to hand over to the next generation (of one legged skiers)

Michael Milton, who had won his last medal, was selected to carry the Australian flag for the closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics. However, Milton asked that Toby Kane, who had won his first medal in Torino, carry the flag. It was a symbolic handing over to the new generation of skiers. Like Milton, Kane is a one legged skier.

It was the end of a long journey for Milto and his family

Born into a skiing family, Michael Milton starting skiing from the time he could walk. Losing his leg to cancer aged nine, didn’t stop his love of skiing. He represented Australia at his first Paralympics, aged 14, in 1988, retired briefly in the 90s, then returned to win a clean sweep of all events in his class at the 2002 winter Games. In 2006, his family and his partner Penny were there for one more Games and some more Milto magic on the slopes.

Michael Milton went retro in his final race at the winter Paralympics

Bringing the curtain down on a long and successful career, in his last ever race that the winter Paralympics, Michael Milton wore the Australian team race suit from the 1994 winter Paralympics, when he won a gold, a silver and two bronze medals and became the first Australian to win a medal in every alpine skiing event at the same Games. The Torino winter Paralympics had been a tough competition for Milton but he had achieved his goal of winning a medal and was ready to move on with his life.

Slalom is the final event on the alpine skiing program and conditions were tough

Nick Watts competes in the final event on the alpine skiing program, the slalom, at the Torino winter Paralympics. Although Watts was a single leg skier, he competed with a prosthesis on his left leg after lots of experimentation, because the lower leg kept ‘getting in the way’ when he skied on a single leg. Conditions were tough for the slalom, making it difficult to differentiate between snow and sky.

Key sponsors and supporters got a firsthand experience of the Games

For the 2000 Sydney Paralympics and since, the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) sought to engage key sponsors and other supporters with the Australian team during the Games, to promote an understanding of the Games themselves and of the Australian team and its athletes. At the Torino winter Paralympics the sponsors and supporters group stayed near the Games’ venues in Sestriere and had a number of opportunities to interact with the athletes and team staff. The group included Ron Finneran and Steve Gibb from the APC’s program partner Disabled Wintersport Australia, Peter and Marion Evans (Toyota), Ross Cunningham (Star City), Kim and Judith Clifford (Thredbo Resorts), Belinda Green and Steve Mason (Desert Duel fundraiser organisers), John and Susie Croll (Media Monitors), Anthony Fanning (Healthe) and promotional competition winners Brian and Samuel Hardaker. The group was led by APC Board members Joyce Parzsos, Steve Loader and Justin Holdforth. Most of the group had been or were to become long term supporters of the APC and the Paralympic movement.

And James Millar became Australia’s first competitor in biathlon

At the Torino winter Paralympics, James Millar was the first Australian cross country competitor since the 1984 winter Games. He also became Australia’s first competitor in the biathlon. Biathlon is a sport where athletes complete circuits of a cross country course and, between each circuit, shoot at targets. It combines the fitness of cross country skiing and the ability to slow the heart rate and steady to aim at the targets. Biathlon is based on the supposed demands on soldiers in a winter environment.

The coach coached

Australian team head coach Steve Graham discusses the line to take on the course with alpine skier Dean Calabrese at the Torino winter Paralympics.

Of course, there were fireworks

The closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics ended in the traditional way – with fireworks.

The crowds lined the streets of Torino

The closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics began with a parade through the streets of Torino (Turin). The locals turned out in numbers to watch the end of a month of Olympic and Paralympic sport.

Time to hand over to the next generation (of one legged skiers)

Michael Milton, who had won his last medal, was selected to carry the Australian flag for the closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics. However, Milton asked that Toby Kane, who had won his first medal in Torino, carry the flag. It was a symbolic handing over to the new generation of skiers. Like Milton, Kane is a one legged skier.

It was the end of a long journey for Milto and his family

Born into a skiing family, Michael Milton starting skiing from the time he could walk. Losing his leg to cancer aged nine, didn’t stop his love of skiing. He represented Australia at his first Paralympics, aged 14, in 1988, retired briefly in the 90s, then returned to win a clean sweep of all events in his class at the 2002 winter Games. In 2006, his family and his partner Penny were there for one more Games and some more Milto magic on the slopes.

Michael Milton went retro in his final race at the winter Paralympics

Bringing the curtain down on a long and successful career, in his last ever race that the winter Paralympics, Michael Milton wore the Australian team race suit from the 1994 winter Paralympics, when he won a gold, a silver and two bronze medals and became the first Australian to win a medal in every alpine skiing event at the same Games. The Torino winter Paralympics had been a tough competition for Milton but he had achieved his goal of winning a medal and was ready to move on with his life.

Slalom is the final event on the alpine skiing program and conditions were tough

Nick Watts competes in the final event on the alpine skiing program, the slalom, at the Torino winter Paralympics. Although Watts was a single leg skier, he competed with a prosthesis on his left leg after lots of experimentation, because the lower leg kept ‘getting in the way’ when he skied on a single leg. Conditions were tough for the slalom, making it difficult to differentiate between snow and sky.

Key sponsors and supporters got a firsthand experience of the Games

For the 2000 Sydney Paralympics and since, the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) sought to engage key sponsors and other supporters with the Australian team during the Games, to promote an understanding of the Games themselves and of the Australian team and its athletes. At the Torino winter Paralympics the sponsors and supporters group stayed near the Games’ venues in Sestriere and had a number of opportunities to interact with the athletes and team staff. The group included Ron Finneran and Steve Gibb from the APC’s program partner Disabled Wintersport Australia, Peter and Marion Evans (Toyota), Ross Cunningham (Star City), Kim and Judith Clifford (Thredbo Resorts), Belinda Green and Steve Mason (Desert Duel fundraiser organisers), John and Susie Croll (Media Monitors), Anthony Fanning (Healthe) and promotional competition winners Brian and Samuel Hardaker. The group was led by APC Board members Joyce Parzsos, Steve Loader and Justin Holdforth. Most of the group had been or were to become long term supporters of the APC and the Paralympic movement.

And James Millar became Australia’s first competitor in biathlon

At the Torino winter Paralympics, James Millar was the first Australian cross country competitor since the 1984 winter Games. He also became Australia’s first competitor in the biathlon. Biathlon is a sport where athletes complete circuits of a cross country course and, between each circuit, shoot at targets. It combines the fitness of cross country skiing and the ability to slow the heart rate and steady to aim at the targets. Biathlon is based on the supposed demands on soldiers in a winter environment.

The coach coached

Australian team head coach Steve Graham discusses the line to take on the course with alpine skier Dean Calabrese at the Torino winter Paralympics.

Of course, there were fireworks

The closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics ended in the traditional way – with fireworks.

The crowds lined the streets of Torino

The closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics began with a parade through the streets of Torino (Turin). The locals turned out in numbers to watch the end of a month of Olympic and Paralympic sport.

Time to hand over to the next generation (of one legged skiers)

Michael Milton, who had won his last medal, was selected to carry the Australian flag for the closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics. However, Milton asked that Toby Kane, who had won his first medal in Torino, carry the flag. It was a symbolic handing over to the new generation of skiers. Like Milton, Kane is a one legged skier.

It was the end of a long journey for Milto and his family

Born into a skiing family, Michael Milton starting skiing from the time he could walk. Losing his leg to cancer aged nine, didn’t stop his love of skiing. He represented Australia at his first Paralympics, aged 14, in 1988, retired briefly in the 90s, then returned to win a clean sweep of all events in his class at the 2002 winter Games. In 2006, his family and his partner Penny were there for one more Games and some more Milto magic on the slopes.

Michael Milton went retro in his final race at the winter Paralympics

Bringing the curtain down on a long and successful career, in his last ever race that the winter Paralympics, Michael Milton wore the Australian team race suit from the 1994 winter Paralympics, when he won a gold, a silver and two bronze medals and became the first Australian to win a medal in every alpine skiing event at the same Games. The Torino winter Paralympics had been a tough competition for Milton but he had achieved his goal of winning a medal and was ready to move on with his life.

Slalom is the final event on the alpine skiing program and conditions were tough

Nick Watts competes in the final event on the alpine skiing program, the slalom, at the Torino winter Paralympics. Although Watts was a single leg skier, he competed with a prosthesis on his left leg after lots of experimentation, because the lower leg kept ‘getting in the way’ when he skied on a single leg. Conditions were tough for the slalom, making it difficult to differentiate between snow and sky.

Key sponsors and supporters got a firsthand experience of the Games

For the 2000 Sydney Paralympics and since, the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) sought to engage key sponsors and other supporters with the Australian team during the Games, to promote an understanding of the Games themselves and of the Australian team and its athletes. At the Torino winter Paralympics the sponsors and supporters group stayed near the Games’ venues in Sestriere and had a number of opportunities to interact with the athletes and team staff. The group included Ron Finneran and Steve Gibb from the APC’s program partner Disabled Wintersport Australia, Peter and Marion Evans (Toyota), Ross Cunningham (Star City), Kim and Judith Clifford (Thredbo Resorts), Belinda Green and Steve Mason (Desert Duel fundraiser organisers), John and Susie Croll (Media Monitors), Anthony Fanning (Healthe) and promotional competition winners Brian and Samuel Hardaker. The group was led by APC Board members Joyce Parzsos, Steve Loader and Justin Holdforth. Most of the group had been or were to become long term supporters of the APC and the Paralympic movement.

And James Millar became Australia’s first competitor in biathlon

At the Torino winter Paralympics, James Millar was the first Australian cross country competitor since the 1984 winter Games. He also became Australia’s first competitor in the biathlon. Biathlon is a sport where athletes complete circuits of a cross country course and, between each circuit, shoot at targets. It combines the fitness of cross country skiing and the ability to slow the heart rate and steady to aim at the targets. Biathlon is based on the supposed demands on soldiers in a winter environment.

The coach coached

Australian team head coach Steve Graham discusses the line to take on the course with alpine skier Dean Calabrese at the Torino winter Paralympics.

Of course, there were fireworks

The closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics ended in the traditional way – with fireworks.

The crowds lined the streets of Torino

The closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics began with a parade through the streets of Torino (Turin). The locals turned out in numbers to watch the end of a month of Olympic and Paralympic sport.

Time to hand over to the next generation (of one legged skiers)

Michael Milton, who had won his last medal, was selected to carry the Australian flag for the closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics. However, Milton asked that Toby Kane, who had won his first medal in Torino, carry the flag. It was a symbolic handing over to the new generation of skiers. Like Milton, Kane is a one legged skier.

It was the end of a long journey for Milto and his family

Born into a skiing family, Michael Milton starting skiing from the time he could walk. Losing his leg to cancer aged nine, didn’t stop his love of skiing. He represented Australia at his first Paralympics, aged 14, in 1988, retired briefly in the 90s, then returned to win a clean sweep of all events in his class at the 2002 winter Games. In 2006, his family and his partner Penny were there for one more Games and some more Milto magic on the slopes.

Michael Milton went retro in his final race at the winter Paralympics

Bringing the curtain down on a long and successful career, in his last ever race that the winter Paralympics, Michael Milton wore the Australian team race suit from the 1994 winter Paralympics, when he won a gold, a silver and two bronze medals and became the first Australian to win a medal in every alpine skiing event at the same Games. The Torino winter Paralympics had been a tough competition for Milton but he had achieved his goal of winning a medal and was ready to move on with his life.

Slalom is the final event on the alpine skiing program and conditions were tough

Nick Watts competes in the final event on the alpine skiing program, the slalom, at the Torino winter Paralympics. Although Watts was a single leg skier, he competed with a prosthesis on his left leg after lots of experimentation, because the lower leg kept ‘getting in the way’ when he skied on a single leg. Conditions were tough for the slalom, making it difficult to differentiate between snow and sky.

Key sponsors and supporters got a firsthand experience of the Games

For the 2000 Sydney Paralympics and since, the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) sought to engage key sponsors and other supporters with the Australian team during the Games, to promote an understanding of the Games themselves and of the Australian team and its athletes. At the Torino winter Paralympics the sponsors and supporters group stayed near the Games’ venues in Sestriere and had a number of opportunities to interact with the athletes and team staff. The group included Ron Finneran and Steve Gibb from the APC’s program partner Disabled Wintersport Australia, Peter and Marion Evans (Toyota), Ross Cunningham (Star City), Kim and Judith Clifford (Thredbo Resorts), Belinda Green and Steve Mason (Desert Duel fundraiser organisers), John and Susie Croll (Media Monitors), Anthony Fanning (Healthe) and promotional competition winners Brian and Samuel Hardaker. The group was led by APC Board members Joyce Parzsos, Steve Loader and Justin Holdforth. Most of the group had been or were to become long term supporters of the APC and the Paralympic movement.

And James Millar became Australia’s first competitor in biathlon

At the Torino winter Paralympics, James Millar was the first Australian cross country competitor since the 1984 winter Games. He also became Australia’s first competitor in the biathlon. Biathlon is a sport where athletes complete circuits of a cross country course and, between each circuit, shoot at targets. It combines the fitness of cross country skiing and the ability to slow the heart rate and steady to aim at the targets. Biathlon is based on the supposed demands on soldiers in a winter environment.

The coach coached

Australian team head coach Steve Graham discusses the line to take on the course with alpine skier Dean Calabrese at the Torino winter Paralympics.

Of course, there were fireworks

The closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics ended in the traditional way – with fireworks.

The crowds lined the streets of Torino

The closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics began with a parade through the streets of Torino (Turin). The locals turned out in numbers to watch the end of a month of Olympic and Paralympic sport.

Time to hand over to the next generation (of one legged skiers)

Michael Milton, who had won his last medal, was selected to carry the Australian flag for the closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics. However, Milton asked that Toby Kane, who had won his first medal in Torino, carry the flag. It was a symbolic handing over to the new generation of skiers. Like Milton, Kane is a one legged skier.

It was the end of a long journey for Milto and his family

Born into a skiing family, Michael Milton starting skiing from the time he could walk. Losing his leg to cancer aged nine, didn’t stop his love of skiing. He represented Australia at his first Paralympics, aged 14, in 1988, retired briefly in the 90s, then returned to win a clean sweep of all events in his class at the 2002 winter Games. In 2006, his family and his partner Penny were there for one more Games and some more Milto magic on the slopes.

Michael Milton went retro in his final race at the winter Paralympics

Bringing the curtain down on a long and successful career, in his last ever race that the winter Paralympics, Michael Milton wore the Australian team race suit from the 1994 winter Paralympics, when he won a gold, a silver and two bronze medals and became the first Australian to win a medal in every alpine skiing event at the same Games. The Torino winter Paralympics had been a tough competition for Milton but he had achieved his goal of winning a medal and was ready to move on with his life.

Slalom is the final event on the alpine skiing program and conditions were tough

Nick Watts competes in the final event on the alpine skiing program, the slalom, at the Torino winter Paralympics. Although Watts was a single leg skier, he competed with a prosthesis on his left leg after lots of experimentation, because the lower leg kept ‘getting in the way’ when he skied on a single leg. Conditions were tough for the slalom, making it difficult to differentiate between snow and sky.

Key sponsors and supporters got a firsthand experience of the Games

For the 2000 Sydney Paralympics and since, the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) sought to engage key sponsors and other supporters with the Australian team during the Games, to promote an understanding of the Games themselves and of the Australian team and its athletes. At the Torino winter Paralympics the sponsors and supporters group stayed near the Games’ venues in Sestriere and had a number of opportunities to interact with the athletes and team staff. The group included Ron Finneran and Steve Gibb from the APC’s program partner Disabled Wintersport Australia, Peter and Marion Evans (Toyota), Ross Cunningham (Star City), Kim and Judith Clifford (Thredbo Resorts), Belinda Green and Steve Mason (Desert Duel fundraiser organisers), John and Susie Croll (Media Monitors), Anthony Fanning (Healthe) and promotional competition winners Brian and Samuel Hardaker. The group was led by APC Board members Joyce Parzsos, Steve Loader and Justin Holdforth. Most of the group had been or were to become long term supporters of the APC and the Paralympic movement.

And James Millar became Australia’s first competitor in biathlon

At the Torino winter Paralympics, James Millar was the first Australian cross country competitor since the 1984 winter Games. He also became Australia’s first competitor in the biathlon. Biathlon is a sport where athletes complete circuits of a cross country course and, between each circuit, shoot at targets. It combines the fitness of cross country skiing and the ability to slow the heart rate and steady to aim at the targets. Biathlon is based on the supposed demands on soldiers in a winter environment.

The coach coached

Australian team head coach Steve Graham discusses the line to take on the course with alpine skier Dean Calabrese at the Torino winter Paralympics.

Of course, there were fireworks

The closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics ended in the traditional way – with fireworks.

The crowds lined the streets of Torino

The closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics began with a parade through the streets of Torino (Turin). The locals turned out in numbers to watch the end of a month of Olympic and Paralympic sport.

Time to hand over to the next generation (of one legged skiers)

Michael Milton, who had won his last medal, was selected to carry the Australian flag for the closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics. However, Milton asked that Toby Kane, who had won his first medal in Torino, carry the flag. It was a symbolic handing over to the new generation of skiers. Like Milton, Kane is a one legged skier.

It was the end of a long journey for Milto and his family

Born into a skiing family, Michael Milton starting skiing from the time he could walk. Losing his leg to cancer aged nine, didn’t stop his love of skiing. He represented Australia at his first Paralympics, aged 14, in 1988, retired briefly in the 90s, then returned to win a clean sweep of all events in his class at the 2002 winter Games. In 2006, his family and his partner Penny were there for one more Games and some more Milto magic on the slopes.

Michael Milton went retro in his final race at the winter Paralympics

Bringing the curtain down on a long and successful career, in his last ever race that the winter Paralympics, Michael Milton wore the Australian team race suit from the 1994 winter Paralympics, when he won a gold, a silver and two bronze medals and became the first Australian to win a medal in every alpine skiing event at the same Games. The Torino winter Paralympics had been a tough competition for Milton but he had achieved his goal of winning a medal and was ready to move on with his life.

Slalom is the final event on the alpine skiing program and conditions were tough

Nick Watts competes in the final event on the alpine skiing program, the slalom, at the Torino winter Paralympics. Although Watts was a single leg skier, he competed with a prosthesis on his left leg after lots of experimentation, because the lower leg kept ‘getting in the way’ when he skied on a single leg. Conditions were tough for the slalom, making it difficult to differentiate between snow and sky.

Key sponsors and supporters got a firsthand experience of the Games

For the 2000 Sydney Paralympics and since, the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) sought to engage key sponsors and other supporters with the Australian team during the Games, to promote an understanding of the Games themselves and of the Australian team and its athletes. At the Torino winter Paralympics the sponsors and supporters group stayed near the Games’ venues in Sestriere and had a number of opportunities to interact with the athletes and team staff. The group included Ron Finneran and Steve Gibb from the APC’s program partner Disabled Wintersport Australia, Peter and Marion Evans (Toyota), Ross Cunningham (Star City), Kim and Judith Clifford (Thredbo Resorts), Belinda Green and Steve Mason (Desert Duel fundraiser organisers), John and Susie Croll (Media Monitors), Anthony Fanning (Healthe) and promotional competition winners Brian and Samuel Hardaker. The group was led by APC Board members Joyce Parzsos, Steve Loader and Justin Holdforth. Most of the group had been or were to become long term supporters of the APC and the Paralympic movement.

And James Millar became Australia’s first competitor in biathlon

At the Torino winter Paralympics, James Millar was the first Australian cross country competitor since the 1984 winter Games. He also became Australia’s first competitor in the biathlon. Biathlon is a sport where athletes complete circuits of a cross country course and, between each circuit, shoot at targets. It combines the fitness of cross country skiing and the ability to slow the heart rate and steady to aim at the targets. Biathlon is based on the supposed demands on soldiers in a winter environment.

The coach coached

Australian team head coach Steve Graham discusses the line to take on the course with alpine skier Dean Calabrese at the Torino winter Paralympics.

Of course, there were fireworks

The closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics ended in the traditional way – with fireworks.

The crowds lined the streets of Torino

The closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics began with a parade through the streets of Torino (Turin). The locals turned out in numbers to watch the end of a month of Olympic and Paralympic sport.

Time to hand over to the next generation (of one legged skiers)

Michael Milton, who had won his last medal, was selected to carry the Australian flag for the closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics. However, Milton asked that Toby Kane, who had won his first medal in Torino, carry the flag. It was a symbolic handing over to the new generation of skiers. Like Milton, Kane is a one legged skier.

It was the end of a long journey for Milto and his family

Born into a skiing family, Michael Milton starting skiing from the time he could walk. Losing his leg to cancer aged nine, didn’t stop his love of skiing. He represented Australia at his first Paralympics, aged 14, in 1988, retired briefly in the 90s, then returned to win a clean sweep of all events in his class at the 2002 winter Games. In 2006, his family and his partner Penny were there for one more Games and some more Milto magic on the slopes.

Michael Milton went retro in his final race at the winter Paralympics

Bringing the curtain down on a long and successful career, in his last ever race that the winter Paralympics, Michael Milton wore the Australian team race suit from the 1994 winter Paralympics, when he won a gold, a silver and two bronze medals and became the first Australian to win a medal in every alpine skiing event at the same Games. The Torino winter Paralympics had been a tough competition for Milton but he had achieved his goal of winning a medal and was ready to move on with his life.

Slalom is the final event on the alpine skiing program and conditions were tough

Nick Watts competes in the final event on the alpine skiing program, the slalom, at the Torino winter Paralympics. Although Watts was a single leg skier, he competed with a prosthesis on his left leg after lots of experimentation, because the lower leg kept ‘getting in the way’ when he skied on a single leg. Conditions were tough for the slalom, making it difficult to differentiate between snow and sky.

Key sponsors and supporters got a firsthand experience of the Games

For the 2000 Sydney Paralympics and since, the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) sought to engage key sponsors and other supporters with the Australian team during the Games, to promote an understanding of the Games themselves and of the Australian team and its athletes. At the Torino winter Paralympics the sponsors and supporters group stayed near the Games’ venues in Sestriere and had a number of opportunities to interact with the athletes and team staff. The group included Ron Finneran and Steve Gibb from the APC’s program partner Disabled Wintersport Australia, Peter and Marion Evans (Toyota), Ross Cunningham (Star City), Kim and Judith Clifford (Thredbo Resorts), Belinda Green and Steve Mason (Desert Duel fundraiser organisers), John and Susie Croll (Media Monitors), Anthony Fanning (Healthe) and promotional competition winners Brian and Samuel Hardaker. The group was led by APC Board members Joyce Parzsos, Steve Loader and Justin Holdforth. Most of the group had been or were to become long term supporters of the APC and the Paralympic movement.

And James Millar became Australia’s first competitor in biathlon

At the Torino winter Paralympics, James Millar was the first Australian cross country competitor since the 1984 winter Games. He also became Australia’s first competitor in the biathlon. Biathlon is a sport where athletes complete circuits of a cross country course and, between each circuit, shoot at targets. It combines the fitness of cross country skiing and the ability to slow the heart rate and steady to aim at the targets. Biathlon is based on the supposed demands on soldiers in a winter environment.

The coach coached

Australian team head coach Steve Graham discusses the line to take on the course with alpine skier Dean Calabrese at the Torino winter Paralympics.

Of course, there were fireworks

The closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics ended in the traditional way – with fireworks.

The crowds lined the streets of Torino

The closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics began with a parade through the streets of Torino (Turin). The locals turned out in numbers to watch the end of a month of Olympic and Paralympic sport.

Time to hand over to the next generation (of one legged skiers)

Michael Milton, who had won his last medal, was selected to carry the Australian flag for the closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics. However, Milton asked that Toby Kane, who had won his first medal in Torino, carry the flag. It was a symbolic handing over to the new generation of skiers. Like Milton, Kane is a one legged skier.

It was the end of a long journey for Milto and his family

Born into a skiing family, Michael Milton starting skiing from the time he could walk. Losing his leg to cancer aged nine, didn’t stop his love of skiing. He represented Australia at his first Paralympics, aged 14, in 1988, retired briefly in the 90s, then returned to win a clean sweep of all events in his class at the 2002 winter Games. In 2006, his family and his partner Penny were there for one more Games and some more Milto magic on the slopes.

Michael Milton went retro in his final race at the winter Paralympics

Bringing the curtain down on a long and successful career, in his last ever race that the winter Paralympics, Michael Milton wore the Australian team race suit from the 1994 winter Paralympics, when he won a gold, a silver and two bronze medals and became the first Australian to win a medal in every alpine skiing event at the same Games. The Torino winter Paralympics had been a tough competition for Milton but he had achieved his goal of winning a medal and was ready to move on with his life.

Slalom is the final event on the alpine skiing program and conditions were tough

Nick Watts competes in the final event on the alpine skiing program, the slalom, at the Torino winter Paralympics. Although Watts was a single leg skier, he competed with a prosthesis on his left leg after lots of experimentation, because the lower leg kept ‘getting in the way’ when he skied on a single leg. Conditions were tough for the slalom, making it difficult to differentiate between snow and sky.

Key sponsors and supporters got a firsthand experience of the Games

For the 2000 Sydney Paralympics and since, the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) sought to engage key sponsors and other supporters with the Australian team during the Games, to promote an understanding of the Games themselves and of the Australian team and its athletes. At the Torino winter Paralympics the sponsors and supporters group stayed near the Games’ venues in Sestriere and had a number of opportunities to interact with the athletes and team staff. The group included Ron Finneran and Steve Gibb from the APC’s program partner Disabled Wintersport Australia, Peter and Marion Evans (Toyota), Ross Cunningham (Star City), Kim and Judith Clifford (Thredbo Resorts), Belinda Green and Steve Mason (Desert Duel fundraiser organisers), John and Susie Croll (Media Monitors), Anthony Fanning (Healthe) and promotional competition winners Brian and Samuel Hardaker. The group was led by APC Board members Joyce Parzsos, Steve Loader and Justin Holdforth. Most of the group had been or were to become long term supporters of the APC and the Paralympic movement.

And James Millar became Australia’s first competitor in biathlon

At the Torino winter Paralympics, James Millar was the first Australian cross country competitor since the 1984 winter Games. He also became Australia’s first competitor in the biathlon. Biathlon is a sport where athletes complete circuits of a cross country course and, between each circuit, shoot at targets. It combines the fitness of cross country skiing and the ability to slow the heart rate and steady to aim at the targets. Biathlon is based on the supposed demands on soldiers in a winter environment.

The coach coached

Australian team head coach Steve Graham discusses the line to take on the course with alpine skier Dean Calabrese at the Torino winter Paralympics.

Of course, there were fireworks

The closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics ended in the traditional way – with fireworks.

The crowds lined the streets of Torino

The closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics began with a parade through the streets of Torino (Turin). The locals turned out in numbers to watch the end of a month of Olympic and Paralympic sport.

Time to hand over to the next generation (of one legged skiers)

Michael Milton, who had won his last medal, was selected to carry the Australian flag for the closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics. However, Milton asked that Toby Kane, who had won his first medal in Torino, carry the flag. It was a symbolic handing over to the new generation of skiers. Like Milton, Kane is a one legged skier.

It was the end of a long journey for Milto and his family

Born into a skiing family, Michael Milton starting skiing from the time he could walk. Losing his leg to cancer aged nine, didn’t stop his love of skiing. He represented Australia at his first Paralympics, aged 14, in 1988, retired briefly in the 90s, then returned to win a clean sweep of all events in his class at the 2002 winter Games. In 2006, his family and his partner Penny were there for one more Games and some more Milto magic on the slopes.

Michael Milton went retro in his final race at the winter Paralympics

Bringing the curtain down on a long and successful career, in his last ever race that the winter Paralympics, Michael Milton wore the Australian team race suit from the 1994 winter Paralympics, when he won a gold, a silver and two bronze medals and became the first Australian to win a medal in every alpine skiing event at the same Games. The Torino winter Paralympics had been a tough competition for Milton but he had achieved his goal of winning a medal and was ready to move on with his life.

Slalom is the final event on the alpine skiing program and conditions were tough

Nick Watts competes in the final event on the alpine skiing program, the slalom, at the Torino winter Paralympics. Although Watts was a single leg skier, he competed with a prosthesis on his left leg after lots of experimentation, because the lower leg kept ‘getting in the way’ when he skied on a single leg. Conditions were tough for the slalom, making it difficult to differentiate between snow and sky.

Key sponsors and supporters got a firsthand experience of the Games

For the 2000 Sydney Paralympics and since, the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) sought to engage key sponsors and other supporters with the Australian team during the Games, to promote an understanding of the Games themselves and of the Australian team and its athletes. At the Torino winter Paralympics the sponsors and supporters group stayed near the Games’ venues in Sestriere and had a number of opportunities to interact with the athletes and team staff. The group included Ron Finneran and Steve Gibb from the APC’s program partner Disabled Wintersport Australia, Peter and Marion Evans (Toyota), Ross Cunningham (Star City), Kim and Judith Clifford (Thredbo Resorts), Belinda Green and Steve Mason (Desert Duel fundraiser organisers), John and Susie Croll (Media Monitors), Anthony Fanning (Healthe) and promotional competition winners Brian and Samuel Hardaker. The group was led by APC Board members Joyce Parzsos, Steve Loader and Justin Holdforth. Most of the group had been or were to become long term supporters of the APC and the Paralympic movement.

And James Millar became Australia’s first competitor in biathlon

At the Torino winter Paralympics, James Millar was the first Australian cross country competitor since the 1984 winter Games. He also became Australia’s first competitor in the biathlon. Biathlon is a sport where athletes complete circuits of a cross country course and, between each circuit, shoot at targets. It combines the fitness of cross country skiing and the ability to slow the heart rate and steady to aim at the targets. Biathlon is based on the supposed demands on soldiers in a winter environment.

The coach coached

Australian team head coach Steve Graham discusses the line to take on the course with alpine skier Dean Calabrese at the Torino winter Paralympics.

Of course, there were fireworks

The closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics ended in the traditional way – with fireworks.

The crowds lined the streets of Torino

The closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics began with a parade through the streets of Torino (Turin). The locals turned out in numbers to watch the end of a month of Olympic and Paralympic sport.

Time to hand over to the next generation (of one legged skiers)

Michael Milton, who had won his last medal, was selected to carry the Australian flag for the closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics. However, Milton asked that Toby Kane, who had won his first medal in Torino, carry the flag. It was a symbolic handing over to the new generation of skiers. Like Milton, Kane is a one legged skier.

It was the end of a long journey for Milto and his family

Born into a skiing family, Michael Milton starting skiing from the time he could walk. Losing his leg to cancer aged nine, didn’t stop his love of skiing. He represented Australia at his first Paralympics, aged 14, in 1988, retired briefly in the 90s, then returned to win a clean sweep of all events in his class at the 2002 winter Games. In 2006, his family and his partner Penny were there for one more Games and some more Milto magic on the slopes.

Michael Milton went retro in his final race at the winter Paralympics

Bringing the curtain down on a long and successful career, in his last ever race that the winter Paralympics, Michael Milton wore the Australian team race suit from the 1994 winter Paralympics, when he won a gold, a silver and two bronze medals and became the first Australian to win a medal in every alpine skiing event at the same Games. The Torino winter Paralympics had been a tough competition for Milton but he had achieved his goal of winning a medal and was ready to move on with his life.

Slalom is the final event on the alpine skiing program and conditions were tough

Nick Watts competes in the final event on the alpine skiing program, the slalom, at the Torino winter Paralympics. Although Watts was a single leg skier, he competed with a prosthesis on his left leg after lots of experimentation, because the lower leg kept ‘getting in the way’ when he skied on a single leg. Conditions were tough for the slalom, making it difficult to differentiate between snow and sky.

Key sponsors and supporters got a firsthand experience of the Games

For the 2000 Sydney Paralympics and since, the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) sought to engage key sponsors and other supporters with the Australian team during the Games, to promote an understanding of the Games themselves and of the Australian team and its athletes. At the Torino winter Paralympics the sponsors and supporters group stayed near the Games’ venues in Sestriere and had a number of opportunities to interact with the athletes and team staff. The group included Ron Finneran and Steve Gibb from the APC’s program partner Disabled Wintersport Australia, Peter and Marion Evans (Toyota), Ross Cunningham (Star City), Kim and Judith Clifford (Thredbo Resorts), Belinda Green and Steve Mason (Desert Duel fundraiser organisers), John and Susie Croll (Media Monitors), Anthony Fanning (Healthe) and promotional competition winners Brian and Samuel Hardaker. The group was led by APC Board members Joyce Parzsos, Steve Loader and Justin Holdforth. Most of the group had been or were to become long term supporters of the APC and the Paralympic movement.

And James Millar became Australia’s first competitor in biathlon

At the Torino winter Paralympics, James Millar was the first Australian cross country competitor since the 1984 winter Games. He also became Australia’s first competitor in the biathlon. Biathlon is a sport where athletes complete circuits of a cross country course and, between each circuit, shoot at targets. It combines the fitness of cross country skiing and the ability to slow the heart rate and steady to aim at the targets. Biathlon is based on the supposed demands on soldiers in a winter environment.

The coach coached

Australian team head coach Steve Graham discusses the line to take on the course with alpine skier Dean Calabrese at the Torino winter Paralympics.

Of course, there were fireworks

The closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics ended in the traditional way – with fireworks.

The crowds lined the streets of Torino

The closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics began with a parade through the streets of Torino (Turin). The locals turned out in numbers to watch the end of a month of Olympic and Paralympic sport.

Time to hand over to the next generation (of one legged skiers)

Michael Milton, who had won his last medal, was selected to carry the Australian flag for the closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics. However, Milton asked that Toby Kane, who had won his first medal in Torino, carry the flag. It was a symbolic handing over to the new generation of skiers. Like Milton, Kane is a one legged skier.

It was the end of a long journey for Milto and his family

Born into a skiing family, Michael Milton starting skiing from the time he could walk. Losing his leg to cancer aged nine, didn’t stop his love of skiing. He represented Australia at his first Paralympics, aged 14, in 1988, retired briefly in the 90s, then returned to win a clean sweep of all events in his class at the 2002 winter Games. In 2006, his family and his partner Penny were there for one more Games and some more Milto magic on the slopes.

Michael Milton went retro in his final race at the winter Paralympics

Bringing the curtain down on a long and successful career, in his last ever race that the winter Paralympics, Michael Milton wore the Australian team race suit from the 1994 winter Paralympics, when he won a gold, a silver and two bronze medals and became the first Australian to win a medal in every alpine skiing event at the same Games. The Torino winter Paralympics had been a tough competition for Milton but he had achieved his goal of winning a medal and was ready to move on with his life.

Slalom is the final event on the alpine skiing program and conditions were tough

Nick Watts competes in the final event on the alpine skiing program, the slalom, at the Torino winter Paralympics. Although Watts was a single leg skier, he competed with a prosthesis on his left leg after lots of experimentation, because the lower leg kept ‘getting in the way’ when he skied on a single leg. Conditions were tough for the slalom, making it difficult to differentiate between snow and sky.

Key sponsors and supporters got a firsthand experience of the Games

For the 2000 Sydney Paralympics and since, the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) sought to engage key sponsors and other supporters with the Australian team during the Games, to promote an understanding of the Games themselves and of the Australian team and its athletes. At the Torino winter Paralympics the sponsors and supporters group stayed near the Games’ venues in Sestriere and had a number of opportunities to interact with the athletes and team staff. The group included Ron Finneran and Steve Gibb from the APC’s program partner Disabled Wintersport Australia, Peter and Marion Evans (Toyota), Ross Cunningham (Star City), Kim and Judith Clifford (Thredbo Resorts), Belinda Green and Steve Mason (Desert Duel fundraiser organisers), John and Susie Croll (Media Monitors), Anthony Fanning (Healthe) and promotional competition winners Brian and Samuel Hardaker. The group was led by APC Board members Joyce Parzsos, Steve Loader and Justin Holdforth. Most of the group had been or were to become long term supporters of the APC and the Paralympic movement.

And James Millar became Australia’s first competitor in biathlon

At the Torino winter Paralympics, James Millar was the first Australian cross country competitor since the 1984 winter Games. He also became Australia’s first competitor in the biathlon. Biathlon is a sport where athletes complete circuits of a cross country course and, between each circuit, shoot at targets. It combines the fitness of cross country skiing and the ability to slow the heart rate and steady to aim at the targets. Biathlon is based on the supposed demands on soldiers in a winter environment.

The coach coached

Australian team head coach Steve Graham discusses the line to take on the course with alpine skier Dean Calabrese at the Torino winter Paralympics.

Of course, there were fireworks

The closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics ended in the traditional way – with fireworks.

The crowds lined the streets of Torino

The closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics began with a parade through the streets of Torino (Turin). The locals turned out in numbers to watch the end of a month of Olympic and Paralympic sport.

Time to hand over to the next generation (of one legged skiers)

Michael Milton, who had won his last medal, was selected to carry the Australian flag for the closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics. However, Milton asked that Toby Kane, who had won his first medal in Torino, carry the flag. It was a symbolic handing over to the new generation of skiers. Like Milton, Kane is a one legged skier.

It was the end of a long journey for Milto and his family

Born into a skiing family, Michael Milton starting skiing from the time he could walk. Losing his leg to cancer aged nine, didn’t stop his love of skiing. He represented Australia at his first Paralympics, aged 14, in 1988, retired briefly in the 90s, then returned to win a clean sweep of all events in his class at the 2002 winter Games. In 2006, his family and his partner Penny were there for one more Games and some more Milto magic on the slopes.

Michael Milton went retro in his final race at the winter Paralympics

Bringing the curtain down on a long and successful career, in his last ever race that the winter Paralympics, Michael Milton wore the Australian team race suit from the 1994 winter Paralympics, when he won a gold, a silver and two bronze medals and became the first Australian to win a medal in every alpine skiing event at the same Games. The Torino winter Paralympics had been a tough competition for Milton but he had achieved his goal of winning a medal and was ready to move on with his life.

Slalom is the final event on the alpine skiing program and conditions were tough

Nick Watts competes in the final event on the alpine skiing program, the slalom, at the Torino winter Paralympics. Although Watts was a single leg skier, he competed with a prosthesis on his left leg after lots of experimentation, because the lower leg kept ‘getting in the way’ when he skied on a single leg. Conditions were tough for the slalom, making it difficult to differentiate between snow and sky.

Key sponsors and supporters got a firsthand experience of the Games

For the 2000 Sydney Paralympics and since, the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) sought to engage key sponsors and other supporters with the Australian team during the Games, to promote an understanding of the Games themselves and of the Australian team and its athletes. At the Torino winter Paralympics the sponsors and supporters group stayed near the Games’ venues in Sestriere and had a number of opportunities to interact with the athletes and team staff. The group included Ron Finneran and Steve Gibb from the APC’s program partner Disabled Wintersport Australia, Peter and Marion Evans (Toyota), Ross Cunningham (Star City), Kim and Judith Clifford (Thredbo Resorts), Belinda Green and Steve Mason (Desert Duel fundraiser organisers), John and Susie Croll (Media Monitors), Anthony Fanning (Healthe) and promotional competition winners Brian and Samuel Hardaker. The group was led by APC Board members Joyce Parzsos, Steve Loader and Justin Holdforth. Most of the group had been or were to become long term supporters of the APC and the Paralympic movement.

And James Millar became Australia’s first competitor in biathlon

At the Torino winter Paralympics, James Millar was the first Australian cross country competitor since the 1984 winter Games. He also became Australia’s first competitor in the biathlon. Biathlon is a sport where athletes complete circuits of a cross country course and, between each circuit, shoot at targets. It combines the fitness of cross country skiing and the ability to slow the heart rate and steady to aim at the targets. Biathlon is based on the supposed demands on soldiers in a winter environment.

The coach coached

Australian team head coach Steve Graham discusses the line to take on the course with alpine skier Dean Calabrese at the Torino winter Paralympics.

Of course, there were fireworks

The closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics ended in the traditional way – with fireworks.

The crowds lined the streets of Torino

The closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics began with a parade through the streets of Torino (Turin). The locals turned out in numbers to watch the end of a month of Olympic and Paralympic sport.

Time to hand over to the next generation (of one legged skiers)

Michael Milton, who had won his last medal, was selected to carry the Australian flag for the closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics. However, Milton asked that Toby Kane, who had won his first medal in Torino, carry the flag. It was a symbolic handing over to the new generation of skiers. Like Milton, Kane is a one legged skier.

It was the end of a long journey for Milto and his family

Born into a skiing family, Michael Milton starting skiing from the time he could walk. Losing his leg to cancer aged nine, didn’t stop his love of skiing. He represented Australia at his first Paralympics, aged 14, in 1988, retired briefly in the 90s, then returned to win a clean sweep of all events in his class at the 2002 winter Games. In 2006, his family and his partner Penny were there for one more Games and some more Milto magic on the slopes.

Michael Milton went retro in his final race at the winter Paralympics

Bringing the curtain down on a long and successful career, in his last ever race that the winter Paralympics, Michael Milton wore the Australian team race suit from the 1994 winter Paralympics, when he won a gold, a silver and two bronze medals and became the first Australian to win a medal in every alpine skiing event at the same Games. The Torino winter Paralympics had been a tough competition for Milton but he had achieved his goal of winning a medal and was ready to move on with his life.

Slalom is the final event on the alpine skiing program and conditions were tough

Nick Watts competes in the final event on the alpine skiing program, the slalom, at the Torino winter Paralympics. Although Watts was a single leg skier, he competed with a prosthesis on his left leg after lots of experimentation, because the lower leg kept ‘getting in the way’ when he skied on a single leg. Conditions were tough for the slalom, making it difficult to differentiate between snow and sky.

Key sponsors and supporters got a firsthand experience of the Games

For the 2000 Sydney Paralympics and since, the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) sought to engage key sponsors and other supporters with the Australian team during the Games, to promote an understanding of the Games themselves and of the Australian team and its athletes. At the Torino winter Paralympics the sponsors and supporters group stayed near the Games’ venues in Sestriere and had a number of opportunities to interact with the athletes and team staff. The group included Ron Finneran and Steve Gibb from the APC’s program partner Disabled Wintersport Australia, Peter and Marion Evans (Toyota), Ross Cunningham (Star City), Kim and Judith Clifford (Thredbo Resorts), Belinda Green and Steve Mason (Desert Duel fundraiser organisers), John and Susie Croll (Media Monitors), Anthony Fanning (Healthe) and promotional competition winners Brian and Samuel Hardaker. The group was led by APC Board members Joyce Parzsos, Steve Loader and Justin Holdforth. Most of the group had been or were to become long term supporters of the APC and the Paralympic movement.

And James Millar became Australia’s first competitor in biathlon

At the Torino winter Paralympics, James Millar was the first Australian cross country competitor since the 1984 winter Games. He also became Australia’s first competitor in the biathlon. Biathlon is a sport where athletes complete circuits of a cross country course and, between each circuit, shoot at targets. It combines the fitness of cross country skiing and the ability to slow the heart rate and steady to aim at the targets. Biathlon is based on the supposed demands on soldiers in a winter environment.

The coach coached

Australian team head coach Steve Graham discusses the line to take on the course with alpine skier Dean Calabrese at the Torino winter Paralympics.

Of course, there were fireworks

The closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics ended in the traditional way – with fireworks.

The crowds lined the streets of Torino

The closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics began with a parade through the streets of Torino (Turin). The locals turned out in numbers to watch the end of a month of Olympic and Paralympic sport.

Time to hand over to the next generation (of one legged skiers)

Michael Milton, who had won his last medal, was selected to carry the Australian flag for the closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics. However, Milton asked that Toby Kane, who had won his first medal in Torino, carry the flag. It was a symbolic handing over to the new generation of skiers. Like Milton, Kane is a one legged skier.

It was the end of a long journey for Milto and his family

Born into a skiing family, Michael Milton starting skiing from the time he could walk. Losing his leg to cancer aged nine, didn’t stop his love of skiing. He represented Australia at his first Paralympics, aged 14, in 1988, retired briefly in the 90s, then returned to win a clean sweep of all events in his class at the 2002 winter Games. In 2006, his family and his partner Penny were there for one more Games and some more Milto magic on the slopes.

Michael Milton went retro in his final race at the winter Paralympics

Bringing the curtain down on a long and successful career, in his last ever race that the winter Paralympics, Michael Milton wore the Australian team race suit from the 1994 winter Paralympics, when he won a gold, a silver and two bronze medals and became the first Australian to win a medal in every alpine skiing event at the same Games. The Torino winter Paralympics had been a tough competition for Milton but he had achieved his goal of winning a medal and was ready to move on with his life.

Slalom is the final event on the alpine skiing program and conditions were tough

Nick Watts competes in the final event on the alpine skiing program, the slalom, at the Torino winter Paralympics. Although Watts was a single leg skier, he competed with a prosthesis on his left leg after lots of experimentation, because the lower leg kept ‘getting in the way’ when he skied on a single leg. Conditions were tough for the slalom, making it difficult to differentiate between snow and sky.

Key sponsors and supporters got a firsthand experience of the Games

For the 2000 Sydney Paralympics and since, the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) sought to engage key sponsors and other supporters with the Australian team during the Games, to promote an understanding of the Games themselves and of the Australian team and its athletes. At the Torino winter Paralympics the sponsors and supporters group stayed near the Games’ venues in Sestriere and had a number of opportunities to interact with the athletes and team staff. The group included Ron Finneran and Steve Gibb from the APC’s program partner Disabled Wintersport Australia, Peter and Marion Evans (Toyota), Ross Cunningham (Star City), Kim and Judith Clifford (Thredbo Resorts), Belinda Green and Steve Mason (Desert Duel fundraiser organisers), John and Susie Croll (Media Monitors), Anthony Fanning (Healthe) and promotional competition winners Brian and Samuel Hardaker. The group was led by APC Board members Joyce Parzsos, Steve Loader and Justin Holdforth. Most of the group had been or were to become long term supporters of the APC and the Paralympic movement.

And James Millar became Australia’s first competitor in biathlon

At the Torino winter Paralympics, James Millar was the first Australian cross country competitor since the 1984 winter Games. He also became Australia’s first competitor in the biathlon. Biathlon is a sport where athletes complete circuits of a cross country course and, between each circuit, shoot at targets. It combines the fitness of cross country skiing and the ability to slow the heart rate and steady to aim at the targets. Biathlon is based on the supposed demands on soldiers in a winter environment.

The coach coached

Australian team head coach Steve Graham discusses the line to take on the course with alpine skier Dean Calabrese at the Torino winter Paralympics.

Of course, there were fireworks

The closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics ended in the traditional way – with fireworks.

The crowds lined the streets of Torino

The closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics began with a parade through the streets of Torino (Turin). The locals turned out in numbers to watch the end of a month of Olympic and Paralympic sport.

Time to hand over to the next generation (of one legged skiers)

Michael Milton, who had won his last medal, was selected to carry the Australian flag for the closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics. However, Milton asked that Toby Kane, who had won his first medal in Torino, carry the flag. It was a symbolic handing over to the new generation of skiers. Like Milton, Kane is a one legged skier.

It was the end of a long journey for Milto and his family

Born into a skiing family, Michael Milton starting skiing from the time he could walk. Losing his leg to cancer aged nine, didn’t stop his love of skiing. He represented Australia at his first Paralympics, aged 14, in 1988, retired briefly in the 90s, then returned to win a clean sweep of all events in his class at the 2002 winter Games. In 2006, his family and his partner Penny were there for one more Games and some more Milto magic on the slopes.

Michael Milton went retro in his final race at the winter Paralympics

Bringing the curtain down on a long and successful career, in his last ever race that the winter Paralympics, Michael Milton wore the Australian team race suit from the 1994 winter Paralympics, when he won a gold, a silver and two bronze medals and became the first Australian to win a medal in every alpine skiing event at the same Games. The Torino winter Paralympics had been a tough competition for Milton but he had achieved his goal of winning a medal and was ready to move on with his life.

Slalom is the final event on the alpine skiing program and conditions were tough

Nick Watts competes in the final event on the alpine skiing program, the slalom, at the Torino winter Paralympics. Although Watts was a single leg skier, he competed with a prosthesis on his left leg after lots of experimentation, because the lower leg kept ‘getting in the way’ when he skied on a single leg. Conditions were tough for the slalom, making it difficult to differentiate between snow and sky.

Key sponsors and supporters got a firsthand experience of the Games

For the 2000 Sydney Paralympics and since, the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) sought to engage key sponsors and other supporters with the Australian team during the Games, to promote an understanding of the Games themselves and of the Australian team and its athletes. At the Torino winter Paralympics the sponsors and supporters group stayed near the Games’ venues in Sestriere and had a number of opportunities to interact with the athletes and team staff. The group included Ron Finneran and Steve Gibb from the APC’s program partner Disabled Wintersport Australia, Peter and Marion Evans (Toyota), Ross Cunningham (Star City), Kim and Judith Clifford (Thredbo Resorts), Belinda Green and Steve Mason (Desert Duel fundraiser organisers), John and Susie Croll (Media Monitors), Anthony Fanning (Healthe) and promotional competition winners Brian and Samuel Hardaker. The group was led by APC Board members Joyce Parzsos, Steve Loader and Justin Holdforth. Most of the group had been or were to become long term supporters of the APC and the Paralympic movement.

And James Millar became Australia’s first competitor in biathlon

At the Torino winter Paralympics, James Millar was the first Australian cross country competitor since the 1984 winter Games. He also became Australia’s first competitor in the biathlon. Biathlon is a sport where athletes complete circuits of a cross country course and, between each circuit, shoot at targets. It combines the fitness of cross country skiing and the ability to slow the heart rate and steady to aim at the targets. Biathlon is based on the supposed demands on soldiers in a winter environment.

The coach coached

Australian team head coach Steve Graham discusses the line to take on the course with alpine skier Dean Calabrese at the Torino winter Paralympics.

Of course, there were fireworks

The closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics ended in the traditional way – with fireworks.

The crowds lined the streets of Torino

The closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics began with a parade through the streets of Torino (Turin). The locals turned out in numbers to watch the end of a month of Olympic and Paralympic sport.

Time to hand over to the next generation (of one legged skiers)

Michael Milton, who had won his last medal, was selected to carry the Australian flag for the closing ceremony of the Torino winter Paralympics. However, Milton asked that Toby Kane, who had won his first medal in Torino, carry the flag. It was a symbolic handing over to the new generation of skiers. Like Milton, Kane is a one legged skier.

It was the end of a long journey for Milto and his family

Born into a skiing family, Michael Milton starting skiing from the time he could walk. Losing his leg to cancer aged nine, didn’t stop his love of skiing. He represented Australia at his first Paralympics, aged 14, in 1988, retired briefly in the 90s, then returned to win a clean sweep of all events in his class at the 2002 winter Games. In 2006, his family and his partner Penny were there for one more Games and some more Milto magic on the slopes.

Michael Milton went retro in his final race at the winter Paralympics

Bringing the curtain down on a long and successful career, in his last ever race that the winter Paralympics, Michael Milton wore the Australian team race suit from the 1994 winter Paralympics, when he won a gold, a silver and two bronze medals and became the first Australian to win a medal in every alpine skiing event at the same Games. The Torino winter Paralympics had been a tough competition for Milton but he had achieved his goal of winning a medal and was ready to move on with his life.

Slalom is the final event on the alpine skiing program and conditions were tough

Nick Watts competes in the final event on the alpine skiing program, the slalom, at the Torino winter Paralympics. Although Watts was a single leg skier, he competed with a prosthesis on his left leg after lots of experimentation, because the lower leg kept ‘getting in the way’ when he skied on a single leg. Conditions were tough for the slalom, making it difficult to differentiate between snow and sky.

Key sponsors and supporters got a firsthand experience of the Games

For the 2000 Sydney Paralympics and since, the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) sought to engage key sponsors and other supporters with the Australian team during the Games, to promote an understanding of the Games themselves and of the Australian team and its athletes. At the Torino winter Paralympics the sponsors and supporters group stayed near the Games’ venues in Sestriere and had a number of opportunities to interact with the athletes and team staff. The group included Ron Finneran and Steve Gibb from the APC’s program partner Disabled Wintersport Australia, Peter and Marion Evans (Toyota), Ross Cunningham (Star City), Kim and Judith Clifford (Thredbo Resorts), Belinda Green and Steve Mason (Desert Duel fundraiser organisers), John and Susie Croll (Media Monitors), Anthony Fanning (Healthe) and promotional competition winners Brian and Samuel Hardaker. The group was led by APC Board members Joyce Parzsos, Steve Loader and Justin Holdforth. Most of the group had been or were to become long term supporters of the APC and the Paralympic movement.

And James Millar became Australia’s first competitor in biathlon

At the Torino winter Paralympics, James Millar was the first Australian cross country competitor since the