1989 Kobe FESPIC Games Australian Team

This list of the 1989 Australian FESPIC Games team has been compiled from the FESPIC Kobe 8ŐÄ9 Official Report by the Organising Committee for the 1989 FESPIC Games, results printouts and the wheelchair team manager‚Äôs report, both held by Paralympics Australia. As was the custom at the time, the Australian Team was divided into sub-teams by type of disability.

 

Athletes:

Amputee Team

  • Rodney Bonsack, (SA) Athletics and Swimming
  • Chris Brimbecom, (NSW) Athletics
  • Pauline Cahill, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Max Carter, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • June Clark, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Paul Croft, (NSW) Table Tennis
  • Anne Currie, (VIC) Swimming
  • Brad Evans, (VIC) Swimming
  • Andrew Falconer, (NSW) Athletics
  • Geoff Feben, Swimming and Table Tennis
  • Karl Feifar, (WA) Athletics
  • Neil Fuller, (SA) Athletics
  • Debbie Holland, (QLD) Swimming
  • Rebecca Howe, (NSW) Swimming
  • Harvey Huxtable, (SA) Weightlifting
  • Susan Knox, (WA) Swimming
  • Keith Mayne, (QLD) Athletics
  • Joe Marlow, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Bronwyn McColl, (NSW) Swimming
  • Rodney Nugent, (QLD) Athletics
  • Andrew O‚ÄôSullivan, (VIC) Athletics
  • Daniel Polson, (SA) Athletics
  • Steven Simmonds, (ACT) Swimming
  • Steve Weston, (NSW) Athletics
  • Mark Whiteman, (NSW) Athletics and Weightlifting
  • Jason Willis, (QLD) Athletics

Vision impaired team

  • Kingsley Bugarin, (WA) Swimming
  • Darren Collins, (VIC) Athletics
  • Mark Davies, (NT) Athletics
  • Phillip Deveraux, (NT) Athletics
  • Susan Earles, (SA) Athletics
  • Christine Fisher, (VIC) Athletics
  • Matthew Hueppauff, (SA) Swimming
  • Felicity Johnson, (SA) Athletics
  • William (Bill) Kelly, (VIC) Athletics
  • Mandy Maywood, (WA) Swimming
  • Jeff McNeill, (VIC) Athletics
  • Paul McKenna, (QLD) Athletics
  • Sam Rickard, (NT) Athletics
  • Leigh Sloane, (QLD) Athletics
  • Jodi Willis-Roberts, (VIC) Athletics
  • Anthony Young, (TAS) Athletics

Cerebral Palsy Team

  • Terry Biggs, (QLD) Table Tennis
  • Pru Birmingham, (NSW) Swimming
  • Alana Brodie, (QLD) Athletics
  • Clothier, (QLD) Swimming
  • Coulson, (QLD) Athletics
  • Cumminsky, (QLD) Athletics
  • Karen Ferguson, (ACT) Swimming
  • Kathy Gregson, (NSW) Swimming
  • Mark Milne, (QLD) Athletics
  • Quinn, (QLD) Athletics
  • Eileen Radley, (NSW) Swimming
  • Darren Thrupp, (QLD) Athletics
  • Richard West, (WA) Athletics

Les Autres Team

  • Hazel Delgado, (ACT) Swimming
  • David Doueal, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Jenny Groom, (WA) Athletics
  • David Norris, (WA) Athletics

Wheelchair team

  • Gary Aberley, (SA) Athletics
  • Clive Adsett, (SA) Shooting
  • Jane Ahern, (SA) Shooting
  • Beryl Ahrens, (QLD) Athletics
  • Neville Barnes, (ACT) Athletics
  • Alice Berry, (SA) Swimming
  • Keith Bremner, (NSW) Shooting
  • Wayne Brittain, (SA) Shooting
  • Craig Clarke, (SA) Shooting
  • Emily Costello, (VIC) Swimming
  • Daniela Di Toro, (VIC) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Lucas Dudenas, (QLD) Athletics
  • Doug Free, Table Tennis
  • Rex Fuller, (VIC) Swimming
  • Ian Gainey, (VIC) Athletics
  • Alan Gansberg, (VIC) Athletics
  • Paul Gockel, (QLD) Swimming
  • Michael Green, (VIC) Athletics
  • Tracey Holder, Swimming
  • Errol Hyde, Wheelchair Tennis
  • Meredith Jones, (SA) Athletics
  • Robert Jordan, (NSW) Fencing
  • Dennis Kennedy, (ACT) Athletics
  • Danny Leeson, (QLD) Athletics
  • Michael Letch, (VIC) Athletics
  • Lyn Lillecrapp, (SA) Swimming
  • Robert Madden, (WA) Athletics
  • Peter Magee, (QLD) Lawn Bowls
  • Geoff McAlary, Athletics
  • Dominic McGee, (NSW) Swimming
  • Len McKenna, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Yvette McLellan, Athletics
  • Paul Nunnari, (NSW) Athletics
  • Paul O‚ÄôBrien, Weightlifting
  • Gavin O‚ÄôFarrell, Athletics
  • Michael O‚ÄôShannessy, Swimming
  • Max Petersen, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Karen Rambow, (ACT) Athletics
  • Katie Rauschl, (SA) Weightlifting
  • Neville Read, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Glen Redmayne, Athletics
  • Eric Russell, Athletics
  • Julie Russell, (SA) Athletics and Weightlifting
  • Greg Saron, Weightlifting
  • Wayne Sharpe, Weightlifting
  • Chris Shaw, (WA) Athletics
  • John Shiel, (NSW) Table Tennis
  • John Sorensen, (NSW) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Vince Vallelonga, (SA) Athletics
  • Graeme Walters, (VIC) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Ray Warren, Athletics
  • Paul Wiggins, (TAS) Athletics
  • Matt Williamson, (SA) Athletics
  • Rosalind Wilton, (SA) Athletics

 

Officials:

List of the members of the 1989 Australian FESPIC Games Team with links to Team members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the 1989 FESPIC Games

After topping the medal tally at the previous FESPIC Games, Australia finished 3rd in the gold medal count (77) behind China (99) and Japan (80) in Kobe, and 2nd in the total medal count at 155, behind Japan’s 310 total medals and ahead of China with 141. The Australian Team of 114 athletes (79 men and 35 women) returned home with 77 gold, 46 silver and 32 bronze medals.

Indigenous athlete Karl Feifar, of Perth, was one of the Australian stars, winning five gold and two silver medals.

Australia finished 3rd in the gold medal count in Kobe and 2nd in the total medal count behind a dominant performance by the host nation, Japan.

Presidency of the ACSD changes again

The formation of the International Paralympic Committee in 1989 put the spotlight on the concept of an organisation that existed solely to promote and develop elite sporting opportunities for people with disabilities.

Since 1975, the Australian Confederation of Sport for the Disabled (ACSD) had represented the broader interests of sporting organisations for people with disabilities and, increasingly, the Paralympic movement in Australia. In 1988 it raised funds and sent the Australian teams to the winter and summer Paralympics.

In 1989, Adrienne Smith assumed the presidency of the ACSD, taking over from Barbara Worley. As the CEO of the Australian Ski Federation, she had supported Ron Finneran’s first Paralympic campaign and then his moves to develop disabled winter sport in Australia. Then, as sport manager for the Australian Bicentennial Authority, she had provided financial support for a number of NSODs in the lead-up to the 1988 Bicentenary celebrations.

 

In 1989, Adrienne Smith assumed the presidency of the Australian Confederation of Sports for the Disabled.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1988 summer Paralympics in Seoul, South Korea?

You can find all the photos from the 1988 Games at Stoke Mandeville that are owned by or donated to the Australian Paralympic Committee here. These images are licensed under Creative Commons and are free to use, if you acknowledge the source and ownership of the images.

The National Library has recorded oral history interviews with a number of participants in the 1988 Games:   Libby Kosmala, Michael Nugent, Julie Russell,  Terry Giddy,  John Eden, Russell Short, David Gould, Chris Scott, George Dunstan (Team management Рwheelchair athletes),  Paul Bird (Team management Рamputees), Dr John Bourke (Medical Director), Norma Beer, Jane Buckley 

Most of the visual record of Australia‚Äôs participation at the 1988 summer Paralympics comes from film made by Don Worley, who accompanied the team as an ‚Äėescort‚Äô. Ostensibly assigned to assist with athlete needs, Don spent much of his time with a movie camera, recording the Games. Don donated his film to the¬†National Film and Sound Archive, which digitised and preserved it. Don has made the film and stills from it available to Paralympics Australia for use on this site. You can find out more about Don‚Äôs films¬†here.

The ’88 Paralympics Appeal Report by the Australian Confederation for Sports for the Disabled details fundraising, team members and results .

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1988 summer Paralympics which has been created by contributors to the Australian Paralympic History Project and follow the links to the articles about Australia’s athletes and their sports.

The website of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has a database of historical results and information and material about every Paralympic Games.

Use the ‚Äėcontact us‚Äė button on this website to contact Paralympics Australia if you have any further questions or would like to contribute to this project.

Looking for more about the 1988 summer Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

GALLERY: “The flame that lit the world … is now slowly burning out.”

Scenes from the Closing Ceremony of the 1988 Seoul Paralympic Games.

The final Games for Don Worley, capturing images and film from 1972

The personal identity card of Don Worley for the 1988 summer Paralympics which accredited him as a photographer at the Games. Worley had attended the four previous Games as a member of the Australian team. Ostensibly an ‘escort’ to assist athletes, his primary duties at those Games were in fact as a videographer. In 1988 the ABC sent a crew to film the Games and Worley turned to his other love – still photography. Through Worley’s work, footage and images exist of Australia at the Paralympic Games from 1972 to 1988 that would otherwise have never been captured. In 2015 Worley donated his films to the National Film and Sound Archives. Still and clips from Worley’s films are used throughout this history.

Chris Nunn talks about the changes that needed to be made to be more successful

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Chris Nunn
Recorded: 15 June 2011
Location: Canberra, ACT
Listen to the full interview here.

The 1988 Australian team symbol was a play on the official Games mascots

This cloth patch shows the twin koalas used as a symbol by the Australian Team. The bears are a play on the official Games mascots. One Koala represents winter athletes and one represents summer athletes, with the idea that both teams were united in the same Paralympic year. The Gomdoori, whose name is derived from the Korean word for ‚Äúteddy bear‚ÄĚ, were the Paralympic mascots for the Seoul 1988 Paralympics. While bears are commonly associated with wisdom and courage, the pair is depicted with their legs tied together, symbolising the ability to overcome adversity through co-operation and to encourage mankind to work together peacefully and harmoniously. (Source – International Paralympic Committee.)

Carmel Williams was Australia’s only female table tennis player in a team of nine

Australian table tennis player Carmel Williams serves during a match at the 1988 Seoul Summer Paralympics. The 1988 Games marked the beginning of a drought of table tennis medals for the Australian Paralympic Team, with its next podium finish not coming for another 28 years, in Rio 2016.

1989 Kobe FESPIC Games Australian Team

This list of the 1989 Australian FESPIC Games team has been compiled from the FESPIC Kobe 8ŐÄ9 Official Report by the Organising Committee for the 1989 FESPIC Games, results printouts and the wheelchair team manager‚Äôs report, both held by Paralympics Australia. As was the custom at the time, the Australian Team was divided into sub-teams by type of disability.

 

Athletes:

Amputee Team

  • Rodney Bonsack, (SA) Athletics and Swimming
  • Chris Brimbecom, (NSW) Athletics
  • Pauline Cahill, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Max Carter, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • June Clark, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Paul Croft, (NSW) Table Tennis
  • Anne Currie, (VIC) Swimming
  • Brad Evans, (VIC) Swimming
  • Andrew Falconer, (NSW) Athletics
  • Geoff Feben, Swimming and Table Tennis
  • Karl Feifar, (WA) Athletics
  • Neil Fuller, (SA) Athletics
  • Debbie Holland, (QLD) Swimming
  • Rebecca Howe, (NSW) Swimming
  • Harvey Huxtable, (SA) Weightlifting
  • Susan Knox, (WA) Swimming
  • Keith Mayne, (QLD) Athletics
  • Joe Marlow, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Bronwyn McColl, (NSW) Swimming
  • Rodney Nugent, (QLD) Athletics
  • Andrew O‚ÄôSullivan, (VIC) Athletics
  • Daniel Polson, (SA) Athletics
  • Steven Simmonds, (ACT) Swimming
  • Steve Weston, (NSW) Athletics
  • Mark Whiteman, (NSW) Athletics and Weightlifting
  • Jason Willis, (QLD) Athletics

Vision impaired team

  • Kingsley Bugarin, (WA) Swimming
  • Darren Collins, (VIC) Athletics
  • Mark Davies, (NT) Athletics
  • Phillip Deveraux, (NT) Athletics
  • Susan Earles, (SA) Athletics
  • Christine Fisher, (VIC) Athletics
  • Matthew Hueppauff, (SA) Swimming
  • Felicity Johnson, (SA) Athletics
  • William (Bill) Kelly, (VIC) Athletics
  • Mandy Maywood, (WA) Swimming
  • Jeff McNeill, (VIC) Athletics
  • Paul McKenna, (QLD) Athletics
  • Sam Rickard, (NT) Athletics
  • Leigh Sloane, (QLD) Athletics
  • Jodi Willis-Roberts, (VIC) Athletics
  • Anthony Young, (TAS) Athletics

Cerebral Palsy Team

  • Terry Biggs, (QLD) Table Tennis
  • Pru Birmingham, (NSW) Swimming
  • Alana Brodie, (QLD) Athletics
  • Clothier, (QLD) Swimming
  • Coulson, (QLD) Athletics
  • Cumminsky, (QLD) Athletics
  • Karen Ferguson, (ACT) Swimming
  • Kathy Gregson, (NSW) Swimming
  • Mark Milne, (QLD) Athletics
  • Quinn, (QLD) Athletics
  • Eileen Radley, (NSW) Swimming
  • Darren Thrupp, (QLD) Athletics
  • Richard West, (WA) Athletics

Les Autres Team

  • Hazel Delgado, (ACT) Swimming
  • David Doueal, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Jenny Groom, (WA) Athletics
  • David Norris, (WA) Athletics

Wheelchair team

  • Gary Aberley, (SA) Athletics
  • Clive Adsett, (SA) Shooting
  • Jane Ahern, (SA) Shooting
  • Beryl Ahrens, (QLD) Athletics
  • Neville Barnes, (ACT) Athletics
  • Alice Berry, (SA) Swimming
  • Keith Bremner, (NSW) Shooting
  • Wayne Brittain, (SA) Shooting
  • Craig Clarke, (SA) Shooting
  • Emily Costello, (VIC) Swimming
  • Daniela Di Toro, (VIC) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Lucas Dudenas, (QLD) Athletics
  • Doug Free, Table Tennis
  • Rex Fuller, (VIC) Swimming
  • Ian Gainey, (VIC) Athletics
  • Alan Gansberg, (VIC) Athletics
  • Paul Gockel, (QLD) Swimming
  • Michael Green, (VIC) Athletics
  • Tracey Holder, Swimming
  • Errol Hyde, Wheelchair Tennis
  • Meredith Jones, (SA) Athletics
  • Robert Jordan, (NSW) Fencing
  • Dennis Kennedy, (ACT) Athletics
  • Danny Leeson, (QLD) Athletics
  • Michael Letch, (VIC) Athletics
  • Lyn Lillecrapp, (SA) Swimming
  • Robert Madden, (WA) Athletics
  • Peter Magee, (QLD) Lawn Bowls
  • Geoff McAlary, Athletics
  • Dominic McGee, (NSW) Swimming
  • Len McKenna, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Yvette McLellan, Athletics
  • Paul Nunnari, (NSW) Athletics
  • Paul O‚ÄôBrien, Weightlifting
  • Gavin O‚ÄôFarrell, Athletics
  • Michael O‚ÄôShannessy, Swimming
  • Max Petersen, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Karen Rambow, (ACT) Athletics
  • Katie Rauschl, (SA) Weightlifting
  • Neville Read, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Glen Redmayne, Athletics
  • Eric Russell, Athletics
  • Julie Russell, (SA) Athletics and Weightlifting
  • Greg Saron, Weightlifting
  • Wayne Sharpe, Weightlifting
  • Chris Shaw, (WA) Athletics
  • John Shiel, (NSW) Table Tennis
  • John Sorensen, (NSW) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Vince Vallelonga, (SA) Athletics
  • Graeme Walters, (VIC) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Ray Warren, Athletics
  • Paul Wiggins, (TAS) Athletics
  • Matt Williamson, (SA) Athletics
  • Rosalind Wilton, (SA) Athletics

 

Officials:

List of the members of the 1989 Australian FESPIC Games Team with links to Team members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the 1989 FESPIC Games

After topping the medal tally at the previous FESPIC Games, Australia finished 3rd in the gold medal count (77) behind China (99) and Japan (80) in Kobe, and 2nd in the total medal count at 155, behind Japan’s 310 total medals and ahead of China with 141. The Australian Team of 114 athletes (79 men and 35 women) returned home with 77 gold, 46 silver and 32 bronze medals.

Indigenous athlete Karl Feifar, of Perth, was one of the Australian stars, winning five gold and two silver medals.

Australia finished 3rd in the gold medal count in Kobe and 2nd in the total medal count behind a dominant performance by the host nation, Japan.

Presidency of the ACSD changes again

The formation of the International Paralympic Committee in 1989 put the spotlight on the concept of an organisation that existed solely to promote and develop elite sporting opportunities for people with disabilities.

Since 1975, the Australian Confederation of Sport for the Disabled (ACSD) had represented the broader interests of sporting organisations for people with disabilities and, increasingly, the Paralympic movement in Australia. In 1988 it raised funds and sent the Australian teams to the winter and summer Paralympics.

In 1989, Adrienne Smith assumed the presidency of the ACSD, taking over from Barbara Worley. As the CEO of the Australian Ski Federation, she had supported Ron Finneran’s first Paralympic campaign and then his moves to develop disabled winter sport in Australia. Then, as sport manager for the Australian Bicentennial Authority, she had provided financial support for a number of NSODs in the lead-up to the 1988 Bicentenary celebrations.

 

In 1989, Adrienne Smith assumed the presidency of the Australian Confederation of Sports for the Disabled.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1988 summer Paralympics in Seoul, South Korea?

You can find all the photos from the 1988 Games at Stoke Mandeville that are owned by or donated to the Australian Paralympic Committee here. These images are licensed under Creative Commons and are free to use, if you acknowledge the source and ownership of the images.

The National Library has recorded oral history interviews with a number of participants in the 1988 Games:   Libby Kosmala, Michael Nugent, Julie Russell,  Terry Giddy,  John Eden, Russell Short, David Gould, Chris Scott, George Dunstan (Team management Рwheelchair athletes),  Paul Bird (Team management Рamputees), Dr John Bourke (Medical Director), Norma Beer, Jane Buckley 

Most of the visual record of Australia‚Äôs participation at the 1988 summer Paralympics comes from film made by Don Worley, who accompanied the team as an ‚Äėescort‚Äô. Ostensibly assigned to assist with athlete needs, Don spent much of his time with a movie camera, recording the Games. Don donated his film to the¬†National Film and Sound Archive, which digitised and preserved it. Don has made the film and stills from it available to Paralympics Australia for use on this site. You can find out more about Don‚Äôs films¬†here.

The ’88 Paralympics Appeal Report by the Australian Confederation for Sports for the Disabled details fundraising, team members and results .

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1988 summer Paralympics which has been created by contributors to the Australian Paralympic History Project and follow the links to the articles about Australia’s athletes and their sports.

The website of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has a database of historical results and information and material about every Paralympic Games.

Use the ‚Äėcontact us‚Äė button on this website to contact Paralympics Australia if you have any further questions or would like to contribute to this project.

Looking for more about the 1988 summer Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

GALLERY: “The flame that lit the world … is now slowly burning out.”

Scenes from the Closing Ceremony of the 1988 Seoul Paralympic Games.

The final Games for Don Worley, capturing images and film from 1972

The personal identity card of Don Worley for the 1988 summer Paralympics which accredited him as a photographer at the Games. Worley had attended the four previous Games as a member of the Australian team. Ostensibly an ‘escort’ to assist athletes, his primary duties at those Games were in fact as a videographer. In 1988 the ABC sent a crew to film the Games and Worley turned to his other love – still photography. Through Worley’s work, footage and images exist of Australia at the Paralympic Games from 1972 to 1988 that would otherwise have never been captured. In 2015 Worley donated his films to the National Film and Sound Archives. Still and clips from Worley’s films are used throughout this history.

Chris Nunn talks about the changes that needed to be made to be more successful

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Chris Nunn
Recorded: 15 June 2011
Location: Canberra, ACT
Listen to the full interview here.

The 1988 Australian team symbol was a play on the official Games mascots

This cloth patch shows the twin koalas used as a symbol by the Australian Team. The bears are a play on the official Games mascots. One Koala represents winter athletes and one represents summer athletes, with the idea that both teams were united in the same Paralympic year. The Gomdoori, whose name is derived from the Korean word for ‚Äúteddy bear‚ÄĚ, were the Paralympic mascots for the Seoul 1988 Paralympics. While bears are commonly associated with wisdom and courage, the pair is depicted with their legs tied together, symbolising the ability to overcome adversity through co-operation and to encourage mankind to work together peacefully and harmoniously. (Source – International Paralympic Committee.)

Carmel Williams was Australia’s only female table tennis player in a team of nine

Australian table tennis player Carmel Williams serves during a match at the 1988 Seoul Summer Paralympics. The 1988 Games marked the beginning of a drought of table tennis medals for the Australian Paralympic Team, with its next podium finish not coming for another 28 years, in Rio 2016.

1989 Kobe FESPIC Games Australian Team

This list of the 1989 Australian FESPIC Games team has been compiled from the FESPIC Kobe 8ŐÄ9 Official Report by the Organising Committee for the 1989 FESPIC Games, results printouts and the wheelchair team manager‚Äôs report, both held by Paralympics Australia. As was the custom at the time, the Australian Team was divided into sub-teams by type of disability.

 

Athletes:

Amputee Team

  • Rodney Bonsack, (SA) Athletics and Swimming
  • Chris Brimbecom, (NSW) Athletics
  • Pauline Cahill, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Max Carter, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • June Clark, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Paul Croft, (NSW) Table Tennis
  • Anne Currie, (VIC) Swimming
  • Brad Evans, (VIC) Swimming
  • Andrew Falconer, (NSW) Athletics
  • Geoff Feben, Swimming and Table Tennis
  • Karl Feifar, (WA) Athletics
  • Neil Fuller, (SA) Athletics
  • Debbie Holland, (QLD) Swimming
  • Rebecca Howe, (NSW) Swimming
  • Harvey Huxtable, (SA) Weightlifting
  • Susan Knox, (WA) Swimming
  • Keith Mayne, (QLD) Athletics
  • Joe Marlow, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Bronwyn McColl, (NSW) Swimming
  • Rodney Nugent, (QLD) Athletics
  • Andrew O‚ÄôSullivan, (VIC) Athletics
  • Daniel Polson, (SA) Athletics
  • Steven Simmonds, (ACT) Swimming
  • Steve Weston, (NSW) Athletics
  • Mark Whiteman, (NSW) Athletics and Weightlifting
  • Jason Willis, (QLD) Athletics

Vision impaired team

  • Kingsley Bugarin, (WA) Swimming
  • Darren Collins, (VIC) Athletics
  • Mark Davies, (NT) Athletics
  • Phillip Deveraux, (NT) Athletics
  • Susan Earles, (SA) Athletics
  • Christine Fisher, (VIC) Athletics
  • Matthew Hueppauff, (SA) Swimming
  • Felicity Johnson, (SA) Athletics
  • William (Bill) Kelly, (VIC) Athletics
  • Mandy Maywood, (WA) Swimming
  • Jeff McNeill, (VIC) Athletics
  • Paul McKenna, (QLD) Athletics
  • Sam Rickard, (NT) Athletics
  • Leigh Sloane, (QLD) Athletics
  • Jodi Willis-Roberts, (VIC) Athletics
  • Anthony Young, (TAS) Athletics

Cerebral Palsy Team

  • Terry Biggs, (QLD) Table Tennis
  • Pru Birmingham, (NSW) Swimming
  • Alana Brodie, (QLD) Athletics
  • Clothier, (QLD) Swimming
  • Coulson, (QLD) Athletics
  • Cumminsky, (QLD) Athletics
  • Karen Ferguson, (ACT) Swimming
  • Kathy Gregson, (NSW) Swimming
  • Mark Milne, (QLD) Athletics
  • Quinn, (QLD) Athletics
  • Eileen Radley, (NSW) Swimming
  • Darren Thrupp, (QLD) Athletics
  • Richard West, (WA) Athletics

Les Autres Team

  • Hazel Delgado, (ACT) Swimming
  • David Doueal, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Jenny Groom, (WA) Athletics
  • David Norris, (WA) Athletics

Wheelchair team

  • Gary Aberley, (SA) Athletics
  • Clive Adsett, (SA) Shooting
  • Jane Ahern, (SA) Shooting
  • Beryl Ahrens, (QLD) Athletics
  • Neville Barnes, (ACT) Athletics
  • Alice Berry, (SA) Swimming
  • Keith Bremner, (NSW) Shooting
  • Wayne Brittain, (SA) Shooting
  • Craig Clarke, (SA) Shooting
  • Emily Costello, (VIC) Swimming
  • Daniela Di Toro, (VIC) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Lucas Dudenas, (QLD) Athletics
  • Doug Free, Table Tennis
  • Rex Fuller, (VIC) Swimming
  • Ian Gainey, (VIC) Athletics
  • Alan Gansberg, (VIC) Athletics
  • Paul Gockel, (QLD) Swimming
  • Michael Green, (VIC) Athletics
  • Tracey Holder, Swimming
  • Errol Hyde, Wheelchair Tennis
  • Meredith Jones, (SA) Athletics
  • Robert Jordan, (NSW) Fencing
  • Dennis Kennedy, (ACT) Athletics
  • Danny Leeson, (QLD) Athletics
  • Michael Letch, (VIC) Athletics
  • Lyn Lillecrapp, (SA) Swimming
  • Robert Madden, (WA) Athletics
  • Peter Magee, (QLD) Lawn Bowls
  • Geoff McAlary, Athletics
  • Dominic McGee, (NSW) Swimming
  • Len McKenna, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Yvette McLellan, Athletics
  • Paul Nunnari, (NSW) Athletics
  • Paul O‚ÄôBrien, Weightlifting
  • Gavin O‚ÄôFarrell, Athletics
  • Michael O‚ÄôShannessy, Swimming
  • Max Petersen, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Karen Rambow, (ACT) Athletics
  • Katie Rauschl, (SA) Weightlifting
  • Neville Read, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Glen Redmayne, Athletics
  • Eric Russell, Athletics
  • Julie Russell, (SA) Athletics and Weightlifting
  • Greg Saron, Weightlifting
  • Wayne Sharpe, Weightlifting
  • Chris Shaw, (WA) Athletics
  • John Shiel, (NSW) Table Tennis
  • John Sorensen, (NSW) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Vince Vallelonga, (SA) Athletics
  • Graeme Walters, (VIC) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Ray Warren, Athletics
  • Paul Wiggins, (TAS) Athletics
  • Matt Williamson, (SA) Athletics
  • Rosalind Wilton, (SA) Athletics

 

Officials:

List of the members of the 1989 Australian FESPIC Games Team with links to Team members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the 1989 FESPIC Games

After topping the medal tally at the previous FESPIC Games, Australia finished 3rd in the gold medal count (77) behind China (99) and Japan (80) in Kobe, and 2nd in the total medal count at 155, behind Japan’s 310 total medals and ahead of China with 141. The Australian Team of 114 athletes (79 men and 35 women) returned home with 77 gold, 46 silver and 32 bronze medals.

Indigenous athlete Karl Feifar, of Perth, was one of the Australian stars, winning five gold and two silver medals.

Australia finished 3rd in the gold medal count in Kobe and 2nd in the total medal count behind a dominant performance by the host nation, Japan.

Presidency of the ACSD changes again

The formation of the International Paralympic Committee in 1989 put the spotlight on the concept of an organisation that existed solely to promote and develop elite sporting opportunities for people with disabilities.

Since 1975, the Australian Confederation of Sport for the Disabled (ACSD) had represented the broader interests of sporting organisations for people with disabilities and, increasingly, the Paralympic movement in Australia. In 1988 it raised funds and sent the Australian teams to the winter and summer Paralympics.

In 1989, Adrienne Smith assumed the presidency of the ACSD, taking over from Barbara Worley. As the CEO of the Australian Ski Federation, she had supported Ron Finneran’s first Paralympic campaign and then his moves to develop disabled winter sport in Australia. Then, as sport manager for the Australian Bicentennial Authority, she had provided financial support for a number of NSODs in the lead-up to the 1988 Bicentenary celebrations.

 

In 1989, Adrienne Smith assumed the presidency of the Australian Confederation of Sports for the Disabled.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1988 summer Paralympics in Seoul, South Korea?

You can find all the photos from the 1988 Games at Stoke Mandeville that are owned by or donated to the Australian Paralympic Committee here. These images are licensed under Creative Commons and are free to use, if you acknowledge the source and ownership of the images.

The National Library has recorded oral history interviews with a number of participants in the 1988 Games:   Libby Kosmala, Michael Nugent, Julie Russell,  Terry Giddy,  John Eden, Russell Short, David Gould, Chris Scott, George Dunstan (Team management Рwheelchair athletes),  Paul Bird (Team management Рamputees), Dr John Bourke (Medical Director), Norma Beer, Jane Buckley 

Most of the visual record of Australia‚Äôs participation at the 1988 summer Paralympics comes from film made by Don Worley, who accompanied the team as an ‚Äėescort‚Äô. Ostensibly assigned to assist with athlete needs, Don spent much of his time with a movie camera, recording the Games. Don donated his film to the¬†National Film and Sound Archive, which digitised and preserved it. Don has made the film and stills from it available to Paralympics Australia for use on this site. You can find out more about Don‚Äôs films¬†here.

The ’88 Paralympics Appeal Report by the Australian Confederation for Sports for the Disabled details fundraising, team members and results .

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1988 summer Paralympics which has been created by contributors to the Australian Paralympic History Project and follow the links to the articles about Australia’s athletes and their sports.

The website of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has a database of historical results and information and material about every Paralympic Games.

Use the ‚Äėcontact us‚Äė button on this website to contact Paralympics Australia if you have any further questions or would like to contribute to this project.

Looking for more about the 1988 summer Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

GALLERY: “The flame that lit the world … is now slowly burning out.”

Scenes from the Closing Ceremony of the 1988 Seoul Paralympic Games.

The final Games for Don Worley, capturing images and film from 1972

The personal identity card of Don Worley for the 1988 summer Paralympics which accredited him as a photographer at the Games. Worley had attended the four previous Games as a member of the Australian team. Ostensibly an ‘escort’ to assist athletes, his primary duties at those Games were in fact as a videographer. In 1988 the ABC sent a crew to film the Games and Worley turned to his other love – still photography. Through Worley’s work, footage and images exist of Australia at the Paralympic Games from 1972 to 1988 that would otherwise have never been captured. In 2015 Worley donated his films to the National Film and Sound Archives. Still and clips from Worley’s films are used throughout this history.

Chris Nunn talks about the changes that needed to be made to be more successful

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Chris Nunn
Recorded: 15 June 2011
Location: Canberra, ACT
Listen to the full interview here.

The 1988 Australian team symbol was a play on the official Games mascots

This cloth patch shows the twin koalas used as a symbol by the Australian Team. The bears are a play on the official Games mascots. One Koala represents winter athletes and one represents summer athletes, with the idea that both teams were united in the same Paralympic year. The Gomdoori, whose name is derived from the Korean word for ‚Äúteddy bear‚ÄĚ, were the Paralympic mascots for the Seoul 1988 Paralympics. While bears are commonly associated with wisdom and courage, the pair is depicted with their legs tied together, symbolising the ability to overcome adversity through co-operation and to encourage mankind to work together peacefully and harmoniously. (Source – International Paralympic Committee.)

Carmel Williams was Australia’s only female table tennis player in a team of nine

Australian table tennis player Carmel Williams serves during a match at the 1988 Seoul Summer Paralympics. The 1988 Games marked the beginning of a drought of table tennis medals for the Australian Paralympic Team, with its next podium finish not coming for another 28 years, in Rio 2016.

1989 Kobe FESPIC Games Australian Team

This list of the 1989 Australian FESPIC Games team has been compiled from the FESPIC Kobe 8ŐÄ9 Official Report by the Organising Committee for the 1989 FESPIC Games, results printouts and the wheelchair team manager‚Äôs report, both held by Paralympics Australia. As was the custom at the time, the Australian Team was divided into sub-teams by type of disability.

 

Athletes:

Amputee Team

  • Rodney Bonsack, (SA) Athletics and Swimming
  • Chris Brimbecom, (NSW) Athletics
  • Pauline Cahill, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Max Carter, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • June Clark, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Paul Croft, (NSW) Table Tennis
  • Anne Currie, (VIC) Swimming
  • Brad Evans, (VIC) Swimming
  • Andrew Falconer, (NSW) Athletics
  • Geoff Feben, Swimming and Table Tennis
  • Karl Feifar, (WA) Athletics
  • Neil Fuller, (SA) Athletics
  • Debbie Holland, (QLD) Swimming
  • Rebecca Howe, (NSW) Swimming
  • Harvey Huxtable, (SA) Weightlifting
  • Susan Knox, (WA) Swimming
  • Keith Mayne, (QLD) Athletics
  • Joe Marlow, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Bronwyn McColl, (NSW) Swimming
  • Rodney Nugent, (QLD) Athletics
  • Andrew O‚ÄôSullivan, (VIC) Athletics
  • Daniel Polson, (SA) Athletics
  • Steven Simmonds, (ACT) Swimming
  • Steve Weston, (NSW) Athletics
  • Mark Whiteman, (NSW) Athletics and Weightlifting
  • Jason Willis, (QLD) Athletics

Vision impaired team

  • Kingsley Bugarin, (WA) Swimming
  • Darren Collins, (VIC) Athletics
  • Mark Davies, (NT) Athletics
  • Phillip Deveraux, (NT) Athletics
  • Susan Earles, (SA) Athletics
  • Christine Fisher, (VIC) Athletics
  • Matthew Hueppauff, (SA) Swimming
  • Felicity Johnson, (SA) Athletics
  • William (Bill) Kelly, (VIC) Athletics
  • Mandy Maywood, (WA) Swimming
  • Jeff McNeill, (VIC) Athletics
  • Paul McKenna, (QLD) Athletics
  • Sam Rickard, (NT) Athletics
  • Leigh Sloane, (QLD) Athletics
  • Jodi Willis-Roberts, (VIC) Athletics
  • Anthony Young, (TAS) Athletics

Cerebral Palsy Team

  • Terry Biggs, (QLD) Table Tennis
  • Pru Birmingham, (NSW) Swimming
  • Alana Brodie, (QLD) Athletics
  • Clothier, (QLD) Swimming
  • Coulson, (QLD) Athletics
  • Cumminsky, (QLD) Athletics
  • Karen Ferguson, (ACT) Swimming
  • Kathy Gregson, (NSW) Swimming
  • Mark Milne, (QLD) Athletics
  • Quinn, (QLD) Athletics
  • Eileen Radley, (NSW) Swimming
  • Darren Thrupp, (QLD) Athletics
  • Richard West, (WA) Athletics

Les Autres Team

  • Hazel Delgado, (ACT) Swimming
  • David Doueal, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Jenny Groom, (WA) Athletics
  • David Norris, (WA) Athletics

Wheelchair team

  • Gary Aberley, (SA) Athletics
  • Clive Adsett, (SA) Shooting
  • Jane Ahern, (SA) Shooting
  • Beryl Ahrens, (QLD) Athletics
  • Neville Barnes, (ACT) Athletics
  • Alice Berry, (SA) Swimming
  • Keith Bremner, (NSW) Shooting
  • Wayne Brittain, (SA) Shooting
  • Craig Clarke, (SA) Shooting
  • Emily Costello, (VIC) Swimming
  • Daniela Di Toro, (VIC) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Lucas Dudenas, (QLD) Athletics
  • Doug Free, Table Tennis
  • Rex Fuller, (VIC) Swimming
  • Ian Gainey, (VIC) Athletics
  • Alan Gansberg, (VIC) Athletics
  • Paul Gockel, (QLD) Swimming
  • Michael Green, (VIC) Athletics
  • Tracey Holder, Swimming
  • Errol Hyde, Wheelchair Tennis
  • Meredith Jones, (SA) Athletics
  • Robert Jordan, (NSW) Fencing
  • Dennis Kennedy, (ACT) Athletics
  • Danny Leeson, (QLD) Athletics
  • Michael Letch, (VIC) Athletics
  • Lyn Lillecrapp, (SA) Swimming
  • Robert Madden, (WA) Athletics
  • Peter Magee, (QLD) Lawn Bowls
  • Geoff McAlary, Athletics
  • Dominic McGee, (NSW) Swimming
  • Len McKenna, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Yvette McLellan, Athletics
  • Paul Nunnari, (NSW) Athletics
  • Paul O‚ÄôBrien, Weightlifting
  • Gavin O‚ÄôFarrell, Athletics
  • Michael O‚ÄôShannessy, Swimming
  • Max Petersen, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Karen Rambow, (ACT) Athletics
  • Katie Rauschl, (SA) Weightlifting
  • Neville Read, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Glen Redmayne, Athletics
  • Eric Russell, Athletics
  • Julie Russell, (SA) Athletics and Weightlifting
  • Greg Saron, Weightlifting
  • Wayne Sharpe, Weightlifting
  • Chris Shaw, (WA) Athletics
  • John Shiel, (NSW) Table Tennis
  • John Sorensen, (NSW) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Vince Vallelonga, (SA) Athletics
  • Graeme Walters, (VIC) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Ray Warren, Athletics
  • Paul Wiggins, (TAS) Athletics
  • Matt Williamson, (SA) Athletics
  • Rosalind Wilton, (SA) Athletics

 

Officials:

List of the members of the 1989 Australian FESPIC Games Team with links to Team members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the 1989 FESPIC Games

After topping the medal tally at the previous FESPIC Games, Australia finished 3rd in the gold medal count (77) behind China (99) and Japan (80) in Kobe, and 2nd in the total medal count at 155, behind Japan’s 310 total medals and ahead of China with 141. The Australian Team of 114 athletes (79 men and 35 women) returned home with 77 gold, 46 silver and 32 bronze medals.

Indigenous athlete Karl Feifar, of Perth, was one of the Australian stars, winning five gold and two silver medals.

Australia finished 3rd in the gold medal count in Kobe and 2nd in the total medal count behind a dominant performance by the host nation, Japan.

Presidency of the ACSD changes again

The formation of the International Paralympic Committee in 1989 put the spotlight on the concept of an organisation that existed solely to promote and develop elite sporting opportunities for people with disabilities.

Since 1975, the Australian Confederation of Sport for the Disabled (ACSD) had represented the broader interests of sporting organisations for people with disabilities and, increasingly, the Paralympic movement in Australia. In 1988 it raised funds and sent the Australian teams to the winter and summer Paralympics.

In 1989, Adrienne Smith assumed the presidency of the ACSD, taking over from Barbara Worley. As the CEO of the Australian Ski Federation, she had supported Ron Finneran’s first Paralympic campaign and then his moves to develop disabled winter sport in Australia. Then, as sport manager for the Australian Bicentennial Authority, she had provided financial support for a number of NSODs in the lead-up to the 1988 Bicentenary celebrations.

 

In 1989, Adrienne Smith assumed the presidency of the Australian Confederation of Sports for the Disabled.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1988 summer Paralympics in Seoul, South Korea?

You can find all the photos from the 1988 Games at Stoke Mandeville that are owned by or donated to the Australian Paralympic Committee here. These images are licensed under Creative Commons and are free to use, if you acknowledge the source and ownership of the images.

The National Library has recorded oral history interviews with a number of participants in the 1988 Games:   Libby Kosmala, Michael Nugent, Julie Russell,  Terry Giddy,  John Eden, Russell Short, David Gould, Chris Scott, George Dunstan (Team management Рwheelchair athletes),  Paul Bird (Team management Рamputees), Dr John Bourke (Medical Director), Norma Beer, Jane Buckley 

Most of the visual record of Australia‚Äôs participation at the 1988 summer Paralympics comes from film made by Don Worley, who accompanied the team as an ‚Äėescort‚Äô. Ostensibly assigned to assist with athlete needs, Don spent much of his time with a movie camera, recording the Games. Don donated his film to the¬†National Film and Sound Archive, which digitised and preserved it. Don has made the film and stills from it available to Paralympics Australia for use on this site. You can find out more about Don‚Äôs films¬†here.

The ’88 Paralympics Appeal Report by the Australian Confederation for Sports for the Disabled details fundraising, team members and results .

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1988 summer Paralympics which has been created by contributors to the Australian Paralympic History Project and follow the links to the articles about Australia’s athletes and their sports.

The website of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has a database of historical results and information and material about every Paralympic Games.

Use the ‚Äėcontact us‚Äė button on this website to contact Paralympics Australia if you have any further questions or would like to contribute to this project.

Looking for more about the 1988 summer Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

GALLERY: “The flame that lit the world … is now slowly burning out.”

Scenes from the Closing Ceremony of the 1988 Seoul Paralympic Games.

The final Games for Don Worley, capturing images and film from 1972

The personal identity card of Don Worley for the 1988 summer Paralympics which accredited him as a photographer at the Games. Worley had attended the four previous Games as a member of the Australian team. Ostensibly an ‘escort’ to assist athletes, his primary duties at those Games were in fact as a videographer. In 1988 the ABC sent a crew to film the Games and Worley turned to his other love – still photography. Through Worley’s work, footage and images exist of Australia at the Paralympic Games from 1972 to 1988 that would otherwise have never been captured. In 2015 Worley donated his films to the National Film and Sound Archives. Still and clips from Worley’s films are used throughout this history.

Chris Nunn talks about the changes that needed to be made to be more successful

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Chris Nunn
Recorded: 15 June 2011
Location: Canberra, ACT
Listen to the full interview here.

The 1988 Australian team symbol was a play on the official Games mascots

This cloth patch shows the twin koalas used as a symbol by the Australian Team. The bears are a play on the official Games mascots. One Koala represents winter athletes and one represents summer athletes, with the idea that both teams were united in the same Paralympic year. The Gomdoori, whose name is derived from the Korean word for ‚Äúteddy bear‚ÄĚ, were the Paralympic mascots for the Seoul 1988 Paralympics. While bears are commonly associated with wisdom and courage, the pair is depicted with their legs tied together, symbolising the ability to overcome adversity through co-operation and to encourage mankind to work together peacefully and harmoniously. (Source – International Paralympic Committee.)

Carmel Williams was Australia’s only female table tennis player in a team of nine

Australian table tennis player Carmel Williams serves during a match at the 1988 Seoul Summer Paralympics. The 1988 Games marked the beginning of a drought of table tennis medals for the Australian Paralympic Team, with its next podium finish not coming for another 28 years, in Rio 2016.

1989 Kobe FESPIC Games Australian Team

This list of the 1989 Australian FESPIC Games team has been compiled from the FESPIC Kobe 8ŐÄ9 Official Report by the Organising Committee for the 1989 FESPIC Games, results printouts and the wheelchair team manager‚Äôs report, both held by Paralympics Australia. As was the custom at the time, the Australian Team was divided into sub-teams by type of disability.

 

Athletes:

Amputee Team

  • Rodney Bonsack, (SA) Athletics and Swimming
  • Chris Brimbecom, (NSW) Athletics
  • Pauline Cahill, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Max Carter, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • June Clark, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Paul Croft, (NSW) Table Tennis
  • Anne Currie, (VIC) Swimming
  • Brad Evans, (VIC) Swimming
  • Andrew Falconer, (NSW) Athletics
  • Geoff Feben, Swimming and Table Tennis
  • Karl Feifar, (WA) Athletics
  • Neil Fuller, (SA) Athletics
  • Debbie Holland, (QLD) Swimming
  • Rebecca Howe, (NSW) Swimming
  • Harvey Huxtable, (SA) Weightlifting
  • Susan Knox, (WA) Swimming
  • Keith Mayne, (QLD) Athletics
  • Joe Marlow, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Bronwyn McColl, (NSW) Swimming
  • Rodney Nugent, (QLD) Athletics
  • Andrew O‚ÄôSullivan, (VIC) Athletics
  • Daniel Polson, (SA) Athletics
  • Steven Simmonds, (ACT) Swimming
  • Steve Weston, (NSW) Athletics
  • Mark Whiteman, (NSW) Athletics and Weightlifting
  • Jason Willis, (QLD) Athletics

Vision impaired team

  • Kingsley Bugarin, (WA) Swimming
  • Darren Collins, (VIC) Athletics
  • Mark Davies, (NT) Athletics
  • Phillip Deveraux, (NT) Athletics
  • Susan Earles, (SA) Athletics
  • Christine Fisher, (VIC) Athletics
  • Matthew Hueppauff, (SA) Swimming
  • Felicity Johnson, (SA) Athletics
  • William (Bill) Kelly, (VIC) Athletics
  • Mandy Maywood, (WA) Swimming
  • Jeff McNeill, (VIC) Athletics
  • Paul McKenna, (QLD) Athletics
  • Sam Rickard, (NT) Athletics
  • Leigh Sloane, (QLD) Athletics
  • Jodi Willis-Roberts, (VIC) Athletics
  • Anthony Young, (TAS) Athletics

Cerebral Palsy Team

  • Terry Biggs, (QLD) Table Tennis
  • Pru Birmingham, (NSW) Swimming
  • Alana Brodie, (QLD) Athletics
  • Clothier, (QLD) Swimming
  • Coulson, (QLD) Athletics
  • Cumminsky, (QLD) Athletics
  • Karen Ferguson, (ACT) Swimming
  • Kathy Gregson, (NSW) Swimming
  • Mark Milne, (QLD) Athletics
  • Quinn, (QLD) Athletics
  • Eileen Radley, (NSW) Swimming
  • Darren Thrupp, (QLD) Athletics
  • Richard West, (WA) Athletics

Les Autres Team

  • Hazel Delgado, (ACT) Swimming
  • David Doueal, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Jenny Groom, (WA) Athletics
  • David Norris, (WA) Athletics

Wheelchair team

  • Gary Aberley, (SA) Athletics
  • Clive Adsett, (SA) Shooting
  • Jane Ahern, (SA) Shooting
  • Beryl Ahrens, (QLD) Athletics
  • Neville Barnes, (ACT) Athletics
  • Alice Berry, (SA) Swimming
  • Keith Bremner, (NSW) Shooting
  • Wayne Brittain, (SA) Shooting
  • Craig Clarke, (SA) Shooting
  • Emily Costello, (VIC) Swimming
  • Daniela Di Toro, (VIC) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Lucas Dudenas, (QLD) Athletics
  • Doug Free, Table Tennis
  • Rex Fuller, (VIC) Swimming
  • Ian Gainey, (VIC) Athletics
  • Alan Gansberg, (VIC) Athletics
  • Paul Gockel, (QLD) Swimming
  • Michael Green, (VIC) Athletics
  • Tracey Holder, Swimming
  • Errol Hyde, Wheelchair Tennis
  • Meredith Jones, (SA) Athletics
  • Robert Jordan, (NSW) Fencing
  • Dennis Kennedy, (ACT) Athletics
  • Danny Leeson, (QLD) Athletics
  • Michael Letch, (VIC) Athletics
  • Lyn Lillecrapp, (SA) Swimming
  • Robert Madden, (WA) Athletics
  • Peter Magee, (QLD) Lawn Bowls
  • Geoff McAlary, Athletics
  • Dominic McGee, (NSW) Swimming
  • Len McKenna, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Yvette McLellan, Athletics
  • Paul Nunnari, (NSW) Athletics
  • Paul O‚ÄôBrien, Weightlifting
  • Gavin O‚ÄôFarrell, Athletics
  • Michael O‚ÄôShannessy, Swimming
  • Max Petersen, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Karen Rambow, (ACT) Athletics
  • Katie Rauschl, (SA) Weightlifting
  • Neville Read, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Glen Redmayne, Athletics
  • Eric Russell, Athletics
  • Julie Russell, (SA) Athletics and Weightlifting
  • Greg Saron, Weightlifting
  • Wayne Sharpe, Weightlifting
  • Chris Shaw, (WA) Athletics
  • John Shiel, (NSW) Table Tennis
  • John Sorensen, (NSW) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Vince Vallelonga, (SA) Athletics
  • Graeme Walters, (VIC) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Ray Warren, Athletics
  • Paul Wiggins, (TAS) Athletics
  • Matt Williamson, (SA) Athletics
  • Rosalind Wilton, (SA) Athletics

 

Officials:

List of the members of the 1989 Australian FESPIC Games Team with links to Team members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the 1989 FESPIC Games

After topping the medal tally at the previous FESPIC Games, Australia finished 3rd in the gold medal count (77) behind China (99) and Japan (80) in Kobe, and 2nd in the total medal count at 155, behind Japan’s 310 total medals and ahead of China with 141. The Australian Team of 114 athletes (79 men and 35 women) returned home with 77 gold, 46 silver and 32 bronze medals.

Indigenous athlete Karl Feifar, of Perth, was one of the Australian stars, winning five gold and two silver medals.

Australia finished 3rd in the gold medal count in Kobe and 2nd in the total medal count behind a dominant performance by the host nation, Japan.

Presidency of the ACSD changes again

The formation of the International Paralympic Committee in 1989 put the spotlight on the concept of an organisation that existed solely to promote and develop elite sporting opportunities for people with disabilities.

Since 1975, the Australian Confederation of Sport for the Disabled (ACSD) had represented the broader interests of sporting organisations for people with disabilities and, increasingly, the Paralympic movement in Australia. In 1988 it raised funds and sent the Australian teams to the winter and summer Paralympics.

In 1989, Adrienne Smith assumed the presidency of the ACSD, taking over from Barbara Worley. As the CEO of the Australian Ski Federation, she had supported Ron Finneran’s first Paralympic campaign and then his moves to develop disabled winter sport in Australia. Then, as sport manager for the Australian Bicentennial Authority, she had provided financial support for a number of NSODs in the lead-up to the 1988 Bicentenary celebrations.

 

In 1989, Adrienne Smith assumed the presidency of the Australian Confederation of Sports for the Disabled.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1988 summer Paralympics in Seoul, South Korea?

You can find all the photos from the 1988 Games at Stoke Mandeville that are owned by or donated to the Australian Paralympic Committee here. These images are licensed under Creative Commons and are free to use, if you acknowledge the source and ownership of the images.

The National Library has recorded oral history interviews with a number of participants in the 1988 Games:   Libby Kosmala, Michael Nugent, Julie Russell,  Terry Giddy,  John Eden, Russell Short, David Gould, Chris Scott, George Dunstan (Team management Рwheelchair athletes),  Paul Bird (Team management Рamputees), Dr John Bourke (Medical Director), Norma Beer, Jane Buckley 

Most of the visual record of Australia‚Äôs participation at the 1988 summer Paralympics comes from film made by Don Worley, who accompanied the team as an ‚Äėescort‚Äô. Ostensibly assigned to assist with athlete needs, Don spent much of his time with a movie camera, recording the Games. Don donated his film to the¬†National Film and Sound Archive, which digitised and preserved it. Don has made the film and stills from it available to Paralympics Australia for use on this site. You can find out more about Don‚Äôs films¬†here.

The ’88 Paralympics Appeal Report by the Australian Confederation for Sports for the Disabled details fundraising, team members and results .

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1988 summer Paralympics which has been created by contributors to the Australian Paralympic History Project and follow the links to the articles about Australia’s athletes and their sports.

The website of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has a database of historical results and information and material about every Paralympic Games.

Use the ‚Äėcontact us‚Äė button on this website to contact Paralympics Australia if you have any further questions or would like to contribute to this project.

Looking for more about the 1988 summer Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

GALLERY: “The flame that lit the world … is now slowly burning out.”

Scenes from the Closing Ceremony of the 1988 Seoul Paralympic Games.

The final Games for Don Worley, capturing images and film from 1972

The personal identity card of Don Worley for the 1988 summer Paralympics which accredited him as a photographer at the Games. Worley had attended the four previous Games as a member of the Australian team. Ostensibly an ‘escort’ to assist athletes, his primary duties at those Games were in fact as a videographer. In 1988 the ABC sent a crew to film the Games and Worley turned to his other love – still photography. Through Worley’s work, footage and images exist of Australia at the Paralympic Games from 1972 to 1988 that would otherwise have never been captured. In 2015 Worley donated his films to the National Film and Sound Archives. Still and clips from Worley’s films are used throughout this history.

Chris Nunn talks about the changes that needed to be made to be more successful

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Chris Nunn
Recorded: 15 June 2011
Location: Canberra, ACT
Listen to the full interview here.

The 1988 Australian team symbol was a play on the official Games mascots

This cloth patch shows the twin koalas used as a symbol by the Australian Team. The bears are a play on the official Games mascots. One Koala represents winter athletes and one represents summer athletes, with the idea that both teams were united in the same Paralympic year. The Gomdoori, whose name is derived from the Korean word for ‚Äúteddy bear‚ÄĚ, were the Paralympic mascots for the Seoul 1988 Paralympics. While bears are commonly associated with wisdom and courage, the pair is depicted with their legs tied together, symbolising the ability to overcome adversity through co-operation and to encourage mankind to work together peacefully and harmoniously. (Source – International Paralympic Committee.)

Carmel Williams was Australia’s only female table tennis player in a team of nine

Australian table tennis player Carmel Williams serves during a match at the 1988 Seoul Summer Paralympics. The 1988 Games marked the beginning of a drought of table tennis medals for the Australian Paralympic Team, with its next podium finish not coming for another 28 years, in Rio 2016.

1989 Kobe FESPIC Games Australian Team

This list of the 1989 Australian FESPIC Games team has been compiled from the FESPIC Kobe 8ŐÄ9 Official Report by the Organising Committee for the 1989 FESPIC Games, results printouts and the wheelchair team manager‚Äôs report, both held by Paralympics Australia. As was the custom at the time, the Australian Team was divided into sub-teams by type of disability.

 

Athletes:

Amputee Team

  • Rodney Bonsack, (SA) Athletics and Swimming
  • Chris Brimbecom, (NSW) Athletics
  • Pauline Cahill, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Max Carter, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • June Clark, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Paul Croft, (NSW) Table Tennis
  • Anne Currie, (VIC) Swimming
  • Brad Evans, (VIC) Swimming
  • Andrew Falconer, (NSW) Athletics
  • Geoff Feben, Swimming and Table Tennis
  • Karl Feifar, (WA) Athletics
  • Neil Fuller, (SA) Athletics
  • Debbie Holland, (QLD) Swimming
  • Rebecca Howe, (NSW) Swimming
  • Harvey Huxtable, (SA) Weightlifting
  • Susan Knox, (WA) Swimming
  • Keith Mayne, (QLD) Athletics
  • Joe Marlow, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Bronwyn McColl, (NSW) Swimming
  • Rodney Nugent, (QLD) Athletics
  • Andrew O‚ÄôSullivan, (VIC) Athletics
  • Daniel Polson, (SA) Athletics
  • Steven Simmonds, (ACT) Swimming
  • Steve Weston, (NSW) Athletics
  • Mark Whiteman, (NSW) Athletics and Weightlifting
  • Jason Willis, (QLD) Athletics

Vision impaired team

  • Kingsley Bugarin, (WA) Swimming
  • Darren Collins, (VIC) Athletics
  • Mark Davies, (NT) Athletics
  • Phillip Deveraux, (NT) Athletics
  • Susan Earles, (SA) Athletics
  • Christine Fisher, (VIC) Athletics
  • Matthew Hueppauff, (SA) Swimming
  • Felicity Johnson, (SA) Athletics
  • William (Bill) Kelly, (VIC) Athletics
  • Mandy Maywood, (WA) Swimming
  • Jeff McNeill, (VIC) Athletics
  • Paul McKenna, (QLD) Athletics
  • Sam Rickard, (NT) Athletics
  • Leigh Sloane, (QLD) Athletics
  • Jodi Willis-Roberts, (VIC) Athletics
  • Anthony Young, (TAS) Athletics

Cerebral Palsy Team

  • Terry Biggs, (QLD) Table Tennis
  • Pru Birmingham, (NSW) Swimming
  • Alana Brodie, (QLD) Athletics
  • Clothier, (QLD) Swimming
  • Coulson, (QLD) Athletics
  • Cumminsky, (QLD) Athletics
  • Karen Ferguson, (ACT) Swimming
  • Kathy Gregson, (NSW) Swimming
  • Mark Milne, (QLD) Athletics
  • Quinn, (QLD) Athletics
  • Eileen Radley, (NSW) Swimming
  • Darren Thrupp, (QLD) Athletics
  • Richard West, (WA) Athletics

Les Autres Team

  • Hazel Delgado, (ACT) Swimming
  • David Doueal, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Jenny Groom, (WA) Athletics
  • David Norris, (WA) Athletics

Wheelchair team

  • Gary Aberley, (SA) Athletics
  • Clive Adsett, (SA) Shooting
  • Jane Ahern, (SA) Shooting
  • Beryl Ahrens, (QLD) Athletics
  • Neville Barnes, (ACT) Athletics
  • Alice Berry, (SA) Swimming
  • Keith Bremner, (NSW) Shooting
  • Wayne Brittain, (SA) Shooting
  • Craig Clarke, (SA) Shooting
  • Emily Costello, (VIC) Swimming
  • Daniela Di Toro, (VIC) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Lucas Dudenas, (QLD) Athletics
  • Doug Free, Table Tennis
  • Rex Fuller, (VIC) Swimming
  • Ian Gainey, (VIC) Athletics
  • Alan Gansberg, (VIC) Athletics
  • Paul Gockel, (QLD) Swimming
  • Michael Green, (VIC) Athletics
  • Tracey Holder, Swimming
  • Errol Hyde, Wheelchair Tennis
  • Meredith Jones, (SA) Athletics
  • Robert Jordan, (NSW) Fencing
  • Dennis Kennedy, (ACT) Athletics
  • Danny Leeson, (QLD) Athletics
  • Michael Letch, (VIC) Athletics
  • Lyn Lillecrapp, (SA) Swimming
  • Robert Madden, (WA) Athletics
  • Peter Magee, (QLD) Lawn Bowls
  • Geoff McAlary, Athletics
  • Dominic McGee, (NSW) Swimming
  • Len McKenna, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Yvette McLellan, Athletics
  • Paul Nunnari, (NSW) Athletics
  • Paul O‚ÄôBrien, Weightlifting
  • Gavin O‚ÄôFarrell, Athletics
  • Michael O‚ÄôShannessy, Swimming
  • Max Petersen, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Karen Rambow, (ACT) Athletics
  • Katie Rauschl, (SA) Weightlifting
  • Neville Read, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Glen Redmayne, Athletics
  • Eric Russell, Athletics
  • Julie Russell, (SA) Athletics and Weightlifting
  • Greg Saron, Weightlifting
  • Wayne Sharpe, Weightlifting
  • Chris Shaw, (WA) Athletics
  • John Shiel, (NSW) Table Tennis
  • John Sorensen, (NSW) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Vince Vallelonga, (SA) Athletics
  • Graeme Walters, (VIC) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Ray Warren, Athletics
  • Paul Wiggins, (TAS) Athletics
  • Matt Williamson, (SA) Athletics
  • Rosalind Wilton, (SA) Athletics

 

Officials:

List of the members of the 1989 Australian FESPIC Games Team with links to Team members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the 1989 FESPIC Games

After topping the medal tally at the previous FESPIC Games, Australia finished 3rd in the gold medal count (77) behind China (99) and Japan (80) in Kobe, and 2nd in the total medal count at 155, behind Japan’s 310 total medals and ahead of China with 141. The Australian Team of 114 athletes (79 men and 35 women) returned home with 77 gold, 46 silver and 32 bronze medals.

Indigenous athlete Karl Feifar, of Perth, was one of the Australian stars, winning five gold and two silver medals.

Australia finished 3rd in the gold medal count in Kobe and 2nd in the total medal count behind a dominant performance by the host nation, Japan.

Presidency of the ACSD changes again

The formation of the International Paralympic Committee in 1989 put the spotlight on the concept of an organisation that existed solely to promote and develop elite sporting opportunities for people with disabilities.

Since 1975, the Australian Confederation of Sport for the Disabled (ACSD) had represented the broader interests of sporting organisations for people with disabilities and, increasingly, the Paralympic movement in Australia. In 1988 it raised funds and sent the Australian teams to the winter and summer Paralympics.

In 1989, Adrienne Smith assumed the presidency of the ACSD, taking over from Barbara Worley. As the CEO of the Australian Ski Federation, she had supported Ron Finneran’s first Paralympic campaign and then his moves to develop disabled winter sport in Australia. Then, as sport manager for the Australian Bicentennial Authority, she had provided financial support for a number of NSODs in the lead-up to the 1988 Bicentenary celebrations.

 

In 1989, Adrienne Smith assumed the presidency of the Australian Confederation of Sports for the Disabled.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1988 summer Paralympics in Seoul, South Korea?

You can find all the photos from the 1988 Games at Stoke Mandeville that are owned by or donated to the Australian Paralympic Committee here. These images are licensed under Creative Commons and are free to use, if you acknowledge the source and ownership of the images.

The National Library has recorded oral history interviews with a number of participants in the 1988 Games:   Libby Kosmala, Michael Nugent, Julie Russell,  Terry Giddy,  John Eden, Russell Short, David Gould, Chris Scott, George Dunstan (Team management Рwheelchair athletes),  Paul Bird (Team management Рamputees), Dr John Bourke (Medical Director), Norma Beer, Jane Buckley 

Most of the visual record of Australia‚Äôs participation at the 1988 summer Paralympics comes from film made by Don Worley, who accompanied the team as an ‚Äėescort‚Äô. Ostensibly assigned to assist with athlete needs, Don spent much of his time with a movie camera, recording the Games. Don donated his film to the¬†National Film and Sound Archive, which digitised and preserved it. Don has made the film and stills from it available to Paralympics Australia for use on this site. You can find out more about Don‚Äôs films¬†here.

The ’88 Paralympics Appeal Report by the Australian Confederation for Sports for the Disabled details fundraising, team members and results .

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1988 summer Paralympics which has been created by contributors to the Australian Paralympic History Project and follow the links to the articles about Australia’s athletes and their sports.

The website of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has a database of historical results and information and material about every Paralympic Games.

Use the ‚Äėcontact us‚Äė button on this website to contact Paralympics Australia if you have any further questions or would like to contribute to this project.

Looking for more about the 1988 summer Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

GALLERY: “The flame that lit the world … is now slowly burning out.”

Scenes from the Closing Ceremony of the 1988 Seoul Paralympic Games.

The final Games for Don Worley, capturing images and film from 1972

The personal identity card of Don Worley for the 1988 summer Paralympics which accredited him as a photographer at the Games. Worley had attended the four previous Games as a member of the Australian team. Ostensibly an ‘escort’ to assist athletes, his primary duties at those Games were in fact as a videographer. In 1988 the ABC sent a crew to film the Games and Worley turned to his other love – still photography. Through Worley’s work, footage and images exist of Australia at the Paralympic Games from 1972 to 1988 that would otherwise have never been captured. In 2015 Worley donated his films to the National Film and Sound Archives. Still and clips from Worley’s films are used throughout this history.

Chris Nunn talks about the changes that needed to be made to be more successful

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Chris Nunn
Recorded: 15 June 2011
Location: Canberra, ACT
Listen to the full interview here.

The 1988 Australian team symbol was a play on the official Games mascots

This cloth patch shows the twin koalas used as a symbol by the Australian Team. The bears are a play on the official Games mascots. One Koala represents winter athletes and one represents summer athletes, with the idea that both teams were united in the same Paralympic year. The Gomdoori, whose name is derived from the Korean word for ‚Äúteddy bear‚ÄĚ, were the Paralympic mascots for the Seoul 1988 Paralympics. While bears are commonly associated with wisdom and courage, the pair is depicted with their legs tied together, symbolising the ability to overcome adversity through co-operation and to encourage mankind to work together peacefully and harmoniously. (Source – International Paralympic Committee.)

Carmel Williams was Australia’s only female table tennis player in a team of nine

Australian table tennis player Carmel Williams serves during a match at the 1988 Seoul Summer Paralympics. The 1988 Games marked the beginning of a drought of table tennis medals for the Australian Paralympic Team, with its next podium finish not coming for another 28 years, in Rio 2016.

1989 Kobe FESPIC Games Australian Team

This list of the 1989 Australian FESPIC Games team has been compiled from the FESPIC Kobe 8ŐÄ9 Official Report by the Organising Committee for the 1989 FESPIC Games, results printouts and the wheelchair team manager‚Äôs report, both held by Paralympics Australia. As was the custom at the time, the Australian Team was divided into sub-teams by type of disability.

 

Athletes:

Amputee Team

  • Rodney Bonsack, (SA) Athletics and Swimming
  • Chris Brimbecom, (NSW) Athletics
  • Pauline Cahill, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Max Carter, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • June Clark, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Paul Croft, (NSW) Table Tennis
  • Anne Currie, (VIC) Swimming
  • Brad Evans, (VIC) Swimming
  • Andrew Falconer, (NSW) Athletics
  • Geoff Feben, Swimming and Table Tennis
  • Karl Feifar, (WA) Athletics
  • Neil Fuller, (SA) Athletics
  • Debbie Holland, (QLD) Swimming
  • Rebecca Howe, (NSW) Swimming
  • Harvey Huxtable, (SA) Weightlifting
  • Susan Knox, (WA) Swimming
  • Keith Mayne, (QLD) Athletics
  • Joe Marlow, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Bronwyn McColl, (NSW) Swimming
  • Rodney Nugent, (QLD) Athletics
  • Andrew O‚ÄôSullivan, (VIC) Athletics
  • Daniel Polson, (SA) Athletics
  • Steven Simmonds, (ACT) Swimming
  • Steve Weston, (NSW) Athletics
  • Mark Whiteman, (NSW) Athletics and Weightlifting
  • Jason Willis, (QLD) Athletics

Vision impaired team

  • Kingsley Bugarin, (WA) Swimming
  • Darren Collins, (VIC) Athletics
  • Mark Davies, (NT) Athletics
  • Phillip Deveraux, (NT) Athletics
  • Susan Earles, (SA) Athletics
  • Christine Fisher, (VIC) Athletics
  • Matthew Hueppauff, (SA) Swimming
  • Felicity Johnson, (SA) Athletics
  • William (Bill) Kelly, (VIC) Athletics
  • Mandy Maywood, (WA) Swimming
  • Jeff McNeill, (VIC) Athletics
  • Paul McKenna, (QLD) Athletics
  • Sam Rickard, (NT) Athletics
  • Leigh Sloane, (QLD) Athletics
  • Jodi Willis-Roberts, (VIC) Athletics
  • Anthony Young, (TAS) Athletics

Cerebral Palsy Team

  • Terry Biggs, (QLD) Table Tennis
  • Pru Birmingham, (NSW) Swimming
  • Alana Brodie, (QLD) Athletics
  • Clothier, (QLD) Swimming
  • Coulson, (QLD) Athletics
  • Cumminsky, (QLD) Athletics
  • Karen Ferguson, (ACT) Swimming
  • Kathy Gregson, (NSW) Swimming
  • Mark Milne, (QLD) Athletics
  • Quinn, (QLD) Athletics
  • Eileen Radley, (NSW) Swimming
  • Darren Thrupp, (QLD) Athletics
  • Richard West, (WA) Athletics

Les Autres Team

  • Hazel Delgado, (ACT) Swimming
  • David Doueal, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Jenny Groom, (WA) Athletics
  • David Norris, (WA) Athletics

Wheelchair team

  • Gary Aberley, (SA) Athletics
  • Clive Adsett, (SA) Shooting
  • Jane Ahern, (SA) Shooting
  • Beryl Ahrens, (QLD) Athletics
  • Neville Barnes, (ACT) Athletics
  • Alice Berry, (SA) Swimming
  • Keith Bremner, (NSW) Shooting
  • Wayne Brittain, (SA) Shooting
  • Craig Clarke, (SA) Shooting
  • Emily Costello, (VIC) Swimming
  • Daniela Di Toro, (VIC) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Lucas Dudenas, (QLD) Athletics
  • Doug Free, Table Tennis
  • Rex Fuller, (VIC) Swimming
  • Ian Gainey, (VIC) Athletics
  • Alan Gansberg, (VIC) Athletics
  • Paul Gockel, (QLD) Swimming
  • Michael Green, (VIC) Athletics
  • Tracey Holder, Swimming
  • Errol Hyde, Wheelchair Tennis
  • Meredith Jones, (SA) Athletics
  • Robert Jordan, (NSW) Fencing
  • Dennis Kennedy, (ACT) Athletics
  • Danny Leeson, (QLD) Athletics
  • Michael Letch, (VIC) Athletics
  • Lyn Lillecrapp, (SA) Swimming
  • Robert Madden, (WA) Athletics
  • Peter Magee, (QLD) Lawn Bowls
  • Geoff McAlary, Athletics
  • Dominic McGee, (NSW) Swimming
  • Len McKenna, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Yvette McLellan, Athletics
  • Paul Nunnari, (NSW) Athletics
  • Paul O‚ÄôBrien, Weightlifting
  • Gavin O‚ÄôFarrell, Athletics
  • Michael O‚ÄôShannessy, Swimming
  • Max Petersen, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Karen Rambow, (ACT) Athletics
  • Katie Rauschl, (SA) Weightlifting
  • Neville Read, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Glen Redmayne, Athletics
  • Eric Russell, Athletics
  • Julie Russell, (SA) Athletics and Weightlifting
  • Greg Saron, Weightlifting
  • Wayne Sharpe, Weightlifting
  • Chris Shaw, (WA) Athletics
  • John Shiel, (NSW) Table Tennis
  • John Sorensen, (NSW) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Vince Vallelonga, (SA) Athletics
  • Graeme Walters, (VIC) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Ray Warren, Athletics
  • Paul Wiggins, (TAS) Athletics
  • Matt Williamson, (SA) Athletics
  • Rosalind Wilton, (SA) Athletics

 

Officials:

List of the members of the 1989 Australian FESPIC Games Team with links to Team members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the 1989 FESPIC Games

After topping the medal tally at the previous FESPIC Games, Australia finished 3rd in the gold medal count (77) behind China (99) and Japan (80) in Kobe, and 2nd in the total medal count at 155, behind Japan’s 310 total medals and ahead of China with 141. The Australian Team of 114 athletes (79 men and 35 women) returned home with 77 gold, 46 silver and 32 bronze medals.

Indigenous athlete Karl Feifar, of Perth, was one of the Australian stars, winning five gold and two silver medals.

Australia finished 3rd in the gold medal count in Kobe and 2nd in the total medal count behind a dominant performance by the host nation, Japan.

Presidency of the ACSD changes again

The formation of the International Paralympic Committee in 1989 put the spotlight on the concept of an organisation that existed solely to promote and develop elite sporting opportunities for people with disabilities.

Since 1975, the Australian Confederation of Sport for the Disabled (ACSD) had represented the broader interests of sporting organisations for people with disabilities and, increasingly, the Paralympic movement in Australia. In 1988 it raised funds and sent the Australian teams to the winter and summer Paralympics.

In 1989, Adrienne Smith assumed the presidency of the ACSD, taking over from Barbara Worley. As the CEO of the Australian Ski Federation, she had supported Ron Finneran’s first Paralympic campaign and then his moves to develop disabled winter sport in Australia. Then, as sport manager for the Australian Bicentennial Authority, she had provided financial support for a number of NSODs in the lead-up to the 1988 Bicentenary celebrations.

 

In 1989, Adrienne Smith assumed the presidency of the Australian Confederation of Sports for the Disabled.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1988 summer Paralympics in Seoul, South Korea?

You can find all the photos from the 1988 Games at Stoke Mandeville that are owned by or donated to the Australian Paralympic Committee here. These images are licensed under Creative Commons and are free to use, if you acknowledge the source and ownership of the images.

The National Library has recorded oral history interviews with a number of participants in the 1988 Games:   Libby Kosmala, Michael Nugent, Julie Russell,  Terry Giddy,  John Eden, Russell Short, David Gould, Chris Scott, George Dunstan (Team management Рwheelchair athletes),  Paul Bird (Team management Рamputees), Dr John Bourke (Medical Director), Norma Beer, Jane Buckley 

Most of the visual record of Australia‚Äôs participation at the 1988 summer Paralympics comes from film made by Don Worley, who accompanied the team as an ‚Äėescort‚Äô. Ostensibly assigned to assist with athlete needs, Don spent much of his time with a movie camera, recording the Games. Don donated his film to the¬†National Film and Sound Archive, which digitised and preserved it. Don has made the film and stills from it available to Paralympics Australia for use on this site. You can find out more about Don‚Äôs films¬†here.

The ’88 Paralympics Appeal Report by the Australian Confederation for Sports for the Disabled details fundraising, team members and results .

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1988 summer Paralympics which has been created by contributors to the Australian Paralympic History Project and follow the links to the articles about Australia’s athletes and their sports.

The website of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has a database of historical results and information and material about every Paralympic Games.

Use the ‚Äėcontact us‚Äė button on this website to contact Paralympics Australia if you have any further questions or would like to contribute to this project.

Looking for more about the 1988 summer Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

GALLERY: “The flame that lit the world … is now slowly burning out.”

Scenes from the Closing Ceremony of the 1988 Seoul Paralympic Games.

The final Games for Don Worley, capturing images and film from 1972

The personal identity card of Don Worley for the 1988 summer Paralympics which accredited him as a photographer at the Games. Worley had attended the four previous Games as a member of the Australian team. Ostensibly an ‘escort’ to assist athletes, his primary duties at those Games were in fact as a videographer. In 1988 the ABC sent a crew to film the Games and Worley turned to his other love – still photography. Through Worley’s work, footage and images exist of Australia at the Paralympic Games from 1972 to 1988 that would otherwise have never been captured. In 2015 Worley donated his films to the National Film and Sound Archives. Still and clips from Worley’s films are used throughout this history.

Chris Nunn talks about the changes that needed to be made to be more successful

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Chris Nunn
Recorded: 15 June 2011
Location: Canberra, ACT
Listen to the full interview here.

The 1988 Australian team symbol was a play on the official Games mascots

This cloth patch shows the twin koalas used as a symbol by the Australian Team. The bears are a play on the official Games mascots. One Koala represents winter athletes and one represents summer athletes, with the idea that both teams were united in the same Paralympic year. The Gomdoori, whose name is derived from the Korean word for ‚Äúteddy bear‚ÄĚ, were the Paralympic mascots for the Seoul 1988 Paralympics. While bears are commonly associated with wisdom and courage, the pair is depicted with their legs tied together, symbolising the ability to overcome adversity through co-operation and to encourage mankind to work together peacefully and harmoniously. (Source – International Paralympic Committee.)

Carmel Williams was Australia’s only female table tennis player in a team of nine

Australian table tennis player Carmel Williams serves during a match at the 1988 Seoul Summer Paralympics. The 1988 Games marked the beginning of a drought of table tennis medals for the Australian Paralympic Team, with its next podium finish not coming for another 28 years, in Rio 2016.

1989 Kobe FESPIC Games Australian Team

This list of the 1989 Australian FESPIC Games team has been compiled from the FESPIC Kobe 8ŐÄ9 Official Report by the Organising Committee for the 1989 FESPIC Games, results printouts and the wheelchair team manager‚Äôs report, both held by Paralympics Australia. As was the custom at the time, the Australian Team was divided into sub-teams by type of disability.

 

Athletes:

Amputee Team

  • Rodney Bonsack, (SA) Athletics and Swimming
  • Chris Brimbecom, (NSW) Athletics
  • Pauline Cahill, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Max Carter, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • June Clark, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Paul Croft, (NSW) Table Tennis
  • Anne Currie, (VIC) Swimming
  • Brad Evans, (VIC) Swimming
  • Andrew Falconer, (NSW) Athletics
  • Geoff Feben, Swimming and Table Tennis
  • Karl Feifar, (WA) Athletics
  • Neil Fuller, (SA) Athletics
  • Debbie Holland, (QLD) Swimming
  • Rebecca Howe, (NSW) Swimming
  • Harvey Huxtable, (SA) Weightlifting
  • Susan Knox, (WA) Swimming
  • Keith Mayne, (QLD) Athletics
  • Joe Marlow, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Bronwyn McColl, (NSW) Swimming
  • Rodney Nugent, (QLD) Athletics
  • Andrew O‚ÄôSullivan, (VIC) Athletics
  • Daniel Polson, (SA) Athletics
  • Steven Simmonds, (ACT) Swimming
  • Steve Weston, (NSW) Athletics
  • Mark Whiteman, (NSW) Athletics and Weightlifting
  • Jason Willis, (QLD) Athletics

Vision impaired team

  • Kingsley Bugarin, (WA) Swimming
  • Darren Collins, (VIC) Athletics
  • Mark Davies, (NT) Athletics
  • Phillip Deveraux, (NT) Athletics
  • Susan Earles, (SA) Athletics
  • Christine Fisher, (VIC) Athletics
  • Matthew Hueppauff, (SA) Swimming
  • Felicity Johnson, (SA) Athletics
  • William (Bill) Kelly, (VIC) Athletics
  • Mandy Maywood, (WA) Swimming
  • Jeff McNeill, (VIC) Athletics
  • Paul McKenna, (QLD) Athletics
  • Sam Rickard, (NT) Athletics
  • Leigh Sloane, (QLD) Athletics
  • Jodi Willis-Roberts, (VIC) Athletics
  • Anthony Young, (TAS) Athletics

Cerebral Palsy Team

  • Terry Biggs, (QLD) Table Tennis
  • Pru Birmingham, (NSW) Swimming
  • Alana Brodie, (QLD) Athletics
  • Clothier, (QLD) Swimming
  • Coulson, (QLD) Athletics
  • Cumminsky, (QLD) Athletics
  • Karen Ferguson, (ACT) Swimming
  • Kathy Gregson, (NSW) Swimming
  • Mark Milne, (QLD) Athletics
  • Quinn, (QLD) Athletics
  • Eileen Radley, (NSW) Swimming
  • Darren Thrupp, (QLD) Athletics
  • Richard West, (WA) Athletics

Les Autres Team

  • Hazel Delgado, (ACT) Swimming
  • David Doueal, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Jenny Groom, (WA) Athletics
  • David Norris, (WA) Athletics

Wheelchair team

  • Gary Aberley, (SA) Athletics
  • Clive Adsett, (SA) Shooting
  • Jane Ahern, (SA) Shooting
  • Beryl Ahrens, (QLD) Athletics
  • Neville Barnes, (ACT) Athletics
  • Alice Berry, (SA) Swimming
  • Keith Bremner, (NSW) Shooting
  • Wayne Brittain, (SA) Shooting
  • Craig Clarke, (SA) Shooting
  • Emily Costello, (VIC) Swimming
  • Daniela Di Toro, (VIC) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Lucas Dudenas, (QLD) Athletics
  • Doug Free, Table Tennis
  • Rex Fuller, (VIC) Swimming
  • Ian Gainey, (VIC) Athletics
  • Alan Gansberg, (VIC) Athletics
  • Paul Gockel, (QLD) Swimming
  • Michael Green, (VIC) Athletics
  • Tracey Holder, Swimming
  • Errol Hyde, Wheelchair Tennis
  • Meredith Jones, (SA) Athletics
  • Robert Jordan, (NSW) Fencing
  • Dennis Kennedy, (ACT) Athletics
  • Danny Leeson, (QLD) Athletics
  • Michael Letch, (VIC) Athletics
  • Lyn Lillecrapp, (SA) Swimming
  • Robert Madden, (WA) Athletics
  • Peter Magee, (QLD) Lawn Bowls
  • Geoff McAlary, Athletics
  • Dominic McGee, (NSW) Swimming
  • Len McKenna, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Yvette McLellan, Athletics
  • Paul Nunnari, (NSW) Athletics
  • Paul O‚ÄôBrien, Weightlifting
  • Gavin O‚ÄôFarrell, Athletics
  • Michael O‚ÄôShannessy, Swimming
  • Max Petersen, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Karen Rambow, (ACT) Athletics
  • Katie Rauschl, (SA) Weightlifting
  • Neville Read, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Glen Redmayne, Athletics
  • Eric Russell, Athletics
  • Julie Russell, (SA) Athletics and Weightlifting
  • Greg Saron, Weightlifting
  • Wayne Sharpe, Weightlifting
  • Chris Shaw, (WA) Athletics
  • John Shiel, (NSW) Table Tennis
  • John Sorensen, (NSW) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Vince Vallelonga, (SA) Athletics
  • Graeme Walters, (VIC) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Ray Warren, Athletics
  • Paul Wiggins, (TAS) Athletics
  • Matt Williamson, (SA) Athletics
  • Rosalind Wilton, (SA) Athletics

 

Officials:

List of the members of the 1989 Australian FESPIC Games Team with links to Team members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the 1989 FESPIC Games

After topping the medal tally at the previous FESPIC Games, Australia finished 3rd in the gold medal count (77) behind China (99) and Japan (80) in Kobe, and 2nd in the total medal count at 155, behind Japan’s 310 total medals and ahead of China with 141. The Australian Team of 114 athletes (79 men and 35 women) returned home with 77 gold, 46 silver and 32 bronze medals.

Indigenous athlete Karl Feifar, of Perth, was one of the Australian stars, winning five gold and two silver medals.

Australia finished 3rd in the gold medal count in Kobe and 2nd in the total medal count behind a dominant performance by the host nation, Japan.

Presidency of the ACSD changes again

The formation of the International Paralympic Committee in 1989 put the spotlight on the concept of an organisation that existed solely to promote and develop elite sporting opportunities for people with disabilities.

Since 1975, the Australian Confederation of Sport for the Disabled (ACSD) had represented the broader interests of sporting organisations for people with disabilities and, increasingly, the Paralympic movement in Australia. In 1988 it raised funds and sent the Australian teams to the winter and summer Paralympics.

In 1989, Adrienne Smith assumed the presidency of the ACSD, taking over from Barbara Worley. As the CEO of the Australian Ski Federation, she had supported Ron Finneran’s first Paralympic campaign and then his moves to develop disabled winter sport in Australia. Then, as sport manager for the Australian Bicentennial Authority, she had provided financial support for a number of NSODs in the lead-up to the 1988 Bicentenary celebrations.

 

In 1989, Adrienne Smith assumed the presidency of the Australian Confederation of Sports for the Disabled.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1988 summer Paralympics in Seoul, South Korea?

You can find all the photos from the 1988 Games at Stoke Mandeville that are owned by or donated to the Australian Paralympic Committee here. These images are licensed under Creative Commons and are free to use, if you acknowledge the source and ownership of the images.

The National Library has recorded oral history interviews with a number of participants in the 1988 Games:   Libby Kosmala, Michael Nugent, Julie Russell,  Terry Giddy,  John Eden, Russell Short, David Gould, Chris Scott, George Dunstan (Team management Рwheelchair athletes),  Paul Bird (Team management Рamputees), Dr John Bourke (Medical Director), Norma Beer, Jane Buckley 

Most of the visual record of Australia‚Äôs participation at the 1988 summer Paralympics comes from film made by Don Worley, who accompanied the team as an ‚Äėescort‚Äô. Ostensibly assigned to assist with athlete needs, Don spent much of his time with a movie camera, recording the Games. Don donated his film to the¬†National Film and Sound Archive, which digitised and preserved it. Don has made the film and stills from it available to Paralympics Australia for use on this site. You can find out more about Don‚Äôs films¬†here.

The ’88 Paralympics Appeal Report by the Australian Confederation for Sports for the Disabled details fundraising, team members and results .

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1988 summer Paralympics which has been created by contributors to the Australian Paralympic History Project and follow the links to the articles about Australia’s athletes and their sports.

The website of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has a database of historical results and information and material about every Paralympic Games.

Use the ‚Äėcontact us‚Äė button on this website to contact Paralympics Australia if you have any further questions or would like to contribute to this project.

Looking for more about the 1988 summer Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

GALLERY: “The flame that lit the world … is now slowly burning out.”

Scenes from the Closing Ceremony of the 1988 Seoul Paralympic Games.

The final Games for Don Worley, capturing images and film from 1972

The personal identity card of Don Worley for the 1988 summer Paralympics which accredited him as a photographer at the Games. Worley had attended the four previous Games as a member of the Australian team. Ostensibly an ‘escort’ to assist athletes, his primary duties at those Games were in fact as a videographer. In 1988 the ABC sent a crew to film the Games and Worley turned to his other love – still photography. Through Worley’s work, footage and images exist of Australia at the Paralympic Games from 1972 to 1988 that would otherwise have never been captured. In 2015 Worley donated his films to the National Film and Sound Archives. Still and clips from Worley’s films are used throughout this history.

Chris Nunn talks about the changes that needed to be made to be more successful

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Chris Nunn
Recorded: 15 June 2011
Location: Canberra, ACT
Listen to the full interview here.

The 1988 Australian team symbol was a play on the official Games mascots

This cloth patch shows the twin koalas used as a symbol by the Australian Team. The bears are a play on the official Games mascots. One Koala represents winter athletes and one represents summer athletes, with the idea that both teams were united in the same Paralympic year. The Gomdoori, whose name is derived from the Korean word for ‚Äúteddy bear‚ÄĚ, were the Paralympic mascots for the Seoul 1988 Paralympics. While bears are commonly associated with wisdom and courage, the pair is depicted with their legs tied together, symbolising the ability to overcome adversity through co-operation and to encourage mankind to work together peacefully and harmoniously. (Source – International Paralympic Committee.)

Carmel Williams was Australia’s only female table tennis player in a team of nine

Australian table tennis player Carmel Williams serves during a match at the 1988 Seoul Summer Paralympics. The 1988 Games marked the beginning of a drought of table tennis medals for the Australian Paralympic Team, with its next podium finish not coming for another 28 years, in Rio 2016.

1989 Kobe FESPIC Games Australian Team

This list of the 1989 Australian FESPIC Games team has been compiled from the FESPIC Kobe 8ŐÄ9 Official Report by the Organising Committee for the 1989 FESPIC Games, results printouts and the wheelchair team manager‚Äôs report, both held by Paralympics Australia. As was the custom at the time, the Australian Team was divided into sub-teams by type of disability.

 

Athletes:

Amputee Team

  • Rodney Bonsack, (SA) Athletics and Swimming
  • Chris Brimbecom, (NSW) Athletics
  • Pauline Cahill, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Max Carter, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • June Clark, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Paul Croft, (NSW) Table Tennis
  • Anne Currie, (VIC) Swimming
  • Brad Evans, (VIC) Swimming
  • Andrew Falconer, (NSW) Athletics
  • Geoff Feben, Swimming and Table Tennis
  • Karl Feifar, (WA) Athletics
  • Neil Fuller, (SA) Athletics
  • Debbie Holland, (QLD) Swimming
  • Rebecca Howe, (NSW) Swimming
  • Harvey Huxtable, (SA) Weightlifting
  • Susan Knox, (WA) Swimming
  • Keith Mayne, (QLD) Athletics
  • Joe Marlow, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Bronwyn McColl, (NSW) Swimming
  • Rodney Nugent, (QLD) Athletics
  • Andrew O‚ÄôSullivan, (VIC) Athletics
  • Daniel Polson, (SA) Athletics
  • Steven Simmonds, (ACT) Swimming
  • Steve Weston, (NSW) Athletics
  • Mark Whiteman, (NSW) Athletics and Weightlifting
  • Jason Willis, (QLD) Athletics

Vision impaired team

  • Kingsley Bugarin, (WA) Swimming
  • Darren Collins, (VIC) Athletics
  • Mark Davies, (NT) Athletics
  • Phillip Deveraux, (NT) Athletics
  • Susan Earles, (SA) Athletics
  • Christine Fisher, (VIC) Athletics
  • Matthew Hueppauff, (SA) Swimming
  • Felicity Johnson, (SA) Athletics
  • William (Bill) Kelly, (VIC) Athletics
  • Mandy Maywood, (WA) Swimming
  • Jeff McNeill, (VIC) Athletics
  • Paul McKenna, (QLD) Athletics
  • Sam Rickard, (NT) Athletics
  • Leigh Sloane, (QLD) Athletics
  • Jodi Willis-Roberts, (VIC) Athletics
  • Anthony Young, (TAS) Athletics

Cerebral Palsy Team

  • Terry Biggs, (QLD) Table Tennis
  • Pru Birmingham, (NSW) Swimming
  • Alana Brodie, (QLD) Athletics
  • Clothier, (QLD) Swimming
  • Coulson, (QLD) Athletics
  • Cumminsky, (QLD) Athletics
  • Karen Ferguson, (ACT) Swimming
  • Kathy Gregson, (NSW) Swimming
  • Mark Milne, (QLD) Athletics
  • Quinn, (QLD) Athletics
  • Eileen Radley, (NSW) Swimming
  • Darren Thrupp, (QLD) Athletics
  • Richard West, (WA) Athletics

Les Autres Team

  • Hazel Delgado, (ACT) Swimming
  • David Doueal, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Jenny Groom, (WA) Athletics
  • David Norris, (WA) Athletics

Wheelchair team

  • Gary Aberley, (SA) Athletics
  • Clive Adsett, (SA) Shooting
  • Jane Ahern, (SA) Shooting
  • Beryl Ahrens, (QLD) Athletics
  • Neville Barnes, (ACT) Athletics
  • Alice Berry, (SA) Swimming
  • Keith Bremner, (NSW) Shooting
  • Wayne Brittain, (SA) Shooting
  • Craig Clarke, (SA) Shooting
  • Emily Costello, (VIC) Swimming
  • Daniela Di Toro, (VIC) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Lucas Dudenas, (QLD) Athletics
  • Doug Free, Table Tennis
  • Rex Fuller, (VIC) Swimming
  • Ian Gainey, (VIC) Athletics
  • Alan Gansberg, (VIC) Athletics
  • Paul Gockel, (QLD) Swimming
  • Michael Green, (VIC) Athletics
  • Tracey Holder, Swimming
  • Errol Hyde, Wheelchair Tennis
  • Meredith Jones, (SA) Athletics
  • Robert Jordan, (NSW) Fencing
  • Dennis Kennedy, (ACT) Athletics
  • Danny Leeson, (QLD) Athletics
  • Michael Letch, (VIC) Athletics
  • Lyn Lillecrapp, (SA) Swimming
  • Robert Madden, (WA) Athletics
  • Peter Magee, (QLD) Lawn Bowls
  • Geoff McAlary, Athletics
  • Dominic McGee, (NSW) Swimming
  • Len McKenna, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Yvette McLellan, Athletics
  • Paul Nunnari, (NSW) Athletics
  • Paul O‚ÄôBrien, Weightlifting
  • Gavin O‚ÄôFarrell, Athletics
  • Michael O‚ÄôShannessy, Swimming
  • Max Petersen, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Karen Rambow, (ACT) Athletics
  • Katie Rauschl, (SA) Weightlifting
  • Neville Read, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Glen Redmayne, Athletics
  • Eric Russell, Athletics
  • Julie Russell, (SA) Athletics and Weightlifting
  • Greg Saron, Weightlifting
  • Wayne Sharpe, Weightlifting
  • Chris Shaw, (WA) Athletics
  • John Shiel, (NSW) Table Tennis
  • John Sorensen, (NSW) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Vince Vallelonga, (SA) Athletics
  • Graeme Walters, (VIC) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Ray Warren, Athletics
  • Paul Wiggins, (TAS) Athletics
  • Matt Williamson, (SA) Athletics
  • Rosalind Wilton, (SA) Athletics

 

Officials:

List of the members of the 1989 Australian FESPIC Games Team with links to Team members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the 1989 FESPIC Games

After topping the medal tally at the previous FESPIC Games, Australia finished 3rd in the gold medal count (77) behind China (99) and Japan (80) in Kobe, and 2nd in the total medal count at 155, behind Japan’s 310 total medals and ahead of China with 141. The Australian Team of 114 athletes (79 men and 35 women) returned home with 77 gold, 46 silver and 32 bronze medals.

Indigenous athlete Karl Feifar, of Perth, was one of the Australian stars, winning five gold and two silver medals.

Australia finished 3rd in the gold medal count in Kobe and 2nd in the total medal count behind a dominant performance by the host nation, Japan.

Presidency of the ACSD changes again

The formation of the International Paralympic Committee in 1989 put the spotlight on the concept of an organisation that existed solely to promote and develop elite sporting opportunities for people with disabilities.

Since 1975, the Australian Confederation of Sport for the Disabled (ACSD) had represented the broader interests of sporting organisations for people with disabilities and, increasingly, the Paralympic movement in Australia. In 1988 it raised funds and sent the Australian teams to the winter and summer Paralympics.

In 1989, Adrienne Smith assumed the presidency of the ACSD, taking over from Barbara Worley. As the CEO of the Australian Ski Federation, she had supported Ron Finneran’s first Paralympic campaign and then his moves to develop disabled winter sport in Australia. Then, as sport manager for the Australian Bicentennial Authority, she had provided financial support for a number of NSODs in the lead-up to the 1988 Bicentenary celebrations.

 

In 1989, Adrienne Smith assumed the presidency of the Australian Confederation of Sports for the Disabled.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1988 summer Paralympics in Seoul, South Korea?

You can find all the photos from the 1988 Games at Stoke Mandeville that are owned by or donated to the Australian Paralympic Committee here. These images are licensed under Creative Commons and are free to use, if you acknowledge the source and ownership of the images.

The National Library has recorded oral history interviews with a number of participants in the 1988 Games:   Libby Kosmala, Michael Nugent, Julie Russell,  Terry Giddy,  John Eden, Russell Short, David Gould, Chris Scott, George Dunstan (Team management Рwheelchair athletes),  Paul Bird (Team management Рamputees), Dr John Bourke (Medical Director), Norma Beer, Jane Buckley 

Most of the visual record of Australia‚Äôs participation at the 1988 summer Paralympics comes from film made by Don Worley, who accompanied the team as an ‚Äėescort‚Äô. Ostensibly assigned to assist with athlete needs, Don spent much of his time with a movie camera, recording the Games. Don donated his film to the¬†National Film and Sound Archive, which digitised and preserved it. Don has made the film and stills from it available to Paralympics Australia for use on this site. You can find out more about Don‚Äôs films¬†here.

The ’88 Paralympics Appeal Report by the Australian Confederation for Sports for the Disabled details fundraising, team members and results .

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1988 summer Paralympics which has been created by contributors to the Australian Paralympic History Project and follow the links to the articles about Australia’s athletes and their sports.

The website of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has a database of historical results and information and material about every Paralympic Games.

Use the ‚Äėcontact us‚Äė button on this website to contact Paralympics Australia if you have any further questions or would like to contribute to this project.

Looking for more about the 1988 summer Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

GALLERY: “The flame that lit the world … is now slowly burning out.”

Scenes from the Closing Ceremony of the 1988 Seoul Paralympic Games.

The final Games for Don Worley, capturing images and film from 1972

The personal identity card of Don Worley for the 1988 summer Paralympics which accredited him as a photographer at the Games. Worley had attended the four previous Games as a member of the Australian team. Ostensibly an ‘escort’ to assist athletes, his primary duties at those Games were in fact as a videographer. In 1988 the ABC sent a crew to film the Games and Worley turned to his other love – still photography. Through Worley’s work, footage and images exist of Australia at the Paralympic Games from 1972 to 1988 that would otherwise have never been captured. In 2015 Worley donated his films to the National Film and Sound Archives. Still and clips from Worley’s films are used throughout this history.

Chris Nunn talks about the changes that needed to be made to be more successful

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Chris Nunn
Recorded: 15 June 2011
Location: Canberra, ACT
Listen to the full interview here.

The 1988 Australian team symbol was a play on the official Games mascots

This cloth patch shows the twin koalas used as a symbol by the Australian Team. The bears are a play on the official Games mascots. One Koala represents winter athletes and one represents summer athletes, with the idea that both teams were united in the same Paralympic year. The Gomdoori, whose name is derived from the Korean word for ‚Äúteddy bear‚ÄĚ, were the Paralympic mascots for the Seoul 1988 Paralympics. While bears are commonly associated with wisdom and courage, the pair is depicted with their legs tied together, symbolising the ability to overcome adversity through co-operation and to encourage mankind to work together peacefully and harmoniously. (Source – International Paralympic Committee.)

Carmel Williams was Australia’s only female table tennis player in a team of nine

Australian table tennis player Carmel Williams serves during a match at the 1988 Seoul Summer Paralympics. The 1988 Games marked the beginning of a drought of table tennis medals for the Australian Paralympic Team, with its next podium finish not coming for another 28 years, in Rio 2016.

1989 Kobe FESPIC Games Australian Team

This list of the 1989 Australian FESPIC Games team has been compiled from the FESPIC Kobe 8ŐÄ9 Official Report by the Organising Committee for the 1989 FESPIC Games, results printouts and the wheelchair team manager‚Äôs report, both held by Paralympics Australia. As was the custom at the time, the Australian Team was divided into sub-teams by type of disability.

 

Athletes:

Amputee Team

  • Rodney Bonsack, (SA) Athletics and Swimming
  • Chris Brimbecom, (NSW) Athletics
  • Pauline Cahill, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Max Carter, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • June Clark, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Paul Croft, (NSW) Table Tennis
  • Anne Currie, (VIC) Swimming
  • Brad Evans, (VIC) Swimming
  • Andrew Falconer, (NSW) Athletics
  • Geoff Feben, Swimming and Table Tennis
  • Karl Feifar, (WA) Athletics
  • Neil Fuller, (SA) Athletics
  • Debbie Holland, (QLD) Swimming
  • Rebecca Howe, (NSW) Swimming
  • Harvey Huxtable, (SA) Weightlifting
  • Susan Knox, (WA) Swimming
  • Keith Mayne, (QLD) Athletics
  • Joe Marlow, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Bronwyn McColl, (NSW) Swimming
  • Rodney Nugent, (QLD) Athletics
  • Andrew O‚ÄôSullivan, (VIC) Athletics
  • Daniel Polson, (SA) Athletics
  • Steven Simmonds, (ACT) Swimming
  • Steve Weston, (NSW) Athletics
  • Mark Whiteman, (NSW) Athletics and Weightlifting
  • Jason Willis, (QLD) Athletics

Vision impaired team

  • Kingsley Bugarin, (WA) Swimming
  • Darren Collins, (VIC) Athletics
  • Mark Davies, (NT) Athletics
  • Phillip Deveraux, (NT) Athletics
  • Susan Earles, (SA) Athletics
  • Christine Fisher, (VIC) Athletics
  • Matthew Hueppauff, (SA) Swimming
  • Felicity Johnson, (SA) Athletics
  • William (Bill) Kelly, (VIC) Athletics
  • Mandy Maywood, (WA) Swimming
  • Jeff McNeill, (VIC) Athletics
  • Paul McKenna, (QLD) Athletics
  • Sam Rickard, (NT) Athletics
  • Leigh Sloane, (QLD) Athletics
  • Jodi Willis-Roberts, (VIC) Athletics
  • Anthony Young, (TAS) Athletics

Cerebral Palsy Team

  • Terry Biggs, (QLD) Table Tennis
  • Pru Birmingham, (NSW) Swimming
  • Alana Brodie, (QLD) Athletics
  • Clothier, (QLD) Swimming
  • Coulson, (QLD) Athletics
  • Cumminsky, (QLD) Athletics
  • Karen Ferguson, (ACT) Swimming
  • Kathy Gregson, (NSW) Swimming
  • Mark Milne, (QLD) Athletics
  • Quinn, (QLD) Athletics
  • Eileen Radley, (NSW) Swimming
  • Darren Thrupp, (QLD) Athletics
  • Richard West, (WA) Athletics

Les Autres Team

  • Hazel Delgado, (ACT) Swimming
  • David Doueal, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Jenny Groom, (WA) Athletics
  • David Norris, (WA) Athletics

Wheelchair team

  • Gary Aberley, (SA) Athletics
  • Clive Adsett, (SA) Shooting
  • Jane Ahern, (SA) Shooting
  • Beryl Ahrens, (QLD) Athletics
  • Neville Barnes, (ACT) Athletics
  • Alice Berry, (SA) Swimming
  • Keith Bremner, (NSW) Shooting
  • Wayne Brittain, (SA) Shooting
  • Craig Clarke, (SA) Shooting
  • Emily Costello, (VIC) Swimming
  • Daniela Di Toro, (VIC) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Lucas Dudenas, (QLD) Athletics
  • Doug Free, Table Tennis
  • Rex Fuller, (VIC) Swimming
  • Ian Gainey, (VIC) Athletics
  • Alan Gansberg, (VIC) Athletics
  • Paul Gockel, (QLD) Swimming
  • Michael Green, (VIC) Athletics
  • Tracey Holder, Swimming
  • Errol Hyde, Wheelchair Tennis
  • Meredith Jones, (SA) Athletics
  • Robert Jordan, (NSW) Fencing
  • Dennis Kennedy, (ACT) Athletics
  • Danny Leeson, (QLD) Athletics
  • Michael Letch, (VIC) Athletics
  • Lyn Lillecrapp, (SA) Swimming
  • Robert Madden, (WA) Athletics
  • Peter Magee, (QLD) Lawn Bowls
  • Geoff McAlary, Athletics
  • Dominic McGee, (NSW) Swimming
  • Len McKenna, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Yvette McLellan, Athletics
  • Paul Nunnari, (NSW) Athletics
  • Paul O‚ÄôBrien, Weightlifting
  • Gavin O‚ÄôFarrell, Athletics
  • Michael O‚ÄôShannessy, Swimming
  • Max Petersen, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Karen Rambow, (ACT) Athletics
  • Katie Rauschl, (SA) Weightlifting
  • Neville Read, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Glen Redmayne, Athletics
  • Eric Russell, Athletics
  • Julie Russell, (SA) Athletics and Weightlifting
  • Greg Saron, Weightlifting
  • Wayne Sharpe, Weightlifting
  • Chris Shaw, (WA) Athletics
  • John Shiel, (NSW) Table Tennis
  • John Sorensen, (NSW) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Vince Vallelonga, (SA) Athletics
  • Graeme Walters, (VIC) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Ray Warren, Athletics
  • Paul Wiggins, (TAS) Athletics
  • Matt Williamson, (SA) Athletics
  • Rosalind Wilton, (SA) Athletics

 

Officials:

List of the members of the 1989 Australian FESPIC Games Team with links to Team members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the 1989 FESPIC Games

After topping the medal tally at the previous FESPIC Games, Australia finished 3rd in the gold medal count (77) behind China (99) and Japan (80) in Kobe, and 2nd in the total medal count at 155, behind Japan’s 310 total medals and ahead of China with 141. The Australian Team of 114 athletes (79 men and 35 women) returned home with 77 gold, 46 silver and 32 bronze medals.

Indigenous athlete Karl Feifar, of Perth, was one of the Australian stars, winning five gold and two silver medals.

Australia finished 3rd in the gold medal count in Kobe and 2nd in the total medal count behind a dominant performance by the host nation, Japan.

Presidency of the ACSD changes again

The formation of the International Paralympic Committee in 1989 put the spotlight on the concept of an organisation that existed solely to promote and develop elite sporting opportunities for people with disabilities.

Since 1975, the Australian Confederation of Sport for the Disabled (ACSD) had represented the broader interests of sporting organisations for people with disabilities and, increasingly, the Paralympic movement in Australia. In 1988 it raised funds and sent the Australian teams to the winter and summer Paralympics.

In 1989, Adrienne Smith assumed the presidency of the ACSD, taking over from Barbara Worley. As the CEO of the Australian Ski Federation, she had supported Ron Finneran’s first Paralympic campaign and then his moves to develop disabled winter sport in Australia. Then, as sport manager for the Australian Bicentennial Authority, she had provided financial support for a number of NSODs in the lead-up to the 1988 Bicentenary celebrations.

 

In 1989, Adrienne Smith assumed the presidency of the Australian Confederation of Sports for the Disabled.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1988 summer Paralympics in Seoul, South Korea?

You can find all the photos from the 1988 Games at Stoke Mandeville that are owned by or donated to the Australian Paralympic Committee here. These images are licensed under Creative Commons and are free to use, if you acknowledge the source and ownership of the images.

The National Library has recorded oral history interviews with a number of participants in the 1988 Games:   Libby Kosmala, Michael Nugent, Julie Russell,  Terry Giddy,  John Eden, Russell Short, David Gould, Chris Scott, George Dunstan (Team management Рwheelchair athletes),  Paul Bird (Team management Рamputees), Dr John Bourke (Medical Director), Norma Beer, Jane Buckley 

Most of the visual record of Australia‚Äôs participation at the 1988 summer Paralympics comes from film made by Don Worley, who accompanied the team as an ‚Äėescort‚Äô. Ostensibly assigned to assist with athlete needs, Don spent much of his time with a movie camera, recording the Games. Don donated his film to the¬†National Film and Sound Archive, which digitised and preserved it. Don has made the film and stills from it available to Paralympics Australia for use on this site. You can find out more about Don‚Äôs films¬†here.

The ’88 Paralympics Appeal Report by the Australian Confederation for Sports for the Disabled details fundraising, team members and results .

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1988 summer Paralympics which has been created by contributors to the Australian Paralympic History Project and follow the links to the articles about Australia’s athletes and their sports.

The website of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has a database of historical results and information and material about every Paralympic Games.

Use the ‚Äėcontact us‚Äė button on this website to contact Paralympics Australia if you have any further questions or would like to contribute to this project.

Looking for more about the 1988 summer Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

GALLERY: “The flame that lit the world … is now slowly burning out.”

Scenes from the Closing Ceremony of the 1988 Seoul Paralympic Games.

The final Games for Don Worley, capturing images and film from 1972

The personal identity card of Don Worley for the 1988 summer Paralympics which accredited him as a photographer at the Games. Worley had attended the four previous Games as a member of the Australian team. Ostensibly an ‘escort’ to assist athletes, his primary duties at those Games were in fact as a videographer. In 1988 the ABC sent a crew to film the Games and Worley turned to his other love – still photography. Through Worley’s work, footage and images exist of Australia at the Paralympic Games from 1972 to 1988 that would otherwise have never been captured. In 2015 Worley donated his films to the National Film and Sound Archives. Still and clips from Worley’s films are used throughout this history.

Chris Nunn talks about the changes that needed to be made to be more successful

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Chris Nunn
Recorded: 15 June 2011
Location: Canberra, ACT
Listen to the full interview here.

The 1988 Australian team symbol was a play on the official Games mascots

This cloth patch shows the twin koalas used as a symbol by the Australian Team. The bears are a play on the official Games mascots. One Koala represents winter athletes and one represents summer athletes, with the idea that both teams were united in the same Paralympic year. The Gomdoori, whose name is derived from the Korean word for ‚Äúteddy bear‚ÄĚ, were the Paralympic mascots for the Seoul 1988 Paralympics. While bears are commonly associated with wisdom and courage, the pair is depicted with their legs tied together, symbolising the ability to overcome adversity through co-operation and to encourage mankind to work together peacefully and harmoniously. (Source – International Paralympic Committee.)

Carmel Williams was Australia’s only female table tennis player in a team of nine

Australian table tennis player Carmel Williams serves during a match at the 1988 Seoul Summer Paralympics. The 1988 Games marked the beginning of a drought of table tennis medals for the Australian Paralympic Team, with its next podium finish not coming for another 28 years, in Rio 2016.

1989 Kobe FESPIC Games Australian Team

This list of the 1989 Australian FESPIC Games team has been compiled from the FESPIC Kobe 8ŐÄ9 Official Report by the Organising Committee for the 1989 FESPIC Games, results printouts and the wheelchair team manager‚Äôs report, both held by Paralympics Australia. As was the custom at the time, the Australian Team was divided into sub-teams by type of disability.

 

Athletes:

Amputee Team

  • Rodney Bonsack, (SA) Athletics and Swimming
  • Chris Brimbecom, (NSW) Athletics
  • Pauline Cahill, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Max Carter, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • June Clark, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Paul Croft, (NSW) Table Tennis
  • Anne Currie, (VIC) Swimming
  • Brad Evans, (VIC) Swimming
  • Andrew Falconer, (NSW) Athletics
  • Geoff Feben, Swimming and Table Tennis
  • Karl Feifar, (WA) Athletics
  • Neil Fuller, (SA) Athletics
  • Debbie Holland, (QLD) Swimming
  • Rebecca Howe, (NSW) Swimming
  • Harvey Huxtable, (SA) Weightlifting
  • Susan Knox, (WA) Swimming
  • Keith Mayne, (QLD) Athletics
  • Joe Marlow, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Bronwyn McColl, (NSW) Swimming
  • Rodney Nugent, (QLD) Athletics
  • Andrew O‚ÄôSullivan, (VIC) Athletics
  • Daniel Polson, (SA) Athletics
  • Steven Simmonds, (ACT) Swimming
  • Steve Weston, (NSW) Athletics
  • Mark Whiteman, (NSW) Athletics and Weightlifting
  • Jason Willis, (QLD) Athletics

Vision impaired team

  • Kingsley Bugarin, (WA) Swimming
  • Darren Collins, (VIC) Athletics
  • Mark Davies, (NT) Athletics
  • Phillip Deveraux, (NT) Athletics
  • Susan Earles, (SA) Athletics
  • Christine Fisher, (VIC) Athletics
  • Matthew Hueppauff, (SA) Swimming
  • Felicity Johnson, (SA) Athletics
  • William (Bill) Kelly, (VIC) Athletics
  • Mandy Maywood, (WA) Swimming
  • Jeff McNeill, (VIC) Athletics
  • Paul McKenna, (QLD) Athletics
  • Sam Rickard, (NT) Athletics
  • Leigh Sloane, (QLD) Athletics
  • Jodi Willis-Roberts, (VIC) Athletics
  • Anthony Young, (TAS) Athletics

Cerebral Palsy Team

  • Terry Biggs, (QLD) Table Tennis
  • Pru Birmingham, (NSW) Swimming
  • Alana Brodie, (QLD) Athletics
  • Clothier, (QLD) Swimming
  • Coulson, (QLD) Athletics
  • Cumminsky, (QLD) Athletics
  • Karen Ferguson, (ACT) Swimming
  • Kathy Gregson, (NSW) Swimming
  • Mark Milne, (QLD) Athletics
  • Quinn, (QLD) Athletics
  • Eileen Radley, (NSW) Swimming
  • Darren Thrupp, (QLD) Athletics
  • Richard West, (WA) Athletics

Les Autres Team

  • Hazel Delgado, (ACT) Swimming
  • David Doueal, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Jenny Groom, (WA) Athletics
  • David Norris, (WA) Athletics

Wheelchair team

  • Gary Aberley, (SA) Athletics
  • Clive Adsett, (SA) Shooting
  • Jane Ahern, (SA) Shooting
  • Beryl Ahrens, (QLD) Athletics
  • Neville Barnes, (ACT) Athletics
  • Alice Berry, (SA) Swimming
  • Keith Bremner, (NSW) Shooting
  • Wayne Brittain, (SA) Shooting
  • Craig Clarke, (SA) Shooting
  • Emily Costello, (VIC) Swimming
  • Daniela Di Toro, (VIC) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Lucas Dudenas, (QLD) Athletics
  • Doug Free, Table Tennis
  • Rex Fuller, (VIC) Swimming
  • Ian Gainey, (VIC) Athletics
  • Alan Gansberg, (VIC) Athletics
  • Paul Gockel, (QLD) Swimming
  • Michael Green, (VIC) Athletics
  • Tracey Holder, Swimming
  • Errol Hyde, Wheelchair Tennis
  • Meredith Jones, (SA) Athletics
  • Robert Jordan, (NSW) Fencing
  • Dennis Kennedy, (ACT) Athletics
  • Danny Leeson, (QLD) Athletics
  • Michael Letch, (VIC) Athletics
  • Lyn Lillecrapp, (SA) Swimming
  • Robert Madden, (WA) Athletics
  • Peter Magee, (QLD) Lawn Bowls
  • Geoff McAlary, Athletics
  • Dominic McGee, (NSW) Swimming
  • Len McKenna, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Yvette McLellan, Athletics
  • Paul Nunnari, (NSW) Athletics
  • Paul O‚ÄôBrien, Weightlifting
  • Gavin O‚ÄôFarrell, Athletics
  • Michael O‚ÄôShannessy, Swimming
  • Max Petersen, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Karen Rambow, (ACT) Athletics
  • Katie Rauschl, (SA) Weightlifting
  • Neville Read, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Glen Redmayne, Athletics
  • Eric Russell, Athletics
  • Julie Russell, (SA) Athletics and Weightlifting
  • Greg Saron, Weightlifting
  • Wayne Sharpe, Weightlifting
  • Chris Shaw, (WA) Athletics
  • John Shiel, (NSW) Table Tennis
  • John Sorensen, (NSW) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Vince Vallelonga, (SA) Athletics
  • Graeme Walters, (VIC) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Ray Warren, Athletics
  • Paul Wiggins, (TAS) Athletics
  • Matt Williamson, (SA) Athletics
  • Rosalind Wilton, (SA) Athletics

 

Officials:

List of the members of the 1989 Australian FESPIC Games Team with links to Team members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the 1989 FESPIC Games

After topping the medal tally at the previous FESPIC Games, Australia finished 3rd in the gold medal count (77) behind China (99) and Japan (80) in Kobe, and 2nd in the total medal count at 155, behind Japan’s 310 total medals and ahead of China with 141. The Australian Team of 114 athletes (79 men and 35 women) returned home with 77 gold, 46 silver and 32 bronze medals.

Indigenous athlete Karl Feifar, of Perth, was one of the Australian stars, winning five gold and two silver medals.

Australia finished 3rd in the gold medal count in Kobe and 2nd in the total medal count behind a dominant performance by the host nation, Japan.

Presidency of the ACSD changes again

The formation of the International Paralympic Committee in 1989 put the spotlight on the concept of an organisation that existed solely to promote and develop elite sporting opportunities for people with disabilities.

Since 1975, the Australian Confederation of Sport for the Disabled (ACSD) had represented the broader interests of sporting organisations for people with disabilities and, increasingly, the Paralympic movement in Australia. In 1988 it raised funds and sent the Australian teams to the winter and summer Paralympics.

In 1989, Adrienne Smith assumed the presidency of the ACSD, taking over from Barbara Worley. As the CEO of the Australian Ski Federation, she had supported Ron Finneran’s first Paralympic campaign and then his moves to develop disabled winter sport in Australia. Then, as sport manager for the Australian Bicentennial Authority, she had provided financial support for a number of NSODs in the lead-up to the 1988 Bicentenary celebrations.

 

In 1989, Adrienne Smith assumed the presidency of the Australian Confederation of Sports for the Disabled.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1988 summer Paralympics in Seoul, South Korea?

You can find all the photos from the 1988 Games at Stoke Mandeville that are owned by or donated to the Australian Paralympic Committee here. These images are licensed under Creative Commons and are free to use, if you acknowledge the source and ownership of the images.

The National Library has recorded oral history interviews with a number of participants in the 1988 Games:   Libby Kosmala, Michael Nugent, Julie Russell,  Terry Giddy,  John Eden, Russell Short, David Gould, Chris Scott, George Dunstan (Team management Рwheelchair athletes),  Paul Bird (Team management Рamputees), Dr John Bourke (Medical Director), Norma Beer, Jane Buckley 

Most of the visual record of Australia‚Äôs participation at the 1988 summer Paralympics comes from film made by Don Worley, who accompanied the team as an ‚Äėescort‚Äô. Ostensibly assigned to assist with athlete needs, Don spent much of his time with a movie camera, recording the Games. Don donated his film to the¬†National Film and Sound Archive, which digitised and preserved it. Don has made the film and stills from it available to Paralympics Australia for use on this site. You can find out more about Don‚Äôs films¬†here.

The ’88 Paralympics Appeal Report by the Australian Confederation for Sports for the Disabled details fundraising, team members and results .

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1988 summer Paralympics which has been created by contributors to the Australian Paralympic History Project and follow the links to the articles about Australia’s athletes and their sports.

The website of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has a database of historical results and information and material about every Paralympic Games.

Use the ‚Äėcontact us‚Äė button on this website to contact Paralympics Australia if you have any further questions or would like to contribute to this project.

Looking for more about the 1988 summer Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

GALLERY: “The flame that lit the world … is now slowly burning out.”

Scenes from the Closing Ceremony of the 1988 Seoul Paralympic Games.

The final Games for Don Worley, capturing images and film from 1972

The personal identity card of Don Worley for the 1988 summer Paralympics which accredited him as a photographer at the Games. Worley had attended the four previous Games as a member of the Australian team. Ostensibly an ‘escort’ to assist athletes, his primary duties at those Games were in fact as a videographer. In 1988 the ABC sent a crew to film the Games and Worley turned to his other love – still photography. Through Worley’s work, footage and images exist of Australia at the Paralympic Games from 1972 to 1988 that would otherwise have never been captured. In 2015 Worley donated his films to the National Film and Sound Archives. Still and clips from Worley’s films are used throughout this history.

Chris Nunn talks about the changes that needed to be made to be more successful

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Chris Nunn
Recorded: 15 June 2011
Location: Canberra, ACT
Listen to the full interview here.

The 1988 Australian team symbol was a play on the official Games mascots

This cloth patch shows the twin koalas used as a symbol by the Australian Team. The bears are a play on the official Games mascots. One Koala represents winter athletes and one represents summer athletes, with the idea that both teams were united in the same Paralympic year. The Gomdoori, whose name is derived from the Korean word for ‚Äúteddy bear‚ÄĚ, were the Paralympic mascots for the Seoul 1988 Paralympics. While bears are commonly associated with wisdom and courage, the pair is depicted with their legs tied together, symbolising the ability to overcome adversity through co-operation and to encourage mankind to work together peacefully and harmoniously. (Source – International Paralympic Committee.)

Carmel Williams was Australia’s only female table tennis player in a team of nine

Australian table tennis player Carmel Williams serves during a match at the 1988 Seoul Summer Paralympics. The 1988 Games marked the beginning of a drought of table tennis medals for the Australian Paralympic Team, with its next podium finish not coming for another 28 years, in Rio 2016.

1989 Kobe FESPIC Games Australian Team

This list of the 1989 Australian FESPIC Games team has been compiled from the FESPIC Kobe 8ŐÄ9 Official Report by the Organising Committee for the 1989 FESPIC Games, results printouts and the wheelchair team manager‚Äôs report, both held by Paralympics Australia. As was the custom at the time, the Australian Team was divided into sub-teams by type of disability.

 

Athletes:

Amputee Team

  • Rodney Bonsack, (SA) Athletics and Swimming
  • Chris Brimbecom, (NSW) Athletics
  • Pauline Cahill, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Max Carter, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • June Clark, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Paul Croft, (NSW) Table Tennis
  • Anne Currie, (VIC) Swimming
  • Brad Evans, (VIC) Swimming
  • Andrew Falconer, (NSW) Athletics
  • Geoff Feben, Swimming and Table Tennis
  • Karl Feifar, (WA) Athletics
  • Neil Fuller, (SA) Athletics
  • Debbie Holland, (QLD) Swimming
  • Rebecca Howe, (NSW) Swimming
  • Harvey Huxtable, (SA) Weightlifting
  • Susan Knox, (WA) Swimming
  • Keith Mayne, (QLD) Athletics
  • Joe Marlow, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Bronwyn McColl, (NSW) Swimming
  • Rodney Nugent, (QLD) Athletics
  • Andrew O‚ÄôSullivan, (VIC) Athletics
  • Daniel Polson, (SA) Athletics
  • Steven Simmonds, (ACT) Swimming
  • Steve Weston, (NSW) Athletics
  • Mark Whiteman, (NSW) Athletics and Weightlifting
  • Jason Willis, (QLD) Athletics

Vision impaired team

  • Kingsley Bugarin, (WA) Swimming
  • Darren Collins, (VIC) Athletics
  • Mark Davies, (NT) Athletics
  • Phillip Deveraux, (NT) Athletics
  • Susan Earles, (SA) Athletics
  • Christine Fisher, (VIC) Athletics
  • Matthew Hueppauff, (SA) Swimming
  • Felicity Johnson, (SA) Athletics
  • William (Bill) Kelly, (VIC) Athletics
  • Mandy Maywood, (WA) Swimming
  • Jeff McNeill, (VIC) Athletics
  • Paul McKenna, (QLD) Athletics
  • Sam Rickard, (NT) Athletics
  • Leigh Sloane, (QLD) Athletics
  • Jodi Willis-Roberts, (VIC) Athletics
  • Anthony Young, (TAS) Athletics

Cerebral Palsy Team

  • Terry Biggs, (QLD) Table Tennis
  • Pru Birmingham, (NSW) Swimming
  • Alana Brodie, (QLD) Athletics
  • Clothier, (QLD) Swimming
  • Coulson, (QLD) Athletics
  • Cumminsky, (QLD) Athletics
  • Karen Ferguson, (ACT) Swimming
  • Kathy Gregson, (NSW) Swimming
  • Mark Milne, (QLD) Athletics
  • Quinn, (QLD) Athletics
  • Eileen Radley, (NSW) Swimming
  • Darren Thrupp, (QLD) Athletics
  • Richard West, (WA) Athletics

Les Autres Team

  • Hazel Delgado, (ACT) Swimming
  • David Doueal, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Jenny Groom, (WA) Athletics
  • David Norris, (WA) Athletics

Wheelchair team

  • Gary Aberley, (SA) Athletics
  • Clive Adsett, (SA) Shooting
  • Jane Ahern, (SA) Shooting
  • Beryl Ahrens, (QLD) Athletics
  • Neville Barnes, (ACT) Athletics
  • Alice Berry, (SA) Swimming
  • Keith Bremner, (NSW) Shooting
  • Wayne Brittain, (SA) Shooting
  • Craig Clarke, (SA) Shooting
  • Emily Costello, (VIC) Swimming
  • Daniela Di Toro, (VIC) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Lucas Dudenas, (QLD) Athletics
  • Doug Free, Table Tennis
  • Rex Fuller, (VIC) Swimming
  • Ian Gainey, (VIC) Athletics
  • Alan Gansberg, (VIC) Athletics
  • Paul Gockel, (QLD) Swimming
  • Michael Green, (VIC) Athletics
  • Tracey Holder, Swimming
  • Errol Hyde, Wheelchair Tennis
  • Meredith Jones, (SA) Athletics
  • Robert Jordan, (NSW) Fencing
  • Dennis Kennedy, (ACT) Athletics
  • Danny Leeson, (QLD) Athletics
  • Michael Letch, (VIC) Athletics
  • Lyn Lillecrapp, (SA) Swimming
  • Robert Madden, (WA) Athletics
  • Peter Magee, (QLD) Lawn Bowls
  • Geoff McAlary, Athletics
  • Dominic McGee, (NSW) Swimming
  • Len McKenna, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Yvette McLellan, Athletics
  • Paul Nunnari, (NSW) Athletics
  • Paul O‚ÄôBrien, Weightlifting
  • Gavin O‚ÄôFarrell, Athletics
  • Michael O‚ÄôShannessy, Swimming
  • Max Petersen, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Karen Rambow, (ACT) Athletics
  • Katie Rauschl, (SA) Weightlifting
  • Neville Read, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Glen Redmayne, Athletics
  • Eric Russell, Athletics
  • Julie Russell, (SA) Athletics and Weightlifting
  • Greg Saron, Weightlifting
  • Wayne Sharpe, Weightlifting
  • Chris Shaw, (WA) Athletics
  • John Shiel, (NSW) Table Tennis
  • John Sorensen, (NSW) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Vince Vallelonga, (SA) Athletics
  • Graeme Walters, (VIC) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Ray Warren, Athletics
  • Paul Wiggins, (TAS) Athletics
  • Matt Williamson, (SA) Athletics
  • Rosalind Wilton, (SA) Athletics

 

Officials:

List of the members of the 1989 Australian FESPIC Games Team with links to Team members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the 1989 FESPIC Games

After topping the medal tally at the previous FESPIC Games, Australia finished 3rd in the gold medal count (77) behind China (99) and Japan (80) in Kobe, and 2nd in the total medal count at 155, behind Japan’s 310 total medals and ahead of China with 141. The Australian Team of 114 athletes (79 men and 35 women) returned home with 77 gold, 46 silver and 32 bronze medals.

Indigenous athlete Karl Feifar, of Perth, was one of the Australian stars, winning five gold and two silver medals.

Australia finished 3rd in the gold medal count in Kobe and 2nd in the total medal count behind a dominant performance by the host nation, Japan.

Presidency of the ACSD changes again

The formation of the International Paralympic Committee in 1989 put the spotlight on the concept of an organisation that existed solely to promote and develop elite sporting opportunities for people with disabilities.

Since 1975, the Australian Confederation of Sport for the Disabled (ACSD) had represented the broader interests of sporting organisations for people with disabilities and, increasingly, the Paralympic movement in Australia. In 1988 it raised funds and sent the Australian teams to the winter and summer Paralympics.

In 1989, Adrienne Smith assumed the presidency of the ACSD, taking over from Barbara Worley. As the CEO of the Australian Ski Federation, she had supported Ron Finneran’s first Paralympic campaign and then his moves to develop disabled winter sport in Australia. Then, as sport manager for the Australian Bicentennial Authority, she had provided financial support for a number of NSODs in the lead-up to the 1988 Bicentenary celebrations.

 

In 1989, Adrienne Smith assumed the presidency of the Australian Confederation of Sports for the Disabled.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1988 summer Paralympics in Seoul, South Korea?

You can find all the photos from the 1988 Games at Stoke Mandeville that are owned by or donated to the Australian Paralympic Committee here. These images are licensed under Creative Commons and are free to use, if you acknowledge the source and ownership of the images.

The National Library has recorded oral history interviews with a number of participants in the 1988 Games:   Libby Kosmala, Michael Nugent, Julie Russell,  Terry Giddy,  John Eden, Russell Short, David Gould, Chris Scott, George Dunstan (Team management Рwheelchair athletes),  Paul Bird (Team management Рamputees), Dr John Bourke (Medical Director), Norma Beer, Jane Buckley 

Most of the visual record of Australia‚Äôs participation at the 1988 summer Paralympics comes from film made by Don Worley, who accompanied the team as an ‚Äėescort‚Äô. Ostensibly assigned to assist with athlete needs, Don spent much of his time with a movie camera, recording the Games. Don donated his film to the¬†National Film and Sound Archive, which digitised and preserved it. Don has made the film and stills from it available to Paralympics Australia for use on this site. You can find out more about Don‚Äôs films¬†here.

The ’88 Paralympics Appeal Report by the Australian Confederation for Sports for the Disabled details fundraising, team members and results .

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1988 summer Paralympics which has been created by contributors to the Australian Paralympic History Project and follow the links to the articles about Australia’s athletes and their sports.

The website of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has a database of historical results and information and material about every Paralympic Games.

Use the ‚Äėcontact us‚Äė button on this website to contact Paralympics Australia if you have any further questions or would like to contribute to this project.

Looking for more about the 1988 summer Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

GALLERY: “The flame that lit the world … is now slowly burning out.”

Scenes from the Closing Ceremony of the 1988 Seoul Paralympic Games.

The final Games for Don Worley, capturing images and film from 1972

The personal identity card of Don Worley for the 1988 summer Paralympics which accredited him as a photographer at the Games. Worley had attended the four previous Games as a member of the Australian team. Ostensibly an ‘escort’ to assist athletes, his primary duties at those Games were in fact as a videographer. In 1988 the ABC sent a crew to film the Games and Worley turned to his other love – still photography. Through Worley’s work, footage and images exist of Australia at the Paralympic Games from 1972 to 1988 that would otherwise have never been captured. In 2015 Worley donated his films to the National Film and Sound Archives. Still and clips from Worley’s films are used throughout this history.

Chris Nunn talks about the changes that needed to be made to be more successful

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Chris Nunn
Recorded: 15 June 2011
Location: Canberra, ACT
Listen to the full interview here.

The 1988 Australian team symbol was a play on the official Games mascots

This cloth patch shows the twin koalas used as a symbol by the Australian Team. The bears are a play on the official Games mascots. One Koala represents winter athletes and one represents summer athletes, with the idea that both teams were united in the same Paralympic year. The Gomdoori, whose name is derived from the Korean word for ‚Äúteddy bear‚ÄĚ, were the Paralympic mascots for the Seoul 1988 Paralympics. While bears are commonly associated with wisdom and courage, the pair is depicted with their legs tied together, symbolising the ability to overcome adversity through co-operation and to encourage mankind to work together peacefully and harmoniously. (Source – International Paralympic Committee.)

Carmel Williams was Australia’s only female table tennis player in a team of nine

Australian table tennis player Carmel Williams serves during a match at the 1988 Seoul Summer Paralympics. The 1988 Games marked the beginning of a drought of table tennis medals for the Australian Paralympic Team, with its next podium finish not coming for another 28 years, in Rio 2016.

1989 Kobe FESPIC Games Australian Team

This list of the 1989 Australian FESPIC Games team has been compiled from the FESPIC Kobe 8ŐÄ9 Official Report by the Organising Committee for the 1989 FESPIC Games, results printouts and the wheelchair team manager‚Äôs report, both held by Paralympics Australia. As was the custom at the time, the Australian Team was divided into sub-teams by type of disability.

 

Athletes:

Amputee Team

  • Rodney Bonsack, (SA) Athletics and Swimming
  • Chris Brimbecom, (NSW) Athletics
  • Pauline Cahill, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Max Carter, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • June Clark, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Paul Croft, (NSW) Table Tennis
  • Anne Currie, (VIC) Swimming
  • Brad Evans, (VIC) Swimming
  • Andrew Falconer, (NSW) Athletics
  • Geoff Feben, Swimming and Table Tennis
  • Karl Feifar, (WA) Athletics
  • Neil Fuller, (SA) Athletics
  • Debbie Holland, (QLD) Swimming
  • Rebecca Howe, (NSW) Swimming
  • Harvey Huxtable, (SA) Weightlifting
  • Susan Knox, (WA) Swimming
  • Keith Mayne, (QLD) Athletics
  • Joe Marlow, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Bronwyn McColl, (NSW) Swimming
  • Rodney Nugent, (QLD) Athletics
  • Andrew O‚ÄôSullivan, (VIC) Athletics
  • Daniel Polson, (SA) Athletics
  • Steven Simmonds, (ACT) Swimming
  • Steve Weston, (NSW) Athletics
  • Mark Whiteman, (NSW) Athletics and Weightlifting
  • Jason Willis, (QLD) Athletics

Vision impaired team

  • Kingsley Bugarin, (WA) Swimming
  • Darren Collins, (VIC) Athletics
  • Mark Davies, (NT) Athletics
  • Phillip Deveraux, (NT) Athletics
  • Susan Earles, (SA) Athletics
  • Christine Fisher, (VIC) Athletics
  • Matthew Hueppauff, (SA) Swimming
  • Felicity Johnson, (SA) Athletics
  • William (Bill) Kelly, (VIC) Athletics
  • Mandy Maywood, (WA) Swimming
  • Jeff McNeill, (VIC) Athletics
  • Paul McKenna, (QLD) Athletics
  • Sam Rickard, (NT) Athletics
  • Leigh Sloane, (QLD) Athletics
  • Jodi Willis-Roberts, (VIC) Athletics
  • Anthony Young, (TAS) Athletics

Cerebral Palsy Team

  • Terry Biggs, (QLD) Table Tennis
  • Pru Birmingham, (NSW) Swimming
  • Alana Brodie, (QLD) Athletics
  • Clothier, (QLD) Swimming
  • Coulson, (QLD) Athletics
  • Cumminsky, (QLD) Athletics
  • Karen Ferguson, (ACT) Swimming
  • Kathy Gregson, (NSW) Swimming
  • Mark Milne, (QLD) Athletics
  • Quinn, (QLD) Athletics
  • Eileen Radley, (NSW) Swimming
  • Darren Thrupp, (QLD) Athletics
  • Richard West, (WA) Athletics

Les Autres Team

  • Hazel Delgado, (ACT) Swimming
  • David Doueal, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Jenny Groom, (WA) Athletics
  • David Norris, (WA) Athletics

Wheelchair team

  • Gary Aberley, (SA) Athletics
  • Clive Adsett, (SA) Shooting
  • Jane Ahern, (SA) Shooting
  • Beryl Ahrens, (QLD) Athletics
  • Neville Barnes, (ACT) Athletics
  • Alice Berry, (SA) Swimming
  • Keith Bremner, (NSW) Shooting
  • Wayne Brittain, (SA) Shooting
  • Craig Clarke, (SA) Shooting
  • Emily Costello, (VIC) Swimming
  • Daniela Di Toro, (VIC) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Lucas Dudenas, (QLD) Athletics
  • Doug Free, Table Tennis
  • Rex Fuller, (VIC) Swimming
  • Ian Gainey, (VIC) Athletics
  • Alan Gansberg, (VIC) Athletics
  • Paul Gockel, (QLD) Swimming
  • Michael Green, (VIC) Athletics
  • Tracey Holder, Swimming
  • Errol Hyde, Wheelchair Tennis
  • Meredith Jones, (SA) Athletics
  • Robert Jordan, (NSW) Fencing
  • Dennis Kennedy, (ACT) Athletics
  • Danny Leeson, (QLD) Athletics
  • Michael Letch, (VIC) Athletics
  • Lyn Lillecrapp, (SA) Swimming
  • Robert Madden, (WA) Athletics
  • Peter Magee, (QLD) Lawn Bowls
  • Geoff McAlary, Athletics
  • Dominic McGee, (NSW) Swimming
  • Len McKenna, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Yvette McLellan, Athletics
  • Paul Nunnari, (NSW) Athletics
  • Paul O‚ÄôBrien, Weightlifting
  • Gavin O‚ÄôFarrell, Athletics
  • Michael O‚ÄôShannessy, Swimming
  • Max Petersen, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Karen Rambow, (ACT) Athletics
  • Katie Rauschl, (SA) Weightlifting
  • Neville Read, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Glen Redmayne, Athletics
  • Eric Russell, Athletics
  • Julie Russell, (SA) Athletics and Weightlifting
  • Greg Saron, Weightlifting
  • Wayne Sharpe, Weightlifting
  • Chris Shaw, (WA) Athletics
  • John Shiel, (NSW) Table Tennis
  • John Sorensen, (NSW) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Vince Vallelonga, (SA) Athletics
  • Graeme Walters, (VIC) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Ray Warren, Athletics
  • Paul Wiggins, (TAS) Athletics
  • Matt Williamson, (SA) Athletics
  • Rosalind Wilton, (SA) Athletics

 

Officials:

List of the members of the 1989 Australian FESPIC Games Team with links to Team members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the 1989 FESPIC Games

After topping the medal tally at the previous FESPIC Games, Australia finished 3rd in the gold medal count (77) behind China (99) and Japan (80) in Kobe, and 2nd in the total medal count at 155, behind Japan’s 310 total medals and ahead of China with 141. The Australian Team of 114 athletes (79 men and 35 women) returned home with 77 gold, 46 silver and 32 bronze medals.

Indigenous athlete Karl Feifar, of Perth, was one of the Australian stars, winning five gold and two silver medals.

Australia finished 3rd in the gold medal count in Kobe and 2nd in the total medal count behind a dominant performance by the host nation, Japan.

Presidency of the ACSD changes again

The formation of the International Paralympic Committee in 1989 put the spotlight on the concept of an organisation that existed solely to promote and develop elite sporting opportunities for people with disabilities.

Since 1975, the Australian Confederation of Sport for the Disabled (ACSD) had represented the broader interests of sporting organisations for people with disabilities and, increasingly, the Paralympic movement in Australia. In 1988 it raised funds and sent the Australian teams to the winter and summer Paralympics.

In 1989, Adrienne Smith assumed the presidency of the ACSD, taking over from Barbara Worley. As the CEO of the Australian Ski Federation, she had supported Ron Finneran’s first Paralympic campaign and then his moves to develop disabled winter sport in Australia. Then, as sport manager for the Australian Bicentennial Authority, she had provided financial support for a number of NSODs in the lead-up to the 1988 Bicentenary celebrations.

 

In 1989, Adrienne Smith assumed the presidency of the Australian Confederation of Sports for the Disabled.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1988 summer Paralympics in Seoul, South Korea?

You can find all the photos from the 1988 Games at Stoke Mandeville that are owned by or donated to the Australian Paralympic Committee here. These images are licensed under Creative Commons and are free to use, if you acknowledge the source and ownership of the images.

The National Library has recorded oral history interviews with a number of participants in the 1988 Games:   Libby Kosmala, Michael Nugent, Julie Russell,  Terry Giddy,  John Eden, Russell Short, David Gould, Chris Scott, George Dunstan (Team management Рwheelchair athletes),  Paul Bird (Team management Рamputees), Dr John Bourke (Medical Director), Norma Beer, Jane Buckley 

Most of the visual record of Australia‚Äôs participation at the 1988 summer Paralympics comes from film made by Don Worley, who accompanied the team as an ‚Äėescort‚Äô. Ostensibly assigned to assist with athlete needs, Don spent much of his time with a movie camera, recording the Games. Don donated his film to the¬†National Film and Sound Archive, which digitised and preserved it. Don has made the film and stills from it available to Paralympics Australia for use on this site. You can find out more about Don‚Äôs films¬†here.

The ’88 Paralympics Appeal Report by the Australian Confederation for Sports for the Disabled details fundraising, team members and results .

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1988 summer Paralympics which has been created by contributors to the Australian Paralympic History Project and follow the links to the articles about Australia’s athletes and their sports.

The website of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has a database of historical results and information and material about every Paralympic Games.

Use the ‚Äėcontact us‚Äė button on this website to contact Paralympics Australia if you have any further questions or would like to contribute to this project.

Looking for more about the 1988 summer Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

GALLERY: “The flame that lit the world … is now slowly burning out.”

Scenes from the Closing Ceremony of the 1988 Seoul Paralympic Games.

The final Games for Don Worley, capturing images and film from 1972

The personal identity card of Don Worley for the 1988 summer Paralympics which accredited him as a photographer at the Games. Worley had attended the four previous Games as a member of the Australian team. Ostensibly an ‘escort’ to assist athletes, his primary duties at those Games were in fact as a videographer. In 1988 the ABC sent a crew to film the Games and Worley turned to his other love – still photography. Through Worley’s work, footage and images exist of Australia at the Paralympic Games from 1972 to 1988 that would otherwise have never been captured. In 2015 Worley donated his films to the National Film and Sound Archives. Still and clips from Worley’s films are used throughout this history.

Chris Nunn talks about the changes that needed to be made to be more successful

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Chris Nunn
Recorded: 15 June 2011
Location: Canberra, ACT
Listen to the full interview here.

The 1988 Australian team symbol was a play on the official Games mascots

This cloth patch shows the twin koalas used as a symbol by the Australian Team. The bears are a play on the official Games mascots. One Koala represents winter athletes and one represents summer athletes, with the idea that both teams were united in the same Paralympic year. The Gomdoori, whose name is derived from the Korean word for ‚Äúteddy bear‚ÄĚ, were the Paralympic mascots for the Seoul 1988 Paralympics. While bears are commonly associated with wisdom and courage, the pair is depicted with their legs tied together, symbolising the ability to overcome adversity through co-operation and to encourage mankind to work together peacefully and harmoniously. (Source – International Paralympic Committee.)

Carmel Williams was Australia’s only female table tennis player in a team of nine

Australian table tennis player Carmel Williams serves during a match at the 1988 Seoul Summer Paralympics. The 1988 Games marked the beginning of a drought of table tennis medals for the Australian Paralympic Team, with its next podium finish not coming for another 28 years, in Rio 2016.

1989 Kobe FESPIC Games Australian Team

This list of the 1989 Australian FESPIC Games team has been compiled from the FESPIC Kobe 8ŐÄ9 Official Report by the Organising Committee for the 1989 FESPIC Games, results printouts and the wheelchair team manager‚Äôs report, both held by Paralympics Australia. As was the custom at the time, the Australian Team was divided into sub-teams by type of disability.

 

Athletes:

Amputee Team

  • Rodney Bonsack, (SA) Athletics and Swimming
  • Chris Brimbecom, (NSW) Athletics
  • Pauline Cahill, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Max Carter, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • June Clark, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Paul Croft, (NSW) Table Tennis
  • Anne Currie, (VIC) Swimming
  • Brad Evans, (VIC) Swimming
  • Andrew Falconer, (NSW) Athletics
  • Geoff Feben, Swimming and Table Tennis
  • Karl Feifar, (WA) Athletics
  • Neil Fuller, (SA) Athletics
  • Debbie Holland, (QLD) Swimming
  • Rebecca Howe, (NSW) Swimming
  • Harvey Huxtable, (SA) Weightlifting
  • Susan Knox, (WA) Swimming
  • Keith Mayne, (QLD) Athletics
  • Joe Marlow, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Bronwyn McColl, (NSW) Swimming
  • Rodney Nugent, (QLD) Athletics
  • Andrew O‚ÄôSullivan, (VIC) Athletics
  • Daniel Polson, (SA) Athletics
  • Steven Simmonds, (ACT) Swimming
  • Steve Weston, (NSW) Athletics
  • Mark Whiteman, (NSW) Athletics and Weightlifting
  • Jason Willis, (QLD) Athletics

Vision impaired team

  • Kingsley Bugarin, (WA) Swimming
  • Darren Collins, (VIC) Athletics
  • Mark Davies, (NT) Athletics
  • Phillip Deveraux, (NT) Athletics
  • Susan Earles, (SA) Athletics
  • Christine Fisher, (VIC) Athletics
  • Matthew Hueppauff, (SA) Swimming
  • Felicity Johnson, (SA) Athletics
  • William (Bill) Kelly, (VIC) Athletics
  • Mandy Maywood, (WA) Swimming
  • Jeff McNeill, (VIC) Athletics
  • Paul McKenna, (QLD) Athletics
  • Sam Rickard, (NT) Athletics
  • Leigh Sloane, (QLD) Athletics
  • Jodi Willis-Roberts, (VIC) Athletics
  • Anthony Young, (TAS) Athletics

Cerebral Palsy Team

  • Terry Biggs, (QLD) Table Tennis
  • Pru Birmingham, (NSW) Swimming
  • Alana Brodie, (QLD) Athletics
  • Clothier, (QLD) Swimming
  • Coulson, (QLD) Athletics
  • Cumminsky, (QLD) Athletics
  • Karen Ferguson, (ACT) Swimming
  • Kathy Gregson, (NSW) Swimming
  • Mark Milne, (QLD) Athletics
  • Quinn, (QLD) Athletics
  • Eileen Radley, (NSW) Swimming
  • Darren Thrupp, (QLD) Athletics
  • Richard West, (WA) Athletics

Les Autres Team

  • Hazel Delgado, (ACT) Swimming
  • David Doueal, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Jenny Groom, (WA) Athletics
  • David Norris, (WA) Athletics

Wheelchair team

  • Gary Aberley, (SA) Athletics
  • Clive Adsett, (SA) Shooting
  • Jane Ahern, (SA) Shooting
  • Beryl Ahrens, (QLD) Athletics
  • Neville Barnes, (ACT) Athletics
  • Alice Berry, (SA) Swimming
  • Keith Bremner, (NSW) Shooting
  • Wayne Brittain, (SA) Shooting
  • Craig Clarke, (SA) Shooting
  • Emily Costello, (VIC) Swimming
  • Daniela Di Toro, (VIC) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Lucas Dudenas, (QLD) Athletics
  • Doug Free, Table Tennis
  • Rex Fuller, (VIC) Swimming
  • Ian Gainey, (VIC) Athletics
  • Alan Gansberg, (VIC) Athletics
  • Paul Gockel, (QLD) Swimming
  • Michael Green, (VIC) Athletics
  • Tracey Holder, Swimming
  • Errol Hyde, Wheelchair Tennis
  • Meredith Jones, (SA) Athletics
  • Robert Jordan, (NSW) Fencing
  • Dennis Kennedy, (ACT) Athletics
  • Danny Leeson, (QLD) Athletics
  • Michael Letch, (VIC) Athletics
  • Lyn Lillecrapp, (SA) Swimming
  • Robert Madden, (WA) Athletics
  • Peter Magee, (QLD) Lawn Bowls
  • Geoff McAlary, Athletics
  • Dominic McGee, (NSW) Swimming
  • Len McKenna, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Yvette McLellan, Athletics
  • Paul Nunnari, (NSW) Athletics
  • Paul O‚ÄôBrien, Weightlifting
  • Gavin O‚ÄôFarrell, Athletics
  • Michael O‚ÄôShannessy, Swimming
  • Max Petersen, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Karen Rambow, (ACT) Athletics
  • Katie Rauschl, (SA) Weightlifting
  • Neville Read, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Glen Redmayne, Athletics
  • Eric Russell, Athletics
  • Julie Russell, (SA) Athletics and Weightlifting
  • Greg Saron, Weightlifting
  • Wayne Sharpe, Weightlifting
  • Chris Shaw, (WA) Athletics
  • John Shiel, (NSW) Table Tennis
  • John Sorensen, (NSW) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Vince Vallelonga, (SA) Athletics
  • Graeme Walters, (VIC) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Ray Warren, Athletics
  • Paul Wiggins, (TAS) Athletics
  • Matt Williamson, (SA) Athletics
  • Rosalind Wilton, (SA) Athletics

 

Officials:

List of the members of the 1989 Australian FESPIC Games Team with links to Team members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the 1989 FESPIC Games

After topping the medal tally at the previous FESPIC Games, Australia finished 3rd in the gold medal count (77) behind China (99) and Japan (80) in Kobe, and 2nd in the total medal count at 155, behind Japan’s 310 total medals and ahead of China with 141. The Australian Team of 114 athletes (79 men and 35 women) returned home with 77 gold, 46 silver and 32 bronze medals.

Indigenous athlete Karl Feifar, of Perth, was one of the Australian stars, winning five gold and two silver medals.

Australia finished 3rd in the gold medal count in Kobe and 2nd in the total medal count behind a dominant performance by the host nation, Japan.

Presidency of the ACSD changes again

The formation of the International Paralympic Committee in 1989 put the spotlight on the concept of an organisation that existed solely to promote and develop elite sporting opportunities for people with disabilities.

Since 1975, the Australian Confederation of Sport for the Disabled (ACSD) had represented the broader interests of sporting organisations for people with disabilities and, increasingly, the Paralympic movement in Australia. In 1988 it raised funds and sent the Australian teams to the winter and summer Paralympics.

In 1989, Adrienne Smith assumed the presidency of the ACSD, taking over from Barbara Worley. As the CEO of the Australian Ski Federation, she had supported Ron Finneran’s first Paralympic campaign and then his moves to develop disabled winter sport in Australia. Then, as sport manager for the Australian Bicentennial Authority, she had provided financial support for a number of NSODs in the lead-up to the 1988 Bicentenary celebrations.

 

In 1989, Adrienne Smith assumed the presidency of the Australian Confederation of Sports for the Disabled.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1988 summer Paralympics in Seoul, South Korea?

You can find all the photos from the 1988 Games at Stoke Mandeville that are owned by or donated to the Australian Paralympic Committee here. These images are licensed under Creative Commons and are free to use, if you acknowledge the source and ownership of the images.

The National Library has recorded oral history interviews with a number of participants in the 1988 Games:   Libby Kosmala, Michael Nugent, Julie Russell,  Terry Giddy,  John Eden, Russell Short, David Gould, Chris Scott, George Dunstan (Team management Рwheelchair athletes),  Paul Bird (Team management Рamputees), Dr John Bourke (Medical Director), Norma Beer, Jane Buckley 

Most of the visual record of Australia‚Äôs participation at the 1988 summer Paralympics comes from film made by Don Worley, who accompanied the team as an ‚Äėescort‚Äô. Ostensibly assigned to assist with athlete needs, Don spent much of his time with a movie camera, recording the Games. Don donated his film to the¬†National Film and Sound Archive, which digitised and preserved it. Don has made the film and stills from it available to Paralympics Australia for use on this site. You can find out more about Don‚Äôs films¬†here.

The ’88 Paralympics Appeal Report by the Australian Confederation for Sports for the Disabled details fundraising, team members and results .

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1988 summer Paralympics which has been created by contributors to the Australian Paralympic History Project and follow the links to the articles about Australia’s athletes and their sports.

The website of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has a database of historical results and information and material about every Paralympic Games.

Use the ‚Äėcontact us‚Äė button on this website to contact Paralympics Australia if you have any further questions or would like to contribute to this project.

Looking for more about the 1988 summer Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

GALLERY: “The flame that lit the world … is now slowly burning out.”

Scenes from the Closing Ceremony of the 1988 Seoul Paralympic Games.

The final Games for Don Worley, capturing images and film from 1972

The personal identity card of Don Worley for the 1988 summer Paralympics which accredited him as a photographer at the Games. Worley had attended the four previous Games as a member of the Australian team. Ostensibly an ‘escort’ to assist athletes, his primary duties at those Games were in fact as a videographer. In 1988 the ABC sent a crew to film the Games and Worley turned to his other love – still photography. Through Worley’s work, footage and images exist of Australia at the Paralympic Games from 1972 to 1988 that would otherwise have never been captured. In 2015 Worley donated his films to the National Film and Sound Archives. Still and clips from Worley’s films are used throughout this history.

Chris Nunn talks about the changes that needed to be made to be more successful

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Chris Nunn
Recorded: 15 June 2011
Location: Canberra, ACT
Listen to the full interview here.

The 1988 Australian team symbol was a play on the official Games mascots

This cloth patch shows the twin koalas used as a symbol by the Australian Team. The bears are a play on the official Games mascots. One Koala represents winter athletes and one represents summer athletes, with the idea that both teams were united in the same Paralympic year. The Gomdoori, whose name is derived from the Korean word for ‚Äúteddy bear‚ÄĚ, were the Paralympic mascots for the Seoul 1988 Paralympics. While bears are commonly associated with wisdom and courage, the pair is depicted with their legs tied together, symbolising the ability to overcome adversity through co-operation and to encourage mankind to work together peacefully and harmoniously. (Source – International Paralympic Committee.)

Carmel Williams was Australia’s only female table tennis player in a team of nine

Australian table tennis player Carmel Williams serves during a match at the 1988 Seoul Summer Paralympics. The 1988 Games marked the beginning of a drought of table tennis medals for the Australian Paralympic Team, with its next podium finish not coming for another 28 years, in Rio 2016.

1989 Kobe FESPIC Games Australian Team

This list of the 1989 Australian FESPIC Games team has been compiled from the FESPIC Kobe 8ŐÄ9 Official Report by the Organising Committee for the 1989 FESPIC Games, results printouts and the wheelchair team manager‚Äôs report, both held by Paralympics Australia. As was the custom at the time, the Australian Team was divided into sub-teams by type of disability.

 

Athletes:

Amputee Team

  • Rodney Bonsack, (SA) Athletics and Swimming
  • Chris Brimbecom, (NSW) Athletics
  • Pauline Cahill, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Max Carter, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • June Clark, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Paul Croft, (NSW) Table Tennis
  • Anne Currie, (VIC) Swimming
  • Brad Evans, (VIC) Swimming
  • Andrew Falconer, (NSW) Athletics
  • Geoff Feben, Swimming and Table Tennis
  • Karl Feifar, (WA) Athletics
  • Neil Fuller, (SA) Athletics
  • Debbie Holland, (QLD) Swimming
  • Rebecca Howe, (NSW) Swimming
  • Harvey Huxtable, (SA) Weightlifting
  • Susan Knox, (WA) Swimming
  • Keith Mayne, (QLD) Athletics
  • Joe Marlow, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Bronwyn McColl, (NSW) Swimming
  • Rodney Nugent, (QLD) Athletics
  • Andrew O‚ÄôSullivan, (VIC) Athletics
  • Daniel Polson, (SA) Athletics
  • Steven Simmonds, (ACT) Swimming
  • Steve Weston, (NSW) Athletics
  • Mark Whiteman, (NSW) Athletics and Weightlifting
  • Jason Willis, (QLD) Athletics

Vision impaired team

  • Kingsley Bugarin, (WA) Swimming
  • Darren Collins, (VIC) Athletics
  • Mark Davies, (NT) Athletics
  • Phillip Deveraux, (NT) Athletics
  • Susan Earles, (SA) Athletics
  • Christine Fisher, (VIC) Athletics
  • Matthew Hueppauff, (SA) Swimming
  • Felicity Johnson, (SA) Athletics
  • William (Bill) Kelly, (VIC) Athletics
  • Mandy Maywood, (WA) Swimming
  • Jeff McNeill, (VIC) Athletics
  • Paul McKenna, (QLD) Athletics
  • Sam Rickard, (NT) Athletics
  • Leigh Sloane, (QLD) Athletics
  • Jodi Willis-Roberts, (VIC) Athletics
  • Anthony Young, (TAS) Athletics

Cerebral Palsy Team

  • Terry Biggs, (QLD) Table Tennis
  • Pru Birmingham, (NSW) Swimming
  • Alana Brodie, (QLD) Athletics
  • Clothier, (QLD) Swimming
  • Coulson, (QLD) Athletics
  • Cumminsky, (QLD) Athletics
  • Karen Ferguson, (ACT) Swimming
  • Kathy Gregson, (NSW) Swimming
  • Mark Milne, (QLD) Athletics
  • Quinn, (QLD) Athletics
  • Eileen Radley, (NSW) Swimming
  • Darren Thrupp, (QLD) Athletics
  • Richard West, (WA) Athletics

Les Autres Team

  • Hazel Delgado, (ACT) Swimming
  • David Doueal, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Jenny Groom, (WA) Athletics
  • David Norris, (WA) Athletics

Wheelchair team

  • Gary Aberley, (SA) Athletics
  • Clive Adsett, (SA) Shooting
  • Jane Ahern, (SA) Shooting
  • Beryl Ahrens, (QLD) Athletics
  • Neville Barnes, (ACT) Athletics
  • Alice Berry, (SA) Swimming
  • Keith Bremner, (NSW) Shooting
  • Wayne Brittain, (SA) Shooting
  • Craig Clarke, (SA) Shooting
  • Emily Costello, (VIC) Swimming
  • Daniela Di Toro, (VIC) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Lucas Dudenas, (QLD) Athletics
  • Doug Free, Table Tennis
  • Rex Fuller, (VIC) Swimming
  • Ian Gainey, (VIC) Athletics
  • Alan Gansberg, (VIC) Athletics
  • Paul Gockel, (QLD) Swimming
  • Michael Green, (VIC) Athletics
  • Tracey Holder, Swimming
  • Errol Hyde, Wheelchair Tennis
  • Meredith Jones, (SA) Athletics
  • Robert Jordan, (NSW) Fencing
  • Dennis Kennedy, (ACT) Athletics
  • Danny Leeson, (QLD) Athletics
  • Michael Letch, (VIC) Athletics
  • Lyn Lillecrapp, (SA) Swimming
  • Robert Madden, (WA) Athletics
  • Peter Magee, (QLD) Lawn Bowls
  • Geoff McAlary, Athletics
  • Dominic McGee, (NSW) Swimming
  • Len McKenna, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Yvette McLellan, Athletics
  • Paul Nunnari, (NSW) Athletics
  • Paul O‚ÄôBrien, Weightlifting
  • Gavin O‚ÄôFarrell, Athletics
  • Michael O‚ÄôShannessy, Swimming
  • Max Petersen, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Karen Rambow, (ACT) Athletics
  • Katie Rauschl, (SA) Weightlifting
  • Neville Read, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Glen Redmayne, Athletics
  • Eric Russell, Athletics
  • Julie Russell, (SA) Athletics and Weightlifting
  • Greg Saron, Weightlifting
  • Wayne Sharpe, Weightlifting
  • Chris Shaw, (WA) Athletics
  • John Shiel, (NSW) Table Tennis
  • John Sorensen, (NSW) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Vince Vallelonga, (SA) Athletics
  • Graeme Walters, (VIC) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Ray Warren, Athletics
  • Paul Wiggins, (TAS) Athletics
  • Matt Williamson, (SA) Athletics
  • Rosalind Wilton, (SA) Athletics

 

Officials:

List of the members of the 1989 Australian FESPIC Games Team with links to Team members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the 1989 FESPIC Games

After topping the medal tally at the previous FESPIC Games, Australia finished 3rd in the gold medal count (77) behind China (99) and Japan (80) in Kobe, and 2nd in the total medal count at 155, behind Japan’s 310 total medals and ahead of China with 141. The Australian Team of 114 athletes (79 men and 35 women) returned home with 77 gold, 46 silver and 32 bronze medals.

Indigenous athlete Karl Feifar, of Perth, was one of the Australian stars, winning five gold and two silver medals.

Australia finished 3rd in the gold medal count in Kobe and 2nd in the total medal count behind a dominant performance by the host nation, Japan.

Presidency of the ACSD changes again

The formation of the International Paralympic Committee in 1989 put the spotlight on the concept of an organisation that existed solely to promote and develop elite sporting opportunities for people with disabilities.

Since 1975, the Australian Confederation of Sport for the Disabled (ACSD) had represented the broader interests of sporting organisations for people with disabilities and, increasingly, the Paralympic movement in Australia. In 1988 it raised funds and sent the Australian teams to the winter and summer Paralympics.

In 1989, Adrienne Smith assumed the presidency of the ACSD, taking over from Barbara Worley. As the CEO of the Australian Ski Federation, she had supported Ron Finneran’s first Paralympic campaign and then his moves to develop disabled winter sport in Australia. Then, as sport manager for the Australian Bicentennial Authority, she had provided financial support for a number of NSODs in the lead-up to the 1988 Bicentenary celebrations.

 

In 1989, Adrienne Smith assumed the presidency of the Australian Confederation of Sports for the Disabled.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1988 summer Paralympics in Seoul, South Korea?

You can find all the photos from the 1988 Games at Stoke Mandeville that are owned by or donated to the Australian Paralympic Committee here. These images are licensed under Creative Commons and are free to use, if you acknowledge the source and ownership of the images.

The National Library has recorded oral history interviews with a number of participants in the 1988 Games:   Libby Kosmala, Michael Nugent, Julie Russell,  Terry Giddy,  John Eden, Russell Short, David Gould, Chris Scott, George Dunstan (Team management Рwheelchair athletes),  Paul Bird (Team management Рamputees), Dr John Bourke (Medical Director), Norma Beer, Jane Buckley 

Most of the visual record of Australia‚Äôs participation at the 1988 summer Paralympics comes from film made by Don Worley, who accompanied the team as an ‚Äėescort‚Äô. Ostensibly assigned to assist with athlete needs, Don spent much of his time with a movie camera, recording the Games. Don donated his film to the¬†National Film and Sound Archive, which digitised and preserved it. Don has made the film and stills from it available to Paralympics Australia for use on this site. You can find out more about Don‚Äôs films¬†here.

The ’88 Paralympics Appeal Report by the Australian Confederation for Sports for the Disabled details fundraising, team members and results .

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1988 summer Paralympics which has been created by contributors to the Australian Paralympic History Project and follow the links to the articles about Australia’s athletes and their sports.

The website of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has a database of historical results and information and material about every Paralympic Games.

Use the ‚Äėcontact us‚Äė button on this website to contact Paralympics Australia if you have any further questions or would like to contribute to this project.

Looking for more about the 1988 summer Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

GALLERY: “The flame that lit the world … is now slowly burning out.”

Scenes from the Closing Ceremony of the 1988 Seoul Paralympic Games.

The final Games for Don Worley, capturing images and film from 1972

The personal identity card of Don Worley for the 1988 summer Paralympics which accredited him as a photographer at the Games. Worley had attended the four previous Games as a member of the Australian team. Ostensibly an ‘escort’ to assist athletes, his primary duties at those Games were in fact as a videographer. In 1988 the ABC sent a crew to film the Games and Worley turned to his other love – still photography. Through Worley’s work, footage and images exist of Australia at the Paralympic Games from 1972 to 1988 that would otherwise have never been captured. In 2015 Worley donated his films to the National Film and Sound Archives. Still and clips from Worley’s films are used throughout this history.

Chris Nunn talks about the changes that needed to be made to be more successful

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Chris Nunn
Recorded: 15 June 2011
Location: Canberra, ACT
Listen to the full interview here.

The 1988 Australian team symbol was a play on the official Games mascots

This cloth patch shows the twin koalas used as a symbol by the Australian Team. The bears are a play on the official Games mascots. One Koala represents winter athletes and one represents summer athletes, with the idea that both teams were united in the same Paralympic year. The Gomdoori, whose name is derived from the Korean word for ‚Äúteddy bear‚ÄĚ, were the Paralympic mascots for the Seoul 1988 Paralympics. While bears are commonly associated with wisdom and courage, the pair is depicted with their legs tied together, symbolising the ability to overcome adversity through co-operation and to encourage mankind to work together peacefully and harmoniously. (Source – International Paralympic Committee.)

Carmel Williams was Australia’s only female table tennis player in a team of nine

Australian table tennis player Carmel Williams serves during a match at the 1988 Seoul Summer Paralympics. The 1988 Games marked the beginning of a drought of table tennis medals for the Australian Paralympic Team, with its next podium finish not coming for another 28 years, in Rio 2016.

1989 Kobe FESPIC Games Australian Team

This list of the 1989 Australian FESPIC Games team has been compiled from the FESPIC Kobe 8ŐÄ9 Official Report by the Organising Committee for the 1989 FESPIC Games, results printouts and the wheelchair team manager‚Äôs report, both held by Paralympics Australia. As was the custom at the time, the Australian Team was divided into sub-teams by type of disability.

 

Athletes:

Amputee Team

  • Rodney Bonsack, (SA) Athletics and Swimming
  • Chris Brimbecom, (NSW) Athletics
  • Pauline Cahill, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Max Carter, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • June Clark, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Paul Croft, (NSW) Table Tennis
  • Anne Currie, (VIC) Swimming
  • Brad Evans, (VIC) Swimming
  • Andrew Falconer, (NSW) Athletics
  • Geoff Feben, Swimming and Table Tennis
  • Karl Feifar, (WA) Athletics
  • Neil Fuller, (SA) Athletics
  • Debbie Holland, (QLD) Swimming
  • Rebecca Howe, (NSW) Swimming
  • Harvey Huxtable, (SA) Weightlifting
  • Susan Knox, (WA) Swimming
  • Keith Mayne, (QLD) Athletics
  • Joe Marlow, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Bronwyn McColl, (NSW) Swimming
  • Rodney Nugent, (QLD) Athletics
  • Andrew O‚ÄôSullivan, (VIC) Athletics
  • Daniel Polson, (SA) Athletics
  • Steven Simmonds, (ACT) Swimming
  • Steve Weston, (NSW) Athletics
  • Mark Whiteman, (NSW) Athletics and Weightlifting
  • Jason Willis, (QLD) Athletics

Vision impaired team

  • Kingsley Bugarin, (WA) Swimming
  • Darren Collins, (VIC) Athletics
  • Mark Davies, (NT) Athletics
  • Phillip Deveraux, (NT) Athletics
  • Susan Earles, (SA) Athletics
  • Christine Fisher, (VIC) Athletics
  • Matthew Hueppauff, (SA) Swimming
  • Felicity Johnson, (SA) Athletics
  • William (Bill) Kelly, (VIC) Athletics
  • Mandy Maywood, (WA) Swimming
  • Jeff McNeill, (VIC) Athletics
  • Paul McKenna, (QLD) Athletics
  • Sam Rickard, (NT) Athletics
  • Leigh Sloane, (QLD) Athletics
  • Jodi Willis-Roberts, (VIC) Athletics
  • Anthony Young, (TAS) Athletics

Cerebral Palsy Team

  • Terry Biggs, (QLD) Table Tennis
  • Pru Birmingham, (NSW) Swimming
  • Alana Brodie, (QLD) Athletics
  • Clothier, (QLD) Swimming
  • Coulson, (QLD) Athletics
  • Cumminsky, (QLD) Athletics
  • Karen Ferguson, (ACT) Swimming
  • Kathy Gregson, (NSW) Swimming
  • Mark Milne, (QLD) Athletics
  • Quinn, (QLD) Athletics
  • Eileen Radley, (NSW) Swimming
  • Darren Thrupp, (QLD) Athletics
  • Richard West, (WA) Athletics

Les Autres Team

  • Hazel Delgado, (ACT) Swimming
  • David Doueal, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Jenny Groom, (WA) Athletics
  • David Norris, (WA) Athletics

Wheelchair team

  • Gary Aberley, (SA) Athletics
  • Clive Adsett, (SA) Shooting
  • Jane Ahern, (SA) Shooting
  • Beryl Ahrens, (QLD) Athletics
  • Neville Barnes, (ACT) Athletics
  • Alice Berry, (SA) Swimming
  • Keith Bremner, (NSW) Shooting
  • Wayne Brittain, (SA) Shooting
  • Craig Clarke, (SA) Shooting
  • Emily Costello, (VIC) Swimming
  • Daniela Di Toro, (VIC) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Lucas Dudenas, (QLD) Athletics
  • Doug Free, Table Tennis
  • Rex Fuller, (VIC) Swimming
  • Ian Gainey, (VIC) Athletics
  • Alan Gansberg, (VIC) Athletics
  • Paul Gockel, (QLD) Swimming
  • Michael Green, (VIC) Athletics
  • Tracey Holder, Swimming
  • Errol Hyde, Wheelchair Tennis
  • Meredith Jones, (SA) Athletics
  • Robert Jordan, (NSW) Fencing
  • Dennis Kennedy, (ACT) Athletics
  • Danny Leeson, (QLD) Athletics
  • Michael Letch, (VIC) Athletics
  • Lyn Lillecrapp, (SA) Swimming
  • Robert Madden, (WA) Athletics
  • Peter Magee, (QLD) Lawn Bowls
  • Geoff McAlary, Athletics
  • Dominic McGee, (NSW) Swimming
  • Len McKenna, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Yvette McLellan, Athletics
  • Paul Nunnari, (NSW) Athletics
  • Paul O‚ÄôBrien, Weightlifting
  • Gavin O‚ÄôFarrell, Athletics
  • Michael O‚ÄôShannessy, Swimming
  • Max Petersen, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Karen Rambow, (ACT) Athletics
  • Katie Rauschl, (SA) Weightlifting
  • Neville Read, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Glen Redmayne, Athletics
  • Eric Russell, Athletics
  • Julie Russell, (SA) Athletics and Weightlifting
  • Greg Saron, Weightlifting
  • Wayne Sharpe, Weightlifting
  • Chris Shaw, (WA) Athletics
  • John Shiel, (NSW) Table Tennis
  • John Sorensen, (NSW) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Vince Vallelonga, (SA) Athletics
  • Graeme Walters, (VIC) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Ray Warren, Athletics
  • Paul Wiggins, (TAS) Athletics
  • Matt Williamson, (SA) Athletics
  • Rosalind Wilton, (SA) Athletics

 

Officials:

List of the members of the 1989 Australian FESPIC Games Team with links to Team members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the 1989 FESPIC Games

After topping the medal tally at the previous FESPIC Games, Australia finished 3rd in the gold medal count (77) behind China (99) and Japan (80) in Kobe, and 2nd in the total medal count at 155, behind Japan’s 310 total medals and ahead of China with 141. The Australian Team of 114 athletes (79 men and 35 women) returned home with 77 gold, 46 silver and 32 bronze medals.

Indigenous athlete Karl Feifar, of Perth, was one of the Australian stars, winning five gold and two silver medals.

Australia finished 3rd in the gold medal count in Kobe and 2nd in the total medal count behind a dominant performance by the host nation, Japan.

Presidency of the ACSD changes again

The formation of the International Paralympic Committee in 1989 put the spotlight on the concept of an organisation that existed solely to promote and develop elite sporting opportunities for people with disabilities.

Since 1975, the Australian Confederation of Sport for the Disabled (ACSD) had represented the broader interests of sporting organisations for people with disabilities and, increasingly, the Paralympic movement in Australia. In 1988 it raised funds and sent the Australian teams to the winter and summer Paralympics.

In 1989, Adrienne Smith assumed the presidency of the ACSD, taking over from Barbara Worley. As the CEO of the Australian Ski Federation, she had supported Ron Finneran’s first Paralympic campaign and then his moves to develop disabled winter sport in Australia. Then, as sport manager for the Australian Bicentennial Authority, she had provided financial support for a number of NSODs in the lead-up to the 1988 Bicentenary celebrations.

 

In 1989, Adrienne Smith assumed the presidency of the Australian Confederation of Sports for the Disabled.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1988 summer Paralympics in Seoul, South Korea?

You can find all the photos from the 1988 Games at Stoke Mandeville that are owned by or donated to the Australian Paralympic Committee here. These images are licensed under Creative Commons and are free to use, if you acknowledge the source and ownership of the images.

The National Library has recorded oral history interviews with a number of participants in the 1988 Games:   Libby Kosmala, Michael Nugent, Julie Russell,  Terry Giddy,  John Eden, Russell Short, David Gould, Chris Scott, George Dunstan (Team management Рwheelchair athletes),  Paul Bird (Team management Рamputees), Dr John Bourke (Medical Director), Norma Beer, Jane Buckley 

Most of the visual record of Australia‚Äôs participation at the 1988 summer Paralympics comes from film made by Don Worley, who accompanied the team as an ‚Äėescort‚Äô. Ostensibly assigned to assist with athlete needs, Don spent much of his time with a movie camera, recording the Games. Don donated his film to the¬†National Film and Sound Archive, which digitised and preserved it. Don has made the film and stills from it available to Paralympics Australia for use on this site. You can find out more about Don‚Äôs films¬†here.

The ’88 Paralympics Appeal Report by the Australian Confederation for Sports for the Disabled details fundraising, team members and results .

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1988 summer Paralympics which has been created by contributors to the Australian Paralympic History Project and follow the links to the articles about Australia’s athletes and their sports.

The website of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has a database of historical results and information and material about every Paralympic Games.

Use the ‚Äėcontact us‚Äė button on this website to contact Paralympics Australia if you have any further questions or would like to contribute to this project.

Looking for more about the 1988 summer Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

GALLERY: “The flame that lit the world … is now slowly burning out.”

Scenes from the Closing Ceremony of the 1988 Seoul Paralympic Games.

The final Games for Don Worley, capturing images and film from 1972

The personal identity card of Don Worley for the 1988 summer Paralympics which accredited him as a photographer at the Games. Worley had attended the four previous Games as a member of the Australian team. Ostensibly an ‘escort’ to assist athletes, his primary duties at those Games were in fact as a videographer. In 1988 the ABC sent a crew to film the Games and Worley turned to his other love – still photography. Through Worley’s work, footage and images exist of Australia at the Paralympic Games from 1972 to 1988 that would otherwise have never been captured. In 2015 Worley donated his films to the National Film and Sound Archives. Still and clips from Worley’s films are used throughout this history.

Chris Nunn talks about the changes that needed to be made to be more successful

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Chris Nunn
Recorded: 15 June 2011
Location: Canberra, ACT
Listen to the full interview here.

The 1988 Australian team symbol was a play on the official Games mascots

This cloth patch shows the twin koalas used as a symbol by the Australian Team. The bears are a play on the official Games mascots. One Koala represents winter athletes and one represents summer athletes, with the idea that both teams were united in the same Paralympic year. The Gomdoori, whose name is derived from the Korean word for ‚Äúteddy bear‚ÄĚ, were the Paralympic mascots for the Seoul 1988 Paralympics. While bears are commonly associated with wisdom and courage, the pair is depicted with their legs tied together, symbolising the ability to overcome adversity through co-operation and to encourage mankind to work together peacefully and harmoniously. (Source – International Paralympic Committee.)

Carmel Williams was Australia’s only female table tennis player in a team of nine

Australian table tennis player Carmel Williams serves during a match at the 1988 Seoul Summer Paralympics. The 1988 Games marked the beginning of a drought of table tennis medals for the Australian Paralympic Team, with its next podium finish not coming for another 28 years, in Rio 2016.

1989 Kobe FESPIC Games Australian Team

This list of the 1989 Australian FESPIC Games team has been compiled from the FESPIC Kobe 8ŐÄ9 Official Report by the Organising Committee for the 1989 FESPIC Games, results printouts and the wheelchair team manager‚Äôs report, both held by Paralympics Australia. As was the custom at the time, the Australian Team was divided into sub-teams by type of disability.

 

Athletes:

Amputee Team

  • Rodney Bonsack, (SA) Athletics and Swimming
  • Chris Brimbecom, (NSW) Athletics
  • Pauline Cahill, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Max Carter, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • June Clark, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Paul Croft, (NSW) Table Tennis
  • Anne Currie, (VIC) Swimming
  • Brad Evans, (VIC) Swimming
  • Andrew Falconer, (NSW) Athletics
  • Geoff Feben, Swimming and Table Tennis
  • Karl Feifar, (WA) Athletics
  • Neil Fuller, (SA) Athletics
  • Debbie Holland, (QLD) Swimming
  • Rebecca Howe, (NSW) Swimming
  • Harvey Huxtable, (SA) Weightlifting
  • Susan Knox, (WA) Swimming
  • Keith Mayne, (QLD) Athletics
  • Joe Marlow, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Bronwyn McColl, (NSW) Swimming
  • Rodney Nugent, (QLD) Athletics
  • Andrew O‚ÄôSullivan, (VIC) Athletics
  • Daniel Polson, (SA) Athletics
  • Steven Simmonds, (ACT) Swimming
  • Steve Weston, (NSW) Athletics
  • Mark Whiteman, (NSW) Athletics and Weightlifting
  • Jason Willis, (QLD) Athletics

Vision impaired team

  • Kingsley Bugarin, (WA) Swimming
  • Darren Collins, (VIC) Athletics
  • Mark Davies, (NT) Athletics
  • Phillip Deveraux, (NT) Athletics
  • Susan Earles, (SA) Athletics
  • Christine Fisher, (VIC) Athletics
  • Matthew Hueppauff, (SA) Swimming
  • Felicity Johnson, (SA) Athletics
  • William (Bill) Kelly, (VIC) Athletics
  • Mandy Maywood, (WA) Swimming
  • Jeff McNeill, (VIC) Athletics
  • Paul McKenna, (QLD) Athletics
  • Sam Rickard, (NT) Athletics
  • Leigh Sloane, (QLD) Athletics
  • Jodi Willis-Roberts, (VIC) Athletics
  • Anthony Young, (TAS) Athletics

Cerebral Palsy Team

  • Terry Biggs, (QLD) Table Tennis
  • Pru Birmingham, (NSW) Swimming
  • Alana Brodie, (QLD) Athletics
  • Clothier, (QLD) Swimming
  • Coulson, (QLD) Athletics
  • Cumminsky, (QLD) Athletics
  • Karen Ferguson, (ACT) Swimming
  • Kathy Gregson, (NSW) Swimming
  • Mark Milne, (QLD) Athletics
  • Quinn, (QLD) Athletics
  • Eileen Radley, (NSW) Swimming
  • Darren Thrupp, (QLD) Athletics
  • Richard West, (WA) Athletics

Les Autres Team

  • Hazel Delgado, (ACT) Swimming
  • David Doueal, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Jenny Groom, (WA) Athletics
  • David Norris, (WA) Athletics

Wheelchair team

  • Gary Aberley, (SA) Athletics
  • Clive Adsett, (SA) Shooting
  • Jane Ahern, (SA) Shooting
  • Beryl Ahrens, (QLD) Athletics
  • Neville Barnes, (ACT) Athletics
  • Alice Berry, (SA) Swimming
  • Keith Bremner, (NSW) Shooting
  • Wayne Brittain, (SA) Shooting
  • Craig Clarke, (SA) Shooting
  • Emily Costello, (VIC) Swimming
  • Daniela Di Toro, (VIC) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Lucas Dudenas, (QLD) Athletics
  • Doug Free, Table Tennis
  • Rex Fuller, (VIC) Swimming
  • Ian Gainey, (VIC) Athletics
  • Alan Gansberg, (VIC) Athletics
  • Paul Gockel, (QLD) Swimming
  • Michael Green, (VIC) Athletics
  • Tracey Holder, Swimming
  • Errol Hyde, Wheelchair Tennis
  • Meredith Jones, (SA) Athletics
  • Robert Jordan, (NSW) Fencing
  • Dennis Kennedy, (ACT) Athletics
  • Danny Leeson, (QLD) Athletics
  • Michael Letch, (VIC) Athletics
  • Lyn Lillecrapp, (SA) Swimming
  • Robert Madden, (WA) Athletics
  • Peter Magee, (QLD) Lawn Bowls
  • Geoff McAlary, Athletics
  • Dominic McGee, (NSW) Swimming
  • Len McKenna, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Yvette McLellan, Athletics
  • Paul Nunnari, (NSW) Athletics
  • Paul O‚ÄôBrien, Weightlifting
  • Gavin O‚ÄôFarrell, Athletics
  • Michael O‚ÄôShannessy, Swimming
  • Max Petersen, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Karen Rambow, (ACT) Athletics
  • Katie Rauschl, (SA) Weightlifting
  • Neville Read, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Glen Redmayne, Athletics
  • Eric Russell, Athletics
  • Julie Russell, (SA) Athletics and Weightlifting
  • Greg Saron, Weightlifting
  • Wayne Sharpe, Weightlifting
  • Chris Shaw, (WA) Athletics
  • John Shiel, (NSW) Table Tennis
  • John Sorensen, (NSW) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Vince Vallelonga, (SA) Athletics
  • Graeme Walters, (VIC) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Ray Warren, Athletics
  • Paul Wiggins, (TAS) Athletics
  • Matt Williamson, (SA) Athletics
  • Rosalind Wilton, (SA) Athletics

 

Officials:

List of the members of the 1989 Australian FESPIC Games Team with links to Team members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the 1989 FESPIC Games

After topping the medal tally at the previous FESPIC Games, Australia finished 3rd in the gold medal count (77) behind China (99) and Japan (80) in Kobe, and 2nd in the total medal count at 155, behind Japan’s 310 total medals and ahead of China with 141. The Australian Team of 114 athletes (79 men and 35 women) returned home with 77 gold, 46 silver and 32 bronze medals.

Indigenous athlete Karl Feifar, of Perth, was one of the Australian stars, winning five gold and two silver medals.

Australia finished 3rd in the gold medal count in Kobe and 2nd in the total medal count behind a dominant performance by the host nation, Japan.

Presidency of the ACSD changes again

The formation of the International Paralympic Committee in 1989 put the spotlight on the concept of an organisation that existed solely to promote and develop elite sporting opportunities for people with disabilities.

Since 1975, the Australian Confederation of Sport for the Disabled (ACSD) had represented the broader interests of sporting organisations for people with disabilities and, increasingly, the Paralympic movement in Australia. In 1988 it raised funds and sent the Australian teams to the winter and summer Paralympics.

In 1989, Adrienne Smith assumed the presidency of the ACSD, taking over from Barbara Worley. As the CEO of the Australian Ski Federation, she had supported Ron Finneran’s first Paralympic campaign and then his moves to develop disabled winter sport in Australia. Then, as sport manager for the Australian Bicentennial Authority, she had provided financial support for a number of NSODs in the lead-up to the 1988 Bicentenary celebrations.

 

In 1989, Adrienne Smith assumed the presidency of the Australian Confederation of Sports for the Disabled.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1988 summer Paralympics in Seoul, South Korea?

You can find all the photos from the 1988 Games at Stoke Mandeville that are owned by or donated to the Australian Paralympic Committee here. These images are licensed under Creative Commons and are free to use, if you acknowledge the source and ownership of the images.

The National Library has recorded oral history interviews with a number of participants in the 1988 Games:   Libby Kosmala, Michael Nugent, Julie Russell,  Terry Giddy,  John Eden, Russell Short, David Gould, Chris Scott, George Dunstan (Team management Рwheelchair athletes),  Paul Bird (Team management Рamputees), Dr John Bourke (Medical Director), Norma Beer, Jane Buckley 

Most of the visual record of Australia‚Äôs participation at the 1988 summer Paralympics comes from film made by Don Worley, who accompanied the team as an ‚Äėescort‚Äô. Ostensibly assigned to assist with athlete needs, Don spent much of his time with a movie camera, recording the Games. Don donated his film to the¬†National Film and Sound Archive, which digitised and preserved it. Don has made the film and stills from it available to Paralympics Australia for use on this site. You can find out more about Don‚Äôs films¬†here.

The ’88 Paralympics Appeal Report by the Australian Confederation for Sports for the Disabled details fundraising, team members and results .

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1988 summer Paralympics which has been created by contributors to the Australian Paralympic History Project and follow the links to the articles about Australia’s athletes and their sports.

The website of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has a database of historical results and information and material about every Paralympic Games.

Use the ‚Äėcontact us‚Äė button on this website to contact Paralympics Australia if you have any further questions or would like to contribute to this project.

Looking for more about the 1988 summer Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

GALLERY: “The flame that lit the world … is now slowly burning out.”

Scenes from the Closing Ceremony of the 1988 Seoul Paralympic Games.

The final Games for Don Worley, capturing images and film from 1972

The personal identity card of Don Worley for the 1988 summer Paralympics which accredited him as a photographer at the Games. Worley had attended the four previous Games as a member of the Australian team. Ostensibly an ‘escort’ to assist athletes, his primary duties at those Games were in fact as a videographer. In 1988 the ABC sent a crew to film the Games and Worley turned to his other love – still photography. Through Worley’s work, footage and images exist of Australia at the Paralympic Games from 1972 to 1988 that would otherwise have never been captured. In 2015 Worley donated his films to the National Film and Sound Archives. Still and clips from Worley’s films are used throughout this history.

Chris Nunn talks about the changes that needed to be made to be more successful

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Chris Nunn
Recorded: 15 June 2011
Location: Canberra, ACT
Listen to the full interview here.

The 1988 Australian team symbol was a play on the official Games mascots

This cloth patch shows the twin koalas used as a symbol by the Australian Team. The bears are a play on the official Games mascots. One Koala represents winter athletes and one represents summer athletes, with the idea that both teams were united in the same Paralympic year. The Gomdoori, whose name is derived from the Korean word for ‚Äúteddy bear‚ÄĚ, were the Paralympic mascots for the Seoul 1988 Paralympics. While bears are commonly associated with wisdom and courage, the pair is depicted with their legs tied together, symbolising the ability to overcome adversity through co-operation and to encourage mankind to work together peacefully and harmoniously. (Source – International Paralympic Committee.)

Carmel Williams was Australia’s only female table tennis player in a team of nine

Australian table tennis player Carmel Williams serves during a match at the 1988 Seoul Summer Paralympics. The 1988 Games marked the beginning of a drought of table tennis medals for the Australian Paralympic Team, with its next podium finish not coming for another 28 years, in Rio 2016.

1989 Kobe FESPIC Games Australian Team

This list of the 1989 Australian FESPIC Games team has been compiled from the FESPIC Kobe 8ŐÄ9 Official Report by the Organising Committee for the 1989 FESPIC Games, results printouts and the wheelchair team manager‚Äôs report, both held by Paralympics Australia. As was the custom at the time, the Australian Team was divided into sub-teams by type of disability.

 

Athletes:

Amputee Team

  • Rodney Bonsack, (SA) Athletics and Swimming
  • Chris Brimbecom, (NSW) Athletics
  • Pauline Cahill, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Max Carter, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • June Clark, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Paul Croft, (NSW) Table Tennis
  • Anne Currie, (VIC) Swimming
  • Brad Evans, (VIC) Swimming
  • Andrew Falconer, (NSW) Athletics
  • Geoff Feben, Swimming and Table Tennis
  • Karl Feifar, (WA) Athletics
  • Neil Fuller, (SA) Athletics
  • Debbie Holland, (QLD) Swimming
  • Rebecca Howe, (NSW) Swimming
  • Harvey Huxtable, (SA) Weightlifting
  • Susan Knox, (WA) Swimming
  • Keith Mayne, (QLD) Athletics
  • Joe Marlow, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Bronwyn McColl, (NSW) Swimming
  • Rodney Nugent, (QLD) Athletics
  • Andrew O‚ÄôSullivan, (VIC) Athletics
  • Daniel Polson, (SA) Athletics
  • Steven Simmonds, (ACT) Swimming
  • Steve Weston, (NSW) Athletics
  • Mark Whiteman, (NSW) Athletics and Weightlifting
  • Jason Willis, (QLD) Athletics

Vision impaired team

  • Kingsley Bugarin, (WA) Swimming
  • Darren Collins, (VIC) Athletics
  • Mark Davies, (NT) Athletics
  • Phillip Deveraux, (NT) Athletics
  • Susan Earles, (SA) Athletics
  • Christine Fisher, (VIC) Athletics
  • Matthew Hueppauff, (SA) Swimming
  • Felicity Johnson, (SA) Athletics
  • William (Bill) Kelly, (VIC) Athletics
  • Mandy Maywood, (WA) Swimming
  • Jeff McNeill, (VIC) Athletics
  • Paul McKenna, (QLD) Athletics
  • Sam Rickard, (NT) Athletics
  • Leigh Sloane, (QLD) Athletics
  • Jodi Willis-Roberts, (VIC) Athletics
  • Anthony Young, (TAS) Athletics

Cerebral Palsy Team

  • Terry Biggs, (QLD) Table Tennis
  • Pru Birmingham, (NSW) Swimming
  • Alana Brodie, (QLD) Athletics
  • Clothier, (QLD) Swimming
  • Coulson, (QLD) Athletics
  • Cumminsky, (QLD) Athletics
  • Karen Ferguson, (ACT) Swimming
  • Kathy Gregson, (NSW) Swimming
  • Mark Milne, (QLD) Athletics
  • Quinn, (QLD) Athletics
  • Eileen Radley, (NSW) Swimming
  • Darren Thrupp, (QLD) Athletics
  • Richard West, (WA) Athletics

Les Autres Team

  • Hazel Delgado, (ACT) Swimming
  • David Doueal, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Jenny Groom, (WA) Athletics
  • David Norris, (WA) Athletics

Wheelchair team

  • Gary Aberley, (SA) Athletics
  • Clive Adsett, (SA) Shooting
  • Jane Ahern, (SA) Shooting
  • Beryl Ahrens, (QLD) Athletics
  • Neville Barnes, (ACT) Athletics
  • Alice Berry, (SA) Swimming
  • Keith Bremner, (NSW) Shooting
  • Wayne Brittain, (SA) Shooting
  • Craig Clarke, (SA) Shooting
  • Emily Costello, (VIC) Swimming
  • Daniela Di Toro, (VIC) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Lucas Dudenas, (QLD) Athletics
  • Doug Free, Table Tennis
  • Rex Fuller, (VIC) Swimming
  • Ian Gainey, (VIC) Athletics
  • Alan Gansberg, (VIC) Athletics
  • Paul Gockel, (QLD) Swimming
  • Michael Green, (VIC) Athletics
  • Tracey Holder, Swimming
  • Errol Hyde, Wheelchair Tennis
  • Meredith Jones, (SA) Athletics
  • Robert Jordan, (NSW) Fencing
  • Dennis Kennedy, (ACT) Athletics
  • Danny Leeson, (QLD) Athletics
  • Michael Letch, (VIC) Athletics
  • Lyn Lillecrapp, (SA) Swimming
  • Robert Madden, (WA) Athletics
  • Peter Magee, (QLD) Lawn Bowls
  • Geoff McAlary, Athletics
  • Dominic McGee, (NSW) Swimming
  • Len McKenna, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Yvette McLellan, Athletics
  • Paul Nunnari, (NSW) Athletics
  • Paul O‚ÄôBrien, Weightlifting
  • Gavin O‚ÄôFarrell, Athletics
  • Michael O‚ÄôShannessy, Swimming
  • Max Petersen, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Karen Rambow, (ACT) Athletics
  • Katie Rauschl, (SA) Weightlifting
  • Neville Read, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Glen Redmayne, Athletics
  • Eric Russell, Athletics
  • Julie Russell, (SA) Athletics and Weightlifting
  • Greg Saron, Weightlifting
  • Wayne Sharpe, Weightlifting
  • Chris Shaw, (WA) Athletics
  • John Shiel, (NSW) Table Tennis
  • John Sorensen, (NSW) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Vince Vallelonga, (SA) Athletics
  • Graeme Walters, (VIC) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Ray Warren, Athletics
  • Paul Wiggins, (TAS) Athletics
  • Matt Williamson, (SA) Athletics
  • Rosalind Wilton, (SA) Athletics

 

Officials:

List of the members of the 1989 Australian FESPIC Games Team with links to Team members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the 1989 FESPIC Games

After topping the medal tally at the previous FESPIC Games, Australia finished 3rd in the gold medal count (77) behind China (99) and Japan (80) in Kobe, and 2nd in the total medal count at 155, behind Japan’s 310 total medals and ahead of China with 141. The Australian Team of 114 athletes (79 men and 35 women) returned home with 77 gold, 46 silver and 32 bronze medals.

Indigenous athlete Karl Feifar, of Perth, was one of the Australian stars, winning five gold and two silver medals.

Australia finished 3rd in the gold medal count in Kobe and 2nd in the total medal count behind a dominant performance by the host nation, Japan.

Presidency of the ACSD changes again

The formation of the International Paralympic Committee in 1989 put the spotlight on the concept of an organisation that existed solely to promote and develop elite sporting opportunities for people with disabilities.

Since 1975, the Australian Confederation of Sport for the Disabled (ACSD) had represented the broader interests of sporting organisations for people with disabilities and, increasingly, the Paralympic movement in Australia. In 1988 it raised funds and sent the Australian teams to the winter and summer Paralympics.

In 1989, Adrienne Smith assumed the presidency of the ACSD, taking over from Barbara Worley. As the CEO of the Australian Ski Federation, she had supported Ron Finneran’s first Paralympic campaign and then his moves to develop disabled winter sport in Australia. Then, as sport manager for the Australian Bicentennial Authority, she had provided financial support for a number of NSODs in the lead-up to the 1988 Bicentenary celebrations.

 

In 1989, Adrienne Smith assumed the presidency of the Australian Confederation of Sports for the Disabled.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1988 summer Paralympics in Seoul, South Korea?

You can find all the photos from the 1988 Games at Stoke Mandeville that are owned by or donated to the Australian Paralympic Committee here. These images are licensed under Creative Commons and are free to use, if you acknowledge the source and ownership of the images.

The National Library has recorded oral history interviews with a number of participants in the 1988 Games:   Libby Kosmala, Michael Nugent, Julie Russell,  Terry Giddy,  John Eden, Russell Short, David Gould, Chris Scott, George Dunstan (Team management Рwheelchair athletes),  Paul Bird (Team management Рamputees), Dr John Bourke (Medical Director), Norma Beer, Jane Buckley 

Most of the visual record of Australia‚Äôs participation at the 1988 summer Paralympics comes from film made by Don Worley, who accompanied the team as an ‚Äėescort‚Äô. Ostensibly assigned to assist with athlete needs, Don spent much of his time with a movie camera, recording the Games. Don donated his film to the¬†National Film and Sound Archive, which digitised and preserved it. Don has made the film and stills from it available to Paralympics Australia for use on this site. You can find out more about Don‚Äôs films¬†here.

The ’88 Paralympics Appeal Report by the Australian Confederation for Sports for the Disabled details fundraising, team members and results .

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1988 summer Paralympics which has been created by contributors to the Australian Paralympic History Project and follow the links to the articles about Australia’s athletes and their sports.

The website of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has a database of historical results and information and material about every Paralympic Games.

Use the ‚Äėcontact us‚Äė button on this website to contact Paralympics Australia if you have any further questions or would like to contribute to this project.

Looking for more about the 1988 summer Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

GALLERY: “The flame that lit the world … is now slowly burning out.”

Scenes from the Closing Ceremony of the 1988 Seoul Paralympic Games.

The final Games for Don Worley, capturing images and film from 1972

The personal identity card of Don Worley for the 1988 summer Paralympics which accredited him as a photographer at the Games. Worley had attended the four previous Games as a member of the Australian team. Ostensibly an ‘escort’ to assist athletes, his primary duties at those Games were in fact as a videographer. In 1988 the ABC sent a crew to film the Games and Worley turned to his other love – still photography. Through Worley’s work, footage and images exist of Australia at the Paralympic Games from 1972 to 1988 that would otherwise have never been captured. In 2015 Worley donated his films to the National Film and Sound Archives. Still and clips from Worley’s films are used throughout this history.

Chris Nunn talks about the changes that needed to be made to be more successful

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Chris Nunn
Recorded: 15 June 2011
Location: Canberra, ACT
Listen to the full interview here.

The 1988 Australian team symbol was a play on the official Games mascots

This cloth patch shows the twin koalas used as a symbol by the Australian Team. The bears are a play on the official Games mascots. One Koala represents winter athletes and one represents summer athletes, with the idea that both teams were united in the same Paralympic year. The Gomdoori, whose name is derived from the Korean word for ‚Äúteddy bear‚ÄĚ, were the Paralympic mascots for the Seoul 1988 Paralympics. While bears are commonly associated with wisdom and courage, the pair is depicted with their legs tied together, symbolising the ability to overcome adversity through co-operation and to encourage mankind to work together peacefully and harmoniously. (Source – International Paralympic Committee.)

Carmel Williams was Australia’s only female table tennis player in a team of nine

Australian table tennis player Carmel Williams serves during a match at the 1988 Seoul Summer Paralympics. The 1988 Games marked the beginning of a drought of table tennis medals for the Australian Paralympic Team, with its next podium finish not coming for another 28 years, in Rio 2016.

1989 Kobe FESPIC Games Australian Team

This list of the 1989 Australian FESPIC Games team has been compiled from the FESPIC Kobe 8ŐÄ9 Official Report by the Organising Committee for the 1989 FESPIC Games, results printouts and the wheelchair team manager‚Äôs report, both held by Paralympics Australia. As was the custom at the time, the Australian Team was divided into sub-teams by type of disability.

 

Athletes:

Amputee Team

  • Rodney Bonsack, (SA) Athletics and Swimming
  • Chris Brimbecom, (NSW) Athletics
  • Pauline Cahill, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Max Carter, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • June Clark, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Paul Croft, (NSW) Table Tennis
  • Anne Currie, (VIC) Swimming
  • Brad Evans, (VIC) Swimming
  • Andrew Falconer, (NSW) Athletics
  • Geoff Feben, Swimming and Table Tennis
  • Karl Feifar, (WA) Athletics
  • Neil Fuller, (SA) Athletics
  • Debbie Holland, (QLD) Swimming
  • Rebecca Howe, (NSW) Swimming
  • Harvey Huxtable, (SA) Weightlifting
  • Susan Knox, (WA) Swimming
  • Keith Mayne, (QLD) Athletics
  • Joe Marlow, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Bronwyn McColl, (NSW) Swimming
  • Rodney Nugent, (QLD) Athletics
  • Andrew O‚ÄôSullivan, (VIC) Athletics
  • Daniel Polson, (SA) Athletics
  • Steven Simmonds, (ACT) Swimming
  • Steve Weston, (NSW) Athletics
  • Mark Whiteman, (NSW) Athletics and Weightlifting
  • Jason Willis, (QLD) Athletics

Vision impaired team

  • Kingsley Bugarin, (WA) Swimming
  • Darren Collins, (VIC) Athletics
  • Mark Davies, (NT) Athletics
  • Phillip Deveraux, (NT) Athletics
  • Susan Earles, (SA) Athletics
  • Christine Fisher, (VIC) Athletics
  • Matthew Hueppauff, (SA) Swimming
  • Felicity Johnson, (SA) Athletics
  • William (Bill) Kelly, (VIC) Athletics
  • Mandy Maywood, (WA) Swimming
  • Jeff McNeill, (VIC) Athletics
  • Paul McKenna, (QLD) Athletics
  • Sam Rickard, (NT) Athletics
  • Leigh Sloane, (QLD) Athletics
  • Jodi Willis-Roberts, (VIC) Athletics
  • Anthony Young, (TAS) Athletics

Cerebral Palsy Team

  • Terry Biggs, (QLD) Table Tennis
  • Pru Birmingham, (NSW) Swimming
  • Alana Brodie, (QLD) Athletics
  • Clothier, (QLD) Swimming
  • Coulson, (QLD) Athletics
  • Cumminsky, (QLD) Athletics
  • Karen Ferguson, (ACT) Swimming
  • Kathy Gregson, (NSW) Swimming
  • Mark Milne, (QLD) Athletics
  • Quinn, (QLD) Athletics
  • Eileen Radley, (NSW) Swimming
  • Darren Thrupp, (QLD) Athletics
  • Richard West, (WA) Athletics

Les Autres Team

  • Hazel Delgado, (ACT) Swimming
  • David Doueal, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Jenny Groom, (WA) Athletics
  • David Norris, (WA) Athletics

Wheelchair team

  • Gary Aberley, (SA) Athletics
  • Clive Adsett, (SA) Shooting
  • Jane Ahern, (SA) Shooting
  • Beryl Ahrens, (QLD) Athletics
  • Neville Barnes, (ACT) Athletics
  • Alice Berry, (SA) Swimming
  • Keith Bremner, (NSW) Shooting
  • Wayne Brittain, (SA) Shooting
  • Craig Clarke, (SA) Shooting
  • Emily Costello, (VIC) Swimming
  • Daniela Di Toro, (VIC) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Lucas Dudenas, (QLD) Athletics
  • Doug Free, Table Tennis
  • Rex Fuller, (VIC) Swimming
  • Ian Gainey, (VIC) Athletics
  • Alan Gansberg, (VIC) Athletics
  • Paul Gockel, (QLD) Swimming
  • Michael Green, (VIC) Athletics
  • Tracey Holder, Swimming
  • Errol Hyde, Wheelchair Tennis
  • Meredith Jones, (SA) Athletics
  • Robert Jordan, (NSW) Fencing
  • Dennis Kennedy, (ACT) Athletics
  • Danny Leeson, (QLD) Athletics
  • Michael Letch, (VIC) Athletics
  • Lyn Lillecrapp, (SA) Swimming
  • Robert Madden, (WA) Athletics
  • Peter Magee, (QLD) Lawn Bowls
  • Geoff McAlary, Athletics
  • Dominic McGee, (NSW) Swimming
  • Len McKenna, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Yvette McLellan, Athletics
  • Paul Nunnari, (NSW) Athletics
  • Paul O‚ÄôBrien, Weightlifting
  • Gavin O‚ÄôFarrell, Athletics
  • Michael O‚ÄôShannessy, Swimming
  • Max Petersen, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Karen Rambow, (ACT) Athletics
  • Katie Rauschl, (SA) Weightlifting
  • Neville Read, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Glen Redmayne, Athletics
  • Eric Russell, Athletics
  • Julie Russell, (SA) Athletics and Weightlifting
  • Greg Saron, Weightlifting
  • Wayne Sharpe, Weightlifting
  • Chris Shaw, (WA) Athletics
  • John Shiel, (NSW) Table Tennis
  • John Sorensen, (NSW) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Vince Vallelonga, (SA) Athletics
  • Graeme Walters, (VIC) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Ray Warren, Athletics
  • Paul Wiggins, (TAS) Athletics
  • Matt Williamson, (SA) Athletics
  • Rosalind Wilton, (SA) Athletics

 

Officials:

List of the members of the 1989 Australian FESPIC Games Team with links to Team members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the 1989 FESPIC Games

After topping the medal tally at the previous FESPIC Games, Australia finished 3rd in the gold medal count (77) behind China (99) and Japan (80) in Kobe, and 2nd in the total medal count at 155, behind Japan’s 310 total medals and ahead of China with 141. The Australian Team of 114 athletes (79 men and 35 women) returned home with 77 gold, 46 silver and 32 bronze medals.

Indigenous athlete Karl Feifar, of Perth, was one of the Australian stars, winning five gold and two silver medals.

Australia finished 3rd in the gold medal count in Kobe and 2nd in the total medal count behind a dominant performance by the host nation, Japan.

Presidency of the ACSD changes again

The formation of the International Paralympic Committee in 1989 put the spotlight on the concept of an organisation that existed solely to promote and develop elite sporting opportunities for people with disabilities.

Since 1975, the Australian Confederation of Sport for the Disabled (ACSD) had represented the broader interests of sporting organisations for people with disabilities and, increasingly, the Paralympic movement in Australia. In 1988 it raised funds and sent the Australian teams to the winter and summer Paralympics.

In 1989, Adrienne Smith assumed the presidency of the ACSD, taking over from Barbara Worley. As the CEO of the Australian Ski Federation, she had supported Ron Finneran’s first Paralympic campaign and then his moves to develop disabled winter sport in Australia. Then, as sport manager for the Australian Bicentennial Authority, she had provided financial support for a number of NSODs in the lead-up to the 1988 Bicentenary celebrations.

 

In 1989, Adrienne Smith assumed the presidency of the Australian Confederation of Sports for the Disabled.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1988 summer Paralympics in Seoul, South Korea?

You can find all the photos from the 1988 Games at Stoke Mandeville that are owned by or donated to the Australian Paralympic Committee here. These images are licensed under Creative Commons and are free to use, if you acknowledge the source and ownership of the images.

The National Library has recorded oral history interviews with a number of participants in the 1988 Games:   Libby Kosmala, Michael Nugent, Julie Russell,  Terry Giddy,  John Eden, Russell Short, David Gould, Chris Scott, George Dunstan (Team management Рwheelchair athletes),  Paul Bird (Team management Рamputees), Dr John Bourke (Medical Director), Norma Beer, Jane Buckley 

Most of the visual record of Australia‚Äôs participation at the 1988 summer Paralympics comes from film made by Don Worley, who accompanied the team as an ‚Äėescort‚Äô. Ostensibly assigned to assist with athlete needs, Don spent much of his time with a movie camera, recording the Games. Don donated his film to the¬†National Film and Sound Archive, which digitised and preserved it. Don has made the film and stills from it available to Paralympics Australia for use on this site. You can find out more about Don‚Äôs films¬†here.

The ’88 Paralympics Appeal Report by the Australian Confederation for Sports for the Disabled details fundraising, team members and results .

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1988 summer Paralympics which has been created by contributors to the Australian Paralympic History Project and follow the links to the articles about Australia’s athletes and their sports.

The website of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has a database of historical results and information and material about every Paralympic Games.

Use the ‚Äėcontact us‚Äė button on this website to contact Paralympics Australia if you have any further questions or would like to contribute to this project.

Looking for more about the 1988 summer Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

GALLERY: “The flame that lit the world … is now slowly burning out.”

Scenes from the Closing Ceremony of the 1988 Seoul Paralympic Games.

The final Games for Don Worley, capturing images and film from 1972

The personal identity card of Don Worley for the 1988 summer Paralympics which accredited him as a photographer at the Games. Worley had attended the four previous Games as a member of the Australian team. Ostensibly an ‘escort’ to assist athletes, his primary duties at those Games were in fact as a videographer. In 1988 the ABC sent a crew to film the Games and Worley turned to his other love – still photography. Through Worley’s work, footage and images exist of Australia at the Paralympic Games from 1972 to 1988 that would otherwise have never been captured. In 2015 Worley donated his films to the National Film and Sound Archives. Still and clips from Worley’s films are used throughout this history.

Chris Nunn talks about the changes that needed to be made to be more successful

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Chris Nunn
Recorded: 15 June 2011
Location: Canberra, ACT
Listen to the full interview here.

The 1988 Australian team symbol was a play on the official Games mascots

This cloth patch shows the twin koalas used as a symbol by the Australian Team. The bears are a play on the official Games mascots. One Koala represents winter athletes and one represents summer athletes, with the idea that both teams were united in the same Paralympic year. The Gomdoori, whose name is derived from the Korean word for ‚Äúteddy bear‚ÄĚ, were the Paralympic mascots for the Seoul 1988 Paralympics. While bears are commonly associated with wisdom and courage, the pair is depicted with their legs tied together, symbolising the ability to overcome adversity through co-operation and to encourage mankind to work together peacefully and harmoniously. (Source – International Paralympic Committee.)

Carmel Williams was Australia’s only female table tennis player in a team of nine

Australian table tennis player Carmel Williams serves during a match at the 1988 Seoul Summer Paralympics. The 1988 Games marked the beginning of a drought of table tennis medals for the Australian Paralympic Team, with its next podium finish not coming for another 28 years, in Rio 2016.

1989 Kobe FESPIC Games Australian Team

This list of the 1989 Australian FESPIC Games team has been compiled from the FESPIC Kobe 8ŐÄ9 Official Report by the Organising Committee for the 1989 FESPIC Games, results printouts and the wheelchair team manager‚Äôs report, both held by Paralympics Australia. As was the custom at the time, the Australian Team was divided into sub-teams by type of disability.

 

Athletes:

Amputee Team

  • Rodney Bonsack, (SA) Athletics and Swimming
  • Chris Brimbecom, (NSW) Athletics
  • Pauline Cahill, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Max Carter, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • June Clark, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Paul Croft, (NSW) Table Tennis
  • Anne Currie, (VIC) Swimming
  • Brad Evans, (VIC) Swimming
  • Andrew Falconer, (NSW) Athletics
  • Geoff Feben, Swimming and Table Tennis
  • Karl Feifar, (WA) Athletics
  • Neil Fuller, (SA) Athletics
  • Debbie Holland, (QLD) Swimming
  • Rebecca Howe, (NSW) Swimming
  • Harvey Huxtable, (SA) Weightlifting
  • Susan Knox, (WA) Swimming
  • Keith Mayne, (QLD) Athletics
  • Joe Marlow, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Bronwyn McColl, (NSW) Swimming
  • Rodney Nugent, (QLD) Athletics
  • Andrew O‚ÄôSullivan, (VIC) Athletics
  • Daniel Polson, (SA) Athletics
  • Steven Simmonds, (ACT) Swimming
  • Steve Weston, (NSW) Athletics
  • Mark Whiteman, (NSW) Athletics and Weightlifting
  • Jason Willis, (QLD) Athletics

Vision impaired team

  • Kingsley Bugarin, (WA) Swimming
  • Darren Collins, (VIC) Athletics
  • Mark Davies, (NT) Athletics
  • Phillip Deveraux, (NT) Athletics
  • Susan Earles, (SA) Athletics
  • Christine Fisher, (VIC) Athletics
  • Matthew Hueppauff, (SA) Swimming
  • Felicity Johnson, (SA) Athletics
  • William (Bill) Kelly, (VIC) Athletics
  • Mandy Maywood, (WA) Swimming
  • Jeff McNeill, (VIC) Athletics
  • Paul McKenna, (QLD) Athletics
  • Sam Rickard, (NT) Athletics
  • Leigh Sloane, (QLD) Athletics
  • Jodi Willis-Roberts, (VIC) Athletics
  • Anthony Young, (TAS) Athletics

Cerebral Palsy Team

  • Terry Biggs, (QLD) Table Tennis
  • Pru Birmingham, (NSW) Swimming
  • Alana Brodie, (QLD) Athletics
  • Clothier, (QLD) Swimming
  • Coulson, (QLD) Athletics
  • Cumminsky, (QLD) Athletics
  • Karen Ferguson, (ACT) Swimming
  • Kathy Gregson, (NSW) Swimming
  • Mark Milne, (QLD) Athletics
  • Quinn, (QLD) Athletics
  • Eileen Radley, (NSW) Swimming
  • Darren Thrupp, (QLD) Athletics
  • Richard West, (WA) Athletics

Les Autres Team

  • Hazel Delgado, (ACT) Swimming
  • David Doueal, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Jenny Groom, (WA) Athletics
  • David Norris, (WA) Athletics

Wheelchair team

  • Gary Aberley, (SA) Athletics
  • Clive Adsett, (SA) Shooting
  • Jane Ahern, (SA) Shooting
  • Beryl Ahrens, (QLD) Athletics
  • Neville Barnes, (ACT) Athletics
  • Alice Berry, (SA) Swimming
  • Keith Bremner, (NSW) Shooting
  • Wayne Brittain, (SA) Shooting
  • Craig Clarke, (SA) Shooting
  • Emily Costello, (VIC) Swimming
  • Daniela Di Toro, (VIC) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Lucas Dudenas, (QLD) Athletics
  • Doug Free, Table Tennis
  • Rex Fuller, (VIC) Swimming
  • Ian Gainey, (VIC) Athletics
  • Alan Gansberg, (VIC) Athletics
  • Paul Gockel, (QLD) Swimming
  • Michael Green, (VIC) Athletics
  • Tracey Holder, Swimming
  • Errol Hyde, Wheelchair Tennis
  • Meredith Jones, (SA) Athletics
  • Robert Jordan, (NSW) Fencing
  • Dennis Kennedy, (ACT) Athletics
  • Danny Leeson, (QLD) Athletics
  • Michael Letch, (VIC) Athletics
  • Lyn Lillecrapp, (SA) Swimming
  • Robert Madden, (WA) Athletics
  • Peter Magee, (QLD) Lawn Bowls
  • Geoff McAlary, Athletics
  • Dominic McGee, (NSW) Swimming
  • Len McKenna, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Yvette McLellan, Athletics
  • Paul Nunnari, (NSW) Athletics
  • Paul O‚ÄôBrien, Weightlifting
  • Gavin O‚ÄôFarrell, Athletics
  • Michael O‚ÄôShannessy, Swimming
  • Max Petersen, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Karen Rambow, (ACT) Athletics
  • Katie Rauschl, (SA) Weightlifting
  • Neville Read, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Glen Redmayne, Athletics
  • Eric Russell, Athletics
  • Julie Russell, (SA) Athletics and Weightlifting
  • Greg Saron, Weightlifting
  • Wayne Sharpe, Weightlifting
  • Chris Shaw, (WA) Athletics
  • John Shiel, (NSW) Table Tennis
  • John Sorensen, (NSW) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Vince Vallelonga, (SA) Athletics
  • Graeme Walters, (VIC) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Ray Warren, Athletics
  • Paul Wiggins, (TAS) Athletics
  • Matt Williamson, (SA) Athletics
  • Rosalind Wilton, (SA) Athletics

 

Officials:

List of the members of the 1989 Australian FESPIC Games Team with links to Team members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the 1989 FESPIC Games

After topping the medal tally at the previous FESPIC Games, Australia finished 3rd in the gold medal count (77) behind China (99) and Japan (80) in Kobe, and 2nd in the total medal count at 155, behind Japan’s 310 total medals and ahead of China with 141. The Australian Team of 114 athletes (79 men and 35 women) returned home with 77 gold, 46 silver and 32 bronze medals.

Indigenous athlete Karl Feifar, of Perth, was one of the Australian stars, winning five gold and two silver medals.

Australia finished 3rd in the gold medal count in Kobe and 2nd in the total medal count behind a dominant performance by the host nation, Japan.

Presidency of the ACSD changes again

The formation of the International Paralympic Committee in 1989 put the spotlight on the concept of an organisation that existed solely to promote and develop elite sporting opportunities for people with disabilities.

Since 1975, the Australian Confederation of Sport for the Disabled (ACSD) had represented the broader interests of sporting organisations for people with disabilities and, increasingly, the Paralympic movement in Australia. In 1988 it raised funds and sent the Australian teams to the winter and summer Paralympics.

In 1989, Adrienne Smith assumed the presidency of the ACSD, taking over from Barbara Worley. As the CEO of the Australian Ski Federation, she had supported Ron Finneran’s first Paralympic campaign and then his moves to develop disabled winter sport in Australia. Then, as sport manager for the Australian Bicentennial Authority, she had provided financial support for a number of NSODs in the lead-up to the 1988 Bicentenary celebrations.

 

In 1989, Adrienne Smith assumed the presidency of the Australian Confederation of Sports for the Disabled.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1988 summer Paralympics in Seoul, South Korea?

You can find all the photos from the 1988 Games at Stoke Mandeville that are owned by or donated to the Australian Paralympic Committee here. These images are licensed under Creative Commons and are free to use, if you acknowledge the source and ownership of the images.

The National Library has recorded oral history interviews with a number of participants in the 1988 Games:   Libby Kosmala, Michael Nugent, Julie Russell,  Terry Giddy,  John Eden, Russell Short, David Gould, Chris Scott, George Dunstan (Team management Рwheelchair athletes),  Paul Bird (Team management Рamputees), Dr John Bourke (Medical Director), Norma Beer, Jane Buckley 

Most of the visual record of Australia‚Äôs participation at the 1988 summer Paralympics comes from film made by Don Worley, who accompanied the team as an ‚Äėescort‚Äô. Ostensibly assigned to assist with athlete needs, Don spent much of his time with a movie camera, recording the Games. Don donated his film to the¬†National Film and Sound Archive, which digitised and preserved it. Don has made the film and stills from it available to Paralympics Australia for use on this site. You can find out more about Don‚Äôs films¬†here.

The ’88 Paralympics Appeal Report by the Australian Confederation for Sports for the Disabled details fundraising, team members and results .

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1988 summer Paralympics which has been created by contributors to the Australian Paralympic History Project and follow the links to the articles about Australia’s athletes and their sports.

The website of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has a database of historical results and information and material about every Paralympic Games.

Use the ‚Äėcontact us‚Äė button on this website to contact Paralympics Australia if you have any further questions or would like to contribute to this project.

Looking for more about the 1988 summer Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

GALLERY: “The flame that lit the world … is now slowly burning out.”

Scenes from the Closing Ceremony of the 1988 Seoul Paralympic Games.

The final Games for Don Worley, capturing images and film from 1972

The personal identity card of Don Worley for the 1988 summer Paralympics which accredited him as a photographer at the Games. Worley had attended the four previous Games as a member of the Australian team. Ostensibly an ‘escort’ to assist athletes, his primary duties at those Games were in fact as a videographer. In 1988 the ABC sent a crew to film the Games and Worley turned to his other love – still photography. Through Worley’s work, footage and images exist of Australia at the Paralympic Games from 1972 to 1988 that would otherwise have never been captured. In 2015 Worley donated his films to the National Film and Sound Archives. Still and clips from Worley’s films are used throughout this history.

Chris Nunn talks about the changes that needed to be made to be more successful

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Chris Nunn
Recorded: 15 June 2011
Location: Canberra, ACT
Listen to the full interview here.

The 1988 Australian team symbol was a play on the official Games mascots

This cloth patch shows the twin koalas used as a symbol by the Australian Team. The bears are a play on the official Games mascots. One Koala represents winter athletes and one represents summer athletes, with the idea that both teams were united in the same Paralympic year. The Gomdoori, whose name is derived from the Korean word for ‚Äúteddy bear‚ÄĚ, were the Paralympic mascots for the Seoul 1988 Paralympics. While bears are commonly associated with wisdom and courage, the pair is depicted with their legs tied together, symbolising the ability to overcome adversity through co-operation and to encourage mankind to work together peacefully and harmoniously. (Source – International Paralympic Committee.)

Carmel Williams was Australia’s only female table tennis player in a team of nine

Australian table tennis player Carmel Williams serves during a match at the 1988 Seoul Summer Paralympics. The 1988 Games marked the beginning of a drought of table tennis medals for the Australian Paralympic Team, with its next podium finish not coming for another 28 years, in Rio 2016.

1989 Kobe FESPIC Games Australian Team

This list of the 1989 Australian FESPIC Games team has been compiled from the FESPIC Kobe 8ŐÄ9 Official Report by the Organising Committee for the 1989 FESPIC Games, results printouts and the wheelchair team manager‚Äôs report, both held by Paralympics Australia. As was the custom at the time, the Australian Team was divided into sub-teams by type of disability.

 

Athletes:

Amputee Team

  • Rodney Bonsack, (SA) Athletics and Swimming
  • Chris Brimbecom, (NSW) Athletics
  • Pauline Cahill, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Max Carter, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • June Clark, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Paul Croft, (NSW) Table Tennis
  • Anne Currie, (VIC) Swimming
  • Brad Evans, (VIC) Swimming
  • Andrew Falconer, (NSW) Athletics
  • Geoff Feben, Swimming and Table Tennis
  • Karl Feifar, (WA) Athletics
  • Neil Fuller, (SA) Athletics
  • Debbie Holland, (QLD) Swimming
  • Rebecca Howe, (NSW) Swimming
  • Harvey Huxtable, (SA) Weightlifting
  • Susan Knox, (WA) Swimming
  • Keith Mayne, (QLD) Athletics
  • Joe Marlow, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Bronwyn McColl, (NSW) Swimming
  • Rodney Nugent, (QLD) Athletics
  • Andrew O‚ÄôSullivan, (VIC) Athletics
  • Daniel Polson, (SA) Athletics
  • Steven Simmonds, (ACT) Swimming
  • Steve Weston, (NSW) Athletics
  • Mark Whiteman, (NSW) Athletics and Weightlifting
  • Jason Willis, (QLD) Athletics

Vision impaired team

  • Kingsley Bugarin, (WA) Swimming
  • Darren Collins, (VIC) Athletics
  • Mark Davies, (NT) Athletics
  • Phillip Deveraux, (NT) Athletics
  • Susan Earles, (SA) Athletics
  • Christine Fisher, (VIC) Athletics
  • Matthew Hueppauff, (SA) Swimming
  • Felicity Johnson, (SA) Athletics
  • William (Bill) Kelly, (VIC) Athletics
  • Mandy Maywood, (WA) Swimming
  • Jeff McNeill, (VIC) Athletics
  • Paul McKenna, (QLD) Athletics
  • Sam Rickard, (NT) Athletics
  • Leigh Sloane, (QLD) Athletics
  • Jodi Willis-Roberts, (VIC) Athletics
  • Anthony Young, (TAS) Athletics

Cerebral Palsy Team

  • Terry Biggs, (QLD) Table Tennis
  • Pru Birmingham, (NSW) Swimming
  • Alana Brodie, (QLD) Athletics
  • Clothier, (QLD) Swimming
  • Coulson, (QLD) Athletics
  • Cumminsky, (QLD) Athletics
  • Karen Ferguson, (ACT) Swimming
  • Kathy Gregson, (NSW) Swimming
  • Mark Milne, (QLD) Athletics
  • Quinn, (QLD) Athletics
  • Eileen Radley, (NSW) Swimming
  • Darren Thrupp, (QLD) Athletics
  • Richard West, (WA) Athletics

Les Autres Team

  • Hazel Delgado, (ACT) Swimming
  • David Doueal, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Jenny Groom, (WA) Athletics
  • David Norris, (WA) Athletics

Wheelchair team

  • Gary Aberley, (SA) Athletics
  • Clive Adsett, (SA) Shooting
  • Jane Ahern, (SA) Shooting
  • Beryl Ahrens, (QLD) Athletics
  • Neville Barnes, (ACT) Athletics
  • Alice Berry, (SA) Swimming
  • Keith Bremner, (NSW) Shooting
  • Wayne Brittain, (SA) Shooting
  • Craig Clarke, (SA) Shooting
  • Emily Costello, (VIC) Swimming
  • Daniela Di Toro, (VIC) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Lucas Dudenas, (QLD) Athletics
  • Doug Free, Table Tennis
  • Rex Fuller, (VIC) Swimming
  • Ian Gainey, (VIC) Athletics
  • Alan Gansberg, (VIC) Athletics
  • Paul Gockel, (QLD) Swimming
  • Michael Green, (VIC) Athletics
  • Tracey Holder, Swimming
  • Errol Hyde, Wheelchair Tennis
  • Meredith Jones, (SA) Athletics
  • Robert Jordan, (NSW) Fencing
  • Dennis Kennedy, (ACT) Athletics
  • Danny Leeson, (QLD) Athletics
  • Michael Letch, (VIC) Athletics
  • Lyn Lillecrapp, (SA) Swimming
  • Robert Madden, (WA) Athletics
  • Peter Magee, (QLD) Lawn Bowls
  • Geoff McAlary, Athletics
  • Dominic McGee, (NSW) Swimming
  • Len McKenna, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Yvette McLellan, Athletics
  • Paul Nunnari, (NSW) Athletics
  • Paul O‚ÄôBrien, Weightlifting
  • Gavin O‚ÄôFarrell, Athletics
  • Michael O‚ÄôShannessy, Swimming
  • Max Petersen, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Karen Rambow, (ACT) Athletics
  • Katie Rauschl, (SA) Weightlifting
  • Neville Read, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Glen Redmayne, Athletics
  • Eric Russell, Athletics
  • Julie Russell, (SA) Athletics and Weightlifting
  • Greg Saron, Weightlifting
  • Wayne Sharpe, Weightlifting
  • Chris Shaw, (WA) Athletics
  • John Shiel, (NSW) Table Tennis
  • John Sorensen, (NSW) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Vince Vallelonga, (SA) Athletics
  • Graeme Walters, (VIC) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Ray Warren, Athletics
  • Paul Wiggins, (TAS) Athletics
  • Matt Williamson, (SA) Athletics
  • Rosalind Wilton, (SA) Athletics

 

Officials:

List of the members of the 1989 Australian FESPIC Games Team with links to Team members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the 1989 FESPIC Games

After topping the medal tally at the previous FESPIC Games, Australia finished 3rd in the gold medal count (77) behind China (99) and Japan (80) in Kobe, and 2nd in the total medal count at 155, behind Japan’s 310 total medals and ahead of China with 141. The Australian Team of 114 athletes (79 men and 35 women) returned home with 77 gold, 46 silver and 32 bronze medals.

Indigenous athlete Karl Feifar, of Perth, was one of the Australian stars, winning five gold and two silver medals.

Australia finished 3rd in the gold medal count in Kobe and 2nd in the total medal count behind a dominant performance by the host nation, Japan.

Presidency of the ACSD changes again

The formation of the International Paralympic Committee in 1989 put the spotlight on the concept of an organisation that existed solely to promote and develop elite sporting opportunities for people with disabilities.

Since 1975, the Australian Confederation of Sport for the Disabled (ACSD) had represented the broader interests of sporting organisations for people with disabilities and, increasingly, the Paralympic movement in Australia. In 1988 it raised funds and sent the Australian teams to the winter and summer Paralympics.

In 1989, Adrienne Smith assumed the presidency of the ACSD, taking over from Barbara Worley. As the CEO of the Australian Ski Federation, she had supported Ron Finneran’s first Paralympic campaign and then his moves to develop disabled winter sport in Australia. Then, as sport manager for the Australian Bicentennial Authority, she had provided financial support for a number of NSODs in the lead-up to the 1988 Bicentenary celebrations.

 

In 1989, Adrienne Smith assumed the presidency of the Australian Confederation of Sports for the Disabled.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1988 summer Paralympics in Seoul, South Korea?

You can find all the photos from the 1988 Games at Stoke Mandeville that are owned by or donated to the Australian Paralympic Committee here. These images are licensed under Creative Commons and are free to use, if you acknowledge the source and ownership of the images.

The National Library has recorded oral history interviews with a number of participants in the 1988 Games:   Libby Kosmala, Michael Nugent, Julie Russell,  Terry Giddy,  John Eden, Russell Short, David Gould, Chris Scott, George Dunstan (Team management Рwheelchair athletes),  Paul Bird (Team management Рamputees), Dr John Bourke (Medical Director), Norma Beer, Jane Buckley 

Most of the visual record of Australia‚Äôs participation at the 1988 summer Paralympics comes from film made by Don Worley, who accompanied the team as an ‚Äėescort‚Äô. Ostensibly assigned to assist with athlete needs, Don spent much of his time with a movie camera, recording the Games. Don donated his film to the¬†National Film and Sound Archive, which digitised and preserved it. Don has made the film and stills from it available to Paralympics Australia for use on this site. You can find out more about Don‚Äôs films¬†here.

The ’88 Paralympics Appeal Report by the Australian Confederation for Sports for the Disabled details fundraising, team members and results .

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1988 summer Paralympics which has been created by contributors to the Australian Paralympic History Project and follow the links to the articles about Australia’s athletes and their sports.

The website of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has a database of historical results and information and material about every Paralympic Games.

Use the ‚Äėcontact us‚Äė button on this website to contact Paralympics Australia if you have any further questions or would like to contribute to this project.

Looking for more about the 1988 summer Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

GALLERY: “The flame that lit the world … is now slowly burning out.”

Scenes from the Closing Ceremony of the 1988 Seoul Paralympic Games.

The final Games for Don Worley, capturing images and film from 1972

The personal identity card of Don Worley for the 1988 summer Paralympics which accredited him as a photographer at the Games. Worley had attended the four previous Games as a member of the Australian team. Ostensibly an ‘escort’ to assist athletes, his primary duties at those Games were in fact as a videographer. In 1988 the ABC sent a crew to film the Games and Worley turned to his other love – still photography. Through Worley’s work, footage and images exist of Australia at the Paralympic Games from 1972 to 1988 that would otherwise have never been captured. In 2015 Worley donated his films to the National Film and Sound Archives. Still and clips from Worley’s films are used throughout this history.

Chris Nunn talks about the changes that needed to be made to be more successful

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Chris Nunn
Recorded: 15 June 2011
Location: Canberra, ACT
Listen to the full interview here.

The 1988 Australian team symbol was a play on the official Games mascots

This cloth patch shows the twin koalas used as a symbol by the Australian Team. The bears are a play on the official Games mascots. One Koala represents winter athletes and one represents summer athletes, with the idea that both teams were united in the same Paralympic year. The Gomdoori, whose name is derived from the Korean word for ‚Äúteddy bear‚ÄĚ, were the Paralympic mascots for the Seoul 1988 Paralympics. While bears are commonly associated with wisdom and courage, the pair is depicted with their legs tied together, symbolising the ability to overcome adversity through co-operation and to encourage mankind to work together peacefully and harmoniously. (Source – International Paralympic Committee.)

Carmel Williams was Australia’s only female table tennis player in a team of nine

Australian table tennis player Carmel Williams serves during a match at the 1988 Seoul Summer Paralympics. The 1988 Games marked the beginning of a drought of table tennis medals for the Australian Paralympic Team, with its next podium finish not coming for another 28 years, in Rio 2016.

1989 Kobe FESPIC Games Australian Team

This list of the 1989 Australian FESPIC Games team has been compiled from the FESPIC Kobe 8ŐÄ9 Official Report by the Organising Committee for the 1989 FESPIC Games, results printouts and the wheelchair team manager‚Äôs report, both held by Paralympics Australia. As was the custom at the time, the Australian Team was divided into sub-teams by type of disability.

 

Athletes:

Amputee Team

  • Rodney Bonsack, (SA) Athletics and Swimming
  • Chris Brimbecom, (NSW) Athletics
  • Pauline Cahill, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Max Carter, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • June Clark, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Paul Croft, (NSW) Table Tennis
  • Anne Currie, (VIC) Swimming
  • Brad Evans, (VIC) Swimming
  • Andrew Falconer, (NSW) Athletics
  • Geoff Feben, Swimming and Table Tennis
  • Karl Feifar, (WA) Athletics
  • Neil Fuller, (SA) Athletics
  • Debbie Holland, (QLD) Swimming
  • Rebecca Howe, (NSW) Swimming
  • Harvey Huxtable, (SA) Weightlifting
  • Susan Knox, (WA) Swimming
  • Keith Mayne, (QLD) Athletics
  • Joe Marlow, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Bronwyn McColl, (NSW) Swimming
  • Rodney Nugent, (QLD) Athletics
  • Andrew O‚ÄôSullivan, (VIC) Athletics
  • Daniel Polson, (SA) Athletics
  • Steven Simmonds, (ACT) Swimming
  • Steve Weston, (NSW) Athletics
  • Mark Whiteman, (NSW) Athletics and Weightlifting
  • Jason Willis, (QLD) Athletics

Vision impaired team

  • Kingsley Bugarin, (WA) Swimming
  • Darren Collins, (VIC) Athletics
  • Mark Davies, (NT) Athletics
  • Phillip Deveraux, (NT) Athletics
  • Susan Earles, (SA) Athletics
  • Christine Fisher, (VIC) Athletics
  • Matthew Hueppauff, (SA) Swimming
  • Felicity Johnson, (SA) Athletics
  • William (Bill) Kelly, (VIC) Athletics
  • Mandy Maywood, (WA) Swimming
  • Jeff McNeill, (VIC) Athletics
  • Paul McKenna, (QLD) Athletics
  • Sam Rickard, (NT) Athletics
  • Leigh Sloane, (QLD) Athletics
  • Jodi Willis-Roberts, (VIC) Athletics
  • Anthony Young, (TAS) Athletics

Cerebral Palsy Team

  • Terry Biggs, (QLD) Table Tennis
  • Pru Birmingham, (NSW) Swimming
  • Alana Brodie, (QLD) Athletics
  • Clothier, (QLD) Swimming
  • Coulson, (QLD) Athletics
  • Cumminsky, (QLD) Athletics
  • Karen Ferguson, (ACT) Swimming
  • Kathy Gregson, (NSW) Swimming
  • Mark Milne, (QLD) Athletics
  • Quinn, (QLD) Athletics
  • Eileen Radley, (NSW) Swimming
  • Darren Thrupp, (QLD) Athletics
  • Richard West, (WA) Athletics

Les Autres Team

  • Hazel Delgado, (ACT) Swimming
  • David Doueal, (VIC) Lawn Bowls
  • Jenny Groom, (WA) Athletics
  • David Norris, (WA) Athletics

Wheelchair team

  • Gary Aberley, (SA) Athletics
  • Clive Adsett, (SA) Shooting
  • Jane Ahern, (SA) Shooting
  • Beryl Ahrens, (QLD) Athletics
  • Neville Barnes, (ACT) Athletics
  • Alice Berry, (SA) Swimming
  • Keith Bremner, (NSW) Shooting
  • Wayne Brittain, (SA) Shooting
  • Craig Clarke, (SA) Shooting
  • Emily Costello, (VIC) Swimming
  • Daniela Di Toro, (VIC) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Lucas Dudenas, (QLD) Athletics
  • Doug Free, Table Tennis
  • Rex Fuller, (VIC) Swimming
  • Ian Gainey, (VIC) Athletics
  • Alan Gansberg, (VIC) Athletics
  • Paul Gockel, (QLD) Swimming
  • Michael Green, (VIC) Athletics
  • Tracey Holder, Swimming
  • Errol Hyde, Wheelchair Tennis
  • Meredith Jones, (SA) Athletics
  • Robert Jordan, (NSW) Fencing
  • Dennis Kennedy, (ACT) Athletics
  • Danny Leeson, (QLD) Athletics
  • Michael Letch, (VIC) Athletics
  • Lyn Lillecrapp, (SA) Swimming
  • Robert Madden, (WA) Athletics
  • Peter Magee, (QLD) Lawn Bowls
  • Geoff McAlary, Athletics
  • Dominic McGee, (NSW) Swimming
  • Len McKenna, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Yvette McLellan, Athletics
  • Paul Nunnari, (NSW) Athletics
  • Paul O‚ÄôBrien, Weightlifting
  • Gavin O‚ÄôFarrell, Athletics
  • Michael O‚ÄôShannessy, Swimming
  • Max Petersen, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Karen Rambow, (ACT) Athletics
  • Katie Rauschl, (SA) Weightlifting
  • Neville Read, (SA) Lawn Bowls
  • Glen Redmayne, Athletics
  • Eric Russell, Athletics
  • Julie Russell, (SA) Athletics and Weightlifting
  • Greg Saron, Weightlifting
  • Wayne Sharpe, Weightlifting
  • Chris Shaw, (WA) Athletics
  • John Shiel, (NSW) Table Tennis
  • John Sorensen, (NSW) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Vince Vallelonga, (SA) Athletics
  • Graeme Walters, (VIC) Wheelchair Tennis
  • Ray Warren, Athletics
  • Paul Wiggins, (TAS) Athletics
  • Matt Williamson, (SA) Athletics
  • Rosalind Wilton, (SA) Athletics

 

Officials:

List of the members of the 1989 Australian FESPIC Games Team with links to Team members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the 1989 FESPIC Games

After topping the medal tally at the previous FESPIC Games, Australia finished 3rd in the gold medal count (77) behind China (99) and Japan (80) in Kobe, and 2nd in the total medal count at 155, behind Japan’s 310 total medals and ahead of China with 141. The Australian Team of 114 athletes (79 men and 35 women) returned home with 77 gold, 46 silver and 32 bronze medals.

Indigenous athlete Karl Feifar, of Perth, was one of the Australian stars, winning five gold and two silver medals.

Australia finished 3rd in the gold medal count in Kobe and 2nd in the total medal count behind a dominant performance by the host nation, Japan.

Presidency of the ACSD changes again

The formation of the International Paralympic Committee in 1989 put the spotlight on the concept of an organisation that existed solely to promote and develop elite sporting opportunities for people with disabilities.

Since 1975, the Australian Confederation of Sport for the Disabled (ACSD) had represented the broader interests of sporting organisations for people with disabilities and, increasingly, the Paralympic movement in Australia. In 1988 it raised funds and sent the Australian teams to the winter and summer Paralympics.

In 1989, Adrienne Smith assumed the presidency of the ACSD, taking over from Barbara Worley. As the CEO of the Australian Ski Federation, she had supported Ron Finneran’s first Paralympic campaign and then his moves to develop disabled winter sport in Australia. Then, as sport manager for the Australian Bicentennial Authority, she had provided financial support for a number of NSODs in the lead-up to the 1988 Bicentenary celebrations.

 

In 1989, Adrienne Smith assumed the presidency of the Australian Confederation of Sports for the Disabled.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1988 summer Paralympics in Seoul, South Korea?

You can find all the photos from the 1988 Games at Stoke Mandeville that are owned by or donated to the Australian Paralympic Committee here. These images are licensed under Creative Commons and are free to use, if you acknowledge the source and ownership of the images.

The National Library has recorded oral history interviews with a number of participants in the 1988 Games:   Libby Kosmala, Michael Nugent, Julie Russell,  Terry Giddy,  John Eden, Russell Short, David Gould, Chris Scott, George Dunstan (Team management Рwheelchair athletes),  Paul Bird (Team management Рamputees), Dr John Bourke (Medical Director), Norma Beer, Jane Buckley 

Most of the visual record of Australia‚Äôs participation at the 1988 summer Paralympics comes from film made by Don Worley, who accompanied the team as an ‚Äėescort‚Äô. Ostensibly assigned to assist with athlete needs, Don spent much of his time with a movie camera, recording the Games. Don donated his film to the¬†National Film and Sound Archive, which digitised and preserved it. Don has made the film and stills from it available to Paralympics Australia for use on this site. You can find out more about Don‚Äôs films¬†here.

The ’88 Paralympics Appeal Report by the Australian Confederation for Sports for the Disabled details fundraising, team members and results .

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1988 summer Paralympics which has been created by contributors to the Australian Paralympic History Project and follow the links to the articles about Australia’s athletes and their sports.

The website of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has a database of historical results and information and material about every Paralympic Games.

Use the ‚Äėcontact us‚Äė button on this website to contact Paralympics Australia if you have any further questions or would like to contribute to this project.

Looking for more about the 1988 summer Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

GALLERY: “The flame that lit the world … is now slowly burning out.”

Scenes from the Closing Ceremony of the 1988 Seoul Paralympic Games.

The final Games for Don Worley, capturing images and film from 1972

The personal identity card of Don Worley for the 1988 summer Paralympics which accredited him as a photographer at the Games. Worley had attended the four previous Games as a member of the Australian team. Ostensibly an ‘escort’ to assist athletes, his primary duties at those Games were in fact as a videographer. In 1988 the ABC sent a crew to film the Games and Worley turned to his other love – still photography. Through Worley’s work, footage and images exist of Australia at the Paralympic Games from 1972 to 1988 that would otherwise have never been captured. In 2015 Worley donated his films to the National Film and Sound Archives. Still and clips from Worley’s films are used throughout this history.

Chris Nunn talks about the changes that needed to be made to be more successful