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.