Looking for more about the 1980 summer Paralympics in Arnhem, Netherlands?
The National Library has recorded oral history interviews with a number of participants in the 1980 Games: Kevin Coombs (Australian team captain), Libby Kosmala, Michael Nugent, Paul Bird , Eric and Julie Russell and George Dunstan (Team Manager)
Most of the visual record of Australia’s participation at the 1980 summer Paralympics comes from film made by Don Worley, who accompanied the team as an ‘escort’. Ostensibly assigned to assist with athlete needs, Don spent much of his time with a movie camera, recording the Games. Don donated his film to the National Film and Sound Archive, which digitised and preserved it. Don has made the film and stills from it available to Paralympics Australia for use on this site. You can find out more about Don’s films here.
Go to the Wikipedia article Australia at the 1980 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 ‘contact us‘ button on this website to contact Paralympics Australia if you have any further questions or would like to contribute to this project.