Paying attention to the pre-event briefing

Competitors listen to an official before an event at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Note the design of the battered basketball chairs used by the Western Australian athletes. These were constructed to a unique design and were highly manouevrable and very unstable. Rome Paralympian John Turich is second from the right.

Testing the waters at the new Carina pool

Competitors at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games test out the new pool at the Carina Sports Area (now the Clem Jones Centre). Closest to camera is 1960 Rome Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown.

On the archery “field”

Competition in archery at the 1966 National Wheelchair Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Although just 7km from the centre of Brisbane, at the time this facility was almost completely undeveloped, providing a challenge for organisers and competitors. In the foreground at left is John “Johnno” Johnston, a pioneer of Paralympic sport in Australia.

Basic conditions, fierce competition

Two competitors in a wheelchair race pass the official stand that had been used in the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. In 1966 this sports ground was little more than a dusty construction site.

Unloading the athletes

In an era when wheelchair users were being carried on and off planes, unloading athletes by hand from the back their transport – a cattle truck – may not have seemed out of the ordinary at the Fourth National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area, Brisbane.

Literally traveling ‘cattle class’

Athlete transport at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games in Brisbane was basic – the flat bed of a cattle truck, with chairs secured to the bars of the truck with rope. The venue appears remote but was in fact the Carina Sports Area, later the Clem Jones Centre, 7km from the centre of Brisbane.

Release the pigeons!

The release of a flock of homing pigeons was one of the highlights of the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane.

The fourth National Paraplegic Games

The Fourth Australian Paraplegic Games was held at the Carina Sports Area, in outer Brisbane, from 11-14 May 1966.

The Carina Sports Area had its beginnings in the 1950s, when the Camp Hill Carina Branch of the Australian Labor Party arranged to lease from the Brisbane City Council 42 acres of Crown land 7km from the city that was a badly neglected unofficial trotting track, also being used as an illegal dump. Association members wanted to provide a variety of sporting opportunities for the youth in the district and set about the arduous task of clearing the land and making it suitable for the many sporting fields. At that time, many areas of Brisbane were without paved roads or sewerage. Even by 1966, it was still a raw site, although competitors had the advantage of competing in swimming events in the newly opened pool. More than 50 years later, the Paralympic movement and the the venue that held those Games are both going strong.

While the facilities and the athlete transport were somewhat rudimentary, the competition was as fierce as ever and the Games were the selection event for the Australian team to attend the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Kingston, Jamaica.

The 1966 National Paraplegic Games were held in Brisbane. They were the selection event for the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games.

National Games medals and tickets to Rome for Cunningham and Coombs

The first National Paraplegic Games were the selection event for the 1960 Australian Paralympic team. On the medal dais at the medal presentation and closing ceremony of the first National Paraplegic Games in Melbourne to receive their medals are Kevin Cunningham (left, WA) and Kevin Coombs (centre, Victoria). Cunningham and Coombs were subsequently selected to represent Australia at the Rome Paralympics.

Paying attention to the pre-event briefing

Competitors listen to an official before an event at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Note the design of the battered basketball chairs used by the Western Australian athletes. These were constructed to a unique design and were highly manouevrable and very unstable. Rome Paralympian John Turich is second from the right.

Testing the waters at the new Carina pool

Competitors at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games test out the new pool at the Carina Sports Area (now the Clem Jones Centre). Closest to camera is 1960 Rome Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown.

On the archery “field”

Competition in archery at the 1966 National Wheelchair Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Although just 7km from the centre of Brisbane, at the time this facility was almost completely undeveloped, providing a challenge for organisers and competitors. In the foreground at left is John “Johnno” Johnston, a pioneer of Paralympic sport in Australia.

Basic conditions, fierce competition

Two competitors in a wheelchair race pass the official stand that had been used in the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. In 1966 this sports ground was little more than a dusty construction site.

Unloading the athletes

In an era when wheelchair users were being carried on and off planes, unloading athletes by hand from the back their transport – a cattle truck – may not have seemed out of the ordinary at the Fourth National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area, Brisbane.

Literally traveling ‘cattle class’

Athlete transport at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games in Brisbane was basic – the flat bed of a cattle truck, with chairs secured to the bars of the truck with rope. The venue appears remote but was in fact the Carina Sports Area, later the Clem Jones Centre, 7km from the centre of Brisbane.

Release the pigeons!

The release of a flock of homing pigeons was one of the highlights of the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane.

The fourth National Paraplegic Games

The Fourth Australian Paraplegic Games was held at the Carina Sports Area, in outer Brisbane, from 11-14 May 1966.

The Carina Sports Area had its beginnings in the 1950s, when the Camp Hill Carina Branch of the Australian Labor Party arranged to lease from the Brisbane City Council 42 acres of Crown land 7km from the city that was a badly neglected unofficial trotting track, also being used as an illegal dump. Association members wanted to provide a variety of sporting opportunities for the youth in the district and set about the arduous task of clearing the land and making it suitable for the many sporting fields. At that time, many areas of Brisbane were without paved roads or sewerage. Even by 1966, it was still a raw site, although competitors had the advantage of competing in swimming events in the newly opened pool. More than 50 years later, the Paralympic movement and the the venue that held those Games are both going strong.

While the facilities and the athlete transport were somewhat rudimentary, the competition was as fierce as ever and the Games were the selection event for the Australian team to attend the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Kingston, Jamaica.

The 1966 National Paraplegic Games were held in Brisbane. They were the selection event for the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games.

National Games medals and tickets to Rome for Cunningham and Coombs

The first National Paraplegic Games were the selection event for the 1960 Australian Paralympic team. On the medal dais at the medal presentation and closing ceremony of the first National Paraplegic Games in Melbourne to receive their medals are Kevin Cunningham (left, WA) and Kevin Coombs (centre, Victoria). Cunningham and Coombs were subsequently selected to represent Australia at the Rome Paralympics.

Paying attention to the pre-event briefing

Competitors listen to an official before an event at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Note the design of the battered basketball chairs used by the Western Australian athletes. These were constructed to a unique design and were highly manouevrable and very unstable. Rome Paralympian John Turich is second from the right.

Testing the waters at the new Carina pool

Competitors at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games test out the new pool at the Carina Sports Area (now the Clem Jones Centre). Closest to camera is 1960 Rome Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown.

On the archery “field”

Competition in archery at the 1966 National Wheelchair Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Although just 7km from the centre of Brisbane, at the time this facility was almost completely undeveloped, providing a challenge for organisers and competitors. In the foreground at left is John “Johnno” Johnston, a pioneer of Paralympic sport in Australia.

Basic conditions, fierce competition

Two competitors in a wheelchair race pass the official stand that had been used in the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. In 1966 this sports ground was little more than a dusty construction site.

Unloading the athletes

In an era when wheelchair users were being carried on and off planes, unloading athletes by hand from the back their transport – a cattle truck – may not have seemed out of the ordinary at the Fourth National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area, Brisbane.

Literally traveling ‘cattle class’

Athlete transport at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games in Brisbane was basic – the flat bed of a cattle truck, with chairs secured to the bars of the truck with rope. The venue appears remote but was in fact the Carina Sports Area, later the Clem Jones Centre, 7km from the centre of Brisbane.

Release the pigeons!

The release of a flock of homing pigeons was one of the highlights of the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane.

The fourth National Paraplegic Games

The Fourth Australian Paraplegic Games was held at the Carina Sports Area, in outer Brisbane, from 11-14 May 1966.

The Carina Sports Area had its beginnings in the 1950s, when the Camp Hill Carina Branch of the Australian Labor Party arranged to lease from the Brisbane City Council 42 acres of Crown land 7km from the city that was a badly neglected unofficial trotting track, also being used as an illegal dump. Association members wanted to provide a variety of sporting opportunities for the youth in the district and set about the arduous task of clearing the land and making it suitable for the many sporting fields. At that time, many areas of Brisbane were without paved roads or sewerage. Even by 1966, it was still a raw site, although competitors had the advantage of competing in swimming events in the newly opened pool. More than 50 years later, the Paralympic movement and the the venue that held those Games are both going strong.

While the facilities and the athlete transport were somewhat rudimentary, the competition was as fierce as ever and the Games were the selection event for the Australian team to attend the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Kingston, Jamaica.

The 1966 National Paraplegic Games were held in Brisbane. They were the selection event for the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games.

National Games medals and tickets to Rome for Cunningham and Coombs

The first National Paraplegic Games were the selection event for the 1960 Australian Paralympic team. On the medal dais at the medal presentation and closing ceremony of the first National Paraplegic Games in Melbourne to receive their medals are Kevin Cunningham (left, WA) and Kevin Coombs (centre, Victoria). Cunningham and Coombs were subsequently selected to represent Australia at the Rome Paralympics.

Paying attention to the pre-event briefing

Competitors listen to an official before an event at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Note the design of the battered basketball chairs used by the Western Australian athletes. These were constructed to a unique design and were highly manouevrable and very unstable. Rome Paralympian John Turich is second from the right.

Testing the waters at the new Carina pool

Competitors at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games test out the new pool at the Carina Sports Area (now the Clem Jones Centre). Closest to camera is 1960 Rome Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown.

On the archery “field”

Competition in archery at the 1966 National Wheelchair Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Although just 7km from the centre of Brisbane, at the time this facility was almost completely undeveloped, providing a challenge for organisers and competitors. In the foreground at left is John “Johnno” Johnston, a pioneer of Paralympic sport in Australia.

Basic conditions, fierce competition

Two competitors in a wheelchair race pass the official stand that had been used in the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. In 1966 this sports ground was little more than a dusty construction site.

Unloading the athletes

In an era when wheelchair users were being carried on and off planes, unloading athletes by hand from the back their transport – a cattle truck – may not have seemed out of the ordinary at the Fourth National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area, Brisbane.

Literally traveling ‘cattle class’

Athlete transport at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games in Brisbane was basic – the flat bed of a cattle truck, with chairs secured to the bars of the truck with rope. The venue appears remote but was in fact the Carina Sports Area, later the Clem Jones Centre, 7km from the centre of Brisbane.

Release the pigeons!

The release of a flock of homing pigeons was one of the highlights of the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane.

The fourth National Paraplegic Games

The Fourth Australian Paraplegic Games was held at the Carina Sports Area, in outer Brisbane, from 11-14 May 1966.

The Carina Sports Area had its beginnings in the 1950s, when the Camp Hill Carina Branch of the Australian Labor Party arranged to lease from the Brisbane City Council 42 acres of Crown land 7km from the city that was a badly neglected unofficial trotting track, also being used as an illegal dump. Association members wanted to provide a variety of sporting opportunities for the youth in the district and set about the arduous task of clearing the land and making it suitable for the many sporting fields. At that time, many areas of Brisbane were without paved roads or sewerage. Even by 1966, it was still a raw site, although competitors had the advantage of competing in swimming events in the newly opened pool. More than 50 years later, the Paralympic movement and the the venue that held those Games are both going strong.

While the facilities and the athlete transport were somewhat rudimentary, the competition was as fierce as ever and the Games were the selection event for the Australian team to attend the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Kingston, Jamaica.

The 1966 National Paraplegic Games were held in Brisbane. They were the selection event for the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games.

National Games medals and tickets to Rome for Cunningham and Coombs

The first National Paraplegic Games were the selection event for the 1960 Australian Paralympic team. On the medal dais at the medal presentation and closing ceremony of the first National Paraplegic Games in Melbourne to receive their medals are Kevin Cunningham (left, WA) and Kevin Coombs (centre, Victoria). Cunningham and Coombs were subsequently selected to represent Australia at the Rome Paralympics.

Paying attention to the pre-event briefing

Competitors listen to an official before an event at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Note the design of the battered basketball chairs used by the Western Australian athletes. These were constructed to a unique design and were highly manouevrable and very unstable. Rome Paralympian John Turich is second from the right.

Testing the waters at the new Carina pool

Competitors at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games test out the new pool at the Carina Sports Area (now the Clem Jones Centre). Closest to camera is 1960 Rome Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown.

On the archery “field”

Competition in archery at the 1966 National Wheelchair Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Although just 7km from the centre of Brisbane, at the time this facility was almost completely undeveloped, providing a challenge for organisers and competitors. In the foreground at left is John “Johnno” Johnston, a pioneer of Paralympic sport in Australia.

Basic conditions, fierce competition

Two competitors in a wheelchair race pass the official stand that had been used in the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. In 1966 this sports ground was little more than a dusty construction site.

Unloading the athletes

In an era when wheelchair users were being carried on and off planes, unloading athletes by hand from the back their transport – a cattle truck – may not have seemed out of the ordinary at the Fourth National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area, Brisbane.

Literally traveling ‘cattle class’

Athlete transport at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games in Brisbane was basic – the flat bed of a cattle truck, with chairs secured to the bars of the truck with rope. The venue appears remote but was in fact the Carina Sports Area, later the Clem Jones Centre, 7km from the centre of Brisbane.

Release the pigeons!

The release of a flock of homing pigeons was one of the highlights of the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane.

The fourth National Paraplegic Games

The Fourth Australian Paraplegic Games was held at the Carina Sports Area, in outer Brisbane, from 11-14 May 1966.

The Carina Sports Area had its beginnings in the 1950s, when the Camp Hill Carina Branch of the Australian Labor Party arranged to lease from the Brisbane City Council 42 acres of Crown land 7km from the city that was a badly neglected unofficial trotting track, also being used as an illegal dump. Association members wanted to provide a variety of sporting opportunities for the youth in the district and set about the arduous task of clearing the land and making it suitable for the many sporting fields. At that time, many areas of Brisbane were without paved roads or sewerage. Even by 1966, it was still a raw site, although competitors had the advantage of competing in swimming events in the newly opened pool. More than 50 years later, the Paralympic movement and the the venue that held those Games are both going strong.

While the facilities and the athlete transport were somewhat rudimentary, the competition was as fierce as ever and the Games were the selection event for the Australian team to attend the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Kingston, Jamaica.

The 1966 National Paraplegic Games were held in Brisbane. They were the selection event for the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games.

National Games medals and tickets to Rome for Cunningham and Coombs

The first National Paraplegic Games were the selection event for the 1960 Australian Paralympic team. On the medal dais at the medal presentation and closing ceremony of the first National Paraplegic Games in Melbourne to receive their medals are Kevin Cunningham (left, WA) and Kevin Coombs (centre, Victoria). Cunningham and Coombs were subsequently selected to represent Australia at the Rome Paralympics.

Paying attention to the pre-event briefing

Competitors listen to an official before an event at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Note the design of the battered basketball chairs used by the Western Australian athletes. These were constructed to a unique design and were highly manouevrable and very unstable. Rome Paralympian John Turich is second from the right.

Testing the waters at the new Carina pool

Competitors at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games test out the new pool at the Carina Sports Area (now the Clem Jones Centre). Closest to camera is 1960 Rome Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown.

On the archery “field”

Competition in archery at the 1966 National Wheelchair Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Although just 7km from the centre of Brisbane, at the time this facility was almost completely undeveloped, providing a challenge for organisers and competitors. In the foreground at left is John “Johnno” Johnston, a pioneer of Paralympic sport in Australia.

Basic conditions, fierce competition

Two competitors in a wheelchair race pass the official stand that had been used in the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. In 1966 this sports ground was little more than a dusty construction site.

Unloading the athletes

In an era when wheelchair users were being carried on and off planes, unloading athletes by hand from the back their transport – a cattle truck – may not have seemed out of the ordinary at the Fourth National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area, Brisbane.

Literally traveling ‘cattle class’

Athlete transport at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games in Brisbane was basic – the flat bed of a cattle truck, with chairs secured to the bars of the truck with rope. The venue appears remote but was in fact the Carina Sports Area, later the Clem Jones Centre, 7km from the centre of Brisbane.

Release the pigeons!

The release of a flock of homing pigeons was one of the highlights of the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane.

The fourth National Paraplegic Games

The Fourth Australian Paraplegic Games was held at the Carina Sports Area, in outer Brisbane, from 11-14 May 1966.

The Carina Sports Area had its beginnings in the 1950s, when the Camp Hill Carina Branch of the Australian Labor Party arranged to lease from the Brisbane City Council 42 acres of Crown land 7km from the city that was a badly neglected unofficial trotting track, also being used as an illegal dump. Association members wanted to provide a variety of sporting opportunities for the youth in the district and set about the arduous task of clearing the land and making it suitable for the many sporting fields. At that time, many areas of Brisbane were without paved roads or sewerage. Even by 1966, it was still a raw site, although competitors had the advantage of competing in swimming events in the newly opened pool. More than 50 years later, the Paralympic movement and the the venue that held those Games are both going strong.

While the facilities and the athlete transport were somewhat rudimentary, the competition was as fierce as ever and the Games were the selection event for the Australian team to attend the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Kingston, Jamaica.

The 1966 National Paraplegic Games were held in Brisbane. They were the selection event for the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games.

National Games medals and tickets to Rome for Cunningham and Coombs

The first National Paraplegic Games were the selection event for the 1960 Australian Paralympic team. On the medal dais at the medal presentation and closing ceremony of the first National Paraplegic Games in Melbourne to receive their medals are Kevin Cunningham (left, WA) and Kevin Coombs (centre, Victoria). Cunningham and Coombs were subsequently selected to represent Australia at the Rome Paralympics.

Paying attention to the pre-event briefing

Competitors listen to an official before an event at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Note the design of the battered basketball chairs used by the Western Australian athletes. These were constructed to a unique design and were highly manouevrable and very unstable. Rome Paralympian John Turich is second from the right.

Testing the waters at the new Carina pool

Competitors at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games test out the new pool at the Carina Sports Area (now the Clem Jones Centre). Closest to camera is 1960 Rome Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown.

On the archery “field”

Competition in archery at the 1966 National Wheelchair Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Although just 7km from the centre of Brisbane, at the time this facility was almost completely undeveloped, providing a challenge for organisers and competitors. In the foreground at left is John “Johnno” Johnston, a pioneer of Paralympic sport in Australia.

Basic conditions, fierce competition

Two competitors in a wheelchair race pass the official stand that had been used in the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. In 1966 this sports ground was little more than a dusty construction site.

Unloading the athletes

In an era when wheelchair users were being carried on and off planes, unloading athletes by hand from the back their transport – a cattle truck – may not have seemed out of the ordinary at the Fourth National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area, Brisbane.

Literally traveling ‘cattle class’

Athlete transport at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games in Brisbane was basic – the flat bed of a cattle truck, with chairs secured to the bars of the truck with rope. The venue appears remote but was in fact the Carina Sports Area, later the Clem Jones Centre, 7km from the centre of Brisbane.

Release the pigeons!

The release of a flock of homing pigeons was one of the highlights of the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane.

The fourth National Paraplegic Games

The Fourth Australian Paraplegic Games was held at the Carina Sports Area, in outer Brisbane, from 11-14 May 1966.

The Carina Sports Area had its beginnings in the 1950s, when the Camp Hill Carina Branch of the Australian Labor Party arranged to lease from the Brisbane City Council 42 acres of Crown land 7km from the city that was a badly neglected unofficial trotting track, also being used as an illegal dump. Association members wanted to provide a variety of sporting opportunities for the youth in the district and set about the arduous task of clearing the land and making it suitable for the many sporting fields. At that time, many areas of Brisbane were without paved roads or sewerage. Even by 1966, it was still a raw site, although competitors had the advantage of competing in swimming events in the newly opened pool. More than 50 years later, the Paralympic movement and the the venue that held those Games are both going strong.

While the facilities and the athlete transport were somewhat rudimentary, the competition was as fierce as ever and the Games were the selection event for the Australian team to attend the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Kingston, Jamaica.

The 1966 National Paraplegic Games were held in Brisbane. They were the selection event for the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games.

National Games medals and tickets to Rome for Cunningham and Coombs

The first National Paraplegic Games were the selection event for the 1960 Australian Paralympic team. On the medal dais at the medal presentation and closing ceremony of the first National Paraplegic Games in Melbourne to receive their medals are Kevin Cunningham (left, WA) and Kevin Coombs (centre, Victoria). Cunningham and Coombs were subsequently selected to represent Australia at the Rome Paralympics.

Paying attention to the pre-event briefing

Competitors listen to an official before an event at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Note the design of the battered basketball chairs used by the Western Australian athletes. These were constructed to a unique design and were highly manouevrable and very unstable. Rome Paralympian John Turich is second from the right.

Testing the waters at the new Carina pool

Competitors at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games test out the new pool at the Carina Sports Area (now the Clem Jones Centre). Closest to camera is 1960 Rome Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown.

On the archery “field”

Competition in archery at the 1966 National Wheelchair Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Although just 7km from the centre of Brisbane, at the time this facility was almost completely undeveloped, providing a challenge for organisers and competitors. In the foreground at left is John “Johnno” Johnston, a pioneer of Paralympic sport in Australia.

Basic conditions, fierce competition

Two competitors in a wheelchair race pass the official stand that had been used in the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. In 1966 this sports ground was little more than a dusty construction site.

Unloading the athletes

In an era when wheelchair users were being carried on and off planes, unloading athletes by hand from the back their transport – a cattle truck – may not have seemed out of the ordinary at the Fourth National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area, Brisbane.

Literally traveling ‘cattle class’

Athlete transport at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games in Brisbane was basic – the flat bed of a cattle truck, with chairs secured to the bars of the truck with rope. The venue appears remote but was in fact the Carina Sports Area, later the Clem Jones Centre, 7km from the centre of Brisbane.

Release the pigeons!

The release of a flock of homing pigeons was one of the highlights of the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane.

The fourth National Paraplegic Games

The Fourth Australian Paraplegic Games was held at the Carina Sports Area, in outer Brisbane, from 11-14 May 1966.

The Carina Sports Area had its beginnings in the 1950s, when the Camp Hill Carina Branch of the Australian Labor Party arranged to lease from the Brisbane City Council 42 acres of Crown land 7km from the city that was a badly neglected unofficial trotting track, also being used as an illegal dump. Association members wanted to provide a variety of sporting opportunities for the youth in the district and set about the arduous task of clearing the land and making it suitable for the many sporting fields. At that time, many areas of Brisbane were without paved roads or sewerage. Even by 1966, it was still a raw site, although competitors had the advantage of competing in swimming events in the newly opened pool. More than 50 years later, the Paralympic movement and the the venue that held those Games are both going strong.

While the facilities and the athlete transport were somewhat rudimentary, the competition was as fierce as ever and the Games were the selection event for the Australian team to attend the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Kingston, Jamaica.

The 1966 National Paraplegic Games were held in Brisbane. They were the selection event for the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games.

National Games medals and tickets to Rome for Cunningham and Coombs

The first National Paraplegic Games were the selection event for the 1960 Australian Paralympic team. On the medal dais at the medal presentation and closing ceremony of the first National Paraplegic Games in Melbourne to receive their medals are Kevin Cunningham (left, WA) and Kevin Coombs (centre, Victoria). Cunningham and Coombs were subsequently selected to represent Australia at the Rome Paralympics.

Paying attention to the pre-event briefing

Competitors listen to an official before an event at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Note the design of the battered basketball chairs used by the Western Australian athletes. These were constructed to a unique design and were highly manouevrable and very unstable. Rome Paralympian John Turich is second from the right.

Testing the waters at the new Carina pool

Competitors at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games test out the new pool at the Carina Sports Area (now the Clem Jones Centre). Closest to camera is 1960 Rome Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown.

On the archery “field”

Competition in archery at the 1966 National Wheelchair Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Although just 7km from the centre of Brisbane, at the time this facility was almost completely undeveloped, providing a challenge for organisers and competitors. In the foreground at left is John “Johnno” Johnston, a pioneer of Paralympic sport in Australia.

Basic conditions, fierce competition

Two competitors in a wheelchair race pass the official stand that had been used in the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. In 1966 this sports ground was little more than a dusty construction site.

Unloading the athletes

In an era when wheelchair users were being carried on and off planes, unloading athletes by hand from the back their transport – a cattle truck – may not have seemed out of the ordinary at the Fourth National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area, Brisbane.

Literally traveling ‘cattle class’

Athlete transport at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games in Brisbane was basic – the flat bed of a cattle truck, with chairs secured to the bars of the truck with rope. The venue appears remote but was in fact the Carina Sports Area, later the Clem Jones Centre, 7km from the centre of Brisbane.

Release the pigeons!

The release of a flock of homing pigeons was one of the highlights of the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane.

The fourth National Paraplegic Games

The Fourth Australian Paraplegic Games was held at the Carina Sports Area, in outer Brisbane, from 11-14 May 1966.

The Carina Sports Area had its beginnings in the 1950s, when the Camp Hill Carina Branch of the Australian Labor Party arranged to lease from the Brisbane City Council 42 acres of Crown land 7km from the city that was a badly neglected unofficial trotting track, also being used as an illegal dump. Association members wanted to provide a variety of sporting opportunities for the youth in the district and set about the arduous task of clearing the land and making it suitable for the many sporting fields. At that time, many areas of Brisbane were without paved roads or sewerage. Even by 1966, it was still a raw site, although competitors had the advantage of competing in swimming events in the newly opened pool. More than 50 years later, the Paralympic movement and the the venue that held those Games are both going strong.

While the facilities and the athlete transport were somewhat rudimentary, the competition was as fierce as ever and the Games were the selection event for the Australian team to attend the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Kingston, Jamaica.

The 1966 National Paraplegic Games were held in Brisbane. They were the selection event for the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games.

National Games medals and tickets to Rome for Cunningham and Coombs

The first National Paraplegic Games were the selection event for the 1960 Australian Paralympic team. On the medal dais at the medal presentation and closing ceremony of the first National Paraplegic Games in Melbourne to receive their medals are Kevin Cunningham (left, WA) and Kevin Coombs (centre, Victoria). Cunningham and Coombs were subsequently selected to represent Australia at the Rome Paralympics.

Paying attention to the pre-event briefing

Competitors listen to an official before an event at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Note the design of the battered basketball chairs used by the Western Australian athletes. These were constructed to a unique design and were highly manouevrable and very unstable. Rome Paralympian John Turich is second from the right.

Testing the waters at the new Carina pool

Competitors at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games test out the new pool at the Carina Sports Area (now the Clem Jones Centre). Closest to camera is 1960 Rome Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown.

On the archery “field”

Competition in archery at the 1966 National Wheelchair Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Although just 7km from the centre of Brisbane, at the time this facility was almost completely undeveloped, providing a challenge for organisers and competitors. In the foreground at left is John “Johnno” Johnston, a pioneer of Paralympic sport in Australia.

Basic conditions, fierce competition

Two competitors in a wheelchair race pass the official stand that had been used in the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. In 1966 this sports ground was little more than a dusty construction site.

Unloading the athletes

In an era when wheelchair users were being carried on and off planes, unloading athletes by hand from the back their transport – a cattle truck – may not have seemed out of the ordinary at the Fourth National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area, Brisbane.

Literally traveling ‘cattle class’

Athlete transport at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games in Brisbane was basic – the flat bed of a cattle truck, with chairs secured to the bars of the truck with rope. The venue appears remote but was in fact the Carina Sports Area, later the Clem Jones Centre, 7km from the centre of Brisbane.

Release the pigeons!

The release of a flock of homing pigeons was one of the highlights of the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane.

The fourth National Paraplegic Games

The Fourth Australian Paraplegic Games was held at the Carina Sports Area, in outer Brisbane, from 11-14 May 1966.

The Carina Sports Area had its beginnings in the 1950s, when the Camp Hill Carina Branch of the Australian Labor Party arranged to lease from the Brisbane City Council 42 acres of Crown land 7km from the city that was a badly neglected unofficial trotting track, also being used as an illegal dump. Association members wanted to provide a variety of sporting opportunities for the youth in the district and set about the arduous task of clearing the land and making it suitable for the many sporting fields. At that time, many areas of Brisbane were without paved roads or sewerage. Even by 1966, it was still a raw site, although competitors had the advantage of competing in swimming events in the newly opened pool. More than 50 years later, the Paralympic movement and the the venue that held those Games are both going strong.

While the facilities and the athlete transport were somewhat rudimentary, the competition was as fierce as ever and the Games were the selection event for the Australian team to attend the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Kingston, Jamaica.

The 1966 National Paraplegic Games were held in Brisbane. They were the selection event for the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games.

National Games medals and tickets to Rome for Cunningham and Coombs

The first National Paraplegic Games were the selection event for the 1960 Australian Paralympic team. On the medal dais at the medal presentation and closing ceremony of the first National Paraplegic Games in Melbourne to receive their medals are Kevin Cunningham (left, WA) and Kevin Coombs (centre, Victoria). Cunningham and Coombs were subsequently selected to represent Australia at the Rome Paralympics.

Paying attention to the pre-event briefing

Competitors listen to an official before an event at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Note the design of the battered basketball chairs used by the Western Australian athletes. These were constructed to a unique design and were highly manouevrable and very unstable. Rome Paralympian John Turich is second from the right.

Testing the waters at the new Carina pool

Competitors at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games test out the new pool at the Carina Sports Area (now the Clem Jones Centre). Closest to camera is 1960 Rome Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown.

On the archery “field”

Competition in archery at the 1966 National Wheelchair Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Although just 7km from the centre of Brisbane, at the time this facility was almost completely undeveloped, providing a challenge for organisers and competitors. In the foreground at left is John “Johnno” Johnston, a pioneer of Paralympic sport in Australia.

Basic conditions, fierce competition

Two competitors in a wheelchair race pass the official stand that had been used in the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. In 1966 this sports ground was little more than a dusty construction site.

Unloading the athletes

In an era when wheelchair users were being carried on and off planes, unloading athletes by hand from the back their transport – a cattle truck – may not have seemed out of the ordinary at the Fourth National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area, Brisbane.

Literally traveling ‘cattle class’

Athlete transport at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games in Brisbane was basic – the flat bed of a cattle truck, with chairs secured to the bars of the truck with rope. The venue appears remote but was in fact the Carina Sports Area, later the Clem Jones Centre, 7km from the centre of Brisbane.

Release the pigeons!

The release of a flock of homing pigeons was one of the highlights of the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane.

The fourth National Paraplegic Games

The Fourth Australian Paraplegic Games was held at the Carina Sports Area, in outer Brisbane, from 11-14 May 1966.

The Carina Sports Area had its beginnings in the 1950s, when the Camp Hill Carina Branch of the Australian Labor Party arranged to lease from the Brisbane City Council 42 acres of Crown land 7km from the city that was a badly neglected unofficial trotting track, also being used as an illegal dump. Association members wanted to provide a variety of sporting opportunities for the youth in the district and set about the arduous task of clearing the land and making it suitable for the many sporting fields. At that time, many areas of Brisbane were without paved roads or sewerage. Even by 1966, it was still a raw site, although competitors had the advantage of competing in swimming events in the newly opened pool. More than 50 years later, the Paralympic movement and the the venue that held those Games are both going strong.

While the facilities and the athlete transport were somewhat rudimentary, the competition was as fierce as ever and the Games were the selection event for the Australian team to attend the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Kingston, Jamaica.

The 1966 National Paraplegic Games were held in Brisbane. They were the selection event for the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games.

National Games medals and tickets to Rome for Cunningham and Coombs

The first National Paraplegic Games were the selection event for the 1960 Australian Paralympic team. On the medal dais at the medal presentation and closing ceremony of the first National Paraplegic Games in Melbourne to receive their medals are Kevin Cunningham (left, WA) and Kevin Coombs (centre, Victoria). Cunningham and Coombs were subsequently selected to represent Australia at the Rome Paralympics.

Paying attention to the pre-event briefing

Competitors listen to an official before an event at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Note the design of the battered basketball chairs used by the Western Australian athletes. These were constructed to a unique design and were highly manouevrable and very unstable. Rome Paralympian John Turich is second from the right.

Testing the waters at the new Carina pool

Competitors at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games test out the new pool at the Carina Sports Area (now the Clem Jones Centre). Closest to camera is 1960 Rome Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown.

On the archery “field”

Competition in archery at the 1966 National Wheelchair Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Although just 7km from the centre of Brisbane, at the time this facility was almost completely undeveloped, providing a challenge for organisers and competitors. In the foreground at left is John “Johnno” Johnston, a pioneer of Paralympic sport in Australia.

Basic conditions, fierce competition

Two competitors in a wheelchair race pass the official stand that had been used in the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. In 1966 this sports ground was little more than a dusty construction site.

Unloading the athletes

In an era when wheelchair users were being carried on and off planes, unloading athletes by hand from the back their transport – a cattle truck – may not have seemed out of the ordinary at the Fourth National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area, Brisbane.

Literally traveling ‘cattle class’

Athlete transport at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games in Brisbane was basic – the flat bed of a cattle truck, with chairs secured to the bars of the truck with rope. The venue appears remote but was in fact the Carina Sports Area, later the Clem Jones Centre, 7km from the centre of Brisbane.

Release the pigeons!

The release of a flock of homing pigeons was one of the highlights of the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane.

The fourth National Paraplegic Games

The Fourth Australian Paraplegic Games was held at the Carina Sports Area, in outer Brisbane, from 11-14 May 1966.

The Carina Sports Area had its beginnings in the 1950s, when the Camp Hill Carina Branch of the Australian Labor Party arranged to lease from the Brisbane City Council 42 acres of Crown land 7km from the city that was a badly neglected unofficial trotting track, also being used as an illegal dump. Association members wanted to provide a variety of sporting opportunities for the youth in the district and set about the arduous task of clearing the land and making it suitable for the many sporting fields. At that time, many areas of Brisbane were without paved roads or sewerage. Even by 1966, it was still a raw site, although competitors had the advantage of competing in swimming events in the newly opened pool. More than 50 years later, the Paralympic movement and the the venue that held those Games are both going strong.

While the facilities and the athlete transport were somewhat rudimentary, the competition was as fierce as ever and the Games were the selection event for the Australian team to attend the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Kingston, Jamaica.

The 1966 National Paraplegic Games were held in Brisbane. They were the selection event for the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games.

National Games medals and tickets to Rome for Cunningham and Coombs

The first National Paraplegic Games were the selection event for the 1960 Australian Paralympic team. On the medal dais at the medal presentation and closing ceremony of the first National Paraplegic Games in Melbourne to receive their medals are Kevin Cunningham (left, WA) and Kevin Coombs (centre, Victoria). Cunningham and Coombs were subsequently selected to represent Australia at the Rome Paralympics.

Paying attention to the pre-event briefing

Competitors listen to an official before an event at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Note the design of the battered basketball chairs used by the Western Australian athletes. These were constructed to a unique design and were highly manouevrable and very unstable. Rome Paralympian John Turich is second from the right.

Testing the waters at the new Carina pool

Competitors at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games test out the new pool at the Carina Sports Area (now the Clem Jones Centre). Closest to camera is 1960 Rome Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown.

On the archery “field”

Competition in archery at the 1966 National Wheelchair Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Although just 7km from the centre of Brisbane, at the time this facility was almost completely undeveloped, providing a challenge for organisers and competitors. In the foreground at left is John “Johnno” Johnston, a pioneer of Paralympic sport in Australia.

Basic conditions, fierce competition

Two competitors in a wheelchair race pass the official stand that had been used in the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. In 1966 this sports ground was little more than a dusty construction site.

Unloading the athletes

In an era when wheelchair users were being carried on and off planes, unloading athletes by hand from the back their transport – a cattle truck – may not have seemed out of the ordinary at the Fourth National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area, Brisbane.

Literally traveling ‘cattle class’

Athlete transport at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games in Brisbane was basic – the flat bed of a cattle truck, with chairs secured to the bars of the truck with rope. The venue appears remote but was in fact the Carina Sports Area, later the Clem Jones Centre, 7km from the centre of Brisbane.

Release the pigeons!

The release of a flock of homing pigeons was one of the highlights of the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane.

The fourth National Paraplegic Games

The Fourth Australian Paraplegic Games was held at the Carina Sports Area, in outer Brisbane, from 11-14 May 1966.

The Carina Sports Area had its beginnings in the 1950s, when the Camp Hill Carina Branch of the Australian Labor Party arranged to lease from the Brisbane City Council 42 acres of Crown land 7km from the city that was a badly neglected unofficial trotting track, also being used as an illegal dump. Association members wanted to provide a variety of sporting opportunities for the youth in the district and set about the arduous task of clearing the land and making it suitable for the many sporting fields. At that time, many areas of Brisbane were without paved roads or sewerage. Even by 1966, it was still a raw site, although competitors had the advantage of competing in swimming events in the newly opened pool. More than 50 years later, the Paralympic movement and the the venue that held those Games are both going strong.

While the facilities and the athlete transport were somewhat rudimentary, the competition was as fierce as ever and the Games were the selection event for the Australian team to attend the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Kingston, Jamaica.

The 1966 National Paraplegic Games were held in Brisbane. They were the selection event for the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games.

National Games medals and tickets to Rome for Cunningham and Coombs

The first National Paraplegic Games were the selection event for the 1960 Australian Paralympic team. On the medal dais at the medal presentation and closing ceremony of the first National Paraplegic Games in Melbourne to receive their medals are Kevin Cunningham (left, WA) and Kevin Coombs (centre, Victoria). Cunningham and Coombs were subsequently selected to represent Australia at the Rome Paralympics.

Paying attention to the pre-event briefing

Competitors listen to an official before an event at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Note the design of the battered basketball chairs used by the Western Australian athletes. These were constructed to a unique design and were highly manouevrable and very unstable. Rome Paralympian John Turich is second from the right.

Testing the waters at the new Carina pool

Competitors at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games test out the new pool at the Carina Sports Area (now the Clem Jones Centre). Closest to camera is 1960 Rome Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown.

On the archery “field”

Competition in archery at the 1966 National Wheelchair Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Although just 7km from the centre of Brisbane, at the time this facility was almost completely undeveloped, providing a challenge for organisers and competitors. In the foreground at left is John “Johnno” Johnston, a pioneer of Paralympic sport in Australia.

Basic conditions, fierce competition

Two competitors in a wheelchair race pass the official stand that had been used in the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. In 1966 this sports ground was little more than a dusty construction site.

Unloading the athletes

In an era when wheelchair users were being carried on and off planes, unloading athletes by hand from the back their transport – a cattle truck – may not have seemed out of the ordinary at the Fourth National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area, Brisbane.

Literally traveling ‘cattle class’

Athlete transport at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games in Brisbane was basic – the flat bed of a cattle truck, with chairs secured to the bars of the truck with rope. The venue appears remote but was in fact the Carina Sports Area, later the Clem Jones Centre, 7km from the centre of Brisbane.

Release the pigeons!

The release of a flock of homing pigeons was one of the highlights of the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane.

The fourth National Paraplegic Games

The Fourth Australian Paraplegic Games was held at the Carina Sports Area, in outer Brisbane, from 11-14 May 1966.

The Carina Sports Area had its beginnings in the 1950s, when the Camp Hill Carina Branch of the Australian Labor Party arranged to lease from the Brisbane City Council 42 acres of Crown land 7km from the city that was a badly neglected unofficial trotting track, also being used as an illegal dump. Association members wanted to provide a variety of sporting opportunities for the youth in the district and set about the arduous task of clearing the land and making it suitable for the many sporting fields. At that time, many areas of Brisbane were without paved roads or sewerage. Even by 1966, it was still a raw site, although competitors had the advantage of competing in swimming events in the newly opened pool. More than 50 years later, the Paralympic movement and the the venue that held those Games are both going strong.

While the facilities and the athlete transport were somewhat rudimentary, the competition was as fierce as ever and the Games were the selection event for the Australian team to attend the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Kingston, Jamaica.

The 1966 National Paraplegic Games were held in Brisbane. They were the selection event for the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games.

National Games medals and tickets to Rome for Cunningham and Coombs

The first National Paraplegic Games were the selection event for the 1960 Australian Paralympic team. On the medal dais at the medal presentation and closing ceremony of the first National Paraplegic Games in Melbourne to receive their medals are Kevin Cunningham (left, WA) and Kevin Coombs (centre, Victoria). Cunningham and Coombs were subsequently selected to represent Australia at the Rome Paralympics.

Paying attention to the pre-event briefing

Competitors listen to an official before an event at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Note the design of the battered basketball chairs used by the Western Australian athletes. These were constructed to a unique design and were highly manouevrable and very unstable. Rome Paralympian John Turich is second from the right.

Testing the waters at the new Carina pool

Competitors at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games test out the new pool at the Carina Sports Area (now the Clem Jones Centre). Closest to camera is 1960 Rome Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown.

On the archery “field”

Competition in archery at the 1966 National Wheelchair Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Although just 7km from the centre of Brisbane, at the time this facility was almost completely undeveloped, providing a challenge for organisers and competitors. In the foreground at left is John “Johnno” Johnston, a pioneer of Paralympic sport in Australia.

Basic conditions, fierce competition

Two competitors in a wheelchair race pass the official stand that had been used in the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. In 1966 this sports ground was little more than a dusty construction site.

Unloading the athletes

In an era when wheelchair users were being carried on and off planes, unloading athletes by hand from the back their transport – a cattle truck – may not have seemed out of the ordinary at the Fourth National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area, Brisbane.

Literally traveling ‘cattle class’

Athlete transport at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games in Brisbane was basic – the flat bed of a cattle truck, with chairs secured to the bars of the truck with rope. The venue appears remote but was in fact the Carina Sports Area, later the Clem Jones Centre, 7km from the centre of Brisbane.

Release the pigeons!

The release of a flock of homing pigeons was one of the highlights of the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane.

The fourth National Paraplegic Games

The Fourth Australian Paraplegic Games was held at the Carina Sports Area, in outer Brisbane, from 11-14 May 1966.

The Carina Sports Area had its beginnings in the 1950s, when the Camp Hill Carina Branch of the Australian Labor Party arranged to lease from the Brisbane City Council 42 acres of Crown land 7km from the city that was a badly neglected unofficial trotting track, also being used as an illegal dump. Association members wanted to provide a variety of sporting opportunities for the youth in the district and set about the arduous task of clearing the land and making it suitable for the many sporting fields. At that time, many areas of Brisbane were without paved roads or sewerage. Even by 1966, it was still a raw site, although competitors had the advantage of competing in swimming events in the newly opened pool. More than 50 years later, the Paralympic movement and the the venue that held those Games are both going strong.

While the facilities and the athlete transport were somewhat rudimentary, the competition was as fierce as ever and the Games were the selection event for the Australian team to attend the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Kingston, Jamaica.

The 1966 National Paraplegic Games were held in Brisbane. They were the selection event for the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games.

National Games medals and tickets to Rome for Cunningham and Coombs

The first National Paraplegic Games were the selection event for the 1960 Australian Paralympic team. On the medal dais at the medal presentation and closing ceremony of the first National Paraplegic Games in Melbourne to receive their medals are Kevin Cunningham (left, WA) and Kevin Coombs (centre, Victoria). Cunningham and Coombs were subsequently selected to represent Australia at the Rome Paralympics.

Paying attention to the pre-event briefing

Competitors listen to an official before an event at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Note the design of the battered basketball chairs used by the Western Australian athletes. These were constructed to a unique design and were highly manouevrable and very unstable. Rome Paralympian John Turich is second from the right.

Testing the waters at the new Carina pool

Competitors at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games test out the new pool at the Carina Sports Area (now the Clem Jones Centre). Closest to camera is 1960 Rome Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown.

On the archery “field”

Competition in archery at the 1966 National Wheelchair Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Although just 7km from the centre of Brisbane, at the time this facility was almost completely undeveloped, providing a challenge for organisers and competitors. In the foreground at left is John “Johnno” Johnston, a pioneer of Paralympic sport in Australia.

Basic conditions, fierce competition

Two competitors in a wheelchair race pass the official stand that had been used in the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. In 1966 this sports ground was little more than a dusty construction site.

Unloading the athletes

In an era when wheelchair users were being carried on and off planes, unloading athletes by hand from the back their transport – a cattle truck – may not have seemed out of the ordinary at the Fourth National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area, Brisbane.

Literally traveling ‘cattle class’

Athlete transport at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games in Brisbane was basic – the flat bed of a cattle truck, with chairs secured to the bars of the truck with rope. The venue appears remote but was in fact the Carina Sports Area, later the Clem Jones Centre, 7km from the centre of Brisbane.

Release the pigeons!

The release of a flock of homing pigeons was one of the highlights of the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane.

The fourth National Paraplegic Games

The Fourth Australian Paraplegic Games was held at the Carina Sports Area, in outer Brisbane, from 11-14 May 1966.

The Carina Sports Area had its beginnings in the 1950s, when the Camp Hill Carina Branch of the Australian Labor Party arranged to lease from the Brisbane City Council 42 acres of Crown land 7km from the city that was a badly neglected unofficial trotting track, also being used as an illegal dump. Association members wanted to provide a variety of sporting opportunities for the youth in the district and set about the arduous task of clearing the land and making it suitable for the many sporting fields. At that time, many areas of Brisbane were without paved roads or sewerage. Even by 1966, it was still a raw site, although competitors had the advantage of competing in swimming events in the newly opened pool. More than 50 years later, the Paralympic movement and the the venue that held those Games are both going strong.

While the facilities and the athlete transport were somewhat rudimentary, the competition was as fierce as ever and the Games were the selection event for the Australian team to attend the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Kingston, Jamaica.

The 1966 National Paraplegic Games were held in Brisbane. They were the selection event for the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games.

National Games medals and tickets to Rome for Cunningham and Coombs

The first National Paraplegic Games were the selection event for the 1960 Australian Paralympic team. On the medal dais at the medal presentation and closing ceremony of the first National Paraplegic Games in Melbourne to receive their medals are Kevin Cunningham (left, WA) and Kevin Coombs (centre, Victoria). Cunningham and Coombs were subsequently selected to represent Australia at the Rome Paralympics.

Paying attention to the pre-event briefing

Competitors listen to an official before an event at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Note the design of the battered basketball chairs used by the Western Australian athletes. These were constructed to a unique design and were highly manouevrable and very unstable. Rome Paralympian John Turich is second from the right.

Testing the waters at the new Carina pool

Competitors at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games test out the new pool at the Carina Sports Area (now the Clem Jones Centre). Closest to camera is 1960 Rome Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown.

On the archery “field”

Competition in archery at the 1966 National Wheelchair Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Although just 7km from the centre of Brisbane, at the time this facility was almost completely undeveloped, providing a challenge for organisers and competitors. In the foreground at left is John “Johnno” Johnston, a pioneer of Paralympic sport in Australia.

Basic conditions, fierce competition

Two competitors in a wheelchair race pass the official stand that had been used in the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. In 1966 this sports ground was little more than a dusty construction site.

Unloading the athletes

In an era when wheelchair users were being carried on and off planes, unloading athletes by hand from the back their transport – a cattle truck – may not have seemed out of the ordinary at the Fourth National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area, Brisbane.

Literally traveling ‘cattle class’

Athlete transport at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games in Brisbane was basic – the flat bed of a cattle truck, with chairs secured to the bars of the truck with rope. The venue appears remote but was in fact the Carina Sports Area, later the Clem Jones Centre, 7km from the centre of Brisbane.

Release the pigeons!

The release of a flock of homing pigeons was one of the highlights of the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane.

The fourth National Paraplegic Games

The Fourth Australian Paraplegic Games was held at the Carina Sports Area, in outer Brisbane, from 11-14 May 1966.

The Carina Sports Area had its beginnings in the 1950s, when the Camp Hill Carina Branch of the Australian Labor Party arranged to lease from the Brisbane City Council 42 acres of Crown land 7km from the city that was a badly neglected unofficial trotting track, also being used as an illegal dump. Association members wanted to provide a variety of sporting opportunities for the youth in the district and set about the arduous task of clearing the land and making it suitable for the many sporting fields. At that time, many areas of Brisbane were without paved roads or sewerage. Even by 1966, it was still a raw site, although competitors had the advantage of competing in swimming events in the newly opened pool. More than 50 years later, the Paralympic movement and the the venue that held those Games are both going strong.

While the facilities and the athlete transport were somewhat rudimentary, the competition was as fierce as ever and the Games were the selection event for the Australian team to attend the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Kingston, Jamaica.

The 1966 National Paraplegic Games were held in Brisbane. They were the selection event for the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games.

National Games medals and tickets to Rome for Cunningham and Coombs

The first National Paraplegic Games were the selection event for the 1960 Australian Paralympic team. On the medal dais at the medal presentation and closing ceremony of the first National Paraplegic Games in Melbourne to receive their medals are Kevin Cunningham (left, WA) and Kevin Coombs (centre, Victoria). Cunningham and Coombs were subsequently selected to represent Australia at the Rome Paralympics.

Paying attention to the pre-event briefing

Competitors listen to an official before an event at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Note the design of the battered basketball chairs used by the Western Australian athletes. These were constructed to a unique design and were highly manouevrable and very unstable. Rome Paralympian John Turich is second from the right.

Testing the waters at the new Carina pool

Competitors at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games test out the new pool at the Carina Sports Area (now the Clem Jones Centre). Closest to camera is 1960 Rome Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown.

On the archery “field”

Competition in archery at the 1966 National Wheelchair Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Although just 7km from the centre of Brisbane, at the time this facility was almost completely undeveloped, providing a challenge for organisers and competitors. In the foreground at left is John “Johnno” Johnston, a pioneer of Paralympic sport in Australia.

Basic conditions, fierce competition

Two competitors in a wheelchair race pass the official stand that had been used in the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. In 1966 this sports ground was little more than a dusty construction site.

Unloading the athletes

In an era when wheelchair users were being carried on and off planes, unloading athletes by hand from the back their transport – a cattle truck – may not have seemed out of the ordinary at the Fourth National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area, Brisbane.

Literally traveling ‘cattle class’

Athlete transport at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games in Brisbane was basic – the flat bed of a cattle truck, with chairs secured to the bars of the truck with rope. The venue appears remote but was in fact the Carina Sports Area, later the Clem Jones Centre, 7km from the centre of Brisbane.

Release the pigeons!

The release of a flock of homing pigeons was one of the highlights of the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane.

The fourth National Paraplegic Games

The Fourth Australian Paraplegic Games was held at the Carina Sports Area, in outer Brisbane, from 11-14 May 1966.

The Carina Sports Area had its beginnings in the 1950s, when the Camp Hill Carina Branch of the Australian Labor Party arranged to lease from the Brisbane City Council 42 acres of Crown land 7km from the city that was a badly neglected unofficial trotting track, also being used as an illegal dump. Association members wanted to provide a variety of sporting opportunities for the youth in the district and set about the arduous task of clearing the land and making it suitable for the many sporting fields. At that time, many areas of Brisbane were without paved roads or sewerage. Even by 1966, it was still a raw site, although competitors had the advantage of competing in swimming events in the newly opened pool. More than 50 years later, the Paralympic movement and the the venue that held those Games are both going strong.

While the facilities and the athlete transport were somewhat rudimentary, the competition was as fierce as ever and the Games were the selection event for the Australian team to attend the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Kingston, Jamaica.

The 1966 National Paraplegic Games were held in Brisbane. They were the selection event for the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games.

National Games medals and tickets to Rome for Cunningham and Coombs

The first National Paraplegic Games were the selection event for the 1960 Australian Paralympic team. On the medal dais at the medal presentation and closing ceremony of the first National Paraplegic Games in Melbourne to receive their medals are Kevin Cunningham (left, WA) and Kevin Coombs (centre, Victoria). Cunningham and Coombs were subsequently selected to represent Australia at the Rome Paralympics.

Paying attention to the pre-event briefing

Competitors listen to an official before an event at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Note the design of the battered basketball chairs used by the Western Australian athletes. These were constructed to a unique design and were highly manouevrable and very unstable. Rome Paralympian John Turich is second from the right.

Testing the waters at the new Carina pool

Competitors at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games test out the new pool at the Carina Sports Area (now the Clem Jones Centre). Closest to camera is 1960 Rome Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown.

On the archery “field”

Competition in archery at the 1966 National Wheelchair Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Although just 7km from the centre of Brisbane, at the time this facility was almost completely undeveloped, providing a challenge for organisers and competitors. In the foreground at left is John “Johnno” Johnston, a pioneer of Paralympic sport in Australia.

Basic conditions, fierce competition

Two competitors in a wheelchair race pass the official stand that had been used in the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. In 1966 this sports ground was little more than a dusty construction site.

Unloading the athletes

In an era when wheelchair users were being carried on and off planes, unloading athletes by hand from the back their transport – a cattle truck – may not have seemed out of the ordinary at the Fourth National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area, Brisbane.

Literally traveling ‘cattle class’

Athlete transport at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games in Brisbane was basic – the flat bed of a cattle truck, with chairs secured to the bars of the truck with rope. The venue appears remote but was in fact the Carina Sports Area, later the Clem Jones Centre, 7km from the centre of Brisbane.

Release the pigeons!

The release of a flock of homing pigeons was one of the highlights of the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane.

The fourth National Paraplegic Games

The Fourth Australian Paraplegic Games was held at the Carina Sports Area, in outer Brisbane, from 11-14 May 1966.

The Carina Sports Area had its beginnings in the 1950s, when the Camp Hill Carina Branch of the Australian Labor Party arranged to lease from the Brisbane City Council 42 acres of Crown land 7km from the city that was a badly neglected unofficial trotting track, also being used as an illegal dump. Association members wanted to provide a variety of sporting opportunities for the youth in the district and set about the arduous task of clearing the land and making it suitable for the many sporting fields. At that time, many areas of Brisbane were without paved roads or sewerage. Even by 1966, it was still a raw site, although competitors had the advantage of competing in swimming events in the newly opened pool. More than 50 years later, the Paralympic movement and the the venue that held those Games are both going strong.

While the facilities and the athlete transport were somewhat rudimentary, the competition was as fierce as ever and the Games were the selection event for the Australian team to attend the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Kingston, Jamaica.

The 1966 National Paraplegic Games were held in Brisbane. They were the selection event for the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games.

National Games medals and tickets to Rome for Cunningham and Coombs

The first National Paraplegic Games were the selection event for the 1960 Australian Paralympic team. On the medal dais at the medal presentation and closing ceremony of the first National Paraplegic Games in Melbourne to receive their medals are Kevin Cunningham (left, WA) and Kevin Coombs (centre, Victoria). Cunningham and Coombs were subsequently selected to represent Australia at the Rome Paralympics.

Paying attention to the pre-event briefing

Competitors listen to an official before an event at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Note the design of the battered basketball chairs used by the Western Australian athletes. These were constructed to a unique design and were highly manouevrable and very unstable. Rome Paralympian John Turich is second from the right.

Testing the waters at the new Carina pool

Competitors at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games test out the new pool at the Carina Sports Area (now the Clem Jones Centre). Closest to camera is 1960 Rome Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown.

On the archery “field”

Competition in archery at the 1966 National Wheelchair Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Although just 7km from the centre of Brisbane, at the time this facility was almost completely undeveloped, providing a challenge for organisers and competitors. In the foreground at left is John “Johnno” Johnston, a pioneer of Paralympic sport in Australia.

Basic conditions, fierce competition

Two competitors in a wheelchair race pass the official stand that had been used in the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. In 1966 this sports ground was little more than a dusty construction site.

Unloading the athletes

In an era when wheelchair users were being carried on and off planes, unloading athletes by hand from the back their transport – a cattle truck – may not have seemed out of the ordinary at the Fourth National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area, Brisbane.

Literally traveling ‘cattle class’

Athlete transport at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games in Brisbane was basic – the flat bed of a cattle truck, with chairs secured to the bars of the truck with rope. The venue appears remote but was in fact the Carina Sports Area, later the Clem Jones Centre, 7km from the centre of Brisbane.

Release the pigeons!

The release of a flock of homing pigeons was one of the highlights of the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane.

The fourth National Paraplegic Games

The Fourth Australian Paraplegic Games was held at the Carina Sports Area, in outer Brisbane, from 11-14 May 1966.

The Carina Sports Area had its beginnings in the 1950s, when the Camp Hill Carina Branch of the Australian Labor Party arranged to lease from the Brisbane City Council 42 acres of Crown land 7km from the city that was a badly neglected unofficial trotting track, also being used as an illegal dump. Association members wanted to provide a variety of sporting opportunities for the youth in the district and set about the arduous task of clearing the land and making it suitable for the many sporting fields. At that time, many areas of Brisbane were without paved roads or sewerage. Even by 1966, it was still a raw site, although competitors had the advantage of competing in swimming events in the newly opened pool. More than 50 years later, the Paralympic movement and the the venue that held those Games are both going strong.

While the facilities and the athlete transport were somewhat rudimentary, the competition was as fierce as ever and the Games were the selection event for the Australian team to attend the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Kingston, Jamaica.

The 1966 National Paraplegic Games were held in Brisbane. They were the selection event for the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games.

National Games medals and tickets to Rome for Cunningham and Coombs

The first National Paraplegic Games were the selection event for the 1960 Australian Paralympic team. On the medal dais at the medal presentation and closing ceremony of the first National Paraplegic Games in Melbourne to receive their medals are Kevin Cunningham (left, WA) and Kevin Coombs (centre, Victoria). Cunningham and Coombs were subsequently selected to represent Australia at the Rome Paralympics.

Paying attention to the pre-event briefing

Competitors listen to an official before an event at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Note the design of the battered basketball chairs used by the Western Australian athletes. These were constructed to a unique design and were highly manouevrable and very unstable. Rome Paralympian John Turich is second from the right.

Testing the waters at the new Carina pool

Competitors at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games test out the new pool at the Carina Sports Area (now the Clem Jones Centre). Closest to camera is 1960 Rome Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown.

On the archery “field”

Competition in archery at the 1966 National Wheelchair Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Although just 7km from the centre of Brisbane, at the time this facility was almost completely undeveloped, providing a challenge for organisers and competitors. In the foreground at left is John “Johnno” Johnston, a pioneer of Paralympic sport in Australia.

Basic conditions, fierce competition

Two competitors in a wheelchair race pass the official stand that had been used in the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. In 1966 this sports ground was little more than a dusty construction site.

Unloading the athletes

In an era when wheelchair users were being carried on and off planes, unloading athletes by hand from the back their transport – a cattle truck – may not have seemed out of the ordinary at the Fourth National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area, Brisbane.

Literally traveling ‘cattle class’

Athlete transport at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games in Brisbane was basic – the flat bed of a cattle truck, with chairs secured to the bars of the truck with rope. The venue appears remote but was in fact the Carina Sports Area, later the Clem Jones Centre, 7km from the centre of Brisbane.

Release the pigeons!

The release of a flock of homing pigeons was one of the highlights of the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane.

The fourth National Paraplegic Games

The Fourth Australian Paraplegic Games was held at the Carina Sports Area, in outer Brisbane, from 11-14 May 1966.

The Carina Sports Area had its beginnings in the 1950s, when the Camp Hill Carina Branch of the Australian Labor Party arranged to lease from the Brisbane City Council 42 acres of Crown land 7km from the city that was a badly neglected unofficial trotting track, also being used as an illegal dump. Association members wanted to provide a variety of sporting opportunities for the youth in the district and set about the arduous task of clearing the land and making it suitable for the many sporting fields. At that time, many areas of Brisbane were without paved roads or sewerage. Even by 1966, it was still a raw site, although competitors had the advantage of competing in swimming events in the newly opened pool. More than 50 years later, the Paralympic movement and the the venue that held those Games are both going strong.

While the facilities and the athlete transport were somewhat rudimentary, the competition was as fierce as ever and the Games were the selection event for the Australian team to attend the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Kingston, Jamaica.

The 1966 National Paraplegic Games were held in Brisbane. They were the selection event for the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games.

National Games medals and tickets to Rome for Cunningham and Coombs

The first National Paraplegic Games were the selection event for the 1960 Australian Paralympic team. On the medal dais at the medal presentation and closing ceremony of the first National Paraplegic Games in Melbourne to receive their medals are Kevin Cunningham (left, WA) and Kevin Coombs (centre, Victoria). Cunningham and Coombs were subsequently selected to represent Australia at the Rome Paralympics.

Paying attention to the pre-event briefing

Competitors listen to an official before an event at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Note the design of the battered basketball chairs used by the Western Australian athletes. These were constructed to a unique design and were highly manouevrable and very unstable. Rome Paralympian John Turich is second from the right.

Testing the waters at the new Carina pool

Competitors at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games test out the new pool at the Carina Sports Area (now the Clem Jones Centre). Closest to camera is 1960 Rome Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown.

On the archery “field”

Competition in archery at the 1966 National Wheelchair Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Although just 7km from the centre of Brisbane, at the time this facility was almost completely undeveloped, providing a challenge for organisers and competitors. In the foreground at left is John “Johnno” Johnston, a pioneer of Paralympic sport in Australia.

Basic conditions, fierce competition

Two competitors in a wheelchair race pass the official stand that had been used in the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. In 1966 this sports ground was little more than a dusty construction site.

Unloading the athletes

In an era when wheelchair users were being carried on and off planes, unloading athletes by hand from the back their transport – a cattle truck – may not have seemed out of the ordinary at the Fourth National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area, Brisbane.

Literally traveling ‘cattle class’

Athlete transport at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games in Brisbane was basic – the flat bed of a cattle truck, with chairs secured to the bars of the truck with rope. The venue appears remote but was in fact the Carina Sports Area, later the Clem Jones Centre, 7km from the centre of Brisbane.

Release the pigeons!

The release of a flock of homing pigeons was one of the highlights of the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane.

The fourth National Paraplegic Games

The Fourth Australian Paraplegic Games was held at the Carina Sports Area, in outer Brisbane, from 11-14 May 1966.

The Carina Sports Area had its beginnings in the 1950s, when the Camp Hill Carina Branch of the Australian Labor Party arranged to lease from the Brisbane City Council 42 acres of Crown land 7km from the city that was a badly neglected unofficial trotting track, also being used as an illegal dump. Association members wanted to provide a variety of sporting opportunities for the youth in the district and set about the arduous task of clearing the land and making it suitable for the many sporting fields. At that time, many areas of Brisbane were without paved roads or sewerage. Even by 1966, it was still a raw site, although competitors had the advantage of competing in swimming events in the newly opened pool. More than 50 years later, the Paralympic movement and the the venue that held those Games are both going strong.

While the facilities and the athlete transport were somewhat rudimentary, the competition was as fierce as ever and the Games were the selection event for the Australian team to attend the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Kingston, Jamaica.

The 1966 National Paraplegic Games were held in Brisbane. They were the selection event for the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games.

National Games medals and tickets to Rome for Cunningham and Coombs

The first National Paraplegic Games were the selection event for the 1960 Australian Paralympic team. On the medal dais at the medal presentation and closing ceremony of the first National Paraplegic Games in Melbourne to receive their medals are Kevin Cunningham (left, WA) and Kevin Coombs (centre, Victoria). Cunningham and Coombs were subsequently selected to represent Australia at the Rome Paralympics.

Paying attention to the pre-event briefing

Competitors listen to an official before an event at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Note the design of the battered basketball chairs used by the Western Australian athletes. These were constructed to a unique design and were highly manouevrable and very unstable. Rome Paralympian John Turich is second from the right.

Testing the waters at the new Carina pool

Competitors at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games test out the new pool at the Carina Sports Area (now the Clem Jones Centre). Closest to camera is 1960 Rome Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown.

On the archery “field”

Competition in archery at the 1966 National Wheelchair Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Although just 7km from the centre of Brisbane, at the time this facility was almost completely undeveloped, providing a challenge for organisers and competitors. In the foreground at left is John “Johnno” Johnston, a pioneer of Paralympic sport in Australia.

Basic conditions, fierce competition

Two competitors in a wheelchair race pass the official stand that had been used in the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. In 1966 this sports ground was little more than a dusty construction site.

Unloading the athletes

In an era when wheelchair users were being carried on and off planes, unloading athletes by hand from the back their transport – a cattle truck – may not have seemed out of the ordinary at the Fourth National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area, Brisbane.

Literally traveling ‘cattle class’

Athlete transport at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games in Brisbane was basic – the flat bed of a cattle truck, with chairs secured to the bars of the truck with rope. The venue appears remote but was in fact the Carina Sports Area, later the Clem Jones Centre, 7km from the centre of Brisbane.

Release the pigeons!

The release of a flock of homing pigeons was one of the highlights of the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane.

The fourth National Paraplegic Games

The Fourth Australian Paraplegic Games was held at the Carina Sports Area, in outer Brisbane, from 11-14 May 1966.

The Carina Sports Area had its beginnings in the 1950s, when the Camp Hill Carina Branch of the Australian Labor Party arranged to lease from the Brisbane City Council 42 acres of Crown land 7km from the city that was a badly neglected unofficial trotting track, also being used as an illegal dump. Association members wanted to provide a variety of sporting opportunities for the youth in the district and set about the arduous task of clearing the land and making it suitable for the many sporting fields. At that time, many areas of Brisbane were without paved roads or sewerage. Even by 1966, it was still a raw site, although competitors had the advantage of competing in swimming events in the newly opened pool. More than 50 years later, the Paralympic movement and the the venue that held those Games are both going strong.

While the facilities and the athlete transport were somewhat rudimentary, the competition was as fierce as ever and the Games were the selection event for the Australian team to attend the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Kingston, Jamaica.

The 1966 National Paraplegic Games were held in Brisbane. They were the selection event for the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games.

National Games medals and tickets to Rome for Cunningham and Coombs

The first National Paraplegic Games were the selection event for the 1960 Australian Paralympic team. On the medal dais at the medal presentation and closing ceremony of the first National Paraplegic Games in Melbourne to receive their medals are Kevin Cunningham (left, WA) and Kevin Coombs (centre, Victoria). Cunningham and Coombs were subsequently selected to represent Australia at the Rome Paralympics.

Paying attention to the pre-event briefing

Competitors listen to an official before an event at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Note the design of the battered basketball chairs used by the Western Australian athletes. These were constructed to a unique design and were highly manouevrable and very unstable. Rome Paralympian John Turich is second from the right.

Testing the waters at the new Carina pool

Competitors at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games test out the new pool at the Carina Sports Area (now the Clem Jones Centre). Closest to camera is 1960 Rome Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown.

On the archery “field”

Competition in archery at the 1966 National Wheelchair Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Although just 7km from the centre of Brisbane, at the time this facility was almost completely undeveloped, providing a challenge for organisers and competitors. In the foreground at left is John “Johnno” Johnston, a pioneer of Paralympic sport in Australia.

Basic conditions, fierce competition

Two competitors in a wheelchair race pass the official stand that had been used in the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. In 1966 this sports ground was little more than a dusty construction site.

Unloading the athletes

In an era when wheelchair users were being carried on and off planes, unloading athletes by hand from the back their transport – a cattle truck – may not have seemed out of the ordinary at the Fourth National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area, Brisbane.

Literally traveling ‘cattle class’

Athlete transport at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games in Brisbane was basic – the flat bed of a cattle truck, with chairs secured to the bars of the truck with rope. The venue appears remote but was in fact the Carina Sports Area, later the Clem Jones Centre, 7km from the centre of Brisbane.

Release the pigeons!

The release of a flock of homing pigeons was one of the highlights of the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane.

The fourth National Paraplegic Games

The Fourth Australian Paraplegic Games was held at the Carina Sports Area, in outer Brisbane, from 11-14 May 1966.

The Carina Sports Area had its beginnings in the 1950s, when the Camp Hill Carina Branch of the Australian Labor Party arranged to lease from the Brisbane City Council 42 acres of Crown land 7km from the city that was a badly neglected unofficial trotting track, also being used as an illegal dump. Association members wanted to provide a variety of sporting opportunities for the youth in the district and set about the arduous task of clearing the land and making it suitable for the many sporting fields. At that time, many areas of Brisbane were without paved roads or sewerage. Even by 1966, it was still a raw site, although competitors had the advantage of competing in swimming events in the newly opened pool. More than 50 years later, the Paralympic movement and the the venue that held those Games are both going strong.

While the facilities and the athlete transport were somewhat rudimentary, the competition was as fierce as ever and the Games were the selection event for the Australian team to attend the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Kingston, Jamaica.

The 1966 National Paraplegic Games were held in Brisbane. They were the selection event for the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games.

National Games medals and tickets to Rome for Cunningham and Coombs

The first National Paraplegic Games were the selection event for the 1960 Australian Paralympic team. On the medal dais at the medal presentation and closing ceremony of the first National Paraplegic Games in Melbourne to receive their medals are Kevin Cunningham (left, WA) and Kevin Coombs (centre, Victoria). Cunningham and Coombs were subsequently selected to represent Australia at the Rome Paralympics.

Paying attention to the pre-event briefing

Competitors listen to an official before an event at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Note the design of the battered basketball chairs used by the Western Australian athletes. These were constructed to a unique design and were highly manouevrable and very unstable. Rome Paralympian John Turich is second from the right.

Testing the waters at the new Carina pool

Competitors at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games test out the new pool at the Carina Sports Area (now the Clem Jones Centre). Closest to camera is 1960 Rome Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown.

On the archery “field”

Competition in archery at the 1966 National Wheelchair Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Although just 7km from the centre of Brisbane, at the time this facility was almost completely undeveloped, providing a challenge for organisers and competitors. In the foreground at left is John “Johnno” Johnston, a pioneer of Paralympic sport in Australia.

Basic conditions, fierce competition

Two competitors in a wheelchair race pass the official stand that had been used in the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. In 1966 this sports ground was little more than a dusty construction site.

Unloading the athletes

In an era when wheelchair users were being carried on and off planes, unloading athletes by hand from the back their transport – a cattle truck – may not have seemed out of the ordinary at the Fourth National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area, Brisbane.

Literally traveling ‘cattle class’

Athlete transport at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games in Brisbane was basic – the flat bed of a cattle truck, with chairs secured to the bars of the truck with rope. The venue appears remote but was in fact the Carina Sports Area, later the Clem Jones Centre, 7km from the centre of Brisbane.

Release the pigeons!

The release of a flock of homing pigeons was one of the highlights of the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane.

The fourth National Paraplegic Games

The Fourth Australian Paraplegic Games was held at the Carina Sports Area, in outer Brisbane, from 11-14 May 1966.

The Carina Sports Area had its beginnings in the 1950s, when the Camp Hill Carina Branch of the Australian Labor Party arranged to lease from the Brisbane City Council 42 acres of Crown land 7km from the city that was a badly neglected unofficial trotting track, also being used as an illegal dump. Association members wanted to provide a variety of sporting opportunities for the youth in the district and set about the arduous task of clearing the land and making it suitable for the many sporting fields. At that time, many areas of Brisbane were without paved roads or sewerage. Even by 1966, it was still a raw site, although competitors had the advantage of competing in swimming events in the newly opened pool. More than 50 years later, the Paralympic movement and the the venue that held those Games are both going strong.

While the facilities and the athlete transport were somewhat rudimentary, the competition was as fierce as ever and the Games were the selection event for the Australian team to attend the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Kingston, Jamaica.

The 1966 National Paraplegic Games were held in Brisbane. They were the selection event for the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games.

National Games medals and tickets to Rome for Cunningham and Coombs

The first National Paraplegic Games were the selection event for the 1960 Australian Paralympic team. On the medal dais at the medal presentation and closing ceremony of the first National Paraplegic Games in Melbourne to receive their medals are Kevin Cunningham (left, WA) and Kevin Coombs (centre, Victoria). Cunningham and Coombs were subsequently selected to represent Australia at the Rome Paralympics.

Paying attention to the pre-event briefing

Competitors listen to an official before an event at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Note the design of the battered basketball chairs used by the Western Australian athletes. These were constructed to a unique design and were highly manouevrable and very unstable. Rome Paralympian John Turich is second from the right.

Testing the waters at the new Carina pool

Competitors at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games test out the new pool at the Carina Sports Area (now the Clem Jones Centre). Closest to camera is 1960 Rome Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown.

On the archery “field”

Competition in archery at the 1966 National Wheelchair Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Although just 7km from the centre of Brisbane, at the time this facility was almost completely undeveloped, providing a challenge for organisers and competitors. In the foreground at left is John “Johnno” Johnston, a pioneer of Paralympic sport in Australia.

Basic conditions, fierce competition

Two competitors in a wheelchair race pass the official stand that had been used in the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. In 1966 this sports ground was little more than a dusty construction site.

Unloading the athletes

In an era when wheelchair users were being carried on and off planes, unloading athletes by hand from the back their transport – a cattle truck – may not have seemed out of the ordinary at the Fourth National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area, Brisbane.

Literally traveling ‘cattle class’

Athlete transport at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games in Brisbane was basic – the flat bed of a cattle truck, with chairs secured to the bars of the truck with rope. The venue appears remote but was in fact the Carina Sports Area, later the Clem Jones Centre, 7km from the centre of Brisbane.

Release the pigeons!

The release of a flock of homing pigeons was one of the highlights of the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane.

The fourth National Paraplegic Games

The Fourth Australian Paraplegic Games was held at the Carina Sports Area, in outer Brisbane, from 11-14 May 1966.

The Carina Sports Area had its beginnings in the 1950s, when the Camp Hill Carina Branch of the Australian Labor Party arranged to lease from the Brisbane City Council 42 acres of Crown land 7km from the city that was a badly neglected unofficial trotting track, also being used as an illegal dump. Association members wanted to provide a variety of sporting opportunities for the youth in the district and set about the arduous task of clearing the land and making it suitable for the many sporting fields. At that time, many areas of Brisbane were without paved roads or sewerage. Even by 1966, it was still a raw site, although competitors had the advantage of competing in swimming events in the newly opened pool. More than 50 years later, the Paralympic movement and the the venue that held those Games are both going strong.

While the facilities and the athlete transport were somewhat rudimentary, the competition was as fierce as ever and the Games were the selection event for the Australian team to attend the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Kingston, Jamaica.

The 1966 National Paraplegic Games were held in Brisbane. They were the selection event for the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games.

National Games medals and tickets to Rome for Cunningham and Coombs

The first National Paraplegic Games were the selection event for the 1960 Australian Paralympic team. On the medal dais at the medal presentation and closing ceremony of the first National Paraplegic Games in Melbourne to receive their medals are Kevin Cunningham (left, WA) and Kevin Coombs (centre, Victoria). Cunningham and Coombs were subsequently selected to represent Australia at the Rome Paralympics.

Paying attention to the pre-event briefing

Competitors listen to an official before an event at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Note the design of the battered basketball chairs used by the Western Australian athletes. These were constructed to a unique design and were highly manouevrable and very unstable. Rome Paralympian John Turich is second from the right.

Testing the waters at the new Carina pool

Competitors at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games test out the new pool at the Carina Sports Area (now the Clem Jones Centre). Closest to camera is 1960 Rome Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown.

On the archery “field”

Competition in archery at the 1966 National Wheelchair Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Although just 7km from the centre of Brisbane, at the time this facility was almost completely undeveloped, providing a challenge for organisers and competitors. In the foreground at left is John “Johnno” Johnston, a pioneer of Paralympic sport in Australia.

Basic conditions, fierce competition

Two competitors in a wheelchair race pass the official stand that had been used in the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. In 1966 this sports ground was little more than a dusty construction site.

Unloading the athletes

In an era when wheelchair users were being carried on and off planes, unloading athletes by hand from the back their transport – a cattle truck – may not have seemed out of the ordinary at the Fourth National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area, Brisbane.

Literally traveling ‘cattle class’

Athlete transport at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games in Brisbane was basic – the flat bed of a cattle truck, with chairs secured to the bars of the truck with rope. The venue appears remote but was in fact the Carina Sports Area, later the Clem Jones Centre, 7km from the centre of Brisbane.

Release the pigeons!

The release of a flock of homing pigeons was one of the highlights of the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane.

The fourth National Paraplegic Games

The Fourth Australian Paraplegic Games was held at the Carina Sports Area, in outer Brisbane, from 11-14 May 1966.

The Carina Sports Area had its beginnings in the 1950s, when the Camp Hill Carina Branch of the Australian Labor Party arranged to lease from the Brisbane City Council 42 acres of Crown land 7km from the city that was a badly neglected unofficial trotting track, also being used as an illegal dump. Association members wanted to provide a variety of sporting opportunities for the youth in the district and set about the arduous task of clearing the land and making it suitable for the many sporting fields. At that time, many areas of Brisbane were without paved roads or sewerage. Even by 1966, it was still a raw site, although competitors had the advantage of competing in swimming events in the newly opened pool. More than 50 years later, the Paralympic movement and the the venue that held those Games are both going strong.

While the facilities and the athlete transport were somewhat rudimentary, the competition was as fierce as ever and the Games were the selection event for the Australian team to attend the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Kingston, Jamaica.

The 1966 National Paraplegic Games were held in Brisbane. They were the selection event for the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games.

National Games medals and tickets to Rome for Cunningham and Coombs

The first National Paraplegic Games were the selection event for the 1960 Australian Paralympic team. On the medal dais at the medal presentation and closing ceremony of the first National Paraplegic Games in Melbourne to receive their medals are Kevin Cunningham (left, WA) and Kevin Coombs (centre, Victoria). Cunningham and Coombs were subsequently selected to represent Australia at the Rome Paralympics.

Paying attention to the pre-event briefing

Competitors listen to an official before an event at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Note the design of the battered basketball chairs used by the Western Australian athletes. These were constructed to a unique design and were highly manouevrable and very unstable. Rome Paralympian John Turich is second from the right.

Testing the waters at the new Carina pool

Competitors at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games test out the new pool at the Carina Sports Area (now the Clem Jones Centre). Closest to camera is 1960 Rome Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown.

On the archery “field”

Competition in archery at the 1966 National Wheelchair Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Although just 7km from the centre of Brisbane, at the time this facility was almost completely undeveloped, providing a challenge for organisers and competitors. In the foreground at left is John “Johnno” Johnston, a pioneer of Paralympic sport in Australia.

Basic conditions, fierce competition

Two competitors in a wheelchair race pass the official stand that had been used in the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. In 1966 this sports ground was little more than a dusty construction site.

Unloading the athletes

In an era when wheelchair users were being carried on and off planes, unloading athletes by hand from the back their transport – a cattle truck – may not have seemed out of the ordinary at the Fourth National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area, Brisbane.

Literally traveling ‘cattle class’

Athlete transport at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games in Brisbane was basic – the flat bed of a cattle truck, with chairs secured to the bars of the truck with rope. The venue appears remote but was in fact the Carina Sports Area, later the Clem Jones Centre, 7km from the centre of Brisbane.

Release the pigeons!

The release of a flock of homing pigeons was one of the highlights of the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane.

The fourth National Paraplegic Games

The Fourth Australian Paraplegic Games was held at the Carina Sports Area, in outer Brisbane, from 11-14 May 1966.

The Carina Sports Area had its beginnings in the 1950s, when the Camp Hill Carina Branch of the Australian Labor Party arranged to lease from the Brisbane City Council 42 acres of Crown land 7km from the city that was a badly neglected unofficial trotting track, also being used as an illegal dump. Association members wanted to provide a variety of sporting opportunities for the youth in the district and set about the arduous task of clearing the land and making it suitable for the many sporting fields. At that time, many areas of Brisbane were without paved roads or sewerage. Even by 1966, it was still a raw site, although competitors had the advantage of competing in swimming events in the newly opened pool. More than 50 years later, the Paralympic movement and the the venue that held those Games are both going strong.

While the facilities and the athlete transport were somewhat rudimentary, the competition was as fierce as ever and the Games were the selection event for the Australian team to attend the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Kingston, Jamaica.

The 1966 National Paraplegic Games were held in Brisbane. They were the selection event for the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games.

National Games medals and tickets to Rome for Cunningham and Coombs

The first National Paraplegic Games were the selection event for the 1960 Australian Paralympic team. On the medal dais at the medal presentation and closing ceremony of the first National Paraplegic Games in Melbourne to receive their medals are Kevin Cunningham (left, WA) and Kevin Coombs (centre, Victoria). Cunningham and Coombs were subsequently selected to represent Australia at the Rome Paralympics.

Paying attention to the pre-event briefing

Competitors listen to an official before an event at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Note the design of the battered basketball chairs used by the Western Australian athletes. These were constructed to a unique design and were highly manouevrable and very unstable. Rome Paralympian John Turich is second from the right.

Testing the waters at the new Carina pool

Competitors at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games test out the new pool at the Carina Sports Area (now the Clem Jones Centre). Closest to camera is 1960 Rome Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown.

On the archery “field”

Competition in archery at the 1966 National Wheelchair Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Although just 7km from the centre of Brisbane, at the time this facility was almost completely undeveloped, providing a challenge for organisers and competitors. In the foreground at left is John “Johnno” Johnston, a pioneer of Paralympic sport in Australia.

Basic conditions, fierce competition

Two competitors in a wheelchair race pass the official stand that had been used in the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. In 1966 this sports ground was little more than a dusty construction site.

Unloading the athletes

In an era when wheelchair users were being carried on and off planes, unloading athletes by hand from the back their transport – a cattle truck – may not have seemed out of the ordinary at the Fourth National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area, Brisbane.

Literally traveling ‘cattle class’

Athlete transport at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games in Brisbane was basic – the flat bed of a cattle truck, with chairs secured to the bars of the truck with rope. The venue appears remote but was in fact the Carina Sports Area, later the Clem Jones Centre, 7km from the centre of Brisbane.

Release the pigeons!

The release of a flock of homing pigeons was one of the highlights of the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane.

The fourth National Paraplegic Games

The Fourth Australian Paraplegic Games was held at the Carina Sports Area, in outer Brisbane, from 11-14 May 1966.

The Carina Sports Area had its beginnings in the 1950s, when the Camp Hill Carina Branch of the Australian Labor Party arranged to lease from the Brisbane City Council 42 acres of Crown land 7km from the city that was a badly neglected unofficial trotting track, also being used as an illegal dump. Association members wanted to provide a variety of sporting opportunities for the youth in the district and set about the arduous task of clearing the land and making it suitable for the many sporting fields. At that time, many areas of Brisbane were without paved roads or sewerage. Even by 1966, it was still a raw site, although competitors had the advantage of competing in swimming events in the newly opened pool. More than 50 years later, the Paralympic movement and the the venue that held those Games are both going strong.

While the facilities and the athlete transport were somewhat rudimentary, the competition was as fierce as ever and the Games were the selection event for the Australian team to attend the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Kingston, Jamaica.

The 1966 National Paraplegic Games were held in Brisbane. They were the selection event for the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games.

National Games medals and tickets to Rome for Cunningham and Coombs

The first National Paraplegic Games were the selection event for the 1960 Australian Paralympic team. On the medal dais at the medal presentation and closing ceremony of the first National Paraplegic Games in Melbourne to receive their medals are Kevin Cunningham (left, WA) and Kevin Coombs (centre, Victoria). Cunningham and Coombs were subsequently selected to represent Australia at the Rome Paralympics.

Paying attention to the pre-event briefing

Competitors listen to an official before an event at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Note the design of the battered basketball chairs used by the Western Australian athletes. These were constructed to a unique design and were highly manouevrable and very unstable. Rome Paralympian John Turich is second from the right.

Testing the waters at the new Carina pool

Competitors at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games test out the new pool at the Carina Sports Area (now the Clem Jones Centre). Closest to camera is 1960 Rome Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown.

On the archery “field”

Competition in archery at the 1966 National Wheelchair Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Although just 7km from the centre of Brisbane, at the time this facility was almost completely undeveloped, providing a challenge for organisers and competitors. In the foreground at left is John “Johnno” Johnston, a pioneer of Paralympic sport in Australia.

Basic conditions, fierce competition

Two competitors in a wheelchair race pass the official stand that had been used in the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. In 1966 this sports ground was little more than a dusty construction site.

Unloading the athletes

In an era when wheelchair users were being carried on and off planes, unloading athletes by hand from the back their transport – a cattle truck – may not have seemed out of the ordinary at the Fourth National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area, Brisbane.

Literally traveling ‘cattle class’

Athlete transport at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games in Brisbane was basic – the flat bed of a cattle truck, with chairs secured to the bars of the truck with rope. The venue appears remote but was in fact the Carina Sports Area, later the Clem Jones Centre, 7km from the centre of Brisbane.

Release the pigeons!

The release of a flock of homing pigeons was one of the highlights of the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane.

The fourth National Paraplegic Games

The Fourth Australian Paraplegic Games was held at the Carina Sports Area, in outer Brisbane, from 11-14 May 1966.

The Carina Sports Area had its beginnings in the 1950s, when the Camp Hill Carina Branch of the Australian Labor Party arranged to lease from the Brisbane City Council 42 acres of Crown land 7km from the city that was a badly neglected unofficial trotting track, also being used as an illegal dump. Association members wanted to provide a variety of sporting opportunities for the youth in the district and set about the arduous task of clearing the land and making it suitable for the many sporting fields. At that time, many areas of Brisbane were without paved roads or sewerage. Even by 1966, it was still a raw site, although competitors had the advantage of competing in swimming events in the newly opened pool. More than 50 years later, the Paralympic movement and the the venue that held those Games are both going strong.

While the facilities and the athlete transport were somewhat rudimentary, the competition was as fierce as ever and the Games were the selection event for the Australian team to attend the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Kingston, Jamaica.

The 1966 National Paraplegic Games were held in Brisbane. They were the selection event for the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games.

National Games medals and tickets to Rome for Cunningham and Coombs

The first National Paraplegic Games were the selection event for the 1960 Australian Paralympic team. On the medal dais at the medal presentation and closing ceremony of the first National Paraplegic Games in Melbourne to receive their medals are Kevin Cunningham (left, WA) and Kevin Coombs (centre, Victoria). Cunningham and Coombs were subsequently selected to represent Australia at the Rome Paralympics.

Paying attention to the pre-event briefing

Competitors listen to an official before an event at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Note the design of the battered basketball chairs used by the Western Australian athletes. These were constructed to a unique design and were highly manouevrable and very unstable. Rome Paralympian John Turich is second from the right.

Testing the waters at the new Carina pool

Competitors at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games test out the new pool at the Carina Sports Area (now the Clem Jones Centre). Closest to camera is 1960 Rome Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown.

On the archery “field”

Competition in archery at the 1966 National Wheelchair Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Although just 7km from the centre of Brisbane, at the time this facility was almost completely undeveloped, providing a challenge for organisers and competitors. In the foreground at left is John “Johnno” Johnston, a pioneer of Paralympic sport in Australia.

Basic conditions, fierce competition

Two competitors in a wheelchair race pass the official stand that had been used in the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. In 1966 this sports ground was little more than a dusty construction site.

Unloading the athletes

In an era when wheelchair users were being carried on and off planes, unloading athletes by hand from the back their transport – a cattle truck – may not have seemed out of the ordinary at the Fourth National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area, Brisbane.

Literally traveling ‘cattle class’

Athlete transport at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games in Brisbane was basic – the flat bed of a cattle truck, with chairs secured to the bars of the truck with rope. The venue appears remote but was in fact the Carina Sports Area, later the Clem Jones Centre, 7km from the centre of Brisbane.

Release the pigeons!

The release of a flock of homing pigeons was one of the highlights of the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane.

The fourth National Paraplegic Games

The Fourth Australian Paraplegic Games was held at the Carina Sports Area, in outer Brisbane, from 11-14 May 1966.

The Carina Sports Area had its beginnings in the 1950s, when the Camp Hill Carina Branch of the Australian Labor Party arranged to lease from the Brisbane City Council 42 acres of Crown land 7km from the city that was a badly neglected unofficial trotting track, also being used as an illegal dump. Association members wanted to provide a variety of sporting opportunities for the youth in the district and set about the arduous task of clearing the land and making it suitable for the many sporting fields. At that time, many areas of Brisbane were without paved roads or sewerage. Even by 1966, it was still a raw site, although competitors had the advantage of competing in swimming events in the newly opened pool. More than 50 years later, the Paralympic movement and the the venue that held those Games are both going strong.

While the facilities and the athlete transport were somewhat rudimentary, the competition was as fierce as ever and the Games were the selection event for the Australian team to attend the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Kingston, Jamaica.

The 1966 National Paraplegic Games were held in Brisbane. They were the selection event for the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games.

National Games medals and tickets to Rome for Cunningham and Coombs

The first National Paraplegic Games were the selection event for the 1960 Australian Paralympic team. On the medal dais at the medal presentation and closing ceremony of the first National Paraplegic Games in Melbourne to receive their medals are Kevin Cunningham (left, WA) and Kevin Coombs (centre, Victoria). Cunningham and Coombs were subsequently selected to represent Australia at the Rome Paralympics.

Paying attention to the pre-event briefing

Competitors listen to an official before an event at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Note the design of the battered basketball chairs used by the Western Australian athletes. These were constructed to a unique design and were highly manouevrable and very unstable. Rome Paralympian John Turich is second from the right.

Testing the waters at the new Carina pool

Competitors at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games test out the new pool at the Carina Sports Area (now the Clem Jones Centre). Closest to camera is 1960 Rome Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown.

On the archery “field”

Competition in archery at the 1966 National Wheelchair Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Although just 7km from the centre of Brisbane, at the time this facility was almost completely undeveloped, providing a challenge for organisers and competitors. In the foreground at left is John “Johnno” Johnston, a pioneer of Paralympic sport in Australia.

Basic conditions, fierce competition

Two competitors in a wheelchair race pass the official stand that had been used in the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. In 1966 this sports ground was little more than a dusty construction site.

Unloading the athletes

In an era when wheelchair users were being carried on and off planes, unloading athletes by hand from the back their transport – a cattle truck – may not have seemed out of the ordinary at the Fourth National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area, Brisbane.

Literally traveling ‘cattle class’

Athlete transport at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games in Brisbane was basic – the flat bed of a cattle truck, with chairs secured to the bars of the truck with rope. The venue appears remote but was in fact the Carina Sports Area, later the Clem Jones Centre, 7km from the centre of Brisbane.

Release the pigeons!

The release of a flock of homing pigeons was one of the highlights of the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane.

The fourth National Paraplegic Games

The Fourth Australian Paraplegic Games was held at the Carina Sports Area, in outer Brisbane, from 11-14 May 1966.

The Carina Sports Area had its beginnings in the 1950s, when the Camp Hill Carina Branch of the Australian Labor Party arranged to lease from the Brisbane City Council 42 acres of Crown land 7km from the city that was a badly neglected unofficial trotting track, also being used as an illegal dump. Association members wanted to provide a variety of sporting opportunities for the youth in the district and set about the arduous task of clearing the land and making it suitable for the many sporting fields. At that time, many areas of Brisbane were without paved roads or sewerage. Even by 1966, it was still a raw site, although competitors had the advantage of competing in swimming events in the newly opened pool. More than 50 years later, the Paralympic movement and the the venue that held those Games are both going strong.

While the facilities and the athlete transport were somewhat rudimentary, the competition was as fierce as ever and the Games were the selection event for the Australian team to attend the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Kingston, Jamaica.

The 1966 National Paraplegic Games were held in Brisbane. They were the selection event for the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games.

National Games medals and tickets to Rome for Cunningham and Coombs

The first National Paraplegic Games were the selection event for the 1960 Australian Paralympic team. On the medal dais at the medal presentation and closing ceremony of the first National Paraplegic Games in Melbourne to receive their medals are Kevin Cunningham (left, WA) and Kevin Coombs (centre, Victoria). Cunningham and Coombs were subsequently selected to represent Australia at the Rome Paralympics.

Paying attention to the pre-event briefing

Competitors listen to an official before an event at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Note the design of the battered basketball chairs used by the Western Australian athletes. These were constructed to a unique design and were highly manouevrable and very unstable. Rome Paralympian John Turich is second from the right.

Testing the waters at the new Carina pool

Competitors at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games test out the new pool at the Carina Sports Area (now the Clem Jones Centre). Closest to camera is 1960 Rome Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown.

On the archery “field”

Competition in archery at the 1966 National Wheelchair Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Although just 7km from the centre of Brisbane, at the time this facility was almost completely undeveloped, providing a challenge for organisers and competitors. In the foreground at left is John “Johnno” Johnston, a pioneer of Paralympic sport in Australia.

Basic conditions, fierce competition

Two competitors in a wheelchair race pass the official stand that had been used in the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. In 1966 this sports ground was little more than a dusty construction site.

Unloading the athletes

In an era when wheelchair users were being carried on and off planes, unloading athletes by hand from the back their transport – a cattle truck – may not have seemed out of the ordinary at the Fourth National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area, Brisbane.

Literally traveling ‘cattle class’

Athlete transport at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games in Brisbane was basic – the flat bed of a cattle truck, with chairs secured to the bars of the truck with rope. The venue appears remote but was in fact the Carina Sports Area, later the Clem Jones Centre, 7km from the centre of Brisbane.

Release the pigeons!

The release of a flock of homing pigeons was one of the highlights of the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane.

The fourth National Paraplegic Games

The Fourth Australian Paraplegic Games was held at the Carina Sports Area, in outer Brisbane, from 11-14 May 1966.

The Carina Sports Area had its beginnings in the 1950s, when the Camp Hill Carina Branch of the Australian Labor Party arranged to lease from the Brisbane City Council 42 acres of Crown land 7km from the city that was a badly neglected unofficial trotting track, also being used as an illegal dump. Association members wanted to provide a variety of sporting opportunities for the youth in the district and set about the arduous task of clearing the land and making it suitable for the many sporting fields. At that time, many areas of Brisbane were without paved roads or sewerage. Even by 1966, it was still a raw site, although competitors had the advantage of competing in swimming events in the newly opened pool. More than 50 years later, the Paralympic movement and the the venue that held those Games are both going strong.

While the facilities and the athlete transport were somewhat rudimentary, the competition was as fierce as ever and the Games were the selection event for the Australian team to attend the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Kingston, Jamaica.

The 1966 National Paraplegic Games were held in Brisbane. They were the selection event for the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games.

National Games medals and tickets to Rome for Cunningham and Coombs

The first National Paraplegic Games were the selection event for the 1960 Australian Paralympic team. On the medal dais at the medal presentation and closing ceremony of the first National Paraplegic Games in Melbourne to receive their medals are Kevin Cunningham (left, WA) and Kevin Coombs (centre, Victoria). Cunningham and Coombs were subsequently selected to represent Australia at the Rome Paralympics.

Paying attention to the pre-event briefing

Competitors listen to an official before an event at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Note the design of the battered basketball chairs used by the Western Australian athletes. These were constructed to a unique design and were highly manouevrable and very unstable. Rome Paralympian John Turich is second from the right.

Testing the waters at the new Carina pool

Competitors at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games test out the new pool at the Carina Sports Area (now the Clem Jones Centre). Closest to camera is 1960 Rome Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown.

On the archery “field”

Competition in archery at the 1966 National Wheelchair Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Although just 7km from the centre of Brisbane, at the time this facility was almost completely undeveloped, providing a challenge for organisers and competitors. In the foreground at left is John “Johnno” Johnston, a pioneer of Paralympic sport in Australia.

Basic conditions, fierce competition

Two competitors in a wheelchair race pass the official stand that had been used in the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. In 1966 this sports ground was little more than a dusty construction site.

Unloading the athletes

In an era when wheelchair users were being carried on and off planes, unloading athletes by hand from the back their transport – a cattle truck – may not have seemed out of the ordinary at the Fourth National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area, Brisbane.

Literally traveling ‘cattle class’

Athlete transport at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games in Brisbane was basic – the flat bed of a cattle truck, with chairs secured to the bars of the truck with rope. The venue appears remote but was in fact the Carina Sports Area, later the Clem Jones Centre, 7km from the centre of Brisbane.

Release the pigeons!

The release of a flock of homing pigeons was one of the highlights of the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane.

The fourth National Paraplegic Games

The Fourth Australian Paraplegic Games was held at the Carina Sports Area, in outer Brisbane, from 11-14 May 1966.

The Carina Sports Area had its beginnings in the 1950s, when the Camp Hill Carina Branch of the Australian Labor Party arranged to lease from the Brisbane City Council 42 acres of Crown land 7km from the city that was a badly neglected unofficial trotting track, also being used as an illegal dump. Association members wanted to provide a variety of sporting opportunities for the youth in the district and set about the arduous task of clearing the land and making it suitable for the many sporting fields. At that time, many areas of Brisbane were without paved roads or sewerage. Even by 1966, it was still a raw site, although competitors had the advantage of competing in swimming events in the newly opened pool. More than 50 years later, the Paralympic movement and the the venue that held those Games are both going strong.

While the facilities and the athlete transport were somewhat rudimentary, the competition was as fierce as ever and the Games were the selection event for the Australian team to attend the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Kingston, Jamaica.

The 1966 National Paraplegic Games were held in Brisbane. They were the selection event for the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games.

National Games medals and tickets to Rome for Cunningham and Coombs

The first National Paraplegic Games were the selection event for the 1960 Australian Paralympic team. On the medal dais at the medal presentation and closing ceremony of the first National Paraplegic Games in Melbourne to receive their medals are Kevin Cunningham (left, WA) and Kevin Coombs (centre, Victoria). Cunningham and Coombs were subsequently selected to represent Australia at the Rome Paralympics.

Paying attention to the pre-event briefing

Competitors listen to an official before an event at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Note the design of the battered basketball chairs used by the Western Australian athletes. These were constructed to a unique design and were highly manouevrable and very unstable. Rome Paralympian John Turich is second from the right.

Testing the waters at the new Carina pool

Competitors at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games test out the new pool at the Carina Sports Area (now the Clem Jones Centre). Closest to camera is 1960 Rome Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown.

On the archery “field”

Competition in archery at the 1966 National Wheelchair Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. Although just 7km from the centre of Brisbane, at the time this facility was almost completely undeveloped, providing a challenge for organisers and competitors. In the foreground at left is John “Johnno” Johnston, a pioneer of Paralympic sport in Australia.

Basic conditions, fierce competition

Two competitors in a wheelchair race pass the official stand that had been used in the opening ceremony of the 1966 National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area in suburban Brisbane. In 1966 this sports ground was little more than a dusty construction site.

Unloading the athletes

In an era when wheelchair users were being carried on and off planes, unloading athletes by hand from the back their transport – a cattle truck – may not have seemed out of the ordinary at the Fourth National Paraplegic Games at the Carina Sports Area, Brisbane.

Literally traveling ‘cattle class’

Athlete transport at the 1966 National Paraplegic Games in Brisbane was basic – the flat bed of a cattle truck, with chairs secured to the bars of the truck with rope. The venue appears remote but was in fact the Carina Sports Area, later the Clem Jones Centre, 7km from the centre of Brisbane.