Want more?

Looking for more about the 1998 winter Paralympics in Nagano, Japan?

The National Library has recorded oral history interview with Nick Dean, who was the Team Chef de Mission. There is a summary so that you can quickly find parts of the interviews that interest you.

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1998 Winter 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 1998 winter Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

1998 Winter Paralympics Australian Team List

The members of the 1998 Australian Paralympic Team for the Nagano winter Paralympics were:

Athletes

Officials/coaches:

  • Steve Bova – Head Coach
  • Adrian Pay

Click on the names to read their Wikipedia article.

For more information on the 1998 Team the following websites will help.

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

Australia at the 1998 winter 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.

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

List of the members of the 1998 Australian Paralympic Team for the Nagano Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the Nagano Winter Paralympics 1998

Members of the 1998 Australian Winter Paralympic Team were nominated after a series of training camps and competition at the Disabled WinterSport Australia Nationals held in Mt Hotham, Victoria. The team commenced training in Australia but, due to unfavourable conditions, they relocated to the northern hemisphere. The team initially comprised six male alpine skiers, but injury and illness forced the withdrawal of Rod Hacon and David Munk, respectively, just prior to the Games. The loss of these two seasoned Paralympians was a blow to the team; only one of the remaining four skiers ‚Äď James Patterson ‚Äď had previously competed in a Winter Paralympics. The loss of these athletes was emblematic of an overall changing of the guard in terms of athletes, as recognised retrospectively in the Australian Paralympic Committee’s 1998 annual report: ‚ÄėThe nucleus of the Lillehammer Paralympic Team re-gathered at the 1996 world championships in Austria, however this event became the swan-song for many of the team stalwarts rather than an important stepping stone towards the 1998 Nagano Paralympic Games preparation ‚Äď in fact it lost momentum.‚Äô

Performance:
Australia was represented by four male alpine skiers: James Patterson and novice Paralympians Anthony Bonaccurso, Matthew Nicholls and Alastair Mars. Australia finished equal 16th (with Denmark) of 21 nations on the overall medal tally. Team captain James Patterson, an outstanding LW9 skier, won Australia’s two medals ‚Äď gold in the Men’s Downhill and bronze in the Men’s Slalom. At the conclusion of the games, in which Australia won fewer medals than in the two previous Winter Games, the Australian Paralympic Committee developed a plan to improve Australia’s medal count at future Winter Games. The entire winter program was reviewed resulting in a focus on talent identification, continuity of coaching and ongoing, well-structured training. A year-round training program was developed to improve physical conditioning for skiing athletes. Funding was secured from the Australian Paralympic Committee, the Australian Sports Commission, and the New South Wales Department of Sport and Recreation.

Australia was represented by four male alpine skiers, only one of whom had previously competed in a Winter Paralympics and won fewer medals than in the two previous Winter Games.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1996 summer Paralympics in Atlanta, USA?

You can find all the photos from the 1996 Games at Barcelona 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 1996 Games:¬† Athletes ‚Äst¬†Libby Kosmala,¬†¬†Terry Giddy,¬†¬†John Eden,¬†Russell Short,¬†David Gould,¬†Chris Scott,¬†Priya Cooper,¬†Louise Sauvage,¬†Liesl Tesch ;¬†Team officials – George Dunstan, Paul Bird,¬†Chris Nunn, Scott Goodman,¬†Norma Beer,¬†Jane Buckley,¬†¬†JennI Banks,¬†Don Perriman

Australian Team Handbook ‚Äď Atlanta Paralympics 1996¬†published by the Australian Paralympic Federation has brief profiles of team members.

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1996 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 1996 summer Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

Louise Sauvage was recognised as Paralympian of the Year

The Australian Paralympian of the Year Awards was introduced by the then Australian Paralympic Federation in 1994 to recognise the outstanding achievements of Australia’s Paralympic athletes. Louise Sauvage won the first awards and was the popular choice again in 1996 after her performance at the Atlanta Paralympic Games, where she won 4 gold medals and every event in her class from 400m to 5000m.

The team was welcomed home with parades around Australia

The South Australian members of the 1996 Australian Paralympic Team were welcomed home from the Games with a parade and mayoral reception in Adelaide city.

Then it was time to party

Australian teammates Don Elgin and Mick Dowling were in a festive mood at the conclusion of the closing ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games. Although conditions at the Games had been at times been challenging – weather, transport, accommodation, food and the dismantling of Olympic infrastructure – the Games were a great success for the Australian team and there was a spirit of optimism in the air about what could be achieved in four years time in Sydney.

The flag was passed to Sydney

Michael Knight, New South Wales Minister for the 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games, was handed the IPC flag at the closing ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games, symbolising the transfer of the Games from one host city to the next.

The ABC had been there to capture it all

By 1996, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) was firmly committed to covering the Paralympic Games. Presenter and journalist Karen Tighe (seated, in black), became the face and voice of the ABC’s Paralympic coverage, attending every Games from 1992 to 2012, with the exception of 2004, when SBS broadcast the Games in Australia.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1998 winter Paralympics in Nagano, Japan?

The National Library has recorded oral history interview with Nick Dean, who was the Team Chef de Mission. There is a summary so that you can quickly find parts of the interviews that interest you.

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1998 Winter 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 1998 winter Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

1998 Winter Paralympics Australian Team List

The members of the 1998 Australian Paralympic Team for the Nagano winter Paralympics were:

Athletes

Officials/coaches:

  • Steve Bova – Head Coach
  • Adrian Pay

Click on the names to read their Wikipedia article.

For more information on the 1998 Team the following websites will help.

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

Australia at the 1998 winter 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.

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

List of the members of the 1998 Australian Paralympic Team for the Nagano Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the Nagano Winter Paralympics 1998

Members of the 1998 Australian Winter Paralympic Team were nominated after a series of training camps and competition at the Disabled WinterSport Australia Nationals held in Mt Hotham, Victoria. The team commenced training in Australia but, due to unfavourable conditions, they relocated to the northern hemisphere. The team initially comprised six male alpine skiers, but injury and illness forced the withdrawal of Rod Hacon and David Munk, respectively, just prior to the Games. The loss of these two seasoned Paralympians was a blow to the team; only one of the remaining four skiers ‚Äď James Patterson ‚Äď had previously competed in a Winter Paralympics. The loss of these athletes was emblematic of an overall changing of the guard in terms of athletes, as recognised retrospectively in the Australian Paralympic Committee’s 1998 annual report: ‚ÄėThe nucleus of the Lillehammer Paralympic Team re-gathered at the 1996 world championships in Austria, however this event became the swan-song for many of the team stalwarts rather than an important stepping stone towards the 1998 Nagano Paralympic Games preparation ‚Äď in fact it lost momentum.‚Äô

Performance:
Australia was represented by four male alpine skiers: James Patterson and novice Paralympians Anthony Bonaccurso, Matthew Nicholls and Alastair Mars. Australia finished equal 16th (with Denmark) of 21 nations on the overall medal tally. Team captain James Patterson, an outstanding LW9 skier, won Australia’s two medals ‚Äď gold in the Men’s Downhill and bronze in the Men’s Slalom. At the conclusion of the games, in which Australia won fewer medals than in the two previous Winter Games, the Australian Paralympic Committee developed a plan to improve Australia’s medal count at future Winter Games. The entire winter program was reviewed resulting in a focus on talent identification, continuity of coaching and ongoing, well-structured training. A year-round training program was developed to improve physical conditioning for skiing athletes. Funding was secured from the Australian Paralympic Committee, the Australian Sports Commission, and the New South Wales Department of Sport and Recreation.

Australia was represented by four male alpine skiers, only one of whom had previously competed in a Winter Paralympics and won fewer medals than in the two previous Winter Games.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1996 summer Paralympics in Atlanta, USA?

You can find all the photos from the 1996 Games at Barcelona 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 1996 Games:¬† Athletes ‚Äst¬†Libby Kosmala,¬†¬†Terry Giddy,¬†¬†John Eden,¬†Russell Short,¬†David Gould,¬†Chris Scott,¬†Priya Cooper,¬†Louise Sauvage,¬†Liesl Tesch ;¬†Team officials – George Dunstan, Paul Bird,¬†Chris Nunn, Scott Goodman,¬†Norma Beer,¬†Jane Buckley,¬†¬†JennI Banks,¬†Don Perriman

Australian Team Handbook ‚Äď Atlanta Paralympics 1996¬†published by the Australian Paralympic Federation has brief profiles of team members.

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1996 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 1996 summer Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

Louise Sauvage was recognised as Paralympian of the Year

The Australian Paralympian of the Year Awards was introduced by the then Australian Paralympic Federation in 1994 to recognise the outstanding achievements of Australia’s Paralympic athletes. Louise Sauvage won the first awards and was the popular choice again in 1996 after her performance at the Atlanta Paralympic Games, where she won 4 gold medals and every event in her class from 400m to 5000m.

The team was welcomed home with parades around Australia

The South Australian members of the 1996 Australian Paralympic Team were welcomed home from the Games with a parade and mayoral reception in Adelaide city.

Then it was time to party

Australian teammates Don Elgin and Mick Dowling were in a festive mood at the conclusion of the closing ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games. Although conditions at the Games had been at times been challenging – weather, transport, accommodation, food and the dismantling of Olympic infrastructure – the Games were a great success for the Australian team and there was a spirit of optimism in the air about what could be achieved in four years time in Sydney.

The flag was passed to Sydney

Michael Knight, New South Wales Minister for the 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games, was handed the IPC flag at the closing ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games, symbolising the transfer of the Games from one host city to the next.

The ABC had been there to capture it all

By 1996, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) was firmly committed to covering the Paralympic Games. Presenter and journalist Karen Tighe (seated, in black), became the face and voice of the ABC’s Paralympic coverage, attending every Games from 1992 to 2012, with the exception of 2004, when SBS broadcast the Games in Australia.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1998 winter Paralympics in Nagano, Japan?

The National Library has recorded oral history interview with Nick Dean, who was the Team Chef de Mission. There is a summary so that you can quickly find parts of the interviews that interest you.

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1998 Winter 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 1998 winter Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

1998 Winter Paralympics Australian Team List

The members of the 1998 Australian Paralympic Team for the Nagano winter Paralympics were:

Athletes

Officials/coaches:

  • Steve Bova – Head Coach
  • Adrian Pay

Click on the names to read their Wikipedia article.

For more information on the 1998 Team the following websites will help.

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

Australia at the 1998 winter 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.

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

List of the members of the 1998 Australian Paralympic Team for the Nagano Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the Nagano Winter Paralympics 1998

Members of the 1998 Australian Winter Paralympic Team were nominated after a series of training camps and competition at the Disabled WinterSport Australia Nationals held in Mt Hotham, Victoria. The team commenced training in Australia but, due to unfavourable conditions, they relocated to the northern hemisphere. The team initially comprised six male alpine skiers, but injury and illness forced the withdrawal of Rod Hacon and David Munk, respectively, just prior to the Games. The loss of these two seasoned Paralympians was a blow to the team; only one of the remaining four skiers ‚Äď James Patterson ‚Äď had previously competed in a Winter Paralympics. The loss of these athletes was emblematic of an overall changing of the guard in terms of athletes, as recognised retrospectively in the Australian Paralympic Committee’s 1998 annual report: ‚ÄėThe nucleus of the Lillehammer Paralympic Team re-gathered at the 1996 world championships in Austria, however this event became the swan-song for many of the team stalwarts rather than an important stepping stone towards the 1998 Nagano Paralympic Games preparation ‚Äď in fact it lost momentum.‚Äô

Performance:
Australia was represented by four male alpine skiers: James Patterson and novice Paralympians Anthony Bonaccurso, Matthew Nicholls and Alastair Mars. Australia finished equal 16th (with Denmark) of 21 nations on the overall medal tally. Team captain James Patterson, an outstanding LW9 skier, won Australia’s two medals ‚Äď gold in the Men’s Downhill and bronze in the Men’s Slalom. At the conclusion of the games, in which Australia won fewer medals than in the two previous Winter Games, the Australian Paralympic Committee developed a plan to improve Australia’s medal count at future Winter Games. The entire winter program was reviewed resulting in a focus on talent identification, continuity of coaching and ongoing, well-structured training. A year-round training program was developed to improve physical conditioning for skiing athletes. Funding was secured from the Australian Paralympic Committee, the Australian Sports Commission, and the New South Wales Department of Sport and Recreation.

Australia was represented by four male alpine skiers, only one of whom had previously competed in a Winter Paralympics and won fewer medals than in the two previous Winter Games.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1996 summer Paralympics in Atlanta, USA?

You can find all the photos from the 1996 Games at Barcelona 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 1996 Games:¬† Athletes ‚Äst¬†Libby Kosmala,¬†¬†Terry Giddy,¬†¬†John Eden,¬†Russell Short,¬†David Gould,¬†Chris Scott,¬†Priya Cooper,¬†Louise Sauvage,¬†Liesl Tesch ;¬†Team officials – George Dunstan, Paul Bird,¬†Chris Nunn, Scott Goodman,¬†Norma Beer,¬†Jane Buckley,¬†¬†JennI Banks,¬†Don Perriman

Australian Team Handbook ‚Äď Atlanta Paralympics 1996¬†published by the Australian Paralympic Federation has brief profiles of team members.

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1996 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 1996 summer Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

Louise Sauvage was recognised as Paralympian of the Year

The Australian Paralympian of the Year Awards was introduced by the then Australian Paralympic Federation in 1994 to recognise the outstanding achievements of Australia’s Paralympic athletes. Louise Sauvage won the first awards and was the popular choice again in 1996 after her performance at the Atlanta Paralympic Games, where she won 4 gold medals and every event in her class from 400m to 5000m.

The team was welcomed home with parades around Australia

The South Australian members of the 1996 Australian Paralympic Team were welcomed home from the Games with a parade and mayoral reception in Adelaide city.

Then it was time to party

Australian teammates Don Elgin and Mick Dowling were in a festive mood at the conclusion of the closing ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games. Although conditions at the Games had been at times been challenging – weather, transport, accommodation, food and the dismantling of Olympic infrastructure – the Games were a great success for the Australian team and there was a spirit of optimism in the air about what could be achieved in four years time in Sydney.

The flag was passed to Sydney

Michael Knight, New South Wales Minister for the 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games, was handed the IPC flag at the closing ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games, symbolising the transfer of the Games from one host city to the next.

The ABC had been there to capture it all

By 1996, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) was firmly committed to covering the Paralympic Games. Presenter and journalist Karen Tighe (seated, in black), became the face and voice of the ABC’s Paralympic coverage, attending every Games from 1992 to 2012, with the exception of 2004, when SBS broadcast the Games in Australia.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1998 winter Paralympics in Nagano, Japan?

The National Library has recorded oral history interview with Nick Dean, who was the Team Chef de Mission. There is a summary so that you can quickly find parts of the interviews that interest you.

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1998 Winter 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 1998 winter Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

1998 Winter Paralympics Australian Team List

The members of the 1998 Australian Paralympic Team for the Nagano winter Paralympics were:

Athletes

Officials/coaches:

  • Steve Bova – Head Coach
  • Adrian Pay

Click on the names to read their Wikipedia article.

For more information on the 1998 Team the following websites will help.

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

Australia at the 1998 winter 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.

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

List of the members of the 1998 Australian Paralympic Team for the Nagano Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the Nagano Winter Paralympics 1998

Members of the 1998 Australian Winter Paralympic Team were nominated after a series of training camps and competition at the Disabled WinterSport Australia Nationals held in Mt Hotham, Victoria. The team commenced training in Australia but, due to unfavourable conditions, they relocated to the northern hemisphere. The team initially comprised six male alpine skiers, but injury and illness forced the withdrawal of Rod Hacon and David Munk, respectively, just prior to the Games. The loss of these two seasoned Paralympians was a blow to the team; only one of the remaining four skiers ‚Äď James Patterson ‚Äď had previously competed in a Winter Paralympics. The loss of these athletes was emblematic of an overall changing of the guard in terms of athletes, as recognised retrospectively in the Australian Paralympic Committee’s 1998 annual report: ‚ÄėThe nucleus of the Lillehammer Paralympic Team re-gathered at the 1996 world championships in Austria, however this event became the swan-song for many of the team stalwarts rather than an important stepping stone towards the 1998 Nagano Paralympic Games preparation ‚Äď in fact it lost momentum.‚Äô

Performance:
Australia was represented by four male alpine skiers: James Patterson and novice Paralympians Anthony Bonaccurso, Matthew Nicholls and Alastair Mars. Australia finished equal 16th (with Denmark) of 21 nations on the overall medal tally. Team captain James Patterson, an outstanding LW9 skier, won Australia’s two medals ‚Äď gold in the Men’s Downhill and bronze in the Men’s Slalom. At the conclusion of the games, in which Australia won fewer medals than in the two previous Winter Games, the Australian Paralympic Committee developed a plan to improve Australia’s medal count at future Winter Games. The entire winter program was reviewed resulting in a focus on talent identification, continuity of coaching and ongoing, well-structured training. A year-round training program was developed to improve physical conditioning for skiing athletes. Funding was secured from the Australian Paralympic Committee, the Australian Sports Commission, and the New South Wales Department of Sport and Recreation.

Australia was represented by four male alpine skiers, only one of whom had previously competed in a Winter Paralympics and won fewer medals than in the two previous Winter Games.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1996 summer Paralympics in Atlanta, USA?

You can find all the photos from the 1996 Games at Barcelona 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 1996 Games:¬† Athletes ‚Äst¬†Libby Kosmala,¬†¬†Terry Giddy,¬†¬†John Eden,¬†Russell Short,¬†David Gould,¬†Chris Scott,¬†Priya Cooper,¬†Louise Sauvage,¬†Liesl Tesch ;¬†Team officials – George Dunstan, Paul Bird,¬†Chris Nunn, Scott Goodman,¬†Norma Beer,¬†Jane Buckley,¬†¬†JennI Banks,¬†Don Perriman

Australian Team Handbook ‚Äď Atlanta Paralympics 1996¬†published by the Australian Paralympic Federation has brief profiles of team members.

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1996 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 1996 summer Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

Louise Sauvage was recognised as Paralympian of the Year

The Australian Paralympian of the Year Awards was introduced by the then Australian Paralympic Federation in 1994 to recognise the outstanding achievements of Australia’s Paralympic athletes. Louise Sauvage won the first awards and was the popular choice again in 1996 after her performance at the Atlanta Paralympic Games, where she won 4 gold medals and every event in her class from 400m to 5000m.

The team was welcomed home with parades around Australia

The South Australian members of the 1996 Australian Paralympic Team were welcomed home from the Games with a parade and mayoral reception in Adelaide city.

Then it was time to party

Australian teammates Don Elgin and Mick Dowling were in a festive mood at the conclusion of the closing ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games. Although conditions at the Games had been at times been challenging – weather, transport, accommodation, food and the dismantling of Olympic infrastructure – the Games were a great success for the Australian team and there was a spirit of optimism in the air about what could be achieved in four years time in Sydney.

The flag was passed to Sydney

Michael Knight, New South Wales Minister for the 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games, was handed the IPC flag at the closing ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games, symbolising the transfer of the Games from one host city to the next.

The ABC had been there to capture it all

By 1996, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) was firmly committed to covering the Paralympic Games. Presenter and journalist Karen Tighe (seated, in black), became the face and voice of the ABC’s Paralympic coverage, attending every Games from 1992 to 2012, with the exception of 2004, when SBS broadcast the Games in Australia.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1998 winter Paralympics in Nagano, Japan?

The National Library has recorded oral history interview with Nick Dean, who was the Team Chef de Mission. There is a summary so that you can quickly find parts of the interviews that interest you.

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1998 Winter 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 1998 winter Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

1998 Winter Paralympics Australian Team List

The members of the 1998 Australian Paralympic Team for the Nagano winter Paralympics were:

Athletes

Officials/coaches:

  • Steve Bova – Head Coach
  • Adrian Pay

Click on the names to read their Wikipedia article.

For more information on the 1998 Team the following websites will help.

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

Australia at the 1998 winter 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.

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

List of the members of the 1998 Australian Paralympic Team for the Nagano Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the Nagano Winter Paralympics 1998

Members of the 1998 Australian Winter Paralympic Team were nominated after a series of training camps and competition at the Disabled WinterSport Australia Nationals held in Mt Hotham, Victoria. The team commenced training in Australia but, due to unfavourable conditions, they relocated to the northern hemisphere. The team initially comprised six male alpine skiers, but injury and illness forced the withdrawal of Rod Hacon and David Munk, respectively, just prior to the Games. The loss of these two seasoned Paralympians was a blow to the team; only one of the remaining four skiers ‚Äď James Patterson ‚Äď had previously competed in a Winter Paralympics. The loss of these athletes was emblematic of an overall changing of the guard in terms of athletes, as recognised retrospectively in the Australian Paralympic Committee’s 1998 annual report: ‚ÄėThe nucleus of the Lillehammer Paralympic Team re-gathered at the 1996 world championships in Austria, however this event became the swan-song for many of the team stalwarts rather than an important stepping stone towards the 1998 Nagano Paralympic Games preparation ‚Äď in fact it lost momentum.‚Äô

Performance:
Australia was represented by four male alpine skiers: James Patterson and novice Paralympians Anthony Bonaccurso, Matthew Nicholls and Alastair Mars. Australia finished equal 16th (with Denmark) of 21 nations on the overall medal tally. Team captain James Patterson, an outstanding LW9 skier, won Australia’s two medals ‚Äď gold in the Men’s Downhill and bronze in the Men’s Slalom. At the conclusion of the games, in which Australia won fewer medals than in the two previous Winter Games, the Australian Paralympic Committee developed a plan to improve Australia’s medal count at future Winter Games. The entire winter program was reviewed resulting in a focus on talent identification, continuity of coaching and ongoing, well-structured training. A year-round training program was developed to improve physical conditioning for skiing athletes. Funding was secured from the Australian Paralympic Committee, the Australian Sports Commission, and the New South Wales Department of Sport and Recreation.

Australia was represented by four male alpine skiers, only one of whom had previously competed in a Winter Paralympics and won fewer medals than in the two previous Winter Games.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1996 summer Paralympics in Atlanta, USA?

You can find all the photos from the 1996 Games at Barcelona 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 1996 Games:¬† Athletes ‚Äst¬†Libby Kosmala,¬†¬†Terry Giddy,¬†¬†John Eden,¬†Russell Short,¬†David Gould,¬†Chris Scott,¬†Priya Cooper,¬†Louise Sauvage,¬†Liesl Tesch ;¬†Team officials – George Dunstan, Paul Bird,¬†Chris Nunn, Scott Goodman,¬†Norma Beer,¬†Jane Buckley,¬†¬†JennI Banks,¬†Don Perriman

Australian Team Handbook ‚Äď Atlanta Paralympics 1996¬†published by the Australian Paralympic Federation has brief profiles of team members.

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1996 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 1996 summer Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

Louise Sauvage was recognised as Paralympian of the Year

The Australian Paralympian of the Year Awards was introduced by the then Australian Paralympic Federation in 1994 to recognise the outstanding achievements of Australia’s Paralympic athletes. Louise Sauvage won the first awards and was the popular choice again in 1996 after her performance at the Atlanta Paralympic Games, where she won 4 gold medals and every event in her class from 400m to 5000m.

The team was welcomed home with parades around Australia

The South Australian members of the 1996 Australian Paralympic Team were welcomed home from the Games with a parade and mayoral reception in Adelaide city.

Then it was time to party

Australian teammates Don Elgin and Mick Dowling were in a festive mood at the conclusion of the closing ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games. Although conditions at the Games had been at times been challenging – weather, transport, accommodation, food and the dismantling of Olympic infrastructure – the Games were a great success for the Australian team and there was a spirit of optimism in the air about what could be achieved in four years time in Sydney.

The flag was passed to Sydney

Michael Knight, New South Wales Minister for the 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games, was handed the IPC flag at the closing ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games, symbolising the transfer of the Games from one host city to the next.

The ABC had been there to capture it all

By 1996, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) was firmly committed to covering the Paralympic Games. Presenter and journalist Karen Tighe (seated, in black), became the face and voice of the ABC’s Paralympic coverage, attending every Games from 1992 to 2012, with the exception of 2004, when SBS broadcast the Games in Australia.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1998 winter Paralympics in Nagano, Japan?

The National Library has recorded oral history interview with Nick Dean, who was the Team Chef de Mission. There is a summary so that you can quickly find parts of the interviews that interest you.

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1998 Winter 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 1998 winter Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

1998 Winter Paralympics Australian Team List

The members of the 1998 Australian Paralympic Team for the Nagano winter Paralympics were:

Athletes

Officials/coaches:

  • Steve Bova – Head Coach
  • Adrian Pay

Click on the names to read their Wikipedia article.

For more information on the 1998 Team the following websites will help.

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

Australia at the 1998 winter 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.

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

List of the members of the 1998 Australian Paralympic Team for the Nagano Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the Nagano Winter Paralympics 1998

Members of the 1998 Australian Winter Paralympic Team were nominated after a series of training camps and competition at the Disabled WinterSport Australia Nationals held in Mt Hotham, Victoria. The team commenced training in Australia but, due to unfavourable conditions, they relocated to the northern hemisphere. The team initially comprised six male alpine skiers, but injury and illness forced the withdrawal of Rod Hacon and David Munk, respectively, just prior to the Games. The loss of these two seasoned Paralympians was a blow to the team; only one of the remaining four skiers ‚Äď James Patterson ‚Äď had previously competed in a Winter Paralympics. The loss of these athletes was emblematic of an overall changing of the guard in terms of athletes, as recognised retrospectively in the Australian Paralympic Committee’s 1998 annual report: ‚ÄėThe nucleus of the Lillehammer Paralympic Team re-gathered at the 1996 world championships in Austria, however this event became the swan-song for many of the team stalwarts rather than an important stepping stone towards the 1998 Nagano Paralympic Games preparation ‚Äď in fact it lost momentum.‚Äô

Performance:
Australia was represented by four male alpine skiers: James Patterson and novice Paralympians Anthony Bonaccurso, Matthew Nicholls and Alastair Mars. Australia finished equal 16th (with Denmark) of 21 nations on the overall medal tally. Team captain James Patterson, an outstanding LW9 skier, won Australia’s two medals ‚Äď gold in the Men’s Downhill and bronze in the Men’s Slalom. At the conclusion of the games, in which Australia won fewer medals than in the two previous Winter Games, the Australian Paralympic Committee developed a plan to improve Australia’s medal count at future Winter Games. The entire winter program was reviewed resulting in a focus on talent identification, continuity of coaching and ongoing, well-structured training. A year-round training program was developed to improve physical conditioning for skiing athletes. Funding was secured from the Australian Paralympic Committee, the Australian Sports Commission, and the New South Wales Department of Sport and Recreation.

Australia was represented by four male alpine skiers, only one of whom had previously competed in a Winter Paralympics and won fewer medals than in the two previous Winter Games.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1996 summer Paralympics in Atlanta, USA?

You can find all the photos from the 1996 Games at Barcelona 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 1996 Games:¬† Athletes ‚Äst¬†Libby Kosmala,¬†¬†Terry Giddy,¬†¬†John Eden,¬†Russell Short,¬†David Gould,¬†Chris Scott,¬†Priya Cooper,¬†Louise Sauvage,¬†Liesl Tesch ;¬†Team officials – George Dunstan, Paul Bird,¬†Chris Nunn, Scott Goodman,¬†Norma Beer,¬†Jane Buckley,¬†¬†JennI Banks,¬†Don Perriman

Australian Team Handbook ‚Äď Atlanta Paralympics 1996¬†published by the Australian Paralympic Federation has brief profiles of team members.

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1996 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 1996 summer Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

Louise Sauvage was recognised as Paralympian of the Year

The Australian Paralympian of the Year Awards was introduced by the then Australian Paralympic Federation in 1994 to recognise the outstanding achievements of Australia’s Paralympic athletes. Louise Sauvage won the first awards and was the popular choice again in 1996 after her performance at the Atlanta Paralympic Games, where she won 4 gold medals and every event in her class from 400m to 5000m.

The team was welcomed home with parades around Australia

The South Australian members of the 1996 Australian Paralympic Team were welcomed home from the Games with a parade and mayoral reception in Adelaide city.

Then it was time to party

Australian teammates Don Elgin and Mick Dowling were in a festive mood at the conclusion of the closing ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games. Although conditions at the Games had been at times been challenging – weather, transport, accommodation, food and the dismantling of Olympic infrastructure – the Games were a great success for the Australian team and there was a spirit of optimism in the air about what could be achieved in four years time in Sydney.

The flag was passed to Sydney

Michael Knight, New South Wales Minister for the 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games, was handed the IPC flag at the closing ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games, symbolising the transfer of the Games from one host city to the next.

The ABC had been there to capture it all

By 1996, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) was firmly committed to covering the Paralympic Games. Presenter and journalist Karen Tighe (seated, in black), became the face and voice of the ABC’s Paralympic coverage, attending every Games from 1992 to 2012, with the exception of 2004, when SBS broadcast the Games in Australia.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1998 winter Paralympics in Nagano, Japan?

The National Library has recorded oral history interview with Nick Dean, who was the Team Chef de Mission. There is a summary so that you can quickly find parts of the interviews that interest you.

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1998 Winter 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 1998 winter Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

1998 Winter Paralympics Australian Team List

The members of the 1998 Australian Paralympic Team for the Nagano winter Paralympics were:

Athletes

Officials/coaches:

  • Steve Bova – Head Coach
  • Adrian Pay

Click on the names to read their Wikipedia article.

For more information on the 1998 Team the following websites will help.

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

Australia at the 1998 winter 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.

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

List of the members of the 1998 Australian Paralympic Team for the Nagano Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the Nagano Winter Paralympics 1998

Members of the 1998 Australian Winter Paralympic Team were nominated after a series of training camps and competition at the Disabled WinterSport Australia Nationals held in Mt Hotham, Victoria. The team commenced training in Australia but, due to unfavourable conditions, they relocated to the northern hemisphere. The team initially comprised six male alpine skiers, but injury and illness forced the withdrawal of Rod Hacon and David Munk, respectively, just prior to the Games. The loss of these two seasoned Paralympians was a blow to the team; only one of the remaining four skiers ‚Äď James Patterson ‚Äď had previously competed in a Winter Paralympics. The loss of these athletes was emblematic of an overall changing of the guard in terms of athletes, as recognised retrospectively in the Australian Paralympic Committee’s 1998 annual report: ‚ÄėThe nucleus of the Lillehammer Paralympic Team re-gathered at the 1996 world championships in Austria, however this event became the swan-song for many of the team stalwarts rather than an important stepping stone towards the 1998 Nagano Paralympic Games preparation ‚Äď in fact it lost momentum.‚Äô

Performance:
Australia was represented by four male alpine skiers: James Patterson and novice Paralympians Anthony Bonaccurso, Matthew Nicholls and Alastair Mars. Australia finished equal 16th (with Denmark) of 21 nations on the overall medal tally. Team captain James Patterson, an outstanding LW9 skier, won Australia’s two medals ‚Äď gold in the Men’s Downhill and bronze in the Men’s Slalom. At the conclusion of the games, in which Australia won fewer medals than in the two previous Winter Games, the Australian Paralympic Committee developed a plan to improve Australia’s medal count at future Winter Games. The entire winter program was reviewed resulting in a focus on talent identification, continuity of coaching and ongoing, well-structured training. A year-round training program was developed to improve physical conditioning for skiing athletes. Funding was secured from the Australian Paralympic Committee, the Australian Sports Commission, and the New South Wales Department of Sport and Recreation.

Australia was represented by four male alpine skiers, only one of whom had previously competed in a Winter Paralympics and won fewer medals than in the two previous Winter Games.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1996 summer Paralympics in Atlanta, USA?

You can find all the photos from the 1996 Games at Barcelona 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 1996 Games:¬† Athletes ‚Äst¬†Libby Kosmala,¬†¬†Terry Giddy,¬†¬†John Eden,¬†Russell Short,¬†David Gould,¬†Chris Scott,¬†Priya Cooper,¬†Louise Sauvage,¬†Liesl Tesch ;¬†Team officials – George Dunstan, Paul Bird,¬†Chris Nunn, Scott Goodman,¬†Norma Beer,¬†Jane Buckley,¬†¬†JennI Banks,¬†Don Perriman

Australian Team Handbook ‚Äď Atlanta Paralympics 1996¬†published by the Australian Paralympic Federation has brief profiles of team members.

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1996 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 1996 summer Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

Louise Sauvage was recognised as Paralympian of the Year

The Australian Paralympian of the Year Awards was introduced by the then Australian Paralympic Federation in 1994 to recognise the outstanding achievements of Australia’s Paralympic athletes. Louise Sauvage won the first awards and was the popular choice again in 1996 after her performance at the Atlanta Paralympic Games, where she won 4 gold medals and every event in her class from 400m to 5000m.

The team was welcomed home with parades around Australia

The South Australian members of the 1996 Australian Paralympic Team were welcomed home from the Games with a parade and mayoral reception in Adelaide city.

Then it was time to party

Australian teammates Don Elgin and Mick Dowling were in a festive mood at the conclusion of the closing ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games. Although conditions at the Games had been at times been challenging – weather, transport, accommodation, food and the dismantling of Olympic infrastructure – the Games were a great success for the Australian team and there was a spirit of optimism in the air about what could be achieved in four years time in Sydney.

The flag was passed to Sydney

Michael Knight, New South Wales Minister for the 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games, was handed the IPC flag at the closing ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games, symbolising the transfer of the Games from one host city to the next.

The ABC had been there to capture it all

By 1996, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) was firmly committed to covering the Paralympic Games. Presenter and journalist Karen Tighe (seated, in black), became the face and voice of the ABC’s Paralympic coverage, attending every Games from 1992 to 2012, with the exception of 2004, when SBS broadcast the Games in Australia.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1998 winter Paralympics in Nagano, Japan?

The National Library has recorded oral history interview with Nick Dean, who was the Team Chef de Mission. There is a summary so that you can quickly find parts of the interviews that interest you.

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1998 Winter 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 1998 winter Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

1998 Winter Paralympics Australian Team List

The members of the 1998 Australian Paralympic Team for the Nagano winter Paralympics were:

Athletes

Officials/coaches:

  • Steve Bova – Head Coach
  • Adrian Pay

Click on the names to read their Wikipedia article.

For more information on the 1998 Team the following websites will help.

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

Australia at the 1998 winter 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.

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

List of the members of the 1998 Australian Paralympic Team for the Nagano Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the Nagano Winter Paralympics 1998

Members of the 1998 Australian Winter Paralympic Team were nominated after a series of training camps and competition at the Disabled WinterSport Australia Nationals held in Mt Hotham, Victoria. The team commenced training in Australia but, due to unfavourable conditions, they relocated to the northern hemisphere. The team initially comprised six male alpine skiers, but injury and illness forced the withdrawal of Rod Hacon and David Munk, respectively, just prior to the Games. The loss of these two seasoned Paralympians was a blow to the team; only one of the remaining four skiers ‚Äď James Patterson ‚Äď had previously competed in a Winter Paralympics. The loss of these athletes was emblematic of an overall changing of the guard in terms of athletes, as recognised retrospectively in the Australian Paralympic Committee’s 1998 annual report: ‚ÄėThe nucleus of the Lillehammer Paralympic Team re-gathered at the 1996 world championships in Austria, however this event became the swan-song for many of the team stalwarts rather than an important stepping stone towards the 1998 Nagano Paralympic Games preparation ‚Äď in fact it lost momentum.‚Äô

Performance:
Australia was represented by four male alpine skiers: James Patterson and novice Paralympians Anthony Bonaccurso, Matthew Nicholls and Alastair Mars. Australia finished equal 16th (with Denmark) of 21 nations on the overall medal tally. Team captain James Patterson, an outstanding LW9 skier, won Australia’s two medals ‚Äď gold in the Men’s Downhill and bronze in the Men’s Slalom. At the conclusion of the games, in which Australia won fewer medals than in the two previous Winter Games, the Australian Paralympic Committee developed a plan to improve Australia’s medal count at future Winter Games. The entire winter program was reviewed resulting in a focus on talent identification, continuity of coaching and ongoing, well-structured training. A year-round training program was developed to improve physical conditioning for skiing athletes. Funding was secured from the Australian Paralympic Committee, the Australian Sports Commission, and the New South Wales Department of Sport and Recreation.

Australia was represented by four male alpine skiers, only one of whom had previously competed in a Winter Paralympics and won fewer medals than in the two previous Winter Games.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1996 summer Paralympics in Atlanta, USA?

You can find all the photos from the 1996 Games at Barcelona 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 1996 Games:¬† Athletes ‚Äst¬†Libby Kosmala,¬†¬†Terry Giddy,¬†¬†John Eden,¬†Russell Short,¬†David Gould,¬†Chris Scott,¬†Priya Cooper,¬†Louise Sauvage,¬†Liesl Tesch ;¬†Team officials – George Dunstan, Paul Bird,¬†Chris Nunn, Scott Goodman,¬†Norma Beer,¬†Jane Buckley,¬†¬†JennI Banks,¬†Don Perriman

Australian Team Handbook ‚Äď Atlanta Paralympics 1996¬†published by the Australian Paralympic Federation has brief profiles of team members.

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1996 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 1996 summer Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

Louise Sauvage was recognised as Paralympian of the Year

The Australian Paralympian of the Year Awards was introduced by the then Australian Paralympic Federation in 1994 to recognise the outstanding achievements of Australia’s Paralympic athletes. Louise Sauvage won the first awards and was the popular choice again in 1996 after her performance at the Atlanta Paralympic Games, where she won 4 gold medals and every event in her class from 400m to 5000m.

The team was welcomed home with parades around Australia

The South Australian members of the 1996 Australian Paralympic Team were welcomed home from the Games with a parade and mayoral reception in Adelaide city.

Then it was time to party

Australian teammates Don Elgin and Mick Dowling were in a festive mood at the conclusion of the closing ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games. Although conditions at the Games had been at times been challenging – weather, transport, accommodation, food and the dismantling of Olympic infrastructure – the Games were a great success for the Australian team and there was a spirit of optimism in the air about what could be achieved in four years time in Sydney.

The flag was passed to Sydney

Michael Knight, New South Wales Minister for the 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games, was handed the IPC flag at the closing ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games, symbolising the transfer of the Games from one host city to the next.

The ABC had been there to capture it all

By 1996, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) was firmly committed to covering the Paralympic Games. Presenter and journalist Karen Tighe (seated, in black), became the face and voice of the ABC’s Paralympic coverage, attending every Games from 1992 to 2012, with the exception of 2004, when SBS broadcast the Games in Australia.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1998 winter Paralympics in Nagano, Japan?

The National Library has recorded oral history interview with Nick Dean, who was the Team Chef de Mission. There is a summary so that you can quickly find parts of the interviews that interest you.

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1998 Winter 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 1998 winter Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

1998 Winter Paralympics Australian Team List

The members of the 1998 Australian Paralympic Team for the Nagano winter Paralympics were:

Athletes

Officials/coaches:

  • Steve Bova – Head Coach
  • Adrian Pay

Click on the names to read their Wikipedia article.

For more information on the 1998 Team the following websites will help.

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

Australia at the 1998 winter 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.

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

List of the members of the 1998 Australian Paralympic Team for the Nagano Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the Nagano Winter Paralympics 1998

Members of the 1998 Australian Winter Paralympic Team were nominated after a series of training camps and competition at the Disabled WinterSport Australia Nationals held in Mt Hotham, Victoria. The team commenced training in Australia but, due to unfavourable conditions, they relocated to the northern hemisphere. The team initially comprised six male alpine skiers, but injury and illness forced the withdrawal of Rod Hacon and David Munk, respectively, just prior to the Games. The loss of these two seasoned Paralympians was a blow to the team; only one of the remaining four skiers ‚Äď James Patterson ‚Äď had previously competed in a Winter Paralympics. The loss of these athletes was emblematic of an overall changing of the guard in terms of athletes, as recognised retrospectively in the Australian Paralympic Committee’s 1998 annual report: ‚ÄėThe nucleus of the Lillehammer Paralympic Team re-gathered at the 1996 world championships in Austria, however this event became the swan-song for many of the team stalwarts rather than an important stepping stone towards the 1998 Nagano Paralympic Games preparation ‚Äď in fact it lost momentum.‚Äô

Performance:
Australia was represented by four male alpine skiers: James Patterson and novice Paralympians Anthony Bonaccurso, Matthew Nicholls and Alastair Mars. Australia finished equal 16th (with Denmark) of 21 nations on the overall medal tally. Team captain James Patterson, an outstanding LW9 skier, won Australia’s two medals ‚Äď gold in the Men’s Downhill and bronze in the Men’s Slalom. At the conclusion of the games, in which Australia won fewer medals than in the two previous Winter Games, the Australian Paralympic Committee developed a plan to improve Australia’s medal count at future Winter Games. The entire winter program was reviewed resulting in a focus on talent identification, continuity of coaching and ongoing, well-structured training. A year-round training program was developed to improve physical conditioning for skiing athletes. Funding was secured from the Australian Paralympic Committee, the Australian Sports Commission, and the New South Wales Department of Sport and Recreation.

Australia was represented by four male alpine skiers, only one of whom had previously competed in a Winter Paralympics and won fewer medals than in the two previous Winter Games.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1996 summer Paralympics in Atlanta, USA?

You can find all the photos from the 1996 Games at Barcelona 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 1996 Games:¬† Athletes ‚Äst¬†Libby Kosmala,¬†¬†Terry Giddy,¬†¬†John Eden,¬†Russell Short,¬†David Gould,¬†Chris Scott,¬†Priya Cooper,¬†Louise Sauvage,¬†Liesl Tesch ;¬†Team officials – George Dunstan, Paul Bird,¬†Chris Nunn, Scott Goodman,¬†Norma Beer,¬†Jane Buckley,¬†¬†JennI Banks,¬†Don Perriman

Australian Team Handbook ‚Äď Atlanta Paralympics 1996¬†published by the Australian Paralympic Federation has brief profiles of team members.

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1996 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 1996 summer Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

Louise Sauvage was recognised as Paralympian of the Year

The Australian Paralympian of the Year Awards was introduced by the then Australian Paralympic Federation in 1994 to recognise the outstanding achievements of Australia’s Paralympic athletes. Louise Sauvage won the first awards and was the popular choice again in 1996 after her performance at the Atlanta Paralympic Games, where she won 4 gold medals and every event in her class from 400m to 5000m.

The team was welcomed home with parades around Australia

The South Australian members of the 1996 Australian Paralympic Team were welcomed home from the Games with a parade and mayoral reception in Adelaide city.

Then it was time to party

Australian teammates Don Elgin and Mick Dowling were in a festive mood at the conclusion of the closing ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games. Although conditions at the Games had been at times been challenging – weather, transport, accommodation, food and the dismantling of Olympic infrastructure – the Games were a great success for the Australian team and there was a spirit of optimism in the air about what could be achieved in four years time in Sydney.

The flag was passed to Sydney

Michael Knight, New South Wales Minister for the 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games, was handed the IPC flag at the closing ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games, symbolising the transfer of the Games from one host city to the next.

The ABC had been there to capture it all

By 1996, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) was firmly committed to covering the Paralympic Games. Presenter and journalist Karen Tighe (seated, in black), became the face and voice of the ABC’s Paralympic coverage, attending every Games from 1992 to 2012, with the exception of 2004, when SBS broadcast the Games in Australia.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1998 winter Paralympics in Nagano, Japan?

The National Library has recorded oral history interview with Nick Dean, who was the Team Chef de Mission. There is a summary so that you can quickly find parts of the interviews that interest you.

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1998 Winter 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 1998 winter Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

1998 Winter Paralympics Australian Team List

The members of the 1998 Australian Paralympic Team for the Nagano winter Paralympics were:

Athletes

Officials/coaches:

  • Steve Bova – Head Coach
  • Adrian Pay

Click on the names to read their Wikipedia article.

For more information on the 1998 Team the following websites will help.

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

Australia at the 1998 winter 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.

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

List of the members of the 1998 Australian Paralympic Team for the Nagano Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the Nagano Winter Paralympics 1998

Members of the 1998 Australian Winter Paralympic Team were nominated after a series of training camps and competition at the Disabled WinterSport Australia Nationals held in Mt Hotham, Victoria. The team commenced training in Australia but, due to unfavourable conditions, they relocated to the northern hemisphere. The team initially comprised six male alpine skiers, but injury and illness forced the withdrawal of Rod Hacon and David Munk, respectively, just prior to the Games. The loss of these two seasoned Paralympians was a blow to the team; only one of the remaining four skiers ‚Äď James Patterson ‚Äď had previously competed in a Winter Paralympics. The loss of these athletes was emblematic of an overall changing of the guard in terms of athletes, as recognised retrospectively in the Australian Paralympic Committee’s 1998 annual report: ‚ÄėThe nucleus of the Lillehammer Paralympic Team re-gathered at the 1996 world championships in Austria, however this event became the swan-song for many of the team stalwarts rather than an important stepping stone towards the 1998 Nagano Paralympic Games preparation ‚Äď in fact it lost momentum.‚Äô

Performance:
Australia was represented by four male alpine skiers: James Patterson and novice Paralympians Anthony Bonaccurso, Matthew Nicholls and Alastair Mars. Australia finished equal 16th (with Denmark) of 21 nations on the overall medal tally. Team captain James Patterson, an outstanding LW9 skier, won Australia’s two medals ‚Äď gold in the Men’s Downhill and bronze in the Men’s Slalom. At the conclusion of the games, in which Australia won fewer medals than in the two previous Winter Games, the Australian Paralympic Committee developed a plan to improve Australia’s medal count at future Winter Games. The entire winter program was reviewed resulting in a focus on talent identification, continuity of coaching and ongoing, well-structured training. A year-round training program was developed to improve physical conditioning for skiing athletes. Funding was secured from the Australian Paralympic Committee, the Australian Sports Commission, and the New South Wales Department of Sport and Recreation.

Australia was represented by four male alpine skiers, only one of whom had previously competed in a Winter Paralympics and won fewer medals than in the two previous Winter Games.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1996 summer Paralympics in Atlanta, USA?

You can find all the photos from the 1996 Games at Barcelona 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 1996 Games:¬† Athletes ‚Äst¬†Libby Kosmala,¬†¬†Terry Giddy,¬†¬†John Eden,¬†Russell Short,¬†David Gould,¬†Chris Scott,¬†Priya Cooper,¬†Louise Sauvage,¬†Liesl Tesch ;¬†Team officials – George Dunstan, Paul Bird,¬†Chris Nunn, Scott Goodman,¬†Norma Beer,¬†Jane Buckley,¬†¬†JennI Banks,¬†Don Perriman

Australian Team Handbook ‚Äď Atlanta Paralympics 1996¬†published by the Australian Paralympic Federation has brief profiles of team members.

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1996 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 1996 summer Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

Louise Sauvage was recognised as Paralympian of the Year

The Australian Paralympian of the Year Awards was introduced by the then Australian Paralympic Federation in 1994 to recognise the outstanding achievements of Australia’s Paralympic athletes. Louise Sauvage won the first awards and was the popular choice again in 1996 after her performance at the Atlanta Paralympic Games, where she won 4 gold medals and every event in her class from 400m to 5000m.

The team was welcomed home with parades around Australia

The South Australian members of the 1996 Australian Paralympic Team were welcomed home from the Games with a parade and mayoral reception in Adelaide city.

Then it was time to party

Australian teammates Don Elgin and Mick Dowling were in a festive mood at the conclusion of the closing ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games. Although conditions at the Games had been at times been challenging – weather, transport, accommodation, food and the dismantling of Olympic infrastructure – the Games were a great success for the Australian team and there was a spirit of optimism in the air about what could be achieved in four years time in Sydney.

The flag was passed to Sydney

Michael Knight, New South Wales Minister for the 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games, was handed the IPC flag at the closing ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games, symbolising the transfer of the Games from one host city to the next.

The ABC had been there to capture it all

By 1996, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) was firmly committed to covering the Paralympic Games. Presenter and journalist Karen Tighe (seated, in black), became the face and voice of the ABC’s Paralympic coverage, attending every Games from 1992 to 2012, with the exception of 2004, when SBS broadcast the Games in Australia.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1998 winter Paralympics in Nagano, Japan?

The National Library has recorded oral history interview with Nick Dean, who was the Team Chef de Mission. There is a summary so that you can quickly find parts of the interviews that interest you.

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1998 Winter 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 1998 winter Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

1998 Winter Paralympics Australian Team List

The members of the 1998 Australian Paralympic Team for the Nagano winter Paralympics were:

Athletes

Officials/coaches:

  • Steve Bova – Head Coach
  • Adrian Pay

Click on the names to read their Wikipedia article.

For more information on the 1998 Team the following websites will help.

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

Australia at the 1998 winter 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.

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

List of the members of the 1998 Australian Paralympic Team for the Nagano Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the Nagano Winter Paralympics 1998

Members of the 1998 Australian Winter Paralympic Team were nominated after a series of training camps and competition at the Disabled WinterSport Australia Nationals held in Mt Hotham, Victoria. The team commenced training in Australia but, due to unfavourable conditions, they relocated to the northern hemisphere. The team initially comprised six male alpine skiers, but injury and illness forced the withdrawal of Rod Hacon and David Munk, respectively, just prior to the Games. The loss of these two seasoned Paralympians was a blow to the team; only one of the remaining four skiers ‚Äď James Patterson ‚Äď had previously competed in a Winter Paralympics. The loss of these athletes was emblematic of an overall changing of the guard in terms of athletes, as recognised retrospectively in the Australian Paralympic Committee’s 1998 annual report: ‚ÄėThe nucleus of the Lillehammer Paralympic Team re-gathered at the 1996 world championships in Austria, however this event became the swan-song for many of the team stalwarts rather than an important stepping stone towards the 1998 Nagano Paralympic Games preparation ‚Äď in fact it lost momentum.‚Äô

Performance:
Australia was represented by four male alpine skiers: James Patterson and novice Paralympians Anthony Bonaccurso, Matthew Nicholls and Alastair Mars. Australia finished equal 16th (with Denmark) of 21 nations on the overall medal tally. Team captain James Patterson, an outstanding LW9 skier, won Australia’s two medals ‚Äď gold in the Men’s Downhill and bronze in the Men’s Slalom. At the conclusion of the games, in which Australia won fewer medals than in the two previous Winter Games, the Australian Paralympic Committee developed a plan to improve Australia’s medal count at future Winter Games. The entire winter program was reviewed resulting in a focus on talent identification, continuity of coaching and ongoing, well-structured training. A year-round training program was developed to improve physical conditioning for skiing athletes. Funding was secured from the Australian Paralympic Committee, the Australian Sports Commission, and the New South Wales Department of Sport and Recreation.

Australia was represented by four male alpine skiers, only one of whom had previously competed in a Winter Paralympics and won fewer medals than in the two previous Winter Games.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1996 summer Paralympics in Atlanta, USA?

You can find all the photos from the 1996 Games at Barcelona 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 1996 Games:¬† Athletes ‚Äst¬†Libby Kosmala,¬†¬†Terry Giddy,¬†¬†John Eden,¬†Russell Short,¬†David Gould,¬†Chris Scott,¬†Priya Cooper,¬†Louise Sauvage,¬†Liesl Tesch ;¬†Team officials – George Dunstan, Paul Bird,¬†Chris Nunn, Scott Goodman,¬†Norma Beer,¬†Jane Buckley,¬†¬†JennI Banks,¬†Don Perriman

Australian Team Handbook ‚Äď Atlanta Paralympics 1996¬†published by the Australian Paralympic Federation has brief profiles of team members.

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1996 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 1996 summer Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

Louise Sauvage was recognised as Paralympian of the Year

The Australian Paralympian of the Year Awards was introduced by the then Australian Paralympic Federation in 1994 to recognise the outstanding achievements of Australia’s Paralympic athletes. Louise Sauvage won the first awards and was the popular choice again in 1996 after her performance at the Atlanta Paralympic Games, where she won 4 gold medals and every event in her class from 400m to 5000m.

The team was welcomed home with parades around Australia

The South Australian members of the 1996 Australian Paralympic Team were welcomed home from the Games with a parade and mayoral reception in Adelaide city.

Then it was time to party

Australian teammates Don Elgin and Mick Dowling were in a festive mood at the conclusion of the closing ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games. Although conditions at the Games had been at times been challenging – weather, transport, accommodation, food and the dismantling of Olympic infrastructure – the Games were a great success for the Australian team and there was a spirit of optimism in the air about what could be achieved in four years time in Sydney.

The flag was passed to Sydney

Michael Knight, New South Wales Minister for the 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games, was handed the IPC flag at the closing ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games, symbolising the transfer of the Games from one host city to the next.

The ABC had been there to capture it all

By 1996, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) was firmly committed to covering the Paralympic Games. Presenter and journalist Karen Tighe (seated, in black), became the face and voice of the ABC’s Paralympic coverage, attending every Games from 1992 to 2012, with the exception of 2004, when SBS broadcast the Games in Australia.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1998 winter Paralympics in Nagano, Japan?

The National Library has recorded oral history interview with Nick Dean, who was the Team Chef de Mission. There is a summary so that you can quickly find parts of the interviews that interest you.

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1998 Winter 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 1998 winter Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

1998 Winter Paralympics Australian Team List

The members of the 1998 Australian Paralympic Team for the Nagano winter Paralympics were:

Athletes

Officials/coaches:

  • Steve Bova – Head Coach
  • Adrian Pay

Click on the names to read their Wikipedia article.

For more information on the 1998 Team the following websites will help.

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

Australia at the 1998 winter 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.

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

List of the members of the 1998 Australian Paralympic Team for the Nagano Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the Nagano Winter Paralympics 1998

Members of the 1998 Australian Winter Paralympic Team were nominated after a series of training camps and competition at the Disabled WinterSport Australia Nationals held in Mt Hotham, Victoria. The team commenced training in Australia but, due to unfavourable conditions, they relocated to the northern hemisphere. The team initially comprised six male alpine skiers, but injury and illness forced the withdrawal of Rod Hacon and David Munk, respectively, just prior to the Games. The loss of these two seasoned Paralympians was a blow to the team; only one of the remaining four skiers ‚Äď James Patterson ‚Äď had previously competed in a Winter Paralympics. The loss of these athletes was emblematic of an overall changing of the guard in terms of athletes, as recognised retrospectively in the Australian Paralympic Committee’s 1998 annual report: ‚ÄėThe nucleus of the Lillehammer Paralympic Team re-gathered at the 1996 world championships in Austria, however this event became the swan-song for many of the team stalwarts rather than an important stepping stone towards the 1998 Nagano Paralympic Games preparation ‚Äď in fact it lost momentum.‚Äô

Performance:
Australia was represented by four male alpine skiers: James Patterson and novice Paralympians Anthony Bonaccurso, Matthew Nicholls and Alastair Mars. Australia finished equal 16th (with Denmark) of 21 nations on the overall medal tally. Team captain James Patterson, an outstanding LW9 skier, won Australia’s two medals ‚Äď gold in the Men’s Downhill and bronze in the Men’s Slalom. At the conclusion of the games, in which Australia won fewer medals than in the two previous Winter Games, the Australian Paralympic Committee developed a plan to improve Australia’s medal count at future Winter Games. The entire winter program was reviewed resulting in a focus on talent identification, continuity of coaching and ongoing, well-structured training. A year-round training program was developed to improve physical conditioning for skiing athletes. Funding was secured from the Australian Paralympic Committee, the Australian Sports Commission, and the New South Wales Department of Sport and Recreation.

Australia was represented by four male alpine skiers, only one of whom had previously competed in a Winter Paralympics and won fewer medals than in the two previous Winter Games.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1996 summer Paralympics in Atlanta, USA?

You can find all the photos from the 1996 Games at Barcelona 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 1996 Games:¬† Athletes ‚Äst¬†Libby Kosmala,¬†¬†Terry Giddy,¬†¬†John Eden,¬†Russell Short,¬†David Gould,¬†Chris Scott,¬†Priya Cooper,¬†Louise Sauvage,¬†Liesl Tesch ;¬†Team officials – George Dunstan, Paul Bird,¬†Chris Nunn, Scott Goodman,¬†Norma Beer,¬†Jane Buckley,¬†¬†JennI Banks,¬†Don Perriman

Australian Team Handbook ‚Äď Atlanta Paralympics 1996¬†published by the Australian Paralympic Federation has brief profiles of team members.

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1996 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 1996 summer Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

Louise Sauvage was recognised as Paralympian of the Year

The Australian Paralympian of the Year Awards was introduced by the then Australian Paralympic Federation in 1994 to recognise the outstanding achievements of Australia’s Paralympic athletes. Louise Sauvage won the first awards and was the popular choice again in 1996 after her performance at the Atlanta Paralympic Games, where she won 4 gold medals and every event in her class from 400m to 5000m.

The team was welcomed home with parades around Australia

The South Australian members of the 1996 Australian Paralympic Team were welcomed home from the Games with a parade and mayoral reception in Adelaide city.

Then it was time to party

Australian teammates Don Elgin and Mick Dowling were in a festive mood at the conclusion of the closing ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games. Although conditions at the Games had been at times been challenging – weather, transport, accommodation, food and the dismantling of Olympic infrastructure – the Games were a great success for the Australian team and there was a spirit of optimism in the air about what could be achieved in four years time in Sydney.

The flag was passed to Sydney

Michael Knight, New South Wales Minister for the 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games, was handed the IPC flag at the closing ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games, symbolising the transfer of the Games from one host city to the next.

The ABC had been there to capture it all

By 1996, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) was firmly committed to covering the Paralympic Games. Presenter and journalist Karen Tighe (seated, in black), became the face and voice of the ABC’s Paralympic coverage, attending every Games from 1992 to 2012, with the exception of 2004, when SBS broadcast the Games in Australia.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1998 winter Paralympics in Nagano, Japan?

The National Library has recorded oral history interview with Nick Dean, who was the Team Chef de Mission. There is a summary so that you can quickly find parts of the interviews that interest you.

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1998 Winter 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 1998 winter Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

1998 Winter Paralympics Australian Team List

The members of the 1998 Australian Paralympic Team for the Nagano winter Paralympics were:

Athletes

Officials/coaches:

  • Steve Bova – Head Coach
  • Adrian Pay

Click on the names to read their Wikipedia article.

For more information on the 1998 Team the following websites will help.

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

Australia at the 1998 winter 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.

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

List of the members of the 1998 Australian Paralympic Team for the Nagano Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the Nagano Winter Paralympics 1998

Members of the 1998 Australian Winter Paralympic Team were nominated after a series of training camps and competition at the Disabled WinterSport Australia Nationals held in Mt Hotham, Victoria. The team commenced training in Australia but, due to unfavourable conditions, they relocated to the northern hemisphere. The team initially comprised six male alpine skiers, but injury and illness forced the withdrawal of Rod Hacon and David Munk, respectively, just prior to the Games. The loss of these two seasoned Paralympians was a blow to the team; only one of the remaining four skiers ‚Äď James Patterson ‚Äď had previously competed in a Winter Paralympics. The loss of these athletes was emblematic of an overall changing of the guard in terms of athletes, as recognised retrospectively in the Australian Paralympic Committee’s 1998 annual report: ‚ÄėThe nucleus of the Lillehammer Paralympic Team re-gathered at the 1996 world championships in Austria, however this event became the swan-song for many of the team stalwarts rather than an important stepping stone towards the 1998 Nagano Paralympic Games preparation ‚Äď in fact it lost momentum.‚Äô

Performance:
Australia was represented by four male alpine skiers: James Patterson and novice Paralympians Anthony Bonaccurso, Matthew Nicholls and Alastair Mars. Australia finished equal 16th (with Denmark) of 21 nations on the overall medal tally. Team captain James Patterson, an outstanding LW9 skier, won Australia’s two medals ‚Äď gold in the Men’s Downhill and bronze in the Men’s Slalom. At the conclusion of the games, in which Australia won fewer medals than in the two previous Winter Games, the Australian Paralympic Committee developed a plan to improve Australia’s medal count at future Winter Games. The entire winter program was reviewed resulting in a focus on talent identification, continuity of coaching and ongoing, well-structured training. A year-round training program was developed to improve physical conditioning for skiing athletes. Funding was secured from the Australian Paralympic Committee, the Australian Sports Commission, and the New South Wales Department of Sport and Recreation.

Australia was represented by four male alpine skiers, only one of whom had previously competed in a Winter Paralympics and won fewer medals than in the two previous Winter Games.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1996 summer Paralympics in Atlanta, USA?

You can find all the photos from the 1996 Games at Barcelona 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 1996 Games:¬† Athletes ‚Äst¬†Libby Kosmala,¬†¬†Terry Giddy,¬†¬†John Eden,¬†Russell Short,¬†David Gould,¬†Chris Scott,¬†Priya Cooper,¬†Louise Sauvage,¬†Liesl Tesch ;¬†Team officials – George Dunstan, Paul Bird,¬†Chris Nunn, Scott Goodman,¬†Norma Beer,¬†Jane Buckley,¬†¬†JennI Banks,¬†Don Perriman

Australian Team Handbook ‚Äď Atlanta Paralympics 1996¬†published by the Australian Paralympic Federation has brief profiles of team members.

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1996 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 1996 summer Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

Louise Sauvage was recognised as Paralympian of the Year

The Australian Paralympian of the Year Awards was introduced by the then Australian Paralympic Federation in 1994 to recognise the outstanding achievements of Australia’s Paralympic athletes. Louise Sauvage won the first awards and was the popular choice again in 1996 after her performance at the Atlanta Paralympic Games, where she won 4 gold medals and every event in her class from 400m to 5000m.

The team was welcomed home with parades around Australia

The South Australian members of the 1996 Australian Paralympic Team were welcomed home from the Games with a parade and mayoral reception in Adelaide city.

Then it was time to party

Australian teammates Don Elgin and Mick Dowling were in a festive mood at the conclusion of the closing ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games. Although conditions at the Games had been at times been challenging – weather, transport, accommodation, food and the dismantling of Olympic infrastructure – the Games were a great success for the Australian team and there was a spirit of optimism in the air about what could be achieved in four years time in Sydney.

The flag was passed to Sydney

Michael Knight, New South Wales Minister for the 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games, was handed the IPC flag at the closing ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games, symbolising the transfer of the Games from one host city to the next.

The ABC had been there to capture it all

By 1996, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) was firmly committed to covering the Paralympic Games. Presenter and journalist Karen Tighe (seated, in black), became the face and voice of the ABC’s Paralympic coverage, attending every Games from 1992 to 2012, with the exception of 2004, when SBS broadcast the Games in Australia.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1998 winter Paralympics in Nagano, Japan?

The National Library has recorded oral history interview with Nick Dean, who was the Team Chef de Mission. There is a summary so that you can quickly find parts of the interviews that interest you.

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1998 Winter 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 1998 winter Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

1998 Winter Paralympics Australian Team List

The members of the 1998 Australian Paralympic Team for the Nagano winter Paralympics were:

Athletes

Officials/coaches:

  • Steve Bova – Head Coach
  • Adrian Pay

Click on the names to read their Wikipedia article.

For more information on the 1998 Team the following websites will help.

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

Australia at the 1998 winter 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.

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

List of the members of the 1998 Australian Paralympic Team for the Nagano Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the Nagano Winter Paralympics 1998

Members of the 1998 Australian Winter Paralympic Team were nominated after a series of training camps and competition at the Disabled WinterSport Australia Nationals held in Mt Hotham, Victoria. The team commenced training in Australia but, due to unfavourable conditions, they relocated to the northern hemisphere. The team initially comprised six male alpine skiers, but injury and illness forced the withdrawal of Rod Hacon and David Munk, respectively, just prior to the Games. The loss of these two seasoned Paralympians was a blow to the team; only one of the remaining four skiers ‚Äď James Patterson ‚Äď had previously competed in a Winter Paralympics. The loss of these athletes was emblematic of an overall changing of the guard in terms of athletes, as recognised retrospectively in the Australian Paralympic Committee’s 1998 annual report: ‚ÄėThe nucleus of the Lillehammer Paralympic Team re-gathered at the 1996 world championships in Austria, however this event became the swan-song for many of the team stalwarts rather than an important stepping stone towards the 1998 Nagano Paralympic Games preparation ‚Äď in fact it lost momentum.‚Äô

Performance:
Australia was represented by four male alpine skiers: James Patterson and novice Paralympians Anthony Bonaccurso, Matthew Nicholls and Alastair Mars. Australia finished equal 16th (with Denmark) of 21 nations on the overall medal tally. Team captain James Patterson, an outstanding LW9 skier, won Australia’s two medals ‚Äď gold in the Men’s Downhill and bronze in the Men’s Slalom. At the conclusion of the games, in which Australia won fewer medals than in the two previous Winter Games, the Australian Paralympic Committee developed a plan to improve Australia’s medal count at future Winter Games. The entire winter program was reviewed resulting in a focus on talent identification, continuity of coaching and ongoing, well-structured training. A year-round training program was developed to improve physical conditioning for skiing athletes. Funding was secured from the Australian Paralympic Committee, the Australian Sports Commission, and the New South Wales Department of Sport and Recreation.

Australia was represented by four male alpine skiers, only one of whom had previously competed in a Winter Paralympics and won fewer medals than in the two previous Winter Games.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1996 summer Paralympics in Atlanta, USA?

You can find all the photos from the 1996 Games at Barcelona 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 1996 Games:¬† Athletes ‚Äst¬†Libby Kosmala,¬†¬†Terry Giddy,¬†¬†John Eden,¬†Russell Short,¬†David Gould,¬†Chris Scott,¬†Priya Cooper,¬†Louise Sauvage,¬†Liesl Tesch ;¬†Team officials – George Dunstan, Paul Bird,¬†Chris Nunn, Scott Goodman,¬†Norma Beer,¬†Jane Buckley,¬†¬†JennI Banks,¬†Don Perriman

Australian Team Handbook ‚Äď Atlanta Paralympics 1996¬†published by the Australian Paralympic Federation has brief profiles of team members.

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1996 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 1996 summer Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

Louise Sauvage was recognised as Paralympian of the Year

The Australian Paralympian of the Year Awards was introduced by the then Australian Paralympic Federation in 1994 to recognise the outstanding achievements of Australia’s Paralympic athletes. Louise Sauvage won the first awards and was the popular choice again in 1996 after her performance at the Atlanta Paralympic Games, where she won 4 gold medals and every event in her class from 400m to 5000m.

The team was welcomed home with parades around Australia

The South Australian members of the 1996 Australian Paralympic Team were welcomed home from the Games with a parade and mayoral reception in Adelaide city.

Then it was time to party

Australian teammates Don Elgin and Mick Dowling were in a festive mood at the conclusion of the closing ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games. Although conditions at the Games had been at times been challenging – weather, transport, accommodation, food and the dismantling of Olympic infrastructure – the Games were a great success for the Australian team and there was a spirit of optimism in the air about what could be achieved in four years time in Sydney.

The flag was passed to Sydney

Michael Knight, New South Wales Minister for the 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games, was handed the IPC flag at the closing ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games, symbolising the transfer of the Games from one host city to the next.

The ABC had been there to capture it all

By 1996, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) was firmly committed to covering the Paralympic Games. Presenter and journalist Karen Tighe (seated, in black), became the face and voice of the ABC’s Paralympic coverage, attending every Games from 1992 to 2012, with the exception of 2004, when SBS broadcast the Games in Australia.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1998 winter Paralympics in Nagano, Japan?

The National Library has recorded oral history interview with Nick Dean, who was the Team Chef de Mission. There is a summary so that you can quickly find parts of the interviews that interest you.

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1998 Winter 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 1998 winter Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

1998 Winter Paralympics Australian Team List

The members of the 1998 Australian Paralympic Team for the Nagano winter Paralympics were:

Athletes

Officials/coaches:

  • Steve Bova – Head Coach
  • Adrian Pay

Click on the names to read their Wikipedia article.

For more information on the 1998 Team the following websites will help.

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

Australia at the 1998 winter 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.

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

List of the members of the 1998 Australian Paralympic Team for the Nagano Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the Nagano Winter Paralympics 1998

Members of the 1998 Australian Winter Paralympic Team were nominated after a series of training camps and competition at the Disabled WinterSport Australia Nationals held in Mt Hotham, Victoria. The team commenced training in Australia but, due to unfavourable conditions, they relocated to the northern hemisphere. The team initially comprised six male alpine skiers, but injury and illness forced the withdrawal of Rod Hacon and David Munk, respectively, just prior to the Games. The loss of these two seasoned Paralympians was a blow to the team; only one of the remaining four skiers ‚Äď James Patterson ‚Äď had previously competed in a Winter Paralympics. The loss of these athletes was emblematic of an overall changing of the guard in terms of athletes, as recognised retrospectively in the Australian Paralympic Committee’s 1998 annual report: ‚ÄėThe nucleus of the Lillehammer Paralympic Team re-gathered at the 1996 world championships in Austria, however this event became the swan-song for many of the team stalwarts rather than an important stepping stone towards the 1998 Nagano Paralympic Games preparation ‚Äď in fact it lost momentum.‚Äô

Performance:
Australia was represented by four male alpine skiers: James Patterson and novice Paralympians Anthony Bonaccurso, Matthew Nicholls and Alastair Mars. Australia finished equal 16th (with Denmark) of 21 nations on the overall medal tally. Team captain James Patterson, an outstanding LW9 skier, won Australia’s two medals ‚Äď gold in the Men’s Downhill and bronze in the Men’s Slalom. At the conclusion of the games, in which Australia won fewer medals than in the two previous Winter Games, the Australian Paralympic Committee developed a plan to improve Australia’s medal count at future Winter Games. The entire winter program was reviewed resulting in a focus on talent identification, continuity of coaching and ongoing, well-structured training. A year-round training program was developed to improve physical conditioning for skiing athletes. Funding was secured from the Australian Paralympic Committee, the Australian Sports Commission, and the New South Wales Department of Sport and Recreation.

Australia was represented by four male alpine skiers, only one of whom had previously competed in a Winter Paralympics and won fewer medals than in the two previous Winter Games.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1996 summer Paralympics in Atlanta, USA?

You can find all the photos from the 1996 Games at Barcelona 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 1996 Games:¬† Athletes ‚Äst¬†Libby Kosmala,¬†¬†Terry Giddy,¬†¬†John Eden,¬†Russell Short,¬†David Gould,¬†Chris Scott,¬†Priya Cooper,¬†Louise Sauvage,¬†Liesl Tesch ;¬†Team officials – George Dunstan, Paul Bird,¬†Chris Nunn, Scott Goodman,¬†Norma Beer,¬†Jane Buckley,¬†¬†JennI Banks,¬†Don Perriman

Australian Team Handbook ‚Äď Atlanta Paralympics 1996¬†published by the Australian Paralympic Federation has brief profiles of team members.

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1996 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 1996 summer Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

Louise Sauvage was recognised as Paralympian of the Year

The Australian Paralympian of the Year Awards was introduced by the then Australian Paralympic Federation in 1994 to recognise the outstanding achievements of Australia’s Paralympic athletes. Louise Sauvage won the first awards and was the popular choice again in 1996 after her performance at the Atlanta Paralympic Games, where she won 4 gold medals and every event in her class from 400m to 5000m.

The team was welcomed home with parades around Australia

The South Australian members of the 1996 Australian Paralympic Team were welcomed home from the Games with a parade and mayoral reception in Adelaide city.

Then it was time to party

Australian teammates Don Elgin and Mick Dowling were in a festive mood at the conclusion of the closing ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games. Although conditions at the Games had been at times been challenging – weather, transport, accommodation, food and the dismantling of Olympic infrastructure – the Games were a great success for the Australian team and there was a spirit of optimism in the air about what could be achieved in four years time in Sydney.

The flag was passed to Sydney

Michael Knight, New South Wales Minister for the 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games, was handed the IPC flag at the closing ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games, symbolising the transfer of the Games from one host city to the next.

The ABC had been there to capture it all

By 1996, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) was firmly committed to covering the Paralympic Games. Presenter and journalist Karen Tighe (seated, in black), became the face and voice of the ABC’s Paralympic coverage, attending every Games from 1992 to 2012, with the exception of 2004, when SBS broadcast the Games in Australia.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1998 winter Paralympics in Nagano, Japan?

The National Library has recorded oral history interview with Nick Dean, who was the Team Chef de Mission. There is a summary so that you can quickly find parts of the interviews that interest you.

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1998 Winter 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 1998 winter Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

1998 Winter Paralympics Australian Team List

The members of the 1998 Australian Paralympic Team for the Nagano winter Paralympics were:

Athletes

Officials/coaches:

  • Steve Bova – Head Coach
  • Adrian Pay

Click on the names to read their Wikipedia article.

For more information on the 1998 Team the following websites will help.

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

Australia at the 1998 winter 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.

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

List of the members of the 1998 Australian Paralympic Team for the Nagano Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the Nagano Winter Paralympics 1998

Members of the 1998 Australian Winter Paralympic Team were nominated after a series of training camps and competition at the Disabled WinterSport Australia Nationals held in Mt Hotham, Victoria. The team commenced training in Australia but, due to unfavourable conditions, they relocated to the northern hemisphere. The team initially comprised six male alpine skiers, but injury and illness forced the withdrawal of Rod Hacon and David Munk, respectively, just prior to the Games. The loss of these two seasoned Paralympians was a blow to the team; only one of the remaining four skiers ‚Äď James Patterson ‚Äď had previously competed in a Winter Paralympics. The loss of these athletes was emblematic of an overall changing of the guard in terms of athletes, as recognised retrospectively in the Australian Paralympic Committee’s 1998 annual report: ‚ÄėThe nucleus of the Lillehammer Paralympic Team re-gathered at the 1996 world championships in Austria, however this event became the swan-song for many of the team stalwarts rather than an important stepping stone towards the 1998 Nagano Paralympic Games preparation ‚Äď in fact it lost momentum.‚Äô

Performance:
Australia was represented by four male alpine skiers: James Patterson and novice Paralympians Anthony Bonaccurso, Matthew Nicholls and Alastair Mars. Australia finished equal 16th (with Denmark) of 21 nations on the overall medal tally. Team captain James Patterson, an outstanding LW9 skier, won Australia’s two medals ‚Äď gold in the Men’s Downhill and bronze in the Men’s Slalom. At the conclusion of the games, in which Australia won fewer medals than in the two previous Winter Games, the Australian Paralympic Committee developed a plan to improve Australia’s medal count at future Winter Games. The entire winter program was reviewed resulting in a focus on talent identification, continuity of coaching and ongoing, well-structured training. A year-round training program was developed to improve physical conditioning for skiing athletes. Funding was secured from the Australian Paralympic Committee, the Australian Sports Commission, and the New South Wales Department of Sport and Recreation.

Australia was represented by four male alpine skiers, only one of whom had previously competed in a Winter Paralympics and won fewer medals than in the two previous Winter Games.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1996 summer Paralympics in Atlanta, USA?

You can find all the photos from the 1996 Games at Barcelona 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 1996 Games:¬† Athletes ‚Äst¬†Libby Kosmala,¬†¬†Terry Giddy,¬†¬†John Eden,¬†Russell Short,¬†David Gould,¬†Chris Scott,¬†Priya Cooper,¬†Louise Sauvage,¬†Liesl Tesch ;¬†Team officials – George Dunstan, Paul Bird,¬†Chris Nunn, Scott Goodman,¬†Norma Beer,¬†Jane Buckley,¬†¬†JennI Banks,¬†Don Perriman

Australian Team Handbook ‚Äď Atlanta Paralympics 1996¬†published by the Australian Paralympic Federation has brief profiles of team members.

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1996 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 1996 summer Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

Louise Sauvage was recognised as Paralympian of the Year

The Australian Paralympian of the Year Awards was introduced by the then Australian Paralympic Federation in 1994 to recognise the outstanding achievements of Australia’s Paralympic athletes. Louise Sauvage won the first awards and was the popular choice again in 1996 after her performance at the Atlanta Paralympic Games, where she won 4 gold medals and every event in her class from 400m to 5000m.

The team was welcomed home with parades around Australia

The South Australian members of the 1996 Australian Paralympic Team were welcomed home from the Games with a parade and mayoral reception in Adelaide city.

Then it was time to party

Australian teammates Don Elgin and Mick Dowling were in a festive mood at the conclusion of the closing ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games. Although conditions at the Games had been at times been challenging – weather, transport, accommodation, food and the dismantling of Olympic infrastructure – the Games were a great success for the Australian team and there was a spirit of optimism in the air about what could be achieved in four years time in Sydney.

The flag was passed to Sydney

Michael Knight, New South Wales Minister for the 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games, was handed the IPC flag at the closing ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games, symbolising the transfer of the Games from one host city to the next.

The ABC had been there to capture it all

By 1996, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) was firmly committed to covering the Paralympic Games. Presenter and journalist Karen Tighe (seated, in black), became the face and voice of the ABC’s Paralympic coverage, attending every Games from 1992 to 2012, with the exception of 2004, when SBS broadcast the Games in Australia.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1998 winter Paralympics in Nagano, Japan?

The National Library has recorded oral history interview with Nick Dean, who was the Team Chef de Mission. There is a summary so that you can quickly find parts of the interviews that interest you.

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1998 Winter 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 1998 winter Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

1998 Winter Paralympics Australian Team List

The members of the 1998 Australian Paralympic Team for the Nagano winter Paralympics were:

Athletes

Officials/coaches:

  • Steve Bova – Head Coach
  • Adrian Pay

Click on the names to read their Wikipedia article.

For more information on the 1998 Team the following websites will help.

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

Australia at the 1998 winter 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.

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

List of the members of the 1998 Australian Paralympic Team for the Nagano Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the Nagano Winter Paralympics 1998

Members of the 1998 Australian Winter Paralympic Team were nominated after a series of training camps and competition at the Disabled WinterSport Australia Nationals held in Mt Hotham, Victoria. The team commenced training in Australia but, due to unfavourable conditions, they relocated to the northern hemisphere. The team initially comprised six male alpine skiers, but injury and illness forced the withdrawal of Rod Hacon and David Munk, respectively, just prior to the Games. The loss of these two seasoned Paralympians was a blow to the team; only one of the remaining four skiers ‚Äď James Patterson ‚Äď had previously competed in a Winter Paralympics. The loss of these athletes was emblematic of an overall changing of the guard in terms of athletes, as recognised retrospectively in the Australian Paralympic Committee’s 1998 annual report: ‚ÄėThe nucleus of the Lillehammer Paralympic Team re-gathered at the 1996 world championships in Austria, however this event became the swan-song for many of the team stalwarts rather than an important stepping stone towards the 1998 Nagano Paralympic Games preparation ‚Äď in fact it lost momentum.‚Äô

Performance:
Australia was represented by four male alpine skiers: James Patterson and novice Paralympians Anthony Bonaccurso, Matthew Nicholls and Alastair Mars. Australia finished equal 16th (with Denmark) of 21 nations on the overall medal tally. Team captain James Patterson, an outstanding LW9 skier, won Australia’s two medals ‚Äď gold in the Men’s Downhill and bronze in the Men’s Slalom. At the conclusion of the games, in which Australia won fewer medals than in the two previous Winter Games, the Australian Paralympic Committee developed a plan to improve Australia’s medal count at future Winter Games. The entire winter program was reviewed resulting in a focus on talent identification, continuity of coaching and ongoing, well-structured training. A year-round training program was developed to improve physical conditioning for skiing athletes. Funding was secured from the Australian Paralympic Committee, the Australian Sports Commission, and the New South Wales Department of Sport and Recreation.

Australia was represented by four male alpine skiers, only one of whom had previously competed in a Winter Paralympics and won fewer medals than in the two previous Winter Games.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1996 summer Paralympics in Atlanta, USA?

You can find all the photos from the 1996 Games at Barcelona 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 1996 Games:¬† Athletes ‚Äst¬†Libby Kosmala,¬†¬†Terry Giddy,¬†¬†John Eden,¬†Russell Short,¬†David Gould,¬†Chris Scott,¬†Priya Cooper,¬†Louise Sauvage,¬†Liesl Tesch ;¬†Team officials – George Dunstan, Paul Bird,¬†Chris Nunn, Scott Goodman,¬†Norma Beer,¬†Jane Buckley,¬†¬†JennI Banks,¬†Don Perriman

Australian Team Handbook ‚Äď Atlanta Paralympics 1996¬†published by the Australian Paralympic Federation has brief profiles of team members.

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1996 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 1996 summer Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

Louise Sauvage was recognised as Paralympian of the Year

The Australian Paralympian of the Year Awards was introduced by the then Australian Paralympic Federation in 1994 to recognise the outstanding achievements of Australia’s Paralympic athletes. Louise Sauvage won the first awards and was the popular choice again in 1996 after her performance at the Atlanta Paralympic Games, where she won 4 gold medals and every event in her class from 400m to 5000m.

The team was welcomed home with parades around Australia

The South Australian members of the 1996 Australian Paralympic Team were welcomed home from the Games with a parade and mayoral reception in Adelaide city.

Then it was time to party

Australian teammates Don Elgin and Mick Dowling were in a festive mood at the conclusion of the closing ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games. Although conditions at the Games had been at times been challenging – weather, transport, accommodation, food and the dismantling of Olympic infrastructure – the Games were a great success for the Australian team and there was a spirit of optimism in the air about what could be achieved in four years time in Sydney.

The flag was passed to Sydney

Michael Knight, New South Wales Minister for the 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games, was handed the IPC flag at the closing ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games, symbolising the transfer of the Games from one host city to the next.

The ABC had been there to capture it all

By 1996, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) was firmly committed to covering the Paralympic Games. Presenter and journalist Karen Tighe (seated, in black), became the face and voice of the ABC’s Paralympic coverage, attending every Games from 1992 to 2012, with the exception of 2004, when SBS broadcast the Games in Australia.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1998 winter Paralympics in Nagano, Japan?

The National Library has recorded oral history interview with Nick Dean, who was the Team Chef de Mission. There is a summary so that you can quickly find parts of the interviews that interest you.

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1998 Winter 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 1998 winter Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

1998 Winter Paralympics Australian Team List

The members of the 1998 Australian Paralympic Team for the Nagano winter Paralympics were:

Athletes

Officials/coaches:

  • Steve Bova – Head Coach
  • Adrian Pay

Click on the names to read their Wikipedia article.

For more information on the 1998 Team the following websites will help.

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

Australia at the 1998 winter 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.

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

List of the members of the 1998 Australian Paralympic Team for the Nagano Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the Nagano Winter Paralympics 1998

Members of the 1998 Australian Winter Paralympic Team were nominated after a series of training camps and competition at the Disabled WinterSport Australia Nationals held in Mt Hotham, Victoria. The team commenced training in Australia but, due to unfavourable conditions, they relocated to the northern hemisphere. The team initially comprised six male alpine skiers, but injury and illness forced the withdrawal of Rod Hacon and David Munk, respectively, just prior to the Games. The loss of these two seasoned Paralympians was a blow to the team; only one of the remaining four skiers ‚Äď James Patterson ‚Äď had previously competed in a Winter Paralympics. The loss of these athletes was emblematic of an overall changing of the guard in terms of athletes, as recognised retrospectively in the Australian Paralympic Committee’s 1998 annual report: ‚ÄėThe nucleus of the Lillehammer Paralympic Team re-gathered at the 1996 world championships in Austria, however this event became the swan-song for many of the team stalwarts rather than an important stepping stone towards the 1998 Nagano Paralympic Games preparation ‚Äď in fact it lost momentum.‚Äô

Performance:
Australia was represented by four male alpine skiers: James Patterson and novice Paralympians Anthony Bonaccurso, Matthew Nicholls and Alastair Mars. Australia finished equal 16th (with Denmark) of 21 nations on the overall medal tally. Team captain James Patterson, an outstanding LW9 skier, won Australia’s two medals ‚Äď gold in the Men’s Downhill and bronze in the Men’s Slalom. At the conclusion of the games, in which Australia won fewer medals than in the two previous Winter Games, the Australian Paralympic Committee developed a plan to improve Australia’s medal count at future Winter Games. The entire winter program was reviewed resulting in a focus on talent identification, continuity of coaching and ongoing, well-structured training. A year-round training program was developed to improve physical conditioning for skiing athletes. Funding was secured from the Australian Paralympic Committee, the Australian Sports Commission, and the New South Wales Department of Sport and Recreation.

Australia was represented by four male alpine skiers, only one of whom had previously competed in a Winter Paralympics and won fewer medals than in the two previous Winter Games.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1996 summer Paralympics in Atlanta, USA?

You can find all the photos from the 1996 Games at Barcelona 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 1996 Games:¬† Athletes ‚Äst¬†Libby Kosmala,¬†¬†Terry Giddy,¬†¬†John Eden,¬†Russell Short,¬†David Gould,¬†Chris Scott,¬†Priya Cooper,¬†Louise Sauvage,¬†Liesl Tesch ;¬†Team officials – George Dunstan, Paul Bird,¬†Chris Nunn, Scott Goodman,¬†Norma Beer,¬†Jane Buckley,¬†¬†JennI Banks,¬†Don Perriman

Australian Team Handbook ‚Äď Atlanta Paralympics 1996¬†published by the Australian Paralympic Federation has brief profiles of team members.

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1996 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 1996 summer Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

Louise Sauvage was recognised as Paralympian of the Year

The Australian Paralympian of the Year Awards was introduced by the then Australian Paralympic Federation in 1994 to recognise the outstanding achievements of Australia’s Paralympic athletes. Louise Sauvage won the first awards and was the popular choice again in 1996 after her performance at the Atlanta Paralympic Games, where she won 4 gold medals and every event in her class from 400m to 5000m.

The team was welcomed home with parades around Australia

The South Australian members of the 1996 Australian Paralympic Team were welcomed home from the Games with a parade and mayoral reception in Adelaide city.

Then it was time to party

Australian teammates Don Elgin and Mick Dowling were in a festive mood at the conclusion of the closing ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games. Although conditions at the Games had been at times been challenging – weather, transport, accommodation, food and the dismantling of Olympic infrastructure – the Games were a great success for the Australian team and there was a spirit of optimism in the air about what could be achieved in four years time in Sydney.

The flag was passed to Sydney

Michael Knight, New South Wales Minister for the 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games, was handed the IPC flag at the closing ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games, symbolising the transfer of the Games from one host city to the next.

The ABC had been there to capture it all

By 1996, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) was firmly committed to covering the Paralympic Games. Presenter and journalist Karen Tighe (seated, in black), became the face and voice of the ABC’s Paralympic coverage, attending every Games from 1992 to 2012, with the exception of 2004, when SBS broadcast the Games in Australia.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1998 winter Paralympics in Nagano, Japan?

The National Library has recorded oral history interview with Nick Dean, who was the Team Chef de Mission. There is a summary so that you can quickly find parts of the interviews that interest you.

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1998 Winter 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 1998 winter Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

1998 Winter Paralympics Australian Team List

The members of the 1998 Australian Paralympic Team for the Nagano winter Paralympics were:

Athletes

Officials/coaches:

  • Steve Bova – Head Coach
  • Adrian Pay

Click on the names to read their Wikipedia article.

For more information on the 1998 Team the following websites will help.

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

Australia at the 1998 winter 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.

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

List of the members of the 1998 Australian Paralympic Team for the Nagano Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the Nagano Winter Paralympics 1998

Members of the 1998 Australian Winter Paralympic Team were nominated after a series of training camps and competition at the Disabled WinterSport Australia Nationals held in Mt Hotham, Victoria. The team commenced training in Australia but, due to unfavourable conditions, they relocated to the northern hemisphere. The team initially comprised six male alpine skiers, but injury and illness forced the withdrawal of Rod Hacon and David Munk, respectively, just prior to the Games. The loss of these two seasoned Paralympians was a blow to the team; only one of the remaining four skiers ‚Äď James Patterson ‚Äď had previously competed in a Winter Paralympics. The loss of these athletes was emblematic of an overall changing of the guard in terms of athletes, as recognised retrospectively in the Australian Paralympic Committee’s 1998 annual report: ‚ÄėThe nucleus of the Lillehammer Paralympic Team re-gathered at the 1996 world championships in Austria, however this event became the swan-song for many of the team stalwarts rather than an important stepping stone towards the 1998 Nagano Paralympic Games preparation ‚Äď in fact it lost momentum.‚Äô

Performance:
Australia was represented by four male alpine skiers: James Patterson and novice Paralympians Anthony Bonaccurso, Matthew Nicholls and Alastair Mars. Australia finished equal 16th (with Denmark) of 21 nations on the overall medal tally. Team captain James Patterson, an outstanding LW9 skier, won Australia’s two medals ‚Äď gold in the Men’s Downhill and bronze in the Men’s Slalom. At the conclusion of the games, in which Australia won fewer medals than in the two previous Winter Games, the Australian Paralympic Committee developed a plan to improve Australia’s medal count at future Winter Games. The entire winter program was reviewed resulting in a focus on talent identification, continuity of coaching and ongoing, well-structured training. A year-round training program was developed to improve physical conditioning for skiing athletes. Funding was secured from the Australian Paralympic Committee, the Australian Sports Commission, and the New South Wales Department of Sport and Recreation.

Australia was represented by four male alpine skiers, only one of whom had previously competed in a Winter Paralympics and won fewer medals than in the two previous Winter Games.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1996 summer Paralympics in Atlanta, USA?

You can find all the photos from the 1996 Games at Barcelona 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 1996 Games:¬† Athletes ‚Äst¬†Libby Kosmala,¬†¬†Terry Giddy,¬†¬†John Eden,¬†Russell Short,¬†David Gould,¬†Chris Scott,¬†Priya Cooper,¬†Louise Sauvage,¬†Liesl Tesch ;¬†Team officials – George Dunstan, Paul Bird,¬†Chris Nunn, Scott Goodman,¬†Norma Beer,¬†Jane Buckley,¬†¬†JennI Banks,¬†Don Perriman

Australian Team Handbook ‚Äď Atlanta Paralympics 1996¬†published by the Australian Paralympic Federation has brief profiles of team members.

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1996 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 1996 summer Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

Louise Sauvage was recognised as Paralympian of the Year

The Australian Paralympian of the Year Awards was introduced by the then Australian Paralympic Federation in 1994 to recognise the outstanding achievements of Australia’s Paralympic athletes. Louise Sauvage won the first awards and was the popular choice again in 1996 after her performance at the Atlanta Paralympic Games, where she won 4 gold medals and every event in her class from 400m to 5000m.

The team was welcomed home with parades around Australia

The South Australian members of the 1996 Australian Paralympic Team were welcomed home from the Games with a parade and mayoral reception in Adelaide city.

Then it was time to party

Australian teammates Don Elgin and Mick Dowling were in a festive mood at the conclusion of the closing ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games. Although conditions at the Games had been at times been challenging – weather, transport, accommodation, food and the dismantling of Olympic infrastructure – the Games were a great success for the Australian team and there was a spirit of optimism in the air about what could be achieved in four years time in Sydney.

The flag was passed to Sydney

Michael Knight, New South Wales Minister for the 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games, was handed the IPC flag at the closing ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games, symbolising the transfer of the Games from one host city to the next.

The ABC had been there to capture it all

By 1996, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) was firmly committed to covering the Paralympic Games. Presenter and journalist Karen Tighe (seated, in black), became the face and voice of the ABC’s Paralympic coverage, attending every Games from 1992 to 2012, with the exception of 2004, when SBS broadcast the Games in Australia.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1998 winter Paralympics in Nagano, Japan?

The National Library has recorded oral history interview with Nick Dean, who was the Team Chef de Mission. There is a summary so that you can quickly find parts of the interviews that interest you.

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1998 Winter 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 1998 winter Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

1998 Winter Paralympics Australian Team List

The members of the 1998 Australian Paralympic Team for the Nagano winter Paralympics were:

Athletes

Officials/coaches:

  • Steve Bova – Head Coach
  • Adrian Pay

Click on the names to read their Wikipedia article.

For more information on the 1998 Team the following websites will help.

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

Australia at the 1998 winter 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.

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

List of the members of the 1998 Australian Paralympic Team for the Nagano Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the Nagano Winter Paralympics 1998

Members of the 1998 Australian Winter Paralympic Team were nominated after a series of training camps and competition at the Disabled WinterSport Australia Nationals held in Mt Hotham, Victoria. The team commenced training in Australia but, due to unfavourable conditions, they relocated to the northern hemisphere. The team initially comprised six male alpine skiers, but injury and illness forced the withdrawal of Rod Hacon and David Munk, respectively, just prior to the Games. The loss of these two seasoned Paralympians was a blow to the team; only one of the remaining four skiers ‚Äď James Patterson ‚Äď had previously competed in a Winter Paralympics. The loss of these athletes was emblematic of an overall changing of the guard in terms of athletes, as recognised retrospectively in the Australian Paralympic Committee’s 1998 annual report: ‚ÄėThe nucleus of the Lillehammer Paralympic Team re-gathered at the 1996 world championships in Austria, however this event became the swan-song for many of the team stalwarts rather than an important stepping stone towards the 1998 Nagano Paralympic Games preparation ‚Äď in fact it lost momentum.‚Äô

Performance:
Australia was represented by four male alpine skiers: James Patterson and novice Paralympians Anthony Bonaccurso, Matthew Nicholls and Alastair Mars. Australia finished equal 16th (with Denmark) of 21 nations on the overall medal tally. Team captain James Patterson, an outstanding LW9 skier, won Australia’s two medals ‚Äď gold in the Men’s Downhill and bronze in the Men’s Slalom. At the conclusion of the games, in which Australia won fewer medals than in the two previous Winter Games, the Australian Paralympic Committee developed a plan to improve Australia’s medal count at future Winter Games. The entire winter program was reviewed resulting in a focus on talent identification, continuity of coaching and ongoing, well-structured training. A year-round training program was developed to improve physical conditioning for skiing athletes. Funding was secured from the Australian Paralympic Committee, the Australian Sports Commission, and the New South Wales Department of Sport and Recreation.

Australia was represented by four male alpine skiers, only one of whom had previously competed in a Winter Paralympics and won fewer medals than in the two previous Winter Games.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1996 summer Paralympics in Atlanta, USA?

You can find all the photos from the 1996 Games at Barcelona 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 1996 Games:¬† Athletes ‚Äst¬†Libby Kosmala,¬†¬†Terry Giddy,¬†¬†John Eden,¬†Russell Short,¬†David Gould,¬†Chris Scott,¬†Priya Cooper,¬†Louise Sauvage,¬†Liesl Tesch ;¬†Team officials – George Dunstan, Paul Bird,¬†Chris Nunn, Scott Goodman,¬†Norma Beer,¬†Jane Buckley,¬†¬†JennI Banks,¬†Don Perriman

Australian Team Handbook ‚Äď Atlanta Paralympics 1996¬†published by the Australian Paralympic Federation has brief profiles of team members.

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1996 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 1996 summer Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

Louise Sauvage was recognised as Paralympian of the Year

The Australian Paralympian of the Year Awards was introduced by the then Australian Paralympic Federation in 1994 to recognise the outstanding achievements of Australia’s Paralympic athletes. Louise Sauvage won the first awards and was the popular choice again in 1996 after her performance at the Atlanta Paralympic Games, where she won 4 gold medals and every event in her class from 400m to 5000m.

The team was welcomed home with parades around Australia

The South Australian members of the 1996 Australian Paralympic Team were welcomed home from the Games with a parade and mayoral reception in Adelaide city.

Then it was time to party

Australian teammates Don Elgin and Mick Dowling were in a festive mood at the conclusion of the closing ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games. Although conditions at the Games had been at times been challenging – weather, transport, accommodation, food and the dismantling of Olympic infrastructure – the Games were a great success for the Australian team and there was a spirit of optimism in the air about what could be achieved in four years time in Sydney.

The flag was passed to Sydney

Michael Knight, New South Wales Minister for the 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games, was handed the IPC flag at the closing ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games, symbolising the transfer of the Games from one host city to the next.

The ABC had been there to capture it all

By 1996, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) was firmly committed to covering the Paralympic Games. Presenter and journalist Karen Tighe (seated, in black), became the face and voice of the ABC’s Paralympic coverage, attending every Games from 1992 to 2012, with the exception of 2004, when SBS broadcast the Games in Australia.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1998 winter Paralympics in Nagano, Japan?

The National Library has recorded oral history interview with Nick Dean, who was the Team Chef de Mission. There is a summary so that you can quickly find parts of the interviews that interest you.

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1998 Winter 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 1998 winter Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

1998 Winter Paralympics Australian Team List

The members of the 1998 Australian Paralympic Team for the Nagano winter Paralympics were:

Athletes

Officials/coaches:

  • Steve Bova – Head Coach
  • Adrian Pay

Click on the names to read their Wikipedia article.

For more information on the 1998 Team the following websites will help.

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

Australia at the 1998 winter 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.

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

List of the members of the 1998 Australian Paralympic Team for the Nagano Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the Nagano Winter Paralympics 1998

Members of the 1998 Australian Winter Paralympic Team were nominated after a series of training camps and competition at the Disabled WinterSport Australia Nationals held in Mt Hotham, Victoria. The team commenced training in Australia but, due to unfavourable conditions, they relocated to the northern hemisphere. The team initially comprised six male alpine skiers, but injury and illness forced the withdrawal of Rod Hacon and David Munk, respectively, just prior to the Games. The loss of these two seasoned Paralympians was a blow to the team; only one of the remaining four skiers ‚Äď James Patterson ‚Äď had previously competed in a Winter Paralympics. The loss of these athletes was emblematic of an overall changing of the guard in terms of athletes, as recognised retrospectively in the Australian Paralympic Committee’s 1998 annual report: ‚ÄėThe nucleus of the Lillehammer Paralympic Team re-gathered at the 1996 world championships in Austria, however this event became the swan-song for many of the team stalwarts rather than an important stepping stone towards the 1998 Nagano Paralympic Games preparation ‚Äď in fact it lost momentum.‚Äô

Performance:
Australia was represented by four male alpine skiers: James Patterson and novice Paralympians Anthony Bonaccurso, Matthew Nicholls and Alastair Mars. Australia finished equal 16th (with Denmark) of 21 nations on the overall medal tally. Team captain James Patterson, an outstanding LW9 skier, won Australia’s two medals ‚Äď gold in the Men’s Downhill and bronze in the Men’s Slalom. At the conclusion of the games, in which Australia won fewer medals than in the two previous Winter Games, the Australian Paralympic Committee developed a plan to improve Australia’s medal count at future Winter Games. The entire winter program was reviewed resulting in a focus on talent identification, continuity of coaching and ongoing, well-structured training. A year-round training program was developed to improve physical conditioning for skiing athletes. Funding was secured from the Australian Paralympic Committee, the Australian Sports Commission, and the New South Wales Department of Sport and Recreation.

Australia was represented by four male alpine skiers, only one of whom had previously competed in a Winter Paralympics and won fewer medals than in the two previous Winter Games.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1996 summer Paralympics in Atlanta, USA?

You can find all the photos from the 1996 Games at Barcelona 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 1996 Games:¬† Athletes ‚Äst¬†Libby Kosmala,¬†¬†Terry Giddy,¬†¬†John Eden,¬†Russell Short,¬†David Gould,¬†Chris Scott,¬†Priya Cooper,¬†Louise Sauvage,¬†Liesl Tesch ;¬†Team officials – George Dunstan, Paul Bird,¬†Chris Nunn, Scott Goodman,¬†Norma Beer,¬†Jane Buckley,¬†¬†JennI Banks,¬†Don Perriman

Australian Team Handbook ‚Äď Atlanta Paralympics 1996¬†published by the Australian Paralympic Federation has brief profiles of team members.

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1996 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 1996 summer Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

Louise Sauvage was recognised as Paralympian of the Year

The Australian Paralympian of the Year Awards was introduced by the then Australian Paralympic Federation in 1994 to recognise the outstanding achievements of Australia’s Paralympic athletes. Louise Sauvage won the first awards and was the popular choice again in 1996 after her performance at the Atlanta Paralympic Games, where she won 4 gold medals and every event in her class from 400m to 5000m.

The team was welcomed home with parades around Australia

The South Australian members of the 1996 Australian Paralympic Team were welcomed home from the Games with a parade and mayoral reception in Adelaide city.

Then it was time to party

Australian teammates Don Elgin and Mick Dowling were in a festive mood at the conclusion of the closing ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games. Although conditions at the Games had been at times been challenging – weather, transport, accommodation, food and the dismantling of Olympic infrastructure – the Games were a great success for the Australian team and there was a spirit of optimism in the air about what could be achieved in four years time in Sydney.

The flag was passed to Sydney

Michael Knight, New South Wales Minister for the 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games, was handed the IPC flag at the closing ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games, symbolising the transfer of the Games from one host city to the next.

The ABC had been there to capture it all

By 1996, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) was firmly committed to covering the Paralympic Games. Presenter and journalist Karen Tighe (seated, in black), became the face and voice of the ABC’s Paralympic coverage, attending every Games from 1992 to 2012, with the exception of 2004, when SBS broadcast the Games in Australia.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1998 winter Paralympics in Nagano, Japan?

The National Library has recorded oral history interview with Nick Dean, who was the Team Chef de Mission. There is a summary so that you can quickly find parts of the interviews that interest you.

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1998 Winter 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 1998 winter Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

1998 Winter Paralympics Australian Team List

The members of the 1998 Australian Paralympic Team for the Nagano winter Paralympics were:

Athletes

Officials/coaches:

  • Steve Bova – Head Coach
  • Adrian Pay

Click on the names to read their Wikipedia article.

For more information on the 1998 Team the following websites will help.

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

Australia at the 1998 winter 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.

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

List of the members of the 1998 Australian Paralympic Team for the Nagano Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the Nagano Winter Paralympics 1998

Members of the 1998 Australian Winter Paralympic Team were nominated after a series of training camps and competition at the Disabled WinterSport Australia Nationals held in Mt Hotham, Victoria. The team commenced training in Australia but, due to unfavourable conditions, they relocated to the northern hemisphere. The team initially comprised six male alpine skiers, but injury and illness forced the withdrawal of Rod Hacon and David Munk, respectively, just prior to the Games. The loss of these two seasoned Paralympians was a blow to the team; only one of the remaining four skiers ‚Äď James Patterson ‚Äď had previously competed in a Winter Paralympics. The loss of these athletes was emblematic of an overall changing of the guard in terms of athletes, as recognised retrospectively in the Australian Paralympic Committee’s 1998 annual report: ‚ÄėThe nucleus of the Lillehammer Paralympic Team re-gathered at the 1996 world championships in Austria, however this event became the swan-song for many of the team stalwarts rather than an important stepping stone towards the 1998 Nagano Paralympic Games preparation ‚Äď in fact it lost momentum.‚Äô

Performance:
Australia was represented by four male alpine skiers: James Patterson and novice Paralympians Anthony Bonaccurso, Matthew Nicholls and Alastair Mars. Australia finished equal 16th (with Denmark) of 21 nations on the overall medal tally. Team captain James Patterson, an outstanding LW9 skier, won Australia’s two medals ‚Äď gold in the Men’s Downhill and bronze in the Men’s Slalom. At the conclusion of the games, in which Australia won fewer medals than in the two previous Winter Games, the Australian Paralympic Committee developed a plan to improve Australia’s medal count at future Winter Games. The entire winter program was reviewed resulting in a focus on talent identification, continuity of coaching and ongoing, well-structured training. A year-round training program was developed to improve physical conditioning for skiing athletes. Funding was secured from the Australian Paralympic Committee, the Australian Sports Commission, and the New South Wales Department of Sport and Recreation.

Australia was represented by four male alpine skiers, only one of whom had previously competed in a Winter Paralympics and won fewer medals than in the two previous Winter Games.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1996 summer Paralympics in Atlanta, USA?

You can find all the photos from the 1996 Games at Barcelona 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 1996 Games:¬† Athletes ‚Äst¬†Libby Kosmala,¬†¬†Terry Giddy,¬†¬†John Eden,¬†Russell Short,¬†David Gould,¬†Chris Scott,¬†Priya Cooper,¬†Louise Sauvage,¬†Liesl Tesch ;¬†Team officials – George Dunstan, Paul Bird,¬†Chris Nunn, Scott Goodman,¬†Norma Beer,¬†Jane Buckley,¬†¬†JennI Banks,¬†Don Perriman

Australian Team Handbook ‚Äď Atlanta Paralympics 1996¬†published by the Australian Paralympic Federation has brief profiles of team members.

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1996 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 1996 summer Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

Louise Sauvage was recognised as Paralympian of the Year

The Australian Paralympian of the Year Awards was introduced by the then Australian Paralympic Federation in 1994 to recognise the outstanding achievements of Australia’s Paralympic athletes. Louise Sauvage won the first awards and was the popular choice again in 1996 after her performance at the Atlanta Paralympic Games, where she won 4 gold medals and every event in her class from 400m to 5000m.

The team was welcomed home with parades around Australia

The South Australian members of the 1996 Australian Paralympic Team were welcomed home from the Games with a parade and mayoral reception in Adelaide city.

Then it was time to party

Australian teammates Don Elgin and Mick Dowling were in a festive mood at the conclusion of the closing ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games. Although conditions at the Games had been at times been challenging – weather, transport, accommodation, food and the dismantling of Olympic infrastructure – the Games were a great success for the Australian team and there was a spirit of optimism in the air about what could be achieved in four years time in Sydney.

The flag was passed to Sydney

Michael Knight, New South Wales Minister for the 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games, was handed the IPC flag at the closing ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games, symbolising the transfer of the Games from one host city to the next.

The ABC had been there to capture it all

By 1996, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) was firmly committed to covering the Paralympic Games. Presenter and journalist Karen Tighe (seated, in black), became the face and voice of the ABC’s Paralympic coverage, attending every Games from 1992 to 2012, with the exception of 2004, when SBS broadcast the Games in Australia.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1998 winter Paralympics in Nagano, Japan?

The National Library has recorded oral history interview with Nick Dean, who was the Team Chef de Mission. There is a summary so that you can quickly find parts of the interviews that interest you.

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1998 Winter 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 1998 winter Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

1998 Winter Paralympics Australian Team List

The members of the 1998 Australian Paralympic Team for the Nagano winter Paralympics were:

Athletes

Officials/coaches:

  • Steve Bova – Head Coach
  • Adrian Pay

Click on the names to read their Wikipedia article.

For more information on the 1998 Team the following websites will help.

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

Australia at the 1998 winter 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.

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

List of the members of the 1998 Australian Paralympic Team for the Nagano Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the Nagano Winter Paralympics 1998

Members of the 1998 Australian Winter Paralympic Team were nominated after a series of training camps and competition at the Disabled WinterSport Australia Nationals held in Mt Hotham, Victoria. The team commenced training in Australia but, due to unfavourable conditions, they relocated to the northern hemisphere. The team initially comprised six male alpine skiers, but injury and illness forced the withdrawal of Rod Hacon and David Munk, respectively, just prior to the Games. The loss of these two seasoned Paralympians was a blow to the team; only one of the remaining four skiers ‚Äď James Patterson ‚Äď had previously competed in a Winter Paralympics. The loss of these athletes was emblematic of an overall changing of the guard in terms of athletes, as recognised retrospectively in the Australian Paralympic Committee’s 1998 annual report: ‚ÄėThe nucleus of the Lillehammer Paralympic Team re-gathered at the 1996 world championships in Austria, however this event became the swan-song for many of the team stalwarts rather than an important stepping stone towards the 1998 Nagano Paralympic Games preparation ‚Äď in fact it lost momentum.‚Äô

Performance:
Australia was represented by four male alpine skiers: James Patterson and novice Paralympians Anthony Bonaccurso, Matthew Nicholls and Alastair Mars. Australia finished equal 16th (with Denmark) of 21 nations on the overall medal tally. Team captain James Patterson, an outstanding LW9 skier, won Australia’s two medals ‚Äď gold in the Men’s Downhill and bronze in the Men’s Slalom. At the conclusion of the games, in which Australia won fewer medals than in the two previous Winter Games, the Australian Paralympic Committee developed a plan to improve Australia’s medal count at future Winter Games. The entire winter program was reviewed resulting in a focus on talent identification, continuity of coaching and ongoing, well-structured training. A year-round training program was developed to improve physical conditioning for skiing athletes. Funding was secured from the Australian Paralympic Committee, the Australian Sports Commission, and the New South Wales Department of Sport and Recreation.

Australia was represented by four male alpine skiers, only one of whom had previously competed in a Winter Paralympics and won fewer medals than in the two previous Winter Games.

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You can find all the photos from the 1996 Games at Barcelona 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 1996 Games:¬† Athletes ‚Äst¬†Libby Kosmala,¬†¬†Terry Giddy,¬†¬†John Eden,¬†Russell Short,¬†David Gould,¬†Chris Scott,¬†Priya Cooper,¬†Louise Sauvage,¬†Liesl Tesch ;¬†Team officials – George Dunstan, Paul Bird,¬†Chris Nunn, Scott Goodman,¬†Norma Beer,¬†Jane Buckley,¬†¬†JennI Banks,¬†Don Perriman

Australian Team Handbook ‚Äď Atlanta Paralympics 1996¬†published by the Australian Paralympic Federation has brief profiles of team members.

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1996 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 1996 summer Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

Louise Sauvage was recognised as Paralympian of the Year

The Australian Paralympian of the Year Awards was introduced by the then Australian Paralympic Federation in 1994 to recognise the outstanding achievements of Australia’s Paralympic athletes. Louise Sauvage won the first awards and was the popular choice again in 1996 after her performance at the Atlanta Paralympic Games, where she won 4 gold medals and every event in her class from 400m to 5000m.

The team was welcomed home with parades around Australia

The South Australian members of the 1996 Australian Paralympic Team were welcomed home from the Games with a parade and mayoral reception in Adelaide city.

Then it was time to party

Australian teammates Don Elgin and Mick Dowling were in a festive mood at the conclusion of the closing ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games. Although conditions at the Games had been at times been challenging – weather, transport, accommodation, food and the dismantling of Olympic infrastructure – the Games were a great success for the Australian team and there was a spirit of optimism in the air about what could be achieved in four years time in Sydney.

The flag was passed to Sydney

Michael Knight, New South Wales Minister for the 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games, was handed the IPC flag at the closing ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games, symbolising the transfer of the Games from one host city to the next.

The ABC had been there to capture it all

By 1996, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) was firmly committed to covering the Paralympic Games. Presenter and journalist Karen Tighe (seated, in black), became the face and voice of the ABC’s Paralympic coverage, attending every Games from 1992 to 2012, with the exception of 2004, when SBS broadcast the Games in Australia.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1998 winter Paralympics in Nagano, Japan?

The National Library has recorded oral history interview with Nick Dean, who was the Team Chef de Mission. There is a summary so that you can quickly find parts of the interviews that interest you.

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1998 Winter 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 1998 winter Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

1998 Winter Paralympics Australian Team List

The members of the 1998 Australian Paralympic Team for the Nagano winter Paralympics were:

Athletes

Officials/coaches:

  • Steve Bova – Head Coach
  • Adrian Pay

Click on the names to read their Wikipedia article.

For more information on the 1998 Team the following websites will help.

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

Australia at the 1998 winter 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.

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

List of the members of the 1998 Australian Paralympic Team for the Nagano Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the Nagano Winter Paralympics 1998

Members of the 1998 Australian Winter Paralympic Team were nominated after a series of training camps and competition at the Disabled WinterSport Australia Nationals held in Mt Hotham, Victoria. The team commenced training in Australia but, due to unfavourable conditions, they relocated to the northern hemisphere. The team initially comprised six male alpine skiers, but injury and illness forced the withdrawal of Rod Hacon and David Munk, respectively, just prior to the Games. The loss of these two seasoned Paralympians was a blow to the team; only one of the remaining four skiers ‚Äď James Patterson ‚Äď had previously competed in a Winter Paralympics. The loss of these athletes was emblematic of an overall changing of the guard in terms of athletes, as recognised retrospectively in the Australian Paralympic Committee’s 1998 annual report: ‚ÄėThe nucleus of the Lillehammer Paralympic Team re-gathered at the 1996 world championships in Austria, however this event became the swan-song for many of the team stalwarts rather than an important stepping stone towards the 1998 Nagano Paralympic Games preparation ‚Äď in fact it lost momentum.‚Äô

Performance:
Australia was represented by four male alpine skiers: James Patterson and novice Paralympians Anthony Bonaccurso, Matthew Nicholls and Alastair Mars. Australia finished equal 16th (with Denmark) of 21 nations on the overall medal tally. Team captain James Patterson, an outstanding LW9 skier, won Australia’s two medals ‚Äď gold in the Men’s Downhill and bronze in the Men’s Slalom. At the conclusion of the games, in which Australia won fewer medals than in the two previous Winter Games, the Australian Paralympic Committee developed a plan to improve Australia’s medal count at future Winter Games. The entire winter program was reviewed resulting in a focus on talent identification, continuity of coaching and ongoing, well-structured training. A year-round training program was developed to improve physical conditioning for skiing athletes. Funding was secured from the Australian Paralympic Committee, the Australian Sports Commission, and the New South Wales Department of Sport and Recreation.

Australia was represented by four male alpine skiers, only one of whom had previously competed in a Winter Paralympics and won fewer medals than in the two previous Winter Games.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1996 summer Paralympics in Atlanta, USA?

You can find all the photos from the 1996 Games at Barcelona 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 1996 Games:¬† Athletes ‚Äst¬†Libby Kosmala,¬†¬†Terry Giddy,¬†¬†John Eden,¬†Russell Short,¬†David Gould,¬†Chris Scott,¬†Priya Cooper,¬†Louise Sauvage,¬†Liesl Tesch ;¬†Team officials – George Dunstan, Paul Bird,¬†Chris Nunn, Scott Goodman,¬†Norma Beer,¬†Jane Buckley,¬†¬†JennI Banks,¬†Don Perriman

Australian Team Handbook ‚Äď Atlanta Paralympics 1996¬†published by the Australian Paralympic Federation has brief profiles of team members.

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1996 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 1996 summer Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

Louise Sauvage was recognised as Paralympian of the Year

The Australian Paralympian of the Year Awards was introduced by the then Australian Paralympic Federation in 1994 to recognise the outstanding achievements of Australia’s Paralympic athletes. Louise Sauvage won the first awards and was the popular choice again in 1996 after her performance at the Atlanta Paralympic Games, where she won 4 gold medals and every event in her class from 400m to 5000m.

The team was welcomed home with parades around Australia

The South Australian members of the 1996 Australian Paralympic Team were welcomed home from the Games with a parade and mayoral reception in Adelaide city.

Then it was time to party

Australian teammates Don Elgin and Mick Dowling were in a festive mood at the conclusion of the closing ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games. Although conditions at the Games had been at times been challenging – weather, transport, accommodation, food and the dismantling of Olympic infrastructure – the Games were a great success for the Australian team and there was a spirit of optimism in the air about what could be achieved in four years time in Sydney.

The flag was passed to Sydney

Michael Knight, New South Wales Minister for the 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games, was handed the IPC flag at the closing ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games, symbolising the transfer of the Games from one host city to the next.

The ABC had been there to capture it all

By 1996, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) was firmly committed to covering the Paralympic Games. Presenter and journalist Karen Tighe (seated, in black), became the face and voice of the ABC’s Paralympic coverage, attending every Games from 1992 to 2012, with the exception of 2004, when SBS broadcast the Games in Australia.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1998 winter Paralympics in Nagano, Japan?

The National Library has recorded oral history interview with Nick Dean, who was the Team Chef de Mission. There is a summary so that you can quickly find parts of the interviews that interest you.

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1998 Winter 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 1998 winter Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.

1998 Winter Paralympics Australian Team List

The members of the 1998 Australian Paralympic Team for the Nagano winter Paralympics were:

Athletes

Officials/coaches:

  • Steve Bova – Head Coach
  • Adrian Pay

Click on the names to read their Wikipedia article.

For more information on the 1998 Team the following websites will help.

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

Australia at the 1998 winter 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.

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

List of the members of the 1998 Australian Paralympic Team for the Nagano Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

Australia at the Nagano Winter Paralympics 1998

Members of the 1998 Australian Winter Paralympic Team were nominated after a series of training camps and competition at the Disabled WinterSport Australia Nationals held in Mt Hotham, Victoria. The team commenced training in Australia but, due to unfavourable conditions, they relocated to the northern hemisphere. The team initially comprised six male alpine skiers, but injury and illness forced the withdrawal of Rod Hacon and David Munk, respectively, just prior to the Games. The loss of these two seasoned Paralympians was a blow to the team; only one of the remaining four skiers ‚Äď James Patterson ‚Äď had previously competed in a Winter Paralympics. The loss of these athletes was emblematic of an overall changing of the guard in terms of athletes, as recognised retrospectively in the Australian Paralympic Committee’s 1998 annual report: ‚ÄėThe nucleus of the Lillehammer Paralympic Team re-gathered at the 1996 world championships in Austria, however this event became the swan-song for many of the team stalwarts rather than an important stepping stone towards the 1998 Nagano Paralympic Games preparation ‚Äď in fact it lost momentum.‚Äô

Performance:
Australia was represented by four male alpine skiers: James Patterson and novice Paralympians Anthony Bonaccurso, Matthew Nicholls and Alastair Mars. Australia finished equal 16th (with Denmark) of 21 nations on the overall medal tally. Team captain James Patterson, an outstanding LW9 skier, won Australia’s two medals ‚Äď gold in the Men’s Downhill and bronze in the Men’s Slalom. At the conclusion of the games, in which Australia won fewer medals than in the two previous Winter Games, the Australian Paralympic Committee developed a plan to improve Australia’s medal count at future Winter Games. The entire winter program was reviewed resulting in a focus on talent identification, continuity of coaching and ongoing, well-structured training. A year-round training program was developed to improve physical conditioning for skiing athletes. Funding was secured from the Australian Paralympic Committee, the Australian Sports Commission, and the New South Wales Department of Sport and Recreation.

Australia was represented by four male alpine skiers, only one of whom had previously competed in a Winter Paralympics and won fewer medals than in the two previous Winter Games.

Want more?

Looking for more about the 1996 summer Paralympics in Atlanta, USA?

You can find all the photos from the 1996 Games at Barcelona 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 1996 Games:¬† Athletes ‚Äst¬†Libby Kosmala,¬†¬†Terry Giddy,¬†¬†John Eden,¬†Russell Short,¬†David Gould,¬†Chris Scott,¬†Priya Cooper,¬†Louise Sauvage,¬†Liesl Tesch ;¬†Team officials – George Dunstan, Paul Bird,¬†Chris Nunn, Scott Goodman,¬†Norma Beer,¬†Jane Buckley,¬†¬†JennI Banks,¬†Don Perriman

Australian Team Handbook ‚Äď Atlanta Paralympics 1996¬†published by the Australian Paralympic Federation has brief profiles of team members.

Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1996 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 1996 summer Paralympics? Here are some links you can visit and ideas to find out more.