The formation of the International Paralympic Committee in 1989 put the spotlight on the concept of an organisation that existed solely to promote and develop elite sporting opportunities for people with disabilities.
Since 1975, the Australian Confederation of Sport for the Disabled (ACSD) had represented the broader interests of sporting organisations for people with disabilities and, increasingly, the Paralympic movement in Australia. In 1988 it raised funds and sent the Australian teams to the winter and summer Paralympics.
In 1989, Adrienne Smith assumed the presidency of the ACSD, taking over from Barbara Worley. As the CEO of the Australian Ski Federation, she had supported Ron Finneran’s first Paralympic campaign and then his moves to develop disabled winter sport in Australia. Then, as sport manager for the Australian Bicentennial Authority, she had provided financial support for a number of NSODs in the lead-up to the 1988 Bicentenary celebrations.
In 1989, Adrienne Smith assumed the presidency of the Australian Confederation of Sports for the Disabled.
Date: March 1989