1912
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Long before there were Paralympians, athletes with a disability competed, usually in able-bodied events. In 1912, Australian amputee athlete James Resleure almost made the US Olympic team.

Before even the first Games began, people competed

Before even the first Games began, people competed
1914

Charles Olsen, ‘crack’ swimmer

Charles Olsen, ‘crack’ swimmer
1943

Ludwig Guttmann, father of the Paralympic movement

Ludwig Guttmann, father of the Paralympic movement
1944
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The Spinal Unit at Stoke Mandeville Hospital opened on 1 February 1944. It was the start of a new era.

The world’s first spinal unit

The world’s first spinal unit

His principles have continued in spinal units around the world

Dr John Yeo discusses the important legacy of Sir Ludwig Guttmann

Dr John Yeo discusses the important legacy of Sir Ludwig Guttmann
1948
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The event that was the forerunner of the Paralympic Games featured sixteen archers in a single day of competition on 29 July, 1948.

1948 Stoke Mandeville Games – the start of the Paralympic movement

1948 Stoke Mandeville Games – the start of the Paralympic movement
1951
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The 1951 Stoke Mandeville Games was the first Games to include international athletes. One of them was Australian Charlene Todman.

An Australian at the 1951 Stoke Mandeville Games

An Australian at the 1951 Stoke Mandeville Games

Charlene Todman – Australia’s first Stoke Mandeville Games competitor

Charlene Todman – Australia’s first Stoke Mandeville Games competitor
1953
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For the second time in its short history, an Australian patient at Stoke Mandeville Hospital competed in the Stoke Mandeville Games.

At the 1953 Stoke Mandeville Games, another Australian

At the 1953 Stoke Mandeville Games, another Australian
1954
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The Paralympic movement in Australia began in 1954 at the Shenton Park Annexe, Royal Perth Hospital.

The birthplace of the Paralympic movement in Australia

The birthplace of the Paralympic movement in Australia

George Bedbrook, father of the Paralympic movement in Australia

George Bedbrook, father of the Paralympic movement in Australia

Bedbrook was totally dedicated to medicine

Bill Mather-Brown talks about George Bedbrook and his influence

Bill Mather-Brown talks about George Bedbrook and his influence

‘Johnno’ Johnston was a key figure in the development of Paralympic sport

‘Johnno’ Johnston was a key figure in the development of Paralympic sport

Beds at Shenton Park for exercising as well as sleeping

Beds at Shenton Park for exercising as well as sleeping

"This must have been my destiny to do what I've done"

Frank Ponta on how it all started

Frank Ponta on how it all started
1955

Basketball was one of the first sports at Shenton Park, with a low ring

Basketball was one of the first sports at Shenton Park, with a low ring

"We played pretty hard!"

Kevin Cunningham talks about the skills of wheelchair basketball

Kevin Cunningham talks about the skills of wheelchair basketball
1957
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Mt Wilga Rehabilitation Centre was the first spinal unit on the east coast. It incorporated sport as a core element of rehabilitation.

Mt Wilga continued the sport tradition on the east coast

Mt Wilga continued the sport tradition on the east coast

Daphne Ceeney: "... a new start in life."

Daphne Hilton (nee Ceeney) talks about the difference being at Mt Wilga made to her life.

Daphne Hilton (nee Ceeney) talks about the difference being at Mt Wilga made to her life.

Kevin Betts led the way for 33 years

Kevin Betts led the way for 33 years

"He regarded disabilities as just part and parcel of life."

Daphne Ceeney on the essential guidance of Kevin Betts

Daphne Ceeney on the essential guidance of Kevin Betts

Western Australia wheelchair basketball grand final action

Western Australia wheelchair basketball grand final action
1960 Paralympian Frank Ponta recalls wheelchair basketballers training against able-bodied players.

Frank Ponta talks about early basketball competitions against able-bodied players

Frank Ponta talks about early basketball competitions against able-bodied players

WA ‘Paras’ vs the police cadets on the streets of Perth

WA ‘Paras’ vs the police cadets on the streets of Perth
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The 1957 Stoke Mandeville Games was the first time an Australian disability sports team competed at an international games.

Australia at the 1957 Stoke Mandeville Games

Australia at the 1957 Stoke Mandeville Games
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List of the members of the 1957 Australian team to the Stoke Mandeville Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

1957 Stoke Mandeville Games Australian Team list

1957 Stoke Mandeville Games Australian Team list

The first Australian team gold medalists

The first Australian team gold medalists

Ponta and Mather-Brown face off for the camera

Ponta and Mather-Brown face off for the camera

"I thought the top of my head had gone"

Bill Mather-Brown on the hazards of sabre, and Australia’s first gold medal

Bill Mather-Brown on the hazards of sabre, and Australia’s first gold medal

Pan Am Jets representing the USA at the 1957 Stoke Mandeville Games

Pan Am Jets representing the USA at the 1957 Stoke Mandeville Games

The Pan Am Jets set the standard in basketball

Bill Mather-Brown talks about the tricks of the American basketball team

Bill Mather-Brown talks about the tricks of the American basketball team

Basketball controversy at the 1957 Stoke Mandeville Games

Basketball controversy at the 1957 Stoke Mandeville Games

"I've gotta get into this, this is a great way of getting more mobile!"

Kevin Cunningham responds to the return of the 1957 team

Kevin Cunningham responds to the return of the 1957 team
1958
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The Spinal Unit at the Royal North Shore Hospital was the second in Sydney and gave the patients at Mt Wilga a cross-town sports rival.

The spinal unit at RNSH opened soon after Mt Wilga.

The spinal unit at RNSH opened soon after Mt Wilga.

From the start, sport was central to rehabilitation

From the start, sport was central to rehabilitation

The road to Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal started with a plane crash

The road to Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal started with a plane crash

Ross Sutton, Australia’s first Paralympic gold medallist, starts his rehab

Ross Sutton, Australia’s first Paralympic gold medallist, starts his rehab
1959

The first Mount Wilga sports day was a well organised event

The first Mount Wilga sports day was a well organised event

Scoring points for fashion as well as form

Scoring points for fashion as well as form

Medal winners, first Mt Wilga sports day

Medal winners, first Mt Wilga sports day

"It proved to be everything I wanted ... exercise everyday"

Daphne Hilton explains how Mt Wilga got her into sport

Daphne Hilton explains how Mt Wilga got her into sport
1960
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Athletics results at the summer Paralympics and IPC World Championships from 1960.

Athletics results for summer Paralympics and IPC World Championships from 1960

Athletics results for summer Paralympics and IPC World Championships from 1960
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Results of Australian swimmers at the summer Paralympics and IPC World Championships from 1960.

 

Swimming results for summer Paralympics and IPC World Championships from 1960

Swimming results for summer Paralympics and IPC World Championships from 1960
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Wheelchair basketball results from summer Paralympics and World Championships from 1960.

Wheelchair basketball results at summer Paralympics and World Championships from 1960

Wheelchair basketball results at summer Paralympics and World Championships from 1960
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Table tennis results at the summer Paralympics from 1960.

Table tennis results at the summer Paralympics from 1960

Table tennis results at the summer Paralympics from 1960
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Archery results at the summer Paralympics from 1960.

Archery at the summer Paralympics from 1960

Archery at the summer Paralympics from 1960

The first Royal North Shore Paraplegic Games

The first Royal North Shore Paraplegic Games

"Now's the time ... let's set up some games."

Dr John Grant on the role of sport competition in rehabilitation

Dr John Grant on the role of sport competition in rehabilitation

In the Table Tennis tent at the first RNSH Paraplegic Games

In the Table Tennis tent at the first RNSH Paraplegic Games

Basketball concluded the first RNSH Paraplegic Games

Basketball concluded the first RNSH Paraplegic Games
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The 1960 National Paraplegic Games were the selection event for the 1960 Paralympics, to be held in Rome in September that year.

The first National Paraplegic Games

The first National Paraplegic Games
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The Australian Paraplegic Council was established. Its roles included organising a National Paraplegic Games and selecting a team from those Games to attend the 1960 Paralympics.

The Australian Paraplegic Council became responsible for the Paralympic Team

The Australian Paraplegic Council became responsible for the Paralympic Team

All dressed up and off to the Nationals

All dressed up and off to the Nationals

Archery was a premier event

Archery was a premier event

Every Australian state was represented

Every Australian state was represented

National Games medals and tickets to Rome for Cunningham and Coombs

National Games medals and tickets to Rome for Cunningham and Coombs

Gary hooper: how lucky I am to be here

Gary Hooper talks about ‘making it’ as a Paralympic athlete

Gary Hooper talks about ‘making it’ as a Paralympic athlete

"We'd sit on street corners and sell raffle tickets"

Bill Mather-Brown talks about the public awareness benefits of early fundraising activities

Bill Mather-Brown talks about the public awareness benefits of early fundraising activities

Kalgoorlie crowd watches Paras push around police cadets

Kalgoorlie crowd watches Paras push around police cadets

"It's a great feeling when you win, or even just put on a great performance"

Bill Mather-Brown talks about the joys of team sport

Bill Mather-Brown talks about the joys of team sport
Paralympian Bruno Moretti discussing sport as rehabilitation and ability to play multiple sports in the early Paralympics

Bruno Moretti discusses sport as rehabilitation and being required to play multiple sports

Bruno Moretti discusses sport as rehabilitation and being required to play multiple sports
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Australia sent a team of twelve athletes and four support staff to the first Paralympic Games.

Australia at the Rome Summer Paralympics 1960

Australia at the Rome Summer Paralympics 1960
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List of the members of the 1960 Australian Paralympic Team for the Rome Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

1960 Rome Paralympics Australian Team list

1960 Rome Paralympics Australian Team list
1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombes reflects on being the first Indigenous Paralympian.

Kevin Coombs discusses traveling to Rome

Kevin Coombs discusses traveling to Rome
Members of the 1960 Australian Paralympic Team pose with an entertainer at their hotel in Singapore en route to the first Paralympic Games in Rome, September 1960. At this time, it was seen as beneficial for people with paraplegia to spend time standing and even to learn to 'walk' using crutches and wearing calipers, so Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton) in the back row and Frank Ponta (seated, far left) are out of their wheelchairs in this photo.

Australian team en route to 1960 Rome Paralympics

Australian team en route to 1960 Rome Paralympics

They carried us on and off aeroplanes

Listen to Bill Mather-Brown praising the hard work of the team support staff

Listen to Bill Mather-Brown praising the hard work of the team support staff
Members of the first Australian Paralympic Team, in Rome in 1960, disembark from a plane at Rome airport at the end of their journey to the Games. The team contained a mixture of athletes with polio and those with spinal cord injuries. In general, those with paraplegia were lifted from the plane and those with polio used the steps. Team physiotherapist

Australian team athletes disembark from plane Rome Summer Paralympics

Australian team athletes disembark from plane Rome Summer Paralympics

Going up ten stairs with a wheelchair

Gary Hooper chats about the unusual and barely accessible accommodation at the 1960 Rome Summer Paralympics

Gary Hooper chats about the unusual and barely accessible accommodation at the 1960 Rome Summer Paralympics
The Athletes' Village for the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome consisted of apartments above the ground, with no lift access. Although ramps were installed over the stairs, most athletes required assistance to enter and leave the buildings as the ramps were so steep.

Athletes’ Village Rome Summer Paralympics

Athletes’ Village Rome Summer Paralympics

Paralympic defined: Parallel, paralysed or paraplegic?

Bill Mather-Brown discusses the origin of the term “Paralympic”

Bill Mather-Brown discusses the origin of the term “Paralympic”
Australian team marches Tokyo Summer Paralympics Opening Ceremony

Australian team Rome Summer Paralympics Opening Ceremony

Australian team Rome Summer Paralympics Opening Ceremony

Pocket from Kevin Coombs’ 1960 team blazer

Pocket from Kevin Coombs’ 1960 team blazer
1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombes reflects on being the first Indigenous Paralympian.

Kevin Coombs on being the first Indigenous Paralympian

Kevin Coombs on being the first Indigenous Paralympian
Paralympian Daphne Ceeney takes pride in being Australia’s first female Paralympian.

Daphne Ceeney on her pride in being Australia’s first female Paralympian

Daphne Ceeney on her pride in being Australia’s first female Paralympian
Paralympian Chris O’Brian on the best thing about being a Paralympian.

Chris O’Brien discuss best thing about being a Paralympian

Chris O’Brien discuss best thing about being a Paralympian
The venue for the swimming events at the 1960 Rome Paralympic GamesThe venue for the swimming events at the 1960 Rome Paralympic GamesThe venue for the swimming events at the 1960 Rome Paralympic GamesThe venue for the swimming events at the 1960 Rome Paralympic GamesThe venue for the swimming events at the 1960 Rome Paralympic GamesThe venue for the swimming events at the 1960 Rome Paralympic GamesThe venue for the swimming events at the 1960 Rome Paralympic GamesThe venue for the swimming events at the 1960 Rome Paralympic GamesThe venue for the swimming events at the 1960 Rome Paralympic Games

Swimming venue Rome Summer Paralympics

Swimming venue Rome Summer Paralympics

Bill Mather-Brown and the dubious officiating

Bill Mather-Brown talks about the basketball officials at the 1960 Rome Paralympics

Bill Mather-Brown talks about the basketball officials at the 1960 Rome Paralympics

Gary Hooper: "Come on, you can do better than that."

Listen to Gary Hooper talk about the many events he participated in

Listen to Gary Hooper talk about the many events he participated in

"We couldn't race in Rome, they reckon it was too dangerous."

Bill Mather-Brown talks about the events he competed in during 1960 Rome Paralympics

Bill Mather-Brown talks about the events he competed in during 1960 Rome Paralympics
Members of the first Australian Paralympic Team, in Rome in 1960, relax at the archery venue. Seated on the far left is Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton), Australia's only female competitor in Rome and the first Australian female Paralympic gold medallist. Behind her, also looking at the camera, is Gary Hooper.

Australian Team members 1960 Rome Paralympics

Australian Team members 1960 Rome Paralympics

Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal

Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal

Bill Mather-Brown: "We used to call him 'Spag'"

Bill Mather-Brown talks about amusing experiences involving Bruno Moretti at the 1960 Rome Paralympics

Bill Mather-Brown talks about amusing experiences involving Bruno Moretti at the 1960 Rome Paralympics
1960 Paralympian Gary Hooper comments on the role of pioneering Paralympians in inspiring later generations of athletes.

Gary Hooper on the place in history of the first Paralympians

Gary Hooper on the place in history of the first Paralympians
Australian athletes are helped onto a bus with a rear wheelchair hoist during the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome. Waiting at right is Ross Sutton, Australia's first Paralympic gold medallist.

Australian Team Members boarding bus 1960 Rome Paralympics

Australian Team Members boarding bus 1960 Rome Paralympics
Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960
Paralympian Bruno Moretti discussing sport as rehabilitation and ability to play multiple sports in the early Paralympics

Bruno Moretti discusses wooden wheelchairs and technical changes over time

Bruno Moretti discusses wooden wheelchairs and technical changes over time
Seven members of the 1960 Australian Paralympic Team - the first - at the reunion to mark the 50th anniversary of the Games. The team members and their partners were guests of honour at the 2010 Australian Paralympian of the Year Awards. All but one of the pictured athletes were accompanied by their long-term wives or husbands. Of the 12 athletes who attended the Games, eight were still alive 50 years later (Frank Ponta was too ill to attend). L to R (athlete and partner): Chris O'Brien with his sister; Daphne Hilton (nee Ceeney) and husband Frank; Gary Hooper and wife Jan; APC President Greg Hartung; Bruno Moretti and wife Scarlett; Kevin Coombs and wife Linda; Kevin Cunningham and wife Maureen; and Bill Mather-Brown and wife Nadine.

Australian team 50-year reunion Rome Summer Paralympics

Australian team 50-year reunion Rome Summer Paralympics
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I hope they appreciate us, and what we've done for the future

Listen to how Frank Ponta would like to be remembered

Listen to how Frank Ponta would like to be remembered
1962
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The 1962 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games were held in Perth, the then home of disability sport in Australia, with the Royal Perth Hospital being a key driving force.

Australia at the 1962 Perth Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Australia at the 1962 Perth Commonwealth Paraplegic Games
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List of the members of the 1962 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Perth Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

1962 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games Australian Team list

1962 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games Australian Team list

Flyer for the 1962 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Flyer for the 1962 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Australian team marches in the opening ceremony

Australian team marches in the opening ceremony

English team marches in the opening ceremony

English team marches in the opening ceremony

Group photo – all the competitors from all nations

Group photo – all the competitors from all nations

The official program

The official program

It all started in the rehab hospitals

It all started in the rehab hospitals

A friendly Games

A friendly Games

But Australia came to compete

But Australia came to compete

Swimmers wait for their chance

Swimmers wait for their chance

Season ticket – official pass

Season ticket – official pass

Rocking their Australian caps

Rocking their Australian caps

Aiming for another medal

Aiming for another medal

Trophy for the most successful team

Trophy for the most successful team
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1964
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Powerlifting at the summer Paralympics from 1964.

Powerlifting results at the summer Paralympics from 1964

Powerlifting results at the summer Paralympics from 1964

"Tony would cut up an old rubber tyre and tie it round their legs"

Elizabeth Edmondson on training in an able-bodied squad at 14

Elizabeth Edmondson on training in an able-bodied squad at 14
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Fifteen Australian athletes and eight support staff travelled to Tokyo for the 1964 Summer Paralympics.

Australia at the 1964 Tokyo Paralympics

Australia at the 1964 Tokyo Paralympics
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List of the members of the 1964 Australian Paralympic Team for the Tokyo Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

 

1964 Tokyo Paralympics Australian team list

1964 Tokyo Paralympics Australian team list
A segment of the Australian Team as it marches around the track during the Opening Ceremony of the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games on Oda Field in Yoyogi Park, Tokyo

Australian Team Marches Tokyo Games Opening Ceremony

Australian Team Marches Tokyo Games Opening Ceremony
The band plays during the Opening Ceremony of the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Band plays Tokyo Paralympics Opening Ceremony

Band plays Tokyo Paralympics Opening Ceremony

Teams lined up Tokyo Paralympics Opening Ceremony

Teams lined up Tokyo Paralympics Opening Ceremony
Empress Michiko and Crown Prince Akihito (left) meet representatives of the participating teams during the opening ceremony of the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games on Oda Field in Yoyogi Park, Tokyo. At the right of the picture is Ludwig Guttmann, the founder of the Paralympic movement.

Crown Prince and Princess meet teams Tokyo Paralympics

Crown Prince and Princess meet teams Tokyo Paralympics
Japanese Crown Prince Akihito and Empress Michiko meet representatives of the Australian Team during the Opening Ceremony of the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games at Oda Field in Yoyogi Park, Tokyo. Just behind the Empress is Ludwig Guttmann, the founder of the Paralympic movement.

Crown Prince Akihito meets teams Tokyo Paralympics

Crown Prince Akihito meets teams Tokyo Paralympics
Members of the Australian Paralympic Team watch activities during the Opening Ceremony of the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games at Oda Field in Yoyogi Park, Tokyo.

Australian Team watches Tokyo Games Opening Ceremony

Australian Team watches Tokyo Games Opening Ceremony

The “Games for the paralysed”

The “Games for the paralysed”

Or the “Games for the physically handicapped”?

Or the “Games for the physically handicapped”?

Daphne Ceeney archery Tokyo Paralympics

Daphne Ceeney archery Tokyo Paralympics
Australian Paralympic Team Member Roy Fowler aims at the target during an archery event at the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games, watched by Team Manager and remedial gymnast 'Johnno' Johnston (standing at far right). Fowler won a bronze medal with Lionel Cousins and John Martin in the men's St Nicholas Round team event.

Roy Fowler archery Tokyo Paralympics

Roy Fowler archery Tokyo Paralympics
Australian Paralympic Team Member Michael Dow lifts during the weighlifting competition. Dow won a silver medal in the Men's Featherweight with a lift of 95 kg. Australian Team members look on, with athletes from other countries. Team Manager 'Johnno' Johnston is wearing glasses and a white cap. Spectator facilities were very limited at some venues, including weightlifting.

Michael Dow Weightlifting Tokyo Paralympics

Michael Dow Weightlifting Tokyo Paralympics

Australian Team Members at athletics Tokyo Paralympics

Australian Team Members at athletics Tokyo Paralympics
A wheelchair track race during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Wheelchair race Tokyo Paralympics

Wheelchair race Tokyo Paralympics

Mather-Brown takes his basketball chair to the track

Mather-Brown takes his basketball chair to the track
Athletes chat on the infield at the athletics track during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Athletes chat Tokyo Paralympics

Athletes chat Tokyo Paralympics

Meal ticket – Tokyo Paralympics

Meal ticket – Tokyo Paralympics

The dining experience Tokyo Paralympics

The dining experience Tokyo Paralympics

"The food, the games, everything was absolutely marvellous."

Daphne Hilton praises the running of the 1964 Tokyo Games

Daphne Hilton praises the running of the 1964 Tokyo Games

It was the first “Paralympic” Village – and it was “marvellous” also

It was the first “Paralympic” Village – and it was “marvellous” also
An unknown competitor prepares to throw the discus during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games. At that time, throwers competed in their day chairs, and relied on the assistance of able-bodied team officials to hold the chair stable while they threw. Athletes now use custom made throwing frames that are tethered to the ground.

Discus Tokyo Paralympics

Discus Tokyo Paralympics
Athletes warm up for the men's javelin event at the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games. On the left is an unknown Australian athlete and next to him is Gary Hooper, another member of the Australian Team.

Javelin warm-up Tokyo Paralympics

Javelin warm-up Tokyo Paralympics
Wheelchair fencing action between two unknown athletes during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games. Spectator facilities were virtually non-existent at some of the Games venues, including fencing, one of the original Paralympic sports.

Wheelchair fencing Tokyo Paralympics

Wheelchair fencing Tokyo Paralympics

"I could see a gold medal staring at me"

Frank Ponta on his fencing silver medal in Tokyo 1964

Frank Ponta on his fencing silver medal in Tokyo 1964
A player from an unknown team shoots a free throw in a wheelchair basketball game against the USA at the Yoyogi Indoor Stadium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Basketball free throw Tokyo Summer Paralympics

Basketball free throw Tokyo Summer Paralympics
Scene at the swimming venue during a race during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Swimming venue Tokyo Paralympics

Swimming venue Tokyo Paralympics
Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton) - left - who won the silver medal, congratulates 14 year old Elizabeth Edmondson, who won gold in a world record time in the 50m Freestyle Prone Complete Class 5 swimming event at the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games. Edmondson remained the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. Australian Team official Kevin Betts pushes Daphne Ceeney and 'Johnno' Johnston pushes Elizabeth Edmondson.

Ceeney and Edmondson handshake Tokyo Paralympics

Ceeney and Edmondson handshake Tokyo Paralympics

3 gold medals; 3 world records; 14 years old in Tokyo

3 gold medals; 3 world records; 14 years old in Tokyo

"Just get in there, do your job, and go home again"

Listen to Elizabeth Edmondson’s experience of the 1964 Tokyo Games

Listen to Elizabeth Edmondson’s experience of the 1964 Tokyo Games
A telegram from the 1964 Australian Paralympic Team head of delegation, George Bedbrook, to the family os swimmer Elizabeth Edmondson, informing them of her success at the Games and plans for the return trip to Australia. Edmondson and Bedbrook were both from Western Australia. At 14, Edmondson was the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. Telegram provided by Elizabeth Edmondson from her personal scrapbook.

A telegram from Dr Bedbrook

A telegram from Dr Bedbrook
Action during a wheelchair basketball game between two unknown teams outside the Yoyogi Indoor Stadium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Wheelchair basketball Tokyo Paralympics

Wheelchair basketball Tokyo Paralympics

1964 Team Members passing on wisdom to 2012 athletes

1964 Team Members passing on wisdom to 2012 athletes
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1966
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The 1966 National Paraplegic Games were held in Brisbane. They were the selection event for the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games.

The fourth National Paraplegic Games

The fourth National Paraplegic Games

Release the pigeons!

Release the pigeons!

Literally traveling ‘cattle class’

Literally traveling ‘cattle class’

Unloading the athletes

Unloading the athletes

Basic conditions, fierce competition

Basic conditions, fierce competition

On the archery “field”

On the archery “field”

Testing the waters at the new Carina pool

Testing the waters at the new Carina pool

Paying attention to the pre-event briefing

Paying attention to the pre-event briefing

Championship basketball in a suburban street

Championship basketball in a suburban street
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The Australian team at the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games consisted of eleven athletes and five assistants (escorts).

Australia at the 1966 Kingston Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Australia at the 1966 Kingston Commonwealth Paraplegic Games
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List of the members of the 1966 Australian Team for the Kingston Commonwealth Paraplegic Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

1966 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Games Team

1966 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Games Team
Athletes and offiicials from the competing nations watch the opening ceremony of the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Kingston, Jamaica. At the right of the photo are nine of the Australian athletes, with some team officials offering them drinks.Photo donated from the personal collection of Bill Mather-Brown, one of Australia's original Paralympians.

Opening Ceremony 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Opening Ceremony 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games
Athletes and offiicials from the competing nations watch the opening ceremony of the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Kingston, Jamaica. At the right of the photo are nine of the Australian athletes, with some team officials offering them drinks.Photo donated from the personal collection of Bill Mather-Brown, one of Australia's original Paralympians.

Athletes watch the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games opening ceremony

Athletes watch the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games opening ceremony

Dartchery victors – by two points

Dartchery victors – by two points

The basketball (most of) team photo

The basketball (most of) team photo
Australia plays England in the wheelchair basketball final at the Second Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Kingston, Jamaica. Australians L to R in the dark singlets: Jimmy Newton, Kevin Cunningham, John Martin, Bill Mather-Brown (tip-off) and Bruno Moretti. English player in tip-off is Cyril Thomas/Thompson. England won the game and the gold medal.Photo donated from the personal collection of Bill Mather-Brown, one of Australia's original Paralympians.

Tip-off in the basketball final vs England

Tip-off in the basketball final vs England
Australia plays England in the wheelchair basketball final at the Second Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Kingston, Jamaica. Visible Australians L to R in the dark singlets: John Martin, Bill Mather-Brown, Garry Moore and Kevin Cunningham. England won the game and the gold medal.Photo donated from the personal collection of Bill Mather-Brown, one of Australia's original Paralympians.

All eyes on the ball – basketball final vs England

All eyes on the ball – basketball final vs England
1968
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Australia sent nearly triple the number of competitors it sent to Tokyo, with a team of thirty-two athletes and eighteen support staff.

Australia at the 1968 Tel Aviv Paralympics

Australia at the 1968 Tel Aviv Paralympics
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List of the members of the 1968 Australian Paralympic Team for the Tel Aviv Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

1968 Tel Aviv Paralympics Australian Team list

1968 Tel Aviv Paralympics Australian Team list

The medicos said "altitude is not for you"

Kevin Coombs on why the 1968 Paralympics were in Israel, not Mexico

Kevin Coombs on why the 1968 Paralympics were in Israel, not Mexico

"If I pay my way, can I come?"

Libby Kosmala on being overlooked despite winning nationals

Libby Kosmala on being overlooked despite winning nationals
Jeff Simmonds is carried onto the Qantas plane by Jack McCafferty and a Qantas staff member as the 1968 Australian Paralympic Team departs Australia for the Tel Aviv Paralympic Games

Jeff Simmonds boards for Tel Aviv Paralympics

Jeff Simmonds boards for Tel Aviv Paralympics
The 1968 Australian Paralympic Team en route to the 1968 Games at the Hotel Intercontinental, Bangkok

Australian Team stopover, Tel Aviv Summer Paralympics

Australian Team stopover, Tel Aviv Summer Paralympics
The cover of ther program for the 1968 Tel Aviv Paralympic Games shows that, at the time, the use of the word

Program cover for the Tel Aviv Paralympics

Program cover for the Tel Aviv Paralympics

Australian Team Tel Aviv Opening Ceremony

Australian Team Tel Aviv Opening Ceremony

"You could hear the guns going off in the distance"

Kevin Cunningham talks about the scary situations in Israel 1968

Kevin Cunningham talks about the scary situations in Israel 1968

"They'll just shoot you Kevin, you don't know what they're doing"

Gary Hooper reflects on the security situation in Tel Aviv, 1968

Gary Hooper reflects on the security situation in Tel Aviv, 1968

Jeff Simmonds receives a Paralympic silver medal in Tel Aviv

Jeff Simmonds receives a Paralympic silver medal in Tel Aviv

And a Certificate of Achievement

And a Certificate of Achievement

Winning gold is my proudest moment

Bruno Moretti on the intricacies of the wheelchair slalom

Bruno Moretti on the intricacies of the wheelchair slalom

Tony South receives his archery gold medal

Tony South receives his archery gold medal

Everytime you went away you'd learn from everyone

Frank Ponta talks about learning from other teams

Frank Ponta talks about learning from other teams
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1970
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Australia and England fought it out again to be recognised as the premier nation at the Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in 1970.

Australia at the 1970 Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Australia at the 1970 Edinburgh Commonwealth Paraplegic Games
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List of the members of the 1970 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Edinburgh Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

1970 Edinburgh Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Games Team

1970 Edinburgh Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Games Team

Waiting to enter the stadium on a ‘perfect’ Edinburgh day

Waiting to enter the stadium on a ‘perfect’ Edinburgh day

Australia and Jamaica during the Edinburgh opening ceremony

Australia and Jamaica during the Edinburgh opening ceremony

Tony South in a rare Aussie action photo from the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Tony South in a rare Aussie action photo from the 1970 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Medals in five sports and other personal Edinburgh highlights

Hear Libby Kosmala talk about her experiences at the 1970 Commonwealth Paralympic Games

Hear Libby Kosmala talk about her experiences at the 1970 Commonwealth Paralympic Games

‘Rough proof” of another Tony South medal in Edinburgh

‘Rough proof” of another Tony South medal in Edinburgh

Bruno Moretti: Competitor to coach

Listen to Bruno Moretti discuss his Edinburgh selection woes and successful transition to coaching

Listen to Bruno Moretti discuss his Edinburgh selection woes and successful transition to coaching

"I got to know a lot of disabled people from around Australian very well"

Libby Kosmala discusses her successes and social life at Edinburgh 1970

Libby Kosmala discusses her successes and social life at Edinburgh 1970
1971
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Responsibility for selecting and organising international sporting teams was delegated to the Australian Paraplegic and Quadriplegic Sports Sub Committee (APQSSC).

An opportunity for people with sport as their primary focus

An opportunity for people with sport as their primary focus
1972
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The 1972 Games saw the start of a move away from ‘all-rounders’ to athletes specialising in events. Australia finished eleventh on the medal table.

Australia at the Heidelberg Summer Paralympics 1972

Australia at the Heidelberg Summer Paralympics 1972
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List of the members of the 1972 Australian Paralympic Team for the Heidelberg Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

1972 Summer Paralympics Australian Team List

1972 Summer Paralympics Australian Team List

When smoking cigars on the plane was part of the experience.

When smoking cigars on the plane was part of the experience.

The athletes were still being carried from the planes

The athletes were still being carried from the planes

Games’ founder classifying athletes

Games’ founder classifying athletes

Honouring the beginning of the Games

Honouring the beginning of the Games

Australian Wheelpast Heidelberg Summer Paralympics

Australian Wheelpast Heidelberg Summer Paralympics

Staying dry during the opening ceremony

Staying dry during the opening ceremony

Carpark or archery field?

Carpark or archery field?

On target for another medal

On target for another medal

Alan Conn added to his Archery medal tally

Alan Conn added to his Archery medal tally

A clever solution to getting athletes into buses

A clever solution to getting athletes into buses

Pushing up a ramp easier than being carried

Pushing up a ramp easier than being carried

Getting the start just right

Getting the start just right

And then they’re off! In the 1972 wheelchair dash.

And then they’re off! In the 1972 wheelchair dash.

Frank Ponta's 1972 nomination woes may have cost him a medal

Hear Frank Ponta talk about missing out on the pentathlon at the 1972 Heidelberg Paralympics

Hear Frank Ponta talk about missing out on the pentathlon at the 1972 Heidelberg Paralympics

Competing also means waiting

Competing also means waiting

Giddy gets silver

Giddy gets silver

Precision javelin – where accuracy matters more than distance

Precision javelin – where accuracy matters more than distance

GALLERY: How to stabilise a thrower’s chair

GALLERY: How to stabilise a thrower’s chair

Lithgow boy makes good

Lithgow boy makes good

Elaine Schreiber full of concentration

Elaine Schreiber full of concentration

Tracey Freeman won 3 gold medals with 3 world records

Tracey Freeman won 3 gold medals with 3 world records

The ‘father’ of Paralympic sport in Australia

The ‘father’ of Paralympic sport in Australia

Darts with a bow and arrows

Darts with a bow and arrows

Cherrie Ireland Competes in Wheelchair Slalom

Cherrie Ireland Competes in Wheelchair Slalom

Supporting their teammates

Supporting their teammates

The 1972 Paralympic swimming venue – a lot like your local aquatic centre

The 1972 Paralympic swimming venue – a lot like your local aquatic centre

Eric Boulter won Australia’s only swimming gold medal

Eric Boulter won Australia’s only swimming gold medal

Pauline English was Australia’s youngest in Heidelberg

Pauline English was Australia’s youngest in Heidelberg

Pauline English with one of her three bronze medals

Pauline English with one of her three bronze medals

Terry Mason weightlifting

Terry Mason weightlifting

Lawn bowls was an indoor event in Heidelberg

Lawn bowls was an indoor event in Heidelberg

Table Tennis is one of the original Paralympic sports

Table Tennis is one of the original Paralympic sports

Ray Barrett waits for onsite repairs

Ray Barrett waits for onsite repairs

Up against the best in the Basketball

Up against the best in the Basketball

Action from the basketball game against the USA

Action from the basketball game against the USA

GALLERY: Tracey Freeman was the Australian star of the 1972 Paralympics

GALLERY: Tracey Freeman was the Australian star of the 1972 Paralympics
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1974
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In contrast to Perth, Kingston and Edinburgh, the 1974 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in New Zealand were hosted by a different city than the able-bodied Games.

Australia at the Dunedin Commonwealth Paraplegic Games 1974

Australia at the Dunedin Commonwealth Paraplegic Games 1974
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List of the members of the 1974 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Dunedin Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

1974 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team Dunedin

1974 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team Dunedin
From the cool and windy Caledonian ground to the indoor warmth of the RSA club rooms, the acquired concentration of the snooker players. This semi-final match between Noel Simmons of NSW and Jimmy Gibson of Northern Ireland proved to be an easy win for Gibson and Noel had to be content with a bronze medal.

Noel Simmons wins bronze in Snooker, Dunedin Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Noel Simmons wins bronze in Snooker, Dunedin Commonwealth Paraplegic Games
The Aussie sprint stars were favoured to take out the slalom events as well. Ray Barrett had won the class 2 sprint but was disqualified in the slalom. This particular obstacle course tested chair handling skill and light manoeuvres more than sheer speed. John Martin wizzes around the ramp platform. Terry Giddy whizzed too hard and came off the side and had to do it again much to his annoyance. Gwen Milbourne was a certainty beaten in the class 2 women’s slalom, when she came to grief in a big way on the ramp. Slalom is an obstacle race against the stop watch with seconds being added as penalties for hitting markers.

Australian Athletic Team, Slalom, Dunedin Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Australian Athletic Team, Slalom, Dunedin Commonwealth Paraplegic Games
Medical examination of competitors is necessary to establish the classes in which they will compete. Sir Ludwig Guttman is doing the examinations here. He was the founder of the para sporting movement which had small beginnings in Stoke Mandeville near London in 1948 and has since spread throughout the world.

Sir Ludwig Guttman performing medical examinations on athletes

Sir Ludwig Guttman performing medical examinations on athletes
Russel Morrison, a class 4 spina bifida from SA in the backstroke, in which he broke the commonwealth record.

Russell Morrison breaks Backstroke record, Dunedin Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Russell Morrison breaks Backstroke record, Dunedin Commonwealth Paraplegic Games
Here is Russel Morrison surging up the pool in his 50m freestyle which he won in record time. Well done congratulations from coach Kirkbride.

Russell Morrison wins 50m freestyle, Dunedin Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Russell Morrison wins 50m freestyle, Dunedin Commonwealth Paraplegic Games
Pauline English, also still a high school student has a good win in the 50m freestyle class 4. She also had a fine win in the 150m individual medley.

Pauline English, Swimming, Dunedin Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Pauline English, Swimming, Dunedin Commonwealth Paraplegic Games
Vic Renaldson set a new record in weightlifting

Vic Renaldson set a new record in weightlifting

Vic Renaldson set a new record in weightlifting
The men’s relay team of Martin, Patterson, McIntyre and Giddy, complete the Australian clean sweep of the men’s track events, amid much jubilation from the Australian camp.

Australian Men’s Athletics Team, Wheelchair Relay, Dunedin Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Australian Men’s Athletics Team, Wheelchair Relay, Dunedin Commonwealth Paraplegic Games
The bowls competition was held nearby in Logan Park and also proved successful for Australia. Ruth Twait winning the gold in the singles and the silver in the pairs with Don Bennett showed here in his chair specially fitted with rollers which enable wheelchair players to bowl in able bodied clubs.

Ruth Twait and Don Bennett, Lawn Bowling, Dunedin Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Ruth Twait and Don Bennett, Lawn Bowling, Dunedin Commonwealth Paraplegic Games
Australian at the swimming event

Australian at the swimming event

Australian at the swimming event
Kevin Bourden is one of the five South Australian team members who along with five officials and several supporters boarded Adelaide airport. Dr Sorbe Adams and escort Ian Wardrop decide to take Kevin up the steps in his chair in preference to carrying him bodily.

Kevin Borden carried onto the aircraft

Kevin Borden carried onto the aircraft
John Lisle also competed in the small bore rifle shooting together with SA's Kevin Bourdan. This was held in the Saint Kilda indoor range and demanded the utmost concentration throughout the match. Kevin is set up on a special table connected to his wheelchair with a telescope attached to enable him to see where he hits the tiny targets 25m away. Graham Soreby-Adams admires the target place with which Kevin won the gold medal, with the excellent score of 395.26 out of a possible 400. It was a proud moment for Kevin when he received his medal at one of the meticulously conducted presentation ceremonies organised by the NZ army.

Kevin Borden, Shooting, Dunedin Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Kevin Borden, Shooting, Dunedin Commonwealth Paraplegic Games
Apart from the special events for quads, there is no class distinction in archery and it is surprisingly to find that Australia’s top archers are mostly high level injuries. John Lisle from Victoria is a class 2 competitor and completed a trio of silver medals for Australia in archery, although he had trouble shivering in the icy breezes.

John Lisle, Archery, Dunedin Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

John Lisle, Archery, Dunedin Commonwealth Paraplegic Games
In an adjacent hall in the students union the fencers were doing battle. Robert Jorgan was Australia only representative while the English and Scottish competitors were too experiences. The chairs are anchored at the correct distance and the competitors wired to the electronic score board. When a scoring hit is made, a green light comes on and a point is registers against the person hit. Robert is satisfied with his performance and puts it down to experience. The same hall was used later in the week for weight lifting.

Robert Jorgan, Fencing, Dunedin Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Robert Jorgan, Fencing, Dunedin Commonwealth Paraplegic Games
Jeff Harrison in the class 1b discus. Jeff is a quadriplegic from SA. In the same class is Ree from Jamaica showing a good deal more strength and mobility. Morris Ireland from QLD in the class 2 discus event. The Kenyan's look more at home in the cold that Eric Russell and Dennia Kay, huddled in blankets. Dennis Kay from SA in class 3. Because of the lower level of his injury he can exert much more rotation in his trunk than those in the higher classes.

Australian Team, Discus, Dunedin Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Australian Team, Discus, Dunedin Commonwealth Paraplegic Games
Bobby McIntyre and Hugh Patterson wins gold in Class 5 and Class 3 wheelchair dash respectively

Bobby McIntyre and Hugh Patterson, Wheelchair Dash, Dunedin Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Bobby McIntyre and Hugh Patterson, Wheelchair Dash, Dunedin Commonwealth Paraplegic Games
Here is the amazing Terry Giddy, powering his way to a new world record of 20.1 seconds in the class 4 100m. A record which was not allowed because of wind assistance.

Terry Giddy, 100M Dash, Dunedin Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Terry Giddy, 100M Dash, Dunedin Commonwealth Paraplegic Games
After a night in a warm bed, the paras are up early the next morning boarding the specially converted buses taking them to their events. The red uniformed hostesses are very much able bodied but the driver willingly gives assistance anyhow. These buses have been taken off their normal runs for games. All the seats were removed, the floors levelled and safety bars installed. They hold 16 chairs.

Buses modified to ferry the wheelchair athletes

Buses modified to ferry the wheelchair athletes
Here is the final of the 200m, starting from the other side of the arena. The wet track makes it a long hard push, but Australia scores 1, 2, 3, with Terry, Bob and Hugh showing their strength and giving warning of the Australian mens dominance in the remaining track events.

Australian Team, 200m Dash, Dunedin Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Australian Team, 200m Dash, Dunedin Commonwealth Paraplegic Games
Australia wins gold medals from Elaine Shriver and Noel Simmons.

Elaine Shriver and Noel Simmons, Precision Javelin, Dunedin Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Elaine Shriver and Noel Simmons, Precision Javelin, Dunedin Commonwealth Paraplegic Games
Australia has 50 competitors and 22 escorts and is the second largest team. Veterean Kevin Bettts leads the team as manager. There are 23 from NSW, 10 from QLD, 5 from SA, 6 from VIC and 6 from WA.

Australian Contingent, Opening Ceremony Wheel Pass, Dunedin Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Australian Contingent, Opening Ceremony Wheel Pass, Dunedin Commonwealth Paraplegic Games
Australia’s women sprint relay team line up to receive their silver medals, a fitting reward for their planning and practicing with their coach Ian Wardrop. Team of Sherry Ireland, Jean Stokes, Barb Worley and Gwen Milbourne used the moving changeover to gain precious seconds but couldn’t catch the Jamaicans.

Australia Women’s Team, Wheelchair Relay, Dunedin Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Australia Women’s Team, Wheelchair Relay, Dunedin Commonwealth Paraplegic Games
Getting the paras on and off aeroplanes is one of the more strenuous duties of the escorts. Fork lifts and elevating platforms can help, but with a large group, carrying up and down the steps seems to be the most efficient method.

Athletes boarding and alighting the plane

Athletes boarding and alighting the plane
The star of women’s field events from Australia was Tracey Freeman from QLD competing in class 1b. She set new records in discus, javelin and shot, a tremendous performance.

Tracey Freeman sets new records in discus, javelin and shot put.

Tracey Freeman sets new records in discus, javelin and shot put.
Australians in Table Tennis Event during the Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Australians Table Tennis Team at the Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Australians Table Tennis Team at the Commonwealth Paraplegic Games
The closing ceremony at dusk on the lawns outside the union building made a fitting end to these very friendly games. The New Zealand hosts had done everything in their power to strengthen the bonds of friendship between commonwealth paraplegic athletes. Their efforts were not in vain.

Closing Ceremony, Dunedin Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Closing Ceremony, Dunedin Commonwealth Paraplegic Games
1975
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A meeting at the Royal Adelaide Hospital led to the formation of the Australian Sports Council for the Disabled to facilitate the co-ordination of competitive sport for people with disabilities in Australia.

An umbrella body for disability sport in Australia

An umbrella body for disability sport in Australia
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Australia won 148 medals at the first FESPIC Games, second to host nation Japan in the overall medal count.

Australia at the 1975 FESPIC Games

Australia at the 1975 FESPIC Games
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List of the members of the 1975 Australian FESPIC Games Team

1975 Oita Australian FESPIC Games Team

1975 Oita Australian FESPIC Games Team
1976
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Shooting results from the summer Paralympics from 1976.

Shooting results at the summer Paralympics from 1976

Shooting results at the summer Paralympics from 1976
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196 athletes from 16 countries competed in the first winter Paralympics in Örnsköldsvik. Australia’s only participant was Ron Finneran.

Australia at the Örnsköldsvik Winter Paralympics 1976

Australia at the Örnsköldsvik Winter Paralympics 1976

"By all means put your name down."

Ron Finneran talks about the very informal selection process for the 1976 winter Paralympics.

Ron Finneran talks about the very informal selection process for the 1976 winter Paralympics.

Ron Finneran carried the Australian flag at the opening ceremony of the first winter Paralympics

Ron Finneran carried the Australian flag at the opening ceremony of the first winter Paralympics

"I was told: 'You're not going anywhere boyo.'"

Ron Finneran on his response when told he couldn’t compete in Ornskoldsvik.

Ron Finneran on his response when told he couldn’t compete in Ornskoldsvik.
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Forty-eight Australian athletes competed at the 1976 Paralympics, including amputee and vision impaired athletes for the first time.

Australia at the Toronto Summer Paralympics 1976

Australia at the Toronto Summer Paralympics 1976
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List of the members of the 1976 Australian Paralympic Team for the Toronto Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

1976 Summer Paralympics Australian Team List

1976 Summer Paralympics Australian Team List

Time for a group photo before a long journey

Time for a group photo before a long journey

Pocket from Pauline English’s 1976 team blazer

Pocket from Pauline English’s 1976 team blazer

Whatever the venue, teams always spend time waiting for the opening ceremony

Whatever the venue, teams always spend time waiting for the opening ceremony

Ludwig Guttmann speaks at the opening ceremony

Ludwig Guttmann speaks at the opening ceremony

Even his lucky hat didn’t help Roy in ’76

Even his lucky hat didn’t help Roy in ’76

Before she was a shooting legend, Libby did other sports

Before she was a shooting legend, Libby did other sports

Contemplation of the task ahead for Jago Mikulic

Contemplation of the task ahead for Jago Mikulic

Watch Jago Mikulic literally run blind towards the finish line

Watch Jago Mikulic literally run blind towards the finish line

GALLERY: Amputee technology in 1976

GALLERY: Amputee technology in 1976

Tracey Freeman was Australia’s sprint queen in Toronto

Tracey Freeman was Australia’s sprint queen in Toronto

But Freeman really cleaned up in the field events

But Freeman really cleaned up in the field events

“I might have broken the record.”

“I might have broken the record.”

Martin and Oliver get set in the blue ribbon wheelchair sprint

Martin and Oliver get set in the blue ribbon wheelchair sprint

But neither manage to make it into the final

But neither manage to make it into the final

Peter Marsh gets the bronze medal .. and a pat on the back

Peter Marsh gets the bronze medal .. and a pat on the back

Eric Russell puts everything into another gold medal performance

Eric Russell puts everything into another gold medal performance

When Eric Russell refused to accept a gold medal

When Eric Russell refused to accept a gold medal

"I told him what he could do with his Games and where he could put them"

Eric Russell tells the story of the Games’ biggest controversy

Eric Russell tells the story of the Games’ biggest controversy

Murray Todd seems pleased with his silver medal

Murray Todd seems pleased with his silver medal

An efficient athlete transport system is a good start

An efficient athlete transport system is a good start

Telex calls and typewriters in the media centre

Telex calls and typewriters in the media centre

Making their mark at the Etobicoke Lawn Bowling Club

Making their mark at the Etobicoke Lawn Bowling Club

Another gold medal for the lawn bowls team

Another gold medal for the lawn bowls team

Chair skills in the wheelchair slalom

Chair skills in the wheelchair slalom

GALLERY: Wheelchair technology in 1976

GALLERY: Wheelchair technology in 1976

Shooting is the ultimate sport of precision – and therefore equipment

Shooting is the ultimate sport of precision – and therefore equipment

Pauline English came from behind to snatch bronze in the medley

Pauline English came from behind to snatch bronze in the medley

Ray Letheby serves one up

Ray Letheby serves one up

A wheelchair repair service was provided for athletes

A wheelchair repair service was provided for athletes

Terry Mason lifts for bronze

Terry Mason lifts for bronze

Congratulations for Vic on a new world record and a gold medal

Congratulations for Vic on a new world record and a gold medal
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Erin O’Neill, one of the Australian Team ‘hostesses’ for the 1976 Games, wrote about her experience with the Australian team.

The experience of a Games ‘hostess’ with the Australian team

The experience of a Games ‘hostess’ with the Australian team
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1977
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For its first home multi-sport Games since 1962, the Australian Team was a mixture of experienced athletes and up and coming youngsters.

Australia at the 1977 FESPIC Games

Australia at the 1977 FESPIC Games
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List of the members of the 1977 Australian FESPIC Games Team

1977 Sydney Australian FESPIC Games Team

1977 Sydney Australian FESPIC Games Team
1980
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Australia sent two competitors to Geilo – Kyrra Grunnsund, competing in alpine skiing events, and Peter Rickards, who competed in cross-country skiing events.

Australia at the Geilo Winter Paralympics 1980

Australia at the Geilo Winter Paralympics 1980
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List of the members of the 1980 Australian Paralympic Team for the Geilo Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

1980 Winter Paralympics Australian Team List

1980 Winter Paralympics Australian Team List
Geilo 1980 Winter Paralympics - Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony, 2nd ‘Olympic Winter Games for Disabled’

Opening Ceremony, 2nd ‘Olympic Winter Games for Disabled’

An historic moment, full of anticipation

An historic moment, full of anticipation
Geilo 1980 Winter Paralympics - Peter Rickards (#22) with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122)

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen
Geilo 1980 Winter Paralympics - Peter Rickards with his sighted guide Elder Hagen

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

"I just put my name down as a manager or whatever you call it."

Ron Finneran talks about the role of Chef de Mission

Ron Finneran talks about the role of Chef de Mission
Geilo 1980 Winter Paralympics - Kjell Blomgvist, Kyrra Grunnsund and Ron Finneran

Time for a photo before Grunnsund starts his alpine events

Time for a photo before Grunnsund starts his alpine events
Geilo 1980 Winter Paralympics - Kyrra Grunnsund

Kyrra Grunnsund switches to alpine mode

Kyrra Grunnsund switches to alpine mode

To compete at the highest level in two different disciplines is amazing."

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund
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Fifty-three Australian athletes competed at the Arnhem Paralympics.

Australia at the Arnhem Summer Paralympics 1980

Australia at the Arnhem Summer Paralympics 1980
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List of the members of the 1980 Australian Paralympic Team for the Arnhem Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

1980 Summer Paralympics Australian Team List

1980 Summer Paralympics Australian Team List

"We can't host it because ah, Russia doesn't have any disabled people"

George Dunstan on why the 1980 Games were in Arnhem, not Moscow

George Dunstan on why the 1980 Games were in Arnhem, not Moscow

Logo of the 1980 ‘Olympic Games for the Disabled’

Logo of the 1980 ‘Olympic Games for the Disabled’

Team members opened the airline menu to find this

Team members opened the airline menu to find this

Joe Egan led the Australian team in the opening ceremony

Joe Egan led the Australian team in the opening ceremony

Only the wheelchair team marched in the opening ceremony

Only the wheelchair team marched in the opening ceremony

Front row seats for the opening ceremony

Front row seats for the opening ceremony

Just one member of the amputee team was allowed to march in the opening ceremony

Just one member of the amputee team was allowed to march in the opening ceremony

"As an Australian team, they were very fragmented"

Don Perriman tells of the teams within the team

Don Perriman tells of the teams within the team

More than just the sport – there was a cultural program too

More than just the sport – there was a cultural program too

What is it with archers and the hats they wear?

What is it with archers and the hats they wear?

“One bad arrow can mean disaster”

“One bad arrow can mean disaster”

GALLERY: Quadriplegia requires unique solutions for archer Trewhella

GALLERY: Quadriplegia requires unique solutions for archer Trewhella

The fast men of the track had one thing in common – beards!

The fast men of the track had one thing in common – beards!

Product placement – Mike Nugent wins in the chair he built

Product placement – Mike Nugent wins in the chair he built

Nugent and Alp receive their medals for the 200m

Nugent and Alp receive their medals for the 200m

A special courage – jumping blind

A special courage – jumping blind

Perfectly balanced and ready to let fly

Perfectly balanced and ready to let fly

Wayne Patchett was Australia’s most successful athlete in Arnhem

Wayne Patchett was Australia’s most successful athlete in Arnhem

In 1980, there was ne’er a blade runner to be seen

In 1980, there was ne’er a blade runner to be seen

Head to head in the wheelchair slalom

Head to head in the wheelchair slalom

‘Poppa’ would never again be there to oversee the Games in person

‘Poppa’ would never again be there to oversee the Games in person

Got a ‘?’ – this is the place to ask

Got a ‘?’ – this is the place to ask

A good transport system is essential at any Paralympics

A good transport system is essential at any Paralympics

Caspers and Kosmala were at home on the range

Caspers and Kosmala were at home on the range

Barbara Caspers, ready for business

Barbara Caspers, ready for business

She used to be an archer, so maybe that explains Libby’s headwear choice

She used to be an archer, so maybe that explains Libby’s headwear choice

You allowed a cameraman where?

You allowed a cameraman where?

Competition standard was high but the scoreboard was basic

Competition standard was high but the scoreboard was basic

Tip-off, Australia vs USA

Tip-off, Australia vs USA

Size isn’t everything, but it helps in basketball

Size isn’t everything, but it helps in basketball
A moment from the game between the Australian and USA in wheelchair basketball at the 1980 summer Paralympics shows the stage of evolution of basketball chairs in 1980. The USA won easily, 87-36.This image is a still from a film made by Donald Worley about Australia's participation at the 1980 Summer Paralympics in Arnhem, Netherlands.

Basketball was a different game in 1980 and so was the equipment

Basketball was a different game in 1980 and so was the equipment

Carolyn Connors guided to the start of the 100m freestyle

Carolyn Connors guided to the start of the 100m freestyle

"The term they used was escort"

George Dunstan on the days when there were no coaches – just escorts

George Dunstan on the days when there were no coaches – just escorts

You can almost feel the drama at the weightlifting

You can almost feel the drama at the weightlifting

A moment of truth for Brian McNicholl

A moment of truth for Brian McNicholl

Back at the athletics, it was a wet, wet track

Back at the athletics, it was a wet, wet track
Australian wheelchair athlete Sue Hobbs (centre) pursues eventual gold medallist Juana Soto of Mexico and to win a silver medal in the women's Class 5 1500m at the 1980 summer Paralympics. Behind Hobbs is Curtiss of the USA, who finished third. Hobbs won three silver medals in athletics at the Games.This image is a still from a film made by Donald Worley about Australia's participation at the 1980 Summer Paralympics in Arnhem, Netherlands.

But there was a silver lining for Sue Hobbs

But there was a silver lining for Sue Hobbs

And you could see the race up close if you wanted to stand trackside

And you could see the race up close if you wanted to stand trackside

Erich Hubel takes silver behind an amazing new world record in the 800m

Erich Hubel takes silver behind an amazing new world record in the 800m

GALLERY: The weird and the wonderful world of sport wheelchair design in 1980

GALLERY: The weird and the wonderful world of sport wheelchair design in 1980

"I'd take my everyday wheels off and put the racing wheels on"

Julie Russell on racing in a ‘convertible’ day chair

Julie Russell on racing in a ‘convertible’ day chair

The Games Village even had its own daily newspaper

The Games Village even had its own daily newspaper

From the track to the dance floor – in the same chair

From the track to the dance floor – in the same chair

A memento of the Games – friendship, unity, sportsmanship

A memento of the Games – friendship, unity, sportsmanship
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1982
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The Australian team of 157 was the largest at the 1982 FESPIC Games in Hong Kong. Australia led the medal winners, with 169 gold, 91 silver and 55 bronze – a total of 315 medals.

Australia at the 1982 FESPIC Games

Australia at the 1982 FESPIC Games
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List of the members of the 1982 Australian FESPIC Games Team

 

1982 Hong Kong Australian FESPIC Games Team

1982 Hong Kong Australian FESPIC Games Team
1984
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Results of Australian cyclists at the summer Paralympics and UCI World Championships from 1984.

 

Cycling results from the summer Paralympics and UCI Para-cycling World Championships from 1984

Cycling results from the summer Paralympics and UCI Para-cycling World Championships from 1984
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Three Australian athletes participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (Cross-Country Skiing), Kyrra Grunnsund (Alpine Skiing) and Andrew Temple (Alpine Skiing).

Australia at the Innsbruck Winter Paralympics 1984

Australia at the Innsbruck Winter Paralympics 1984
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List of the members of the 1984 Australian Paralympic Team for the Innsbruck Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles

1984 winter Paralympics Australian Team List

1984 winter Paralympics Australian Team List
1984 Innsbruck Winter Games Australian Team and coach L-R: Ron Finneran (head of delegation), Rodney Mill, Mill's guide, James Milner (coach), Kyrra Grunnsund, Andrew Temple, Bruce Abele (coach, front).

Australian Team, Innsbruck Winter Games

Australian Team, Innsbruck Winter Games
Australian Team leader Ron Finneran at the 1984 Innsbruck Winter Paralympics

GALLERY: Portraits of the Australian Team

GALLERY: Portraits of the Australian Team
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Australia took a team of 58 athletes to the VII World Wheelchair Games, in Stoke Mandeville, and a team of 66 to the International Games for the Disabled, in New York.

Australia at the Stoke Mandeville and New York Summer Paralympics 1984

Australia at the Stoke Mandeville and New York Summer Paralympics 1984
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List of the members of the 1984 Australian Paralympic Team for the New York Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

1984 Summer Paralympics Australian Team List New York City/ Stoke Mandeville

1984 Summer Paralympics Australian Team List New York City/ Stoke Mandeville

"So it really didn't feel like a Paralympic Games"

Don Perriman on how the 1984 Games were split by an ocean

Don Perriman on how the 1984 Games were split by an ocean

The first part of the 1984 Games was in New York

The first part of the 1984 Games was in New York

A plethora of Australian flags at the opening ceremony in New York

A plethora of Australian flags at the opening ceremony in New York

US President Ronald Reagan opened the Games in New York

US President Ronald Reagan opened the Games in New York

Looking sharp in their opening ceremony clobber

Looking sharp in their opening ceremony clobber

Personal identity and accreditation card for Joe Egan

Personal identity and accreditation card for Joe Egan

The amputee section was the largest and most successful in New York

The amputee section was the largest and most successful in New York

Egan gets bronze in a blanket finish in the men’s A4 100m

Egan gets bronze in a blanket finish in the men’s A4 100m

Relay gold and the first Paralympic gold medal by an Indigenous Australian

Relay gold and the first Paralympic gold medal by an Indigenous Australian

Did spectators pay extra for a track-side view?

Did spectators pay extra for a track-side view?

Just a minute Peter Trotter, shouldn’t you be in Stoke Mandeville?

Just a minute Peter Trotter, shouldn’t you be in Stoke Mandeville?

Making a new friend in New York

Making a new friend in New York

“Home” during the Games

“Home” during the Games

Move over Elizabeth, as young Anne makes a splash

Move over Elizabeth, as young Anne makes a splash

Skateboards and Paralympic medals at the pool

Skateboards and Paralympic medals at the pool

The Closing Ceremony – a chance to have fun

The Closing Ceremony – a chance to have fun

The wheelchair competition was an ocean away, in England

The wheelchair competition was an ocean away, in England

GALLERY: Handwritten congratulations to the selected team

GALLERY: Handwritten congratulations to the selected team

Just the one Aussie flag carried at the Stoke Mandeville opening

Just the one Aussie flag carried at the Stoke Mandeville opening

The Games opens, and Kevin Coombs gives Prince Charles a hat

The Games opens, and Kevin Coombs gives Prince Charles a hat

Susan Davies added to Australia’s medal tradition in Archery

Susan Davies added to Australia’s medal tradition in Archery

And Eric Klein continued the tradition of distinctive hats

And Eric Klein continued the tradition of distinctive hats

The track team, ready to roll in Stoke Mandeville

The track team, ready to roll in Stoke Mandeville

Alan Dufty set the pace on the track

Alan Dufty set the pace on the track
Peter Trotter saets off on the final leg of the 4x400m relay at the 1984 summer Paralympics. The Australian team finished third, some distance behind the first two teams, but still under the previous world record. This image is a still from a film made by Donald Worley about Australia's participation at the 1984 Summer Paralympics in Stoke Mandeville, England.

And Peter Trotter added a full set of individual medals

And Peter Trotter added a full set of individual medals

The satisfaction of a world record for Mike Nugent

The satisfaction of a world record for Mike Nugent

A famous victory at the home of the Paralympic movement

A famous victory at the home of the Paralympic movement

Was Mike Nugent channelling this guy?

Was Mike Nugent channelling this guy?

A touch on the shoulder and on the way

A touch on the shoulder and on the way

Thin was in for racing chairs, but so was feet first

Thin was in for racing chairs, but so was feet first

Well, a Ferrari from those days looks a bit dated also…

Well, a Ferrari from those days looks a bit dated also…

Big Terry winds up for discus gold

Big Terry winds up for discus gold

Always good to have your teammates behind you, especially in javelin

Always good to have your teammates behind you, especially in javelin

Tip-off, as Australia takes on Great Britain in basketball

Tip-off, as Australia takes on Great Britain in basketball
A scene for the wheelchair basketball game between Australian and Great Britain at the 1984 summer Paralympics. Great Britain won the game. This image is a still from a film made by Donald Worley about Australia's participation at the 1984 Summer Paralympics in Stoke Mandeville, England.

Reclassification of several players affected the basketball team’s line-ups

Reclassification of several players affected the basketball team’s line-ups

Libby Kosmala lets nothing distract her from dominating her sport

Libby Kosmala lets nothing distract her from dominating her sport

And Barbara Caspers chimed in with four shooting golds of her own

And Barbara Caspers chimed in with four shooting golds of her own

Wayne Ryding was one of just two Aussie gold medalists in the Stoke Mandeville pool

Wayne Ryding was one of just two Aussie gold medalists in the Stoke Mandeville pool

“Marathon runners, on your marks…” for the first Paralympic marathon

“Marathon runners, on your marks…” for the first Paralympic marathon
Jan Randles examines her raw hands after winning the women's class 4 wheelchair marathon at the 1984 summer Paralympics. It was the first Paralympic Games marathon. This image is a still from a film made by Donald Worley about Australia's participation at the 1984 Summer Paralympics in Stoke Mandeville, England.

Jan Randles was Australia’s first female marathon gold medallist

Jan Randles was Australia’s first female marathon gold medallist

Welcome home for Caspers and Kosmala

Welcome home for Caspers and Kosmala
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1986
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The Australian Team continued its record of FESPIC Games success in Surakarta, winning 176 medals in total, 104 gold, 44 silver medals and 28 bronze medals.

Australia at the 1986 FESPIC Games

Australia at the 1986 FESPIC Games
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List of the members of the 1986 Australian FESPIC Games team with links to team members’ Wikipedia articles.

1986 Surakarta FESPIC Games Australian Team

1986 Surakarta FESPIC Games Australian Team
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List of the members of the 1986 Australian FESPIC Games Team

1986 Surakarta Australian FESPIC Games Team

1986 Surakarta Australian FESPIC Games Team
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Mr Graham Pryke was succeeded as President of the ACSD by Barbara Worley, who became the most influential person in disability sport in Australia.

A new ACSD boss and greater Paralympic engagement

A new ACSD boss and greater Paralympic engagement
1988
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Boccia results at the summer Paralympics from 1988.

Boccia results at the summer Paralympics from 1988

Boccia results at the summer Paralympics from 1988
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Wheelchair tennis results at the summer Paralympics from 1988.

Wheelchair tennis at the summer Paralympics from 1988

Wheelchair tennis at the summer Paralympics from 1988
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Australia took five competitors to the 1988 Innsbruck Winter Paralympics, all Alpine skiers.

Australia at the Innsbruck Winter Paralympics 1988

Australia at the Innsbruck Winter Paralympics 1988
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List of the members of the 1988 Australian Paralympic Team for the Innsbruck Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

1988 winter Paralympics Australian Team list

1988 winter Paralympics Australian Team list

Team training before heading to Innsbruck

Team training before heading to Innsbruck

David Munk carves it up in pre-Games training

David Munk carves it up in pre-Games training

Michael Collins enjoyed the Stubai Galcier weather before getting down to business

Michael Collins enjoyed the Stubai Galcier weather before getting down to business

Members of the 1988 Australian winter Paralympic Team

Members of the 1988 Australian winter Paralympic Team

"As a 14 year old, your're sitting there with 2 of the best 5 guys in the world."

Michael Milton talks about his first Paralympic Games

Michael Milton talks about his first Paralympic Games

A very young Michael Milton gets set for his first Paralympic event

A very young Michael Milton gets set for his first Paralympic event

And then Milton’s off!

And then Milton’s off!

Full focus for Evan Hodge in the downhill, the speed event

Full focus for Evan Hodge in the downhill, the speed event

"I had to go to the meeting and withdraw my application"

Dr John Grant on Australia’s bid to host the 1988 Paralympics

Dr John Grant on Australia’s bid to host the 1988 Paralympics

Not just sport, there were other stories as well

Not just sport, there were other stories as well
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At a national level, the Seoul Paralympic Games were significant, as they represented a concerted effort to organise, fund and send a truly national Australian team.

Australia at the Seoul Summer Paralympics 1988

Australia at the Seoul Summer Paralympics 1988
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List of the members of the 1988 Australian Paralympic Team for the Seoul Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

1988 Summer Paralympics Australian Team List

1988 Summer Paralympics Australian Team List

The 1988 team was the best funded to that time due to a national effort

The 1988 team was the best funded to that time due to a national effort

And the fundraising efforts generated lots of photo opportunities

And the fundraising efforts generated lots of photo opportunities

"It was really disability specific, which really didn't sit well with me."

But Australia again sent a team separated into disability sub-teams, as Chris Nunn explains

But Australia again sent a team separated into disability sub-teams, as Chris Nunn explains

The Seoul Games were the first to be officially called “Paralympics”

The Seoul Games were the first to be officially called “Paralympics”

South Korea was rapidly modernising but that brought its own issues

South Korea was rapidly modernising but that brought its own issues

GALLERY: Opening ceremony of the Seoul Paralympics

GALLERY: Opening ceremony of the Seoul Paralympics

Let the athletics begin – Australia’s premier sport in Seoul

Let the athletics begin – Australia’s premier sport in Seoul

"I'm going to win a gold medal. I really, really have to race."

Norma Beer tells the extraordinary story of Deahnne McIntyre’s path to gold

Norma Beer tells the extraordinary story of Deahnne McIntyre’s path to gold

From the operating table to the dais – the amazing Games of Deahnne McIntyre

From the operating table to the dais – the amazing Games of Deahnne McIntyre

Jane Buckley and David Goodman seem pleased with how things are going

Jane Buckley and David Goodman seem pleased with how things are going

And why not? The VI athletes had a great Games

And why not? The VI athletes had a great Games

There were medals to show off

There were medals to show off

And places to go

And places to go

If you wanted to fly

If you wanted to fly

Or keep your feet on the ground

Or keep your feet on the ground

Bruce Wallrodt had to be tied down

Bruce Wallrodt had to be tied down

Before he rose above his competition

Before he rose above his competition

GALLERY: But the rock stars of the Australian team were the ‘Awesome Foursome’

GALLERY: But the rock stars of the Australian team were the ‘Awesome Foursome’

"It really changed my life in the way I look at other people and what can be achieved."

Chris Nunn talks about how coaching in Seoul hooked him on Paralympic sport

Chris Nunn talks about how coaching in Seoul hooked him on Paralympic sport

For the first time, an Australian TV network sent a crew to the Games

For the first time, an Australian TV network sent a crew to the Games

Libby provided another good news story at the shooting

Libby provided another good news story at the shooting

And Stan’s win made the Kosmalas the first ever married gold medalists

And Stan’s win made the Kosmalas the first ever married gold medalists

In wheelchair basketball, Australia was seeking to close the gap

In wheelchair basketball, Australia was seeking to close the gap

The game against Argentina was positive

The game against Argentina was positive

Even if it had its moments

Even if it had its moments

David Gould played the second Paralympics of his long career

David Gould played the second Paralympics of his long career

And our basketballers didn’t lack for local supporters

And our basketballers didn’t lack for local supporters

Organisation and coordination was a strong feature of the Seoul Games

Organisation and coordination was a strong feature of the Seoul Games

In transport, an old and tested method was used to quickly load wheelchair users

In transport, an old and tested method was used to quickly load wheelchair users

At the pool, a future swimming hall of famer waits to be announced

At the pool, a future swimming hall of famer waits to be announced

While the race is on – towels, tracksuits, crutches and legs await

While the race is on – towels, tracksuits, crutches and legs await

Greg Hammond won two of Australia’s five swimming gold medals

Greg Hammond won two of Australia’s five swimming gold medals

Legs in the basket and game faces on

Legs in the basket and game faces on

The frenzy of a 4x50m freestyle relay

The frenzy of a 4x50m freestyle relay

In the Village, the Chef de Mission had plenty to keep him occupied

In the Village, the Chef de Mission had plenty to keep him occupied

While others get to grips with computer technology

While others get to grips with computer technology

And away from the Village, young Koreans meet the Paralympians

And away from the Village, young Koreans meet the Paralympians

Or back at the track, it seems the era of ‘gentlemen racers’ has returned

Or back at the track, it seems the era of ‘gentlemen racers’ has returned

But no-one told Peter Trotter

But no-one told Peter Trotter

Richard Cordukes looks relaxed before this race

Richard Cordukes looks relaxed before this race

Three Australians contested the 100m final for leg amputees

Three Australians contested the 100m final for leg amputees

Robert Biancucci proved his versatility from 200m to 1500m

Robert Biancucci proved his versatility from 200m to 1500m

Be prepared – bring a spare leg

Be prepared – bring a spare leg

Rodney Nugent on his way to one of his seven medals in Seoul

Rodney Nugent on his way to one of his seven medals in Seoul

The drama of performing in the big arena

The drama of performing in the big arena

Another Games, another javelin medal for Donna Smith

Another Games, another javelin medal for Donna Smith

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

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

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

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

"I really came back from that trip fired up about making a difference."

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

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

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

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

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

GALLERY: “The flame that lit the world … is now slowly burning out.”
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1989
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In 1989, Adrienne Smith assumed the presidency of the Australian Confederation of Sports for the Disabled.

Presidency of the ACSD changes again

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

Australia at the 1989 FESPIC Games

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

1989 Kobe FESPIC Games Australian Team

1989 Kobe FESPIC Games Australian Team
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1989 Kobe Australian FESPIC Games Team

1989 Kobe Australian FESPIC Games Team
1990

"We must establish the Australian Paralympic Federation. It's got to happen."

Adrienne Smith talks about the impetus to establish the APF

Adrienne Smith talks about the impetus to establish the APF

The foundation of the Australian Paralympic Federation

The foundation of the Australian Paralympic Federation

"We would have been probably the very first."

Adrienne Smith says that Australia was probably the first Paralympic committee

Adrienne Smith says that Australia was probably the first Paralympic committee

"You basically had to earn your salary."

Adrienne Smith talks about the financial position at the start of the APF

Adrienne Smith talks about the financial position at the start of the APF
1992
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Australia sent five athletes, all Alpine Skiers, to the 1992 Winter Paralympics and came home with its first ever medals.

Australia at the Albertville Winter Paralympics 1992

Australia at the Albertville Winter Paralympics 1992
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List of the members of the 1992 Australian Paralympic Team for the Albertville Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

1992 Winter Paralympics Australian Team List

1992 Winter Paralympics Australian Team List

"We didn't know where she found the money from at the time"

Nick Dean tells how Adrienne Smith funded the team to Albertville

Nick Dean tells how Adrienne Smith funded the team to Albertville

"It just made it worth everything ... I was the happiest girl ever."

Adrienne Smith on how she funded the team and what it meant

Adrienne Smith on how she funded the team and what it meant
1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games, Rod Hacon and Paul Griffiths going to the Opening Ceremony

The media director and athletes on their way to the opening ceremony

The media director and athletes on their way to the opening ceremony

"It was the first time that we got some real media coverage."

Adrienne Smith and the media coverage thanks to Paul Griffiths and his ‘black box’

Adrienne Smith and the media coverage thanks to Paul Griffiths and his ‘black box’
1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games, Australian Team

Australian Team, Albertville Winter Paralympics

Australian Team, Albertville Winter Paralympics
1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games, Australian athlete Rod Hacon and his family in front of the Paralympic Cauldron

Rod Hacon’s family came to cheer him on

Rod Hacon’s family came to cheer him on
An Australian Team member in front of the Paralympic Cauldron

The first team to have technical support staff such as Alan Dean

The first team to have technical support staff such as Alan Dean

"As a sit skier he was an absolutely, spectacularly, brilliant athlete"

Nick Dean says that Michael Norton was one of the best athletes he ever saw

Nick Dean says that Michael Norton was one of the best athletes he ever saw
1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games, Australian athlete Michael Norton

Michael Norton on his way to a slalom bronze medal

Michael Norton on his way to a slalom bronze medal

"It was absolutely amazing, it had us all in tears"

Nick Dean discusses the first Winter Paralympic medal won by an Australian

Nick Dean discusses the first Winter Paralympic medal won by an Australian
1992 Albertville Paralympic Winter Games, Australian medallists: David Munk, Michael Milton and Michael Norton

Australia’s first ever winter sport medalists

Australia’s first ever winter sport medalists

"It wasn't just me, it was the whole team environment."

Michael Milton on the significance of Australia’s first ever winter medals

Michael Milton on the significance of Australia’s first ever winter medals
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"I just couldn't believe how people were so supportive."

Adrienne Smith tells how she secured the final money for the 1992 summer Games

Adrienne Smith tells how she secured the final money for the 1992 summer Games
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The Australian team comprised 134 athletes and 41 staff, including the first Paralympic appearance by the national women’s basketball team.

Australia at the Barcelona Summer Paralympics 1992

Australia at the Barcelona Summer Paralympics 1992
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List of the members of the 1992 Australian Paralympic Team for the Barcelona Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

1992 Summer Barcelona Paralympics Australian Team list

1992 Summer Barcelona Paralympics Australian Team list
Australian Team marching at the opening ceremony at the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games

A gaggle of legends among Australian Team officials at the opening ceremony

A gaggle of legends among Australian Team officials at the opening ceremony
Australian Team marching at the opening ceremony at the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games

Strutting the infamous Barcelona Team uniform in the opening ceremony

Strutting the infamous Barcelona Team uniform in the opening ceremony
Australian athletics athlete Alison Quinn holding the boxing kangaroo flag at the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games

15 year old Alison Quinn flies the flag in Barcelona

15 year old Alison Quinn flies the flag in Barcelona
Australian athletics athlete Mark Whiteman running at the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games

GALLERY: Dramatic finish of the TS1 100m with Mark Whiteman and Kerrod McGregor

GALLERY: Dramatic finish of the TS1 100m with Mark Whiteman and Kerrod McGregor

Grunnsund goes from winter to summer, the hard way

Grunnsund goes from winter to summer, the hard way

On the podium again, Russell Short won gold in both discus and shot put

On the podium again, Russell Short won gold in both discus and shot put
Australian athletics athlete Kerrod McGregor in the long jump at the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games

Kerrod McGregor just missed a third long jump medal

Kerrod McGregor just missed a third long jump medal
Australian athlete Darren Thrupp shows off the gold medal he won at the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games in the men's C7/C8 (F37/F38) long jump.

And Darren Thrupp won his first

And Darren Thrupp won his first

Kieran Modra throws the javelin

Kieran Modra throws the javelin

And then Modra heads to the pool

And then Modra heads to the pool

Jason Diederich flew for silver

Jason Diederich flew for silver

Swimming introduced a functional classification system in Barcelona

Swimming introduced a functional classification system in Barcelona

Tracy Barrell won two gold medals in the pool

Tracy Barrell won two gold medals in the pool

Tracey Cross gets a hand from a volunteer

Tracey Cross gets a hand from a volunteer

Kelly Barnes and Michelle Bate had their battle faces on

Kelly Barnes and Michelle Bate had their battle faces on

Judith Young leaves the blocks

Judith Young leaves the blocks

Anne Currie won three gold medals

Anne Currie won three gold medals

Priya Cooper, about to make a splash at her first Games

Priya Cooper, about to make a splash at her first Games

Mandy Maywood goes high off the blocks for another medal

Mandy Maywood goes high off the blocks for another medal
Australian team portrait at the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games

The Australian Team ‘portrait’ in Barcelona

The Australian Team ‘portrait’ in Barcelona

Always keep your leg close – John Eden stretches between throws

Always keep your leg close – John Eden stretches between throws

Brad Thomas launches the shot

Brad Thomas launches the shot

A common site in Barcelona – Louise Sauvage leads the pack

A common site in Barcelona – Louise Sauvage leads the pack

After the race, Sauvage is now the centre of a different pack

After the race, Sauvage is now the centre of a different pack

On the podium, shot put Gold medallist Jodi Willis-Roberts

On the podium, shot put Gold medallist Jodi Willis-Roberts

Get that outta here – Bruce Wallrodt throws the discus for silver

Get that outta here – Bruce Wallrodt throws the discus for silver

Pink was in fashion but so was gold for Donna Smith

Pink was in fashion but so was gold for Donna Smith

Boss of the track – Louise Sauvage after another race in Barcelona

Boss of the track – Louise Sauvage after another race in Barcelona

Hobbs and Carter tangle in Barcelona

Hobbs and Carter tangle in Barcelona

There’s no way through for Donna Ritchie either

There’s no way through for Donna Ritchie either

And Coralie Churchett seems worried about her options

And Coralie Churchett seems worried about her options

David Gould looks to score under intense pressure

David Gould looks to score under intense pressure

But Troy Sachs is there for the rebound

But Troy Sachs is there for the rebound

Michael Callahan finds some space

Michael Callahan finds some space

Ray Epstein benches almost three times his body weight

Ray Epstein benches almost three times his body weight

Csaba Bobary was Australia’s sole Table Tennis player

Csaba Bobary was Australia’s sole Table Tennis player

Lyn Coleman watches the outcome of her throw

Lyn Coleman watches the outcome of her throw
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Australia placed at the top of the medal tally at the Madrid Paralympic Games for athletes with an intellectual disability.

Australia at the Madrid Paralympic Games 1992

Australia at the Madrid Paralympic Games 1992
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List of the members of the 1992 Australian Paralympic Team for the Madrid Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

1992 Madrid Paralympics Australian Team list

1992 Madrid Paralympics Australian Team list

The “Community of Madrid” was ready for the Games to begin

The “Community of Madrid” was ready for the Games to begin

An indoor opening ceremony

An indoor opening ceremony

The baton was passed to Madrid

The baton was passed to Madrid
Russell Torrance from Western Australia runs a leg of the 4x100m men's relay for Australia at the 1992 Madrid Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap.

And Russell Torrance is off!

And Russell Torrance is off!

Paul Mitchell seemed to float to silver in the 1500m

Paul Mitchell seemed to float to silver in the 1500m

While Anton Flavel throws himself into his work

While Anton Flavel throws himself into his work

And enjoys the rewards of his labours

And enjoys the rewards of his labours

But it wasn’t all completely smooth running for the Aussies

But it wasn’t all completely smooth running for the Aussies

It was Futsal’s only Paralympic appearance and Australia was there

It was Futsal’s only Paralympic appearance and Australia was there

Although boomerang throwing was only for demonstration

Although boomerang throwing was only for demonstration

Team staff in the office had plenty of supervision

Team staff in the office had plenty of supervision

GALLERY: Scenes from the successful women’s basketball campaign

GALLERY: Scenes from the successful women’s basketball campaign

The boomerangs didn’t reach the same heights as the Pearls

The boomerangs didn’t reach the same heights as the Pearls
Victorian Rodney Meddings (#9) brings the ball into the front court for the Australian Boomerangs in the game against Great Britain at the 1992 Madrid Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap. The Boomerangs, Australia's national men's team for players with an intellectual disability, defeated GB 65-20, but finished seventh in the tournament.

Rodney Meddings brings the ball down the floor

Rodney Meddings brings the ball down the floor

John Lettice puts up a shot

John Lettice puts up a shot

The pool was where Australia was at its winningest

The pool was where Australia was at its winningest

And one man stood above the rest

And one man stood above the rest

Twenty medals between them – our greatest medal winners

Twenty medals between them – our greatest medal winners

The men dominated the swimming relays

The men dominated the swimming relays

The women chimed in with two relay medals

The women chimed in with two relay medals

After the Games there were presentations

After the Games there were presentations

A Team photo

A Team photo

And recognition of a special achievement

And recognition of a special achievement
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1993

The 1993 APF annual report hinted at the stress of the previous 18 months

The 1993 APF annual report hinted at the stress of the previous 18 months
1994 Lillehammer Winter Games, Australian team: Graig Wyndham, James Patterson, David Munk, Rod Hacon, Michael Milton (Michael Norton is missing)

1994 winter Team pre-Games camp, Australian Alps

1994 winter Team pre-Games camp, Australian Alps
1994
1994 Lillehammer Winter Games, Australian athlete David Munk

David Munk takes off for the Lillehammer Games

David Munk takes off for the Lillehammer Games
1994 Lillehammer Winter Games, Australian athlete Craig Windham

Craig Windham shows his style at pre-Games training

Craig Windham shows his style at pre-Games training
1994 Lillehammer Winter Games, Australian athlete James Patterson

And here comes James Patterson

And here comes James Patterson
1994 Lillehammer Winter Games, Australian athlete Michael Norton

It was all about the preparation for Michael Norton and the Australian team

It was all about the preparation for Michael Norton and the Australian team
1994 Lillehammer Winter Games, Australian athlete Rod Hacon

Rod Hacon takes a tight line in pre-Games competition

Rod Hacon takes a tight line in pre-Games competition
1994 Lillehammer Winter Games, Australian athlete David Munk

David Munk heads to the line with the Lillehammer Games still ahead

David Munk heads to the line with the Lillehammer Games still ahead
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The Lillehammer Winter Paralympic Games were held in 1994, six months after Sydney was awarded the 2000 Paralympics.

Australia at the Lillehammer Winter Paralympics 1994

Australia at the Lillehammer Winter Paralympics 1994
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List of the members of the 1994 Australian Paralympic Team for the Lillehammer Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles

1994 Winter Paralympics Australian Team List

1994 Winter Paralympics Australian Team List
1994 Lillehammer Winter Games, Australian team: Graham, Howerlls, Hacon, Dean, Milton, Paterson, Wyndham, Sheperd, Mance, Norton, MunkBAck L-R: Eddie Jesiolowski, Steve Graham, David Howells, Nick Dean, Fiona Mance, Michael Milton, James Patterson. Middle (l) Ron Finneran Front L-R: Alan Dean, Michael Norton, David Munk, Rod Hacon, Craig Wyndham

All dressed up and an opening ceremony to attend

All dressed up and an opening ceremony to attend
1994 Lillehammer Winter Games, Australian team behind the flag

Going into the stadium for the opening ceremony

Going into the stadium for the opening ceremony
1994 Lillehammer Winter Games, Australian athlete Michael Milton

Michael Milton continued right on from the previous Games

Michael Milton continued right on from the previous Games
1994 Lillehammer Winter Games, Michael Milton & other medallists: Gold USA & Silver Germany

Milton won a medal in each of his events

Milton won a medal in each of his events
1994 Lillehammer Winter Games, Australian medalist Michael Milton

Satisfaction for Michael Milton

Satisfaction for Michael Milton

"I started off as a technical skier. It's a pattern that is worldwide."

Michael Milton talks about the qualities needed for the alpine skiing events

Michael Milton talks about the qualities needed for the alpine skiing events
1994 Lillehammer Winter Games, Australian Australian supporters

The Australian supporters had plenty to be happy about

The Australian supporters had plenty to be happy about
1994 Lillehammer Winter Games, Gold Medallist Michael Norton with other Super-G medallists: Silver Michael Douglas (USA) & Bronze Williams Brouness (USA)

Michael Norton gets gold in the super-G

Michael Norton gets gold in the super-G
1994 Lillehammer Winter Games, Australian athlete Michael Norton

Michael Norton signals: “I got two golds”

Michael Norton signals: “I got two golds”
1994 Lillehammer Winter Games, Australian medalist James Paterson

James Paterson won two medals also

James Paterson won two medals also
1994 Lillehammer Winter Games, Australian head coach Steve Graham & athlete Craig Windham

The head coach and captain celebrate a great team performance

The head coach and captain celebrate a great team performance
1994 Lillehammer Winter Games, Australian team: Graham, Howerlls, Rod Hacon, Dean, Michael Milton, Patterson, Craig Windham, Sheppard (coach), Mance, Michael Norton, David Munk

The whole Australian Team had reason to celebrate

The whole Australian Team had reason to celebrate

"The level of preparation that we had was a real big step up between 1992 and 1994. And we saw that in the results..."

Michael Milton talks about the jump the Team made from 1992 to 1994

Michael Milton talks about the jump the Team made from 1992 to 1994
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Australia sent a team of more than 100 athletes to the 1994 FESPIC Games in Beijing.

Australia at the 1994 FESPIC Games

Australia at the 1994 FESPIC Games
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List of the members of the 1994 Australian Team for the Beijing FESPIC Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

1994 Beijing Australian FESPIC Games Team

1994 Beijing Australian FESPIC Games Team
1995
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Wheelchair rugby results from summer Paralympics and World Championships from 1995.

Wheelchair rugby results from summer Paralympics and World Championships from 1995

Wheelchair rugby results from summer Paralympics and World Championships from 1995

Wheelchair Basketball Hall of Fame induction for John Martin

Wheelchair Basketball Hall of Fame induction for John Martin
1996
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Equestrian results at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

Equestrian results at the summer Paralympics from 1996

Equestrian results at the summer Paralympics from 1996
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Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996.

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996

Goalball results at the summer Paralympics from 1996
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In the lead-up to the 1996 Atlanta Summer Paralympic Games, the APF innovatively altered its approach to developing athlete performance.

Australia at the Atlanta Summer Paralympics 1996

Australia at the Atlanta Summer Paralympics 1996
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List of the members of the 1996 Australian Paralympic Team for the Atlanta Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

1996 Summer Paralympics Australian Team List

1996 Summer Paralympics Australian Team List

The Australian Team is formally welcomed to the Games Village

The Australian Team is formally welcomed to the Games Village

You could feel the excitement in the Australian camp from Day 1

You could feel the excitement in the Australian camp from Day 1

Libby Kosmala led the Australian team into the opening ceremony

Libby Kosmala led the Australian team into the opening ceremony

The Australian team marches in the opening ceremony

The Australian team marches in the opening ceremony

The Aussies were out of the blocks and full of running

The Aussies were out of the blocks and full of running

David “Clock” Evans on his way to gold in the 1500m

David “Clock” Evans on his way to gold in the 1500m

Katrina Webb had a great story and a great Games

Katrina Webb had a great story and a great Games
Australian athlete Bruce Wallrodt (Western Australia) prepares to throw in the F53 seated javelin event in which he won the bronze medal at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games

Bruce Wallrodt was part of the dominant throws group

Bruce Wallrodt was part of the dominant throws group
Australian athlete Terry Giddy (New South Wales) competes in the F55 seated discus throw event at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games in which he finished fourth

Veteran Terry Giddy just missed a medal in discus

Veteran Terry Giddy just missed a medal in discus

Australian shooting team, Atlanta Paralympics

Australian shooting team, Atlanta Paralympics
Australian F33 athlete Stephen Eaton competes in the discus seated throwing event at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games in which he won a bronze medal

Young gun Stephen Eaton started his Paralympic career with discus bronze

Young gun Stephen Eaton started his Paralympic career with discus bronze

It was to be the final Games for lawn bowls

It was to be the final Games for lawn bowls

June Clark and Pauline Cahill were Australia’s lawn bowls medalists

June Clark and Pauline Cahill were Australia’s lawn bowls medalists

The lawn bowls chairs were built for the sport

The lawn bowls chairs were built for the sport

Ashley Adams rests between shots, Atlanta 1996

Ashley Adams rests between shots, Atlanta 1996

James Nomarhas rests between shots, Atlanta 1996

James Nomarhas rests between shots, Atlanta 1996

Keith Bremner shoots, Atlanta Paralympics

Keith Bremner shoots, Atlanta Paralympics

Libby Kosmala shoots, Atlanta Paralympics

Libby Kosmala shoots, Atlanta Paralympics

Peter Worsley shoots, Atlanta Paralympics

Peter Worsley shoots, Atlanta Paralympics

Keeping the athletes fed is a big operation

Keeping the athletes fed is a big operation

The dining tent is a fuel stop and a social hub

The dining tent is a fuel stop and a social hub

Mmmm – Amy Winters and Tim Matthews seem to have nailed ‘healthy eating’

Mmmm – Amy Winters and Tim Matthews seem to have nailed ‘healthy eating’

Meanwhile, at the open air velodrome, it was brutally hot

Meanwhile, at the open air velodrome, it was brutally hot

For Chris Scott, plenty of water was the answer

For Chris Scott, plenty of water was the answer

Lamond and Lepore went for damp towels

Lamond and Lepore went for damp towels

While Sandra Smith and Terri Poole took a more ‘ladylike’ approach

While Sandra Smith and Terri Poole took a more ‘ladylike’ approach

Which was not so evident in their response to winning two gold medals

Which was not so evident in their response to winning two gold medals

The start of the ‘Modra era’ in cycling

The start of the ‘Modra era’ in cycling

And the Homann and Scott eras as well

And the Homann and Scott eras as well

Transport wasn’t quite as smooth as it had been at other Games

Transport wasn’t quite as smooth as it had been at other Games

The “Gruesome Twosome” on their way to Australia’s first Boccia medal

The “Gruesome Twosome” on their way to Australia’s first Boccia medal

Not so gruesome now!

Not so gruesome now!

Anthony Clarke on his way to another first for Australia in judo

Anthony Clarke on his way to another first for Australia in judo

The proud judo team – Anthony Clarke with coach Trevor Kschammer

The proud judo team – Anthony Clarke with coach Trevor Kschammer

Back at the Village, there was work to be done

Back at the Village, there was work to be done

While yet another sport made history

While yet another sport made history

Rollers’ captain Sandy Blythe was in control

Rollers’ captain Sandy Blythe was in control

The Aussie supporters made their presence felt in the stands

The Aussie supporters made their presence felt in the stands

And so did Banjo, the Australian Team mascot

And so did Banjo, the Australian Team mascot

Troy Sachs has the honour of cutting down the net

Troy Sachs has the honour of cutting down the net

There was less noise at the goalball

There was less noise at the goalball

But plenty of action and excitement as Australia’s men made the medal round

But plenty of action and excitement as Australia’s men made the medal round

The women’s goalball team didn’t fare quite as well

The women’s goalball team didn’t fare quite as well

The heat was on at the tennis, as well

The heat was on at the tennis, as well

Two medals, but gold eluded David Hall in Atlanta

Two medals, but gold eluded David Hall in Atlanta

Unusual tennis footwear for Di Toro as she and Hinson finish 4th in doubles

Unusual tennis footwear for Di Toro as she and Hinson finish 4th in doubles

A visit from the Minister for the Olympics and Paralympics

A visit from the Minister for the Olympics and Paralympics

And a visit from the APF President

And a visit from the APF President

It was difficult for the equestrian team to feel part of the wider team

It was difficult for the equestrian team to feel part of the wider team

Wheelchair rugby was a demonstration sport

Wheelchair rugby was a demonstration sport

Humble beginnings for the Australian wheelchair rugby team

Humble beginnings for the Australian wheelchair rugby team

Powerlifting contributed to the medal tally through veteran Brian McNicholl

Powerlifting contributed to the medal tally through veteran Brian McNicholl

Women’s basketball was at its second Games and Australia just missed a medal

Women’s basketball was at its second Games and Australia just missed a medal

Amanda Carter hustles for the ball on defence

Amanda Carter hustles for the ball on defence

Liesl Tesch is a picture of concentration

Liesl Tesch is a picture of concentration

There was plenty to celebrate at the pool as well

There was plenty to celebrate at the pool as well

Priya Cooper was again the star of the swimming team

Priya Cooper was again the star of the swimming team

Cameron de Burgh steadies on the blocks

Cameron de Burgh steadies on the blocks

Scott Brockenshire leaves the blocks

Scott Brockenshire leaves the blocks

It was time to get serious when Brendan Burkett got a head shave

It was time to get serious when Brendan Burkett got a head shave

Melissa Carlton waits to be called onto the blocks for a race

Melissa Carlton waits to be called onto the blocks for a race

Kingsley Bugarin stands at the top of the podium again in Atlanta

Kingsley Bugarin stands at the top of the podium again in Atlanta

Our highly skilled and professional medical staff are here to serve you

Our highly skilled and professional medical staff are here to serve you

The physical therapies treatment room in action during the Games

The physical therapies treatment room in action during the Games

Back at the track, there was one clear star for Australia

Back at the track, there was one clear star for Australia

Louise Sauvage celebrates another victory

Louise Sauvage celebrates another victory

The heat was relentless but so were the Aussies

The heat was relentless but so were the Aussies

Racing wheelchair design had taken a big leap by Atlanta

Racing wheelchair design had taken a big leap by Atlanta

And running legs were still a work in progress

And running legs were still a work in progress

Having professional coaches was a big advantage for Australia

Having professional coaches was a big advantage for Australia

The ABC had been there to capture it all

The ABC had been there to capture it all

The flag was passed to Sydney

The flag was passed to Sydney

Then it was time to party

Then it was time to party

The team was welcomed home with parades around Australia

The team was welcomed home with parades around Australia

Louise Sauvage was recognised as Paralympian of the Year

Louise Sauvage was recognised as Paralympian of the Year
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1998
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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.

Australia at the Nagano Winter Paralympics 1998

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

1998 Winter Paralympics Australian Team List

1998 Winter Paralympics Australian Team List
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1999
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List of the members of the 1999 Australian FESPIC Games Team

1999 Bangkok Australian FESPIC Games Team

1999 Bangkok Australian FESPIC Games Team
2000
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Sailing results at the summer Paralympics from 2000 to 2016.

Sailing results at the summer Paralympics from 2000 to 2016

Sailing results at the summer Paralympics from 2000 to 2016
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Sydney was Australia’s most successful Games, improving on the Atlanta performance to top the medal tally for the first time in Paralympic history.

Australia at the Sydney Summer Paralympics 2000

Australia at the Sydney Summer Paralympics 2000
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List of the members of the 2000 Australian Paralympic Team for the Sydney Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

2000 Summer Paralympics Australian Team List

2000 Summer Paralympics Australian Team List

The Paralympic Movement is no longer just about rehabilitation

Nick Dean reflects on the transformation of the Paralympic movement

Nick Dean reflects on the transformation of the Paralympic movement
Steve Neal in action during a Standing Volleyball match at the Sydney Summer Paralympics.

Steve Neal Standing Volleyball Sydney Summer Paralympics

Steve Neal Standing Volleyball Sydney Summer Paralympics
Pentathlon athlete Wayne Bell in action during the Discus event at the Sydney Summer Paralympics.

Wayne Bell Pentathlon Discus event Sydney Summer Paralympics

Wayne Bell Pentathlon Discus event Sydney Summer Paralympics
Lisa Lorens does a backflip during the High Jump event at the Sydney Summer Paralympics.

Lisa Llorens High Jump Sydney Summer Paralympics

Lisa Llorens High Jump Sydney Summer Paralympics
Siobhan Paton celebrates after her Swimming event at the Sydney Summer Paralympics.

Siobhan Paton Swimming Sydney Summer Paralympics

Siobhan Paton Swimming Sydney Summer Paralympics
The Australian Team competes in the Sitting Volleyball competition at the Sydney Summer Paralympics.

Australian Team Sitting Volleyball Sydney Summer Paralympics

Australian Team Sitting Volleyball Sydney Summer Paralympics
The Football and Hockey venue at the Sydney Summer Paralympics.

Football/Hockey Venue Sydney Summer Paralympics

Football/Hockey Venue Sydney Summer Paralympics
Priya Cooper competing in the Swimming at the Sydney Summer Paralympics.

Priya Cooper Swimming Sydney Summer Paralympics

Priya Cooper Swimming Sydney Summer Paralympics
Arthur Fisk takes a shot during the Archery at the Sydney Summer Paralympics.

Arthur Fisk Archery Sydney Summer Paralympics

Arthur Fisk Archery Sydney Summer Paralympics
Robyn Stephens in action during the Goalball event at the Sydney Summer Paralympics

Robyn Stephens Goalball Sydney Summer Paralympics

Robyn Stephens Goalball Sydney Summer Paralympics
Scott Elsworth in action during the Boccia at the Sydney Summer Paralympics.

Scott Elsworth Boccia Sydney Summer Paralympics

Scott Elsworth Boccia Sydney Summer Paralympics
Peter Thompson competes in the Sailing at the Sydney Summer Paralympics.

Peter Thompson Sailing Sydney Summer Paralympics

Peter Thompson Sailing Sydney Summer Paralympics
Daniel Bell in action during the Swimming at the Sydney Summer Paralympics.

Daniel Bell Swimming Sydney Summer Paralympics

Daniel Bell Swimming Sydney Summer Paralympics
Greg Smith in action during the Wheelchair Track event at the Sydney Summer Paralympics.

Greg Smith Wheelchair Track Sydney Summer Paralympics

Greg Smith Wheelchair Track Sydney Summer Paralympics
David Rolfe in action during the Swimming at the Sydney Summer Paralympics.

David Rolfe Swimming Sydney Summer Paralympics

David Rolfe Swimming Sydney Summer Paralympics
Warren Lawton dives to save the ball during Goalball at the Sydney Summer Paralympics.

Warren Lawton Goalball Sydney Summer Paralympics

Warren Lawton Goalball Sydney Summer Paralympics
Kerri-Ann King competes in the Goalball at the Sydney Summer Paralympics.

Kerrie-Ann King Goalball Sydney Summer Paralympics

Kerrie-Ann King Goalball Sydney Summer Paralympics
Lee Collins take a shot during the Basketball for athletes with an Intellectual Disability event at the Sydney Summer Paralympics.

Lee Collins Basketball for athletes with an Intellectual Disability Sydney Summer Paralympics

Lee Collins Basketball for athletes with an Intellectual Disability Sydney Summer Paralympics
Julie Higgins in action during the dressage Equestrian event at the Sydney Summer Paralympics.

Julie Higgins Equestrian Sydney Summer Paralympics

Julie Higgins Equestrian Sydney Summer Paralympics
Bill Medley reaches for a shot during the Wheelchair Table Tennis event at the Sydney Summer Paralympics.

Bill Medley Wheelchair Table Tennis Sydney Summer Paralympics

Bill Medley Wheelchair Table Tennis Sydney Summer Paralympics
Bob Sobzack reaches for a shot during the Sitting Volleyball event at the Sydney Summer Paralympics.

Greg Sobzcak Sitting Volleyball Sydney Summer Paralympics

Greg Sobzcak Sitting Volleyball Sydney Summer Paralympics
Ross Schurgott in action during the Wheelchair Table Tennis event at the Sydney Summer Paralympics.

Ross Schurgott Wheelhchair Table Tennis Sydney Summer Paralympics

Ross Schurgott Wheelhchair Table Tennis Sydney Summer Paralympics
Amanda Carter in action during the Wheelchair Basketball event at the Sydney Summer Paralympics.

Amanda Carter Wheelchair Basketball Sydney Summer Paralympics

Amanda Carter Wheelchair Basketball Sydney Summer Paralympics
Albert Lee serves during the Sitting Volleyball competition at the Sydney Summer Paralympics.

Albert Lee Sitting Volleyball Sydney Summer Paralympics

Albert Lee Sitting Volleyball Sydney Summer Paralympics
Jason Rand competing for the ball during the Football at the Sydney Summer Paralympics.

Jason Rand Football Sydney Summer Paralympics

Jason Rand Football Sydney Summer Paralympics
Nicholas Maroney shoots during the Basketball for athletes with an Intellectual Disability event at the Sydney Summer Paralympics.

Nicholas Maroney Basketball for athletes with an Intellectual Disability Sydney Summer Paralympics

Nicholas Maroney Basketball for athletes with an Intellectual Disability Sydney Summer Paralympics
A spectator with an assistance dog enjoys the Wheelchair Tennis competition at the Sydney Summer Paralympics.

Wheelchair Tennis Sydney Summer Paralympics

Wheelchair Tennis Sydney Summer Paralympics
Tania Modra and Sarnya Parker in action during the Cycling at the Sydney Summer Paralympics.

Tania Modra and Sarnya Parka Cycling Sydney Summer Paralympics

Tania Modra and Sarnya Parka Cycling Sydney Summer Paralympics
Coach Terry Kenaghan in discussion with team during the Goalball event at the Sydney Summer Paralympics.

Terry Kenaghan Goalball Sydney Summer Paralympics

Terry Kenaghan Goalball Sydney Summer Paralympics
The Australian team in action against Libya in the Sitting Volleyball competition at the Sydney Summer Paralympics.

Australian Team Sitting Volleyball Sydney Summer Paralympics

Australian Team Sitting Volleyball Sydney Summer Paralympics
John and Janette Howard in attendance at the Cycling event at the Sydney Summer Paralympics.

John and Janette Howard Cycling Sydney Summer Paralympics

John and Janette Howard Cycling Sydney Summer Paralympics
Officials measuring during the Boccia competition at the Sydney Summer Paralympics.

Boccia Sydney Summer Paralympics

Boccia Sydney Summer Paralympics
Darren Harry and Paul Clohessy in action during the cycling at the Sydney Summer Paralympics;

Darren Harry and Paul Clohessy Cycling Sydney Summer Paralympics

Darren Harry and Paul Clohessy Cycling Sydney Summer Paralympics
Jamie Dunross, Noel Robbins and Graeme Martin compete in the Sailing in Sydney Harbor at the Sydney Summer Paralympics.

Australian Team Sailing Sydney Summer Paralympics

Australian Team Sailing Sydney Summer Paralympics
Matthew Gray. Greg Ball and Paul Lake in action during the Cycling competition at the Sydney Summer Paralympics.

Member of the Australian Team Cycling Sydney Summer Paralympics

Member of the Australian Team Cycling Sydney Summer Paralympics
Penny Bennett dives to save the ball in the Goalball competition at the Sydney Summer Paralympics.

Penny Bennett Goalball Sydney Summer Paralympics

Penny Bennett Goalball Sydney Summer Paralympics
Anthony Clarke fights Ian Rose in the Judo competition at the Sydney Summer Paralympics.

Anthony Clarke Judo Sydney Summer Paralympics

Anthony Clarke Judo Sydney Summer Paralympics
Louise Savage competing in the Wheelchair Track 800m T54 final at the Sydney Summer Paralympics.

Louise Savage Wheelchair Track Sydney Summer Paralympics

Louise Savage Wheelchair Track Sydney Summer Paralympics
Grant Prest spikes the ball during the Standing Volleyball competition at the Sydney Summer Paralympics.

Grant Prest Standing Volleyball Sydney Summer Paralympics

Grant Prest Standing Volleyball Sydney Summer Paralympics
4 x 4oom T46 Mens track team members Stephen Wilson, Neil Fuller, Tim Matthews and Heath Frances at the Sydney Summer Paralympics.

Mens 4 x 400m Track Team Sydney Summer Paralympics

Mens 4 x 400m Track Team Sydney Summer Paralympics
The Australian Team prepare to return a serve during the Standing Volleyball event at the Sydney Summer Paralympics.

Members of the Australian Team Standing Volleyball Sydney Paralympics

Members of the Australian Team Standing Volleyball Sydney Paralympics
Jamie Dunross, Noel Robins and Graeme Martin in action during the Sailing competition at the Sydney Summer Paralympics.

Australian Team Sailing Sydney Summer Paralympics

Australian Team Sailing Sydney Summer Paralympics
Australian athletes sign autographs for school children at the Sydney Summer Paralympics.

Members of the Australian Team Sydney Summer Paralympics

Members of the Australian Team Sydney Summer Paralympics
Jo Ruba dives to block the ball during Goalball at the Sydney Summer Paralympics.

Jo Ruba Goalball Sydney Summer Paralympics

Jo Ruba Goalball Sydney Summer Paralympics
The Womens Australian Basketball team celebrate their Silver medal win at the Sydney Summer Paralympics.

Australian Women’s Basketball Team Sydney Summer Paralympics

Australian Women’s Basketball Team Sydney Summer Paralympics
Kahi Puru in action during the Powerlifting competition at the Sydney Summer Paralympics.

Kahi Puru Powerlifting Sydney Summer Paralympics

Kahi Puru Powerlifting Sydney Summer Paralympics
Athletics head coach Chris Nunn talk to athlete at the Sydney Summer Paralympics.

Chris Nunn Athletics Head Coach Sydney Summer Paralympics

Chris Nunn Athletics Head Coach Sydney Summer Paralympics
© Sport the library/Bill BachmanSydney 2000 Paralympic GamesOpening CeremonyAustralia - Brendan Burkett - Swimming, carrying the flag

GALLERY: The opening ceremony celebrated Australia and its culture.

GALLERY: The opening ceremony celebrated Australia and its culture.

"We did a bit of a pat of the back for that"

Adrienne Smith recalls the feelings of achievement at the opening of the 2000 Games.

Adrienne Smith recalls the feelings of achievement at the opening of the 2000 Games.
© Sport the library/Bill BachmanSydney 2000 Paralympic GamesOpening Ceremony - Stadium Australia

GALLERY: Sydney’s venues were spectacular and often full

GALLERY: Sydney’s venues were spectacular and often full
Suzanne Twelftree competes in Powerlifting at the Sydney Summer Paralympics

Suzanne Twelftree Powerlifting Sydney Summer Paralympics

Suzanne Twelftree Powerlifting Sydney Summer Paralympics
Daniella Di Toro Branka Pupovac (AUS) gold medals Wheelchair Tennis Sydney 2000

Daniella Di Toro Branka Pupovac gold medals Wheelchair Tennis Sydney Paralympic Games

Daniella Di Toro Branka Pupovac gold medals Wheelchair Tennis Sydney Paralympic Games
Australian swimmer Amanda Fraser competes in the S7 200IM at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games, 20 October 2000

Amanda Fraser, Sydney Summer Paralympics

Amanda Fraser, Sydney Summer Paralympics
Katrina Webb celebrates relay win with Alison Quinn infront of the home crowd.

Katrina Webb and Alison Quinn celebrate Relay win Sydney Summer Paralympics

Katrina Webb and Alison Quinn celebrate Relay win Sydney Summer Paralympics

George Hucks, Brad Dubberley, Sydney Summer Paralympics

George Hucks, Brad Dubberley, Sydney Summer Paralympics
Greg Ball competes in Cycling at the Sydney Summer Paralympics.

Cycling benefitted from access to technology

Cycling benefitted from access to technology

Siobhan Paton, Sydney Summer Paralympics

Siobhan Paton, Sydney Summer Paralympics

Australian Cycling Team Members, Sydney Summer Paralympics

Australian Cycling Team Members, Sydney Summer Paralympics

Australian Athletics Team members, Sydney summer Paralympics

Australian Athletics Team members, Sydney summer Paralympics

Tim Sullivan, Sydney Summer Paralympics

Tim Sullivan, Sydney Summer Paralympics

David Johnson, Wheelchair Tennis, Sydney Summer Paralympics

David Johnson, Wheelchair Tennis, Sydney Summer Paralympics

Jo Ruba, Goalball, Sydney Summer Paralympics

Jo Ruba, Goalball, Sydney Summer Paralympics

Daniel Polson, Cycling, Sydney Summer Paralympics

Daniel Polson, Cycling, Sydney Summer Paralympics
Kate Bailey competing in the Swimming at the Sydney Summer Paralympics.

Reflections of Kate Bailey

Reflections of Kate Bailey
Natalie Cordowiner competes in Archery at the Sydney Summer Paralympics.

Natalie Cordowiner continues the tradition of archers’ and their hats

Natalie Cordowiner continues the tradition of archers’ and their hats
Women's Wheelchair Basketball team compete in Sydney Summer Paralympics

The Gliders campaign was off to a good start

The Gliders campaign was off to a good start
© Sport the library/Jeff CrowSydney 2000 Paralympic GamesAthletics, Day 2 October 20thShot put, Don Elgin (AUS)

Shot put was one of Don’s six events – in addition to the pentathlon

Shot put was one of Don’s six events – in addition to the pentathlon
Troy Sachs (AUS) dives Wheelchair Basketball Sydney 2000

Troy Sachs Sydney Summer Paralympics

Troy Sachs Sydney Summer Paralympics
Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games Athletics - visually impaired sprinter Gerrard Gosens (AUS) with his guide/lead runner

Gerard Gosens and Guide Sydney Paralympics

Gerard Gosens and Guide Sydney Paralympics
Kingsley Burgarin competes in Swimming at the Sydney Summer Paralympics

Kingsley Bugarin dominated the men’s SB12 breaststoke event

Kingsley Bugarin dominated the men’s SB12 breaststoke event
Rob Crestani shoots during a Goalball match at the Sydney Summer Paralympics.

Rob Crestani unleashes

Rob Crestani unleashes
Daniela Di Toro and Branks Pupovac celebrate with their medals for Wheelchair Tennis Sydney Summer Paralympics

Di Toro and Pupovac won doubles silver

Di Toro and Pupovac won doubles silver
thletics - wheelchair racer Kurt Fearnley (AUS) with Australian flag

Kurt Fearnley Sydney Summer Paralympics

Kurt Fearnley Sydney Summer Paralympics
ID Basketball Brett Wilson

Brett Wilson Sydney Summer Paralympics

Brett Wilson Sydney Summer Paralympics
ID Basketball Bradley Lee (AUS)

Bradley Lee Sydney Summer Paralympics

Bradley Lee Sydney Summer Paralympics
Neil Fuller competes in the track at the Sydney Summer Paralympics.

Neil Fuller was maybe Australia’s greatest ‘blade runner’

Neil Fuller was maybe Australia’s greatest ‘blade runner’
David Hall celebrates during the Wheelchair Tennis Sydney Summer Paralympics

David Hall was at his peak in Sydney

David Hall was at his peak in Sydney
Richard Nicholson in action during the Powerlifting event at the Sydney Summer Paralympics.

Richard Nicholson Powerlifting Sydney Summer Paralympics

Richard Nicholson Powerlifting Sydney Summer Paralympics

Wheelchair Rugby, the most ‘in your face’ sport at the Games

Wheelchair Rugby, the most ‘in your face’ sport at the Games
Australian track athlete Amy Winters celebrates her gold medal win at the 2000 Sydney Paralympic Games, Day 08. This was either the 100 m T46 or 200 m T46 event (Winters won gold in both).

Amy Winters Athletics Track Sydney Summer Paralympics

Amy Winters Athletics Track Sydney Summer Paralympics
Sue Ellen Lovett competes in a dressage Equestrian event at the Sydney Summer Paralympics.

Sue-Ellen Lovett goes from the long track to the arena

Sue-Ellen Lovett goes from the long track to the arena
© Sport the library/Bill BachmanSydney 2000 Paralympic GamesClosing CeremonyAthletes on track

GALLERY: Now, the carnival is over

GALLERY: Now, the carnival is over

"I'm so proud that Australia put on the best Paralympics ever!"

Libby Kosmala reflects on the wonders of Sydney 2000

Libby Kosmala reflects on the wonders of Sydney 2000
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Sandy Blythe action 2 Wheelchair Basketball Sydney Summer Paralympics 2000 PG

Sandy Blythe action 2 Wheelchair Basketball Sydney Summer Paralympics 2000 PG

Fabian Blattman 800m T51 Wheelchair Racing Athletics Sydney 2000 Parlympic Games PG

Fabian Blattman 800m T51 Wheelchair Racing Athletics Sydney 2000 Parlympic Games PG

Angie McReynolds action Boccia Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games PG

Angie McReynolds action Boccia Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games PG

John Richardson action Boccia Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games PG

John Richardson action Boccia Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games PG
Julie Higgins celebrates Gold Medal in Equestrian at Sydney Summer Paralympics.

Julie Higgins Equestrian Sydney Summer Paralympics

Julie Higgins Equestrian Sydney Summer Paralympics
2002
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List of the members of the 2002 Australian FESPIC Games Team

2002 Busan Australian FESPIC Games Team

2002 Busan Australian FESPIC Games Team
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At the 2002 Winter Paralympics, Australia earned the highest-ever number of top-ten performances and the most gold medals in a Winter Games, with the team finishing fourth in Alpine skiing ahead of powerhouses France, Switzerland, Italy and Canada.

Australia at the Salt Lake City Winter Paralympics 2002

Australia at the Salt Lake City Winter Paralympics 2002
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List of the members of the 2002 Australian Paralympic Team for the Salt Lake City Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

2002 Winter Paralympics Australian Team List

2002 Winter Paralympics Australian Team List
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2004
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Australia collected 101 medals in total at the 2004 Athens Summer Paralympics, placing second overall and fifth on the gold-medal tally.

Australia at the Athens Summer Paralympics 2004

Australia at the Athens Summer Paralympics 2004
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List of the members of the 2004 Australian Paralympic Team for the Athens Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

2004 Summer Paralympics Australian Team List

2004 Summer Paralympics Australian Team List
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2006
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Australia was represented by 10 athletes at the 2006 Torino Winter Paralympics, the country’s largest-ever Winter Paralympic Games team.

Australia at the Torino Winter Paralympics 2006

Australia at the Torino Winter Paralympics 2006
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List of the members of the 2006 Australian Paralympic Team for the Torino Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

2006 Winter Paralympics Australian Team List

2006 Winter Paralympics Australian Team List
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List of the members of the 2006 Australian FESPIC Games Team

2006 Kuala Lumpur Australian FESPIC Games Team

2006 Kuala Lumpur Australian FESPIC Games Team
2008
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Rowing results at the summer Paralympics and World Championships from 2008.

Rowing results at the summer Paralympics and World Championships from 2008

Rowing results at the summer Paralympics and World Championships from 2008

Tandem pursuit medallists

Tandem pursuit medallists

Women’s S9 100m butterfly medallists

Women’s S9 100m butterfly medallists

Brad Ness baseline shot vs GBR

Brad Ness baseline shot vs GBR

Brad Ness free throw vs GBR

Brad Ness free throw vs GBR

Bridie Kean vs Brazil

Bridie Kean vs Brazil

Clare Burzynski is introduced vs Brazil

Clare Burzynski is introduced vs Brazil

Cobi Crispin free throw vs Brazil

Cobi Crispin free throw vs Brazil
Cobi Crispin with ball vs Brazil
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Australia’s delegation to the Beijing Paralympic Games in 2008 – 167 athletes in 13 sports, together with 122 officials – was the country’s largest-ever Paralympic delegation to an away Games.

Australia at the Beijing Summer Paralympics 2008

Australia at the Beijing Summer Paralympics 2008
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List of the members of the 2008 Australian Paralympic Team for the Beijing Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

2008 Summer Paralympics Australian Team List

2008 Summer Paralympics Australian Team List

Comedian Adam Hills in the Beijing Paralympic Village

Comedian Adam Hills in the Beijing Paralympic Village
Australian Team members during the Opening Ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.

Australian Team, Beijing Summer Paralympics

Australian Team, Beijing Summer Paralympics
Australian Team members (left to right) Amanda Fraser, Damien Bowen and Hamish MacDonald during the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.

Australian Team, Beijing Summer Paralympics

Australian Team, Beijing Summer Paralympics
Australian Team members, including Carlee Beattie (second from left) and Julie Smith (third from left) during the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.

Australian Team, Beijing Summer Paralympics

Australian Team, Beijing Summer Paralympics
Three time Chinese high jump Paralympic gold medallist, Hou Bin, pulled himself by rope from the ground to the roof of the stadium to light the cauldron during the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.

Lighting Cauldron, Beijing Summer Paralympics

Lighting Cauldron, Beijing Summer Paralympics
Performers during the opening ceremony of the the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.

Opening Ceremony Performers, Beijing Summer Paralympics

Opening Ceremony Performers, Beijing Summer Paralympics
Performers during the opening ceremony of the the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games travel high above the stadium suspended on wires beneath 'clouds'.

Opening Ceremony, Beijing Summer Paralympics

Opening Ceremony, Beijing Summer Paralympics
Performers during the opening ceremony of the the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.

Opening Ceremony, Beijing Summer Paralympics

Opening Ceremony, Beijing Summer Paralympics
Chinese Paralympians carry the Paralympic flag before it is raised in the main stadium during the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.

Chinese athletes carrying Paralympic Flag, Beijing Summer Paralympics

Chinese athletes carrying Paralympic Flag, Beijing Summer Paralympics
A view of the stadium during the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games

Opening Ceremony, Beijing Summer Paralympics

Opening Ceremony, Beijing Summer Paralympics

Australian team enters opening ceremony

Australian team enters opening ceremony

Australian team members

Australian team members

Australian team members

Australian team members

Australian team members

Australian team members
Hou Bin lights cauldron

Opening ceremony performers

Opening ceremony performers

Opening ceremony performers

Opening ceremony performers

Opening ceremony performers

Opening ceremony performers

Opening ceremony performers

Opening ceremony performers

Paralympic flag opening ceremony

Paralympic flag opening ceremony
Performers during the opening ceremony of the the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.

GALLERY: The Beijing summer Paralympics opening ceremony was spectacular

GALLERY: The Beijing summer Paralympics opening ceremony was spectacular

Cole and Williams embrace

Cole and Williams embrace

Men’s S9 100m butterfly medallists

Men’s S9 100m butterfly medallists

Modra and Lawrence celebrate

Modra and Lawrence celebrate

Modra and Lawrence race pursuit

Modra and Lawrence race pursuit

Modra and Lawrence with flag

Modra and Lawrence with flag

Peter Leek 100m butterfly gold

Peter Leek 100m butterfly gold

Peter Leek 100m butterfly gold

Peter Leek 100m butterfly gold

Tristan Knowles Shoots Under Pressure Against Japan

Tristan Knowles Shoots Under Pressure Against Japan

Tristan Knowles Prepares to Pass

Tristan Knowles Prepares to Pass

Shaun Norris Shooting a Free Throw

Shaun Norris Shooting a Free Throw

Justin Eveson Shoots Over Japanese Defender

Justin Eveson Shoots Over Japanese Defender

Brett Stibners Passes to a Teammate Against Japan

Brett Stibners Passes to a Teammate Against Japan

Brad Ness Passes on One Wheel

Brad Ness Passes on One Wheel

Brad Ness Shoots Free Throw

Brad Ness Shoots Free Throw

Adrian King Ready to Shoot

Adrian King Ready to Shoot
The medallists in the men's tandem pursuit event at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. Left to right: Silver medallists Christian Venge (vision impaired rider) and David Llaurado (pilot) of Spain, gold medallists Tyson Lawrence (pilot) and Kieran Modra (vision impaired rider) of Australia, bronzed medallists Steven George (pilot) and Bryce Lindores (vision impaired rider) of Australia. Modra and Lawrence set a new world record in winning.

Modra and medalists, Beijing Summer Paralympics

Modra and medalists, Beijing Summer Paralympics

Chris Scott individual pursuit gold

Chris Scott individual pursuit gold

Daniela di Toro serves in her first round match

Daniela di Toro serves in her first round match

Shaun Norris Falls to the Floor

Shaun Norris Falls to the Floor
Chris Scott on the medal dais after receiving the gold medal for the men's CP4 individual pursuit at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. Scott won the final by 13 tousandths of a second over Masashi Ishii of Japan.

Chris Scott Medal Presentation, Beijing Summer Paralympics

Chris Scott Medal Presentation, Beijing Summer Paralympics
Ellie Cole (left) and Annabelle Williams (right) embrace in the pool after Cole edged our Williams by 6/100s of a second to take silver in the women's S9 100m butterfly at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.

Australian Team Members embrace, Beijing Summer Paralympics

Australian Team Members embrace, Beijing Summer Paralympics
Brad Ness shoots from the baseline in the Australian game against Great Britain at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. Ade Orogbemi (#15) from GB looks on.

Brad Ness, Beijing Summer Paralympics

Brad Ness, Beijing Summer Paralympics
The medallists in the men's S9 100m butterfly at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. Left to right: Silver medallist Matthew Cowdrey from Australia, gold medallist Tamas Sors from Hungary and bronze medallist Zhi Guo from China. Sors set a new world record in winning the event, lowering the record he set in the morning's heats.

Matthew Cowdrey, Medal Ceremony Beijing Summer Paralympics

Matthew Cowdrey, Medal Ceremony Beijing Summer Paralympics
Peter Leek shows the gold medal he won for the men's S8 100m Butterfly at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. He set a new world record in winning the event.

Leek WR Gold medalist, Beijing Summer Paralympics

Leek WR Gold medalist, Beijing Summer Paralympics
Daniela di Toro plays a backhand in her first round match at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. Di Toro lost the match to Katharina Kruger of Germany.

Daniela di Toro, Beijing Summer Paralympics

Daniela di Toro, Beijing Summer Paralympics
Kieran Modra (vision impaired rider, back) and Tyson Lawrence (sighted pilot, front) acknowledge the crowd after their gold medal ride in the men's tandem pursuit at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.

Kieran Modra, victory lap Beijing Summer Paralympics

Kieran Modra, victory lap Beijing Summer Paralympics
Australian wheelchair basketballer Bridie Kean at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.

Bridie Kean, Beijing Summer Paralympics

Bridie Kean, Beijing Summer Paralympics

Chris Scott wins a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics

Chris Scott wins a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics

Modra and Lawrence holding the Australian flag in Beijing

Modra and Lawrence holding the Australian flag in Beijing

Dutch tennis player Esther Vergeer serves

Dutch tennis player Esther Vergeer serves
The medallists in the women's S9 100m butterfly event at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. Left to right: Annabelle Williams of Australia (bronze), Natalie du Toit of South Africa (gold) and Ellie Cole of Australia (bronze).

Cole vs Du Toit rivalry begins Beijing Summer Paralympics

Cole vs Du Toit rivalry begins Beijing Summer Paralympics
Australian wheelchair basketballer Cobi Crispin with the ball during the game against Brazil at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.

Cobi Crispin, Beijing Summer Paralympics

Cobi Crispin, Beijing Summer Paralympics

Scott Vitale Carries the Ball against New Zealand

Scott Vitale Carries the Ball against New Zealand

Bryce Alman Moves with the Ball

Bryce Alman Moves with the Ball

Ryley Batt puts a Big Hit on New Zealand Opponent

Ryley Batt puts a Big Hit on New Zealand Opponent

Ryley Batt Avoids Daniel Cunningham

Ryley Batt Avoids Daniel Cunningham

Ryan Scott Takes the Ball Up

Ryan Scott Takes the Ball Up

Lisa McIntosh Sprints Away in 100m Final

Lisa McIntosh Sprints Away in 100m Final

Peter Leek wins gold in the men’s 100m butterfly

Peter Leek wins gold in the men’s 100m butterfly

Heath Francis Wins 400m Final in Beijing

Heath Francis Wins 400m Final in Beijing

Darren Thrupp Competes in T37 100m Final

Darren Thrupp Competes in T37 100m Final

Richard Colman Competing in the T53 400m Final

Richard Colman Competing in the T53 400m Final

Brad Ness takes a free throw against Great Britain

Brad Ness takes a free throw against Great Britain

Australian wheelchair basketballer Clare Burzynski

Australian wheelchair basketballer Clare Burzynski

Cobi Crispin prepares to take a free throw

Cobi Crispin prepares to take a free throw

Dylan Alcott 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games

Dylan Alcott 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games

Gliders line up pre-game for the national anthems

Gliders line up pre-game for the national anthems

Grant Mizens 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games

Grant Mizens 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games

Kathleen O’Kelly-Kennedy prepares for a free throw

Kathleen O’Kelly-Kennedy prepares for a free throw

Shaun Norris 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games

Shaun Norris 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games

Australian wheelchair basketballer Gauci looks to pass to Chaplin

Australian wheelchair basketballer Gauci looks to pass to Chaplin

Gliders timeout against USA

Gliders timeout against USA

Kylie Gauci shoots a lay-up against USA

Kylie Gauci shoots a lay-up against USA

Australian wheelchair basketballer Liesl Tesch prepares to shoot

Australian wheelchair basketballer Liesl Tesch prepares to shoot

Liesl Tesch shoots a lay-up against Brazil

Liesl Tesch shoots a lay-up against Brazil

Liesl Tesch shoots against the USA

Liesl Tesch shoots against the USA

Sarah Stewart faces a USA defender

Sarah Stewart faces a USA defender

Sarah Stewart shoots against the USA

Sarah Stewart shoots against the USA

Shelley Chaplin looks to pass in the game against the USA

Shelley Chaplin looks to pass in the game against the USA

Tina McKenzie looks to pass in the game against the USA

Tina McKenzie looks to pass in the game against the USA

Chris Mullins crosses the finish line in the 400m final

Chris Mullins crosses the finish line in the 400m final

Chris Mullins at the start for the 400m final

Chris Mullins at the start for the 400m final

Julie Smith after the 100m final

Julie Smith after the 100m final

Julie Smith crosses the finish line in the 100m final

Julie Smith crosses the finish line in the 100m final
The Australian Team enters the stadium for the athlete march past during the Opening Ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.

The Australian Team enters the stadium for the athlete march past during the Opening Ceremony of the Beijing Summer Paralympics

The Australian Team enters the stadium for the athlete march past during the Opening Ceremony of the Beijing Summer Paralympics
Performers during the opening ceremony of the the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.

Opening Ceremony Performers, Beijing Summer Paralympics

Opening Ceremony Performers, Beijing Summer Paralympics
Kieran Modra (vision impaired rider, back) and Tyson Lawrence (sighted pilot, front) during their gold medal ride in the men's tandem pursuit at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.

Tandem Pursuit Modra, Beijing Summer Paralympics

Tandem Pursuit Modra, Beijing Summer Paralympics
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2010
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List of the members of the 2010 Australian Paralympic Team for the Vancouver Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

2010 Winter Paralympics Australian Team List

2010 Winter Paralympics Australian Team List
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Eleven Australian athletes competed in Vancouver. The Australian team returned home with one silver and two bronze medals, finishing 13th on the total medal tally.

Australia at the Vancouver Winter Paralympics 2010

Australia at the Vancouver Winter Paralympics 2010
2011

Frank Ponta "became a life member and then he earned it"

Bill Mather-Brown reflects on the great contributions of Frank Ponta

Bill Mather-Brown reflects on the great contributions of Frank Ponta
2012
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List of the members of the 2012 Australian Paralympic Team for the London Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

2012 Summer Paralympics Australian Team List

2012 Summer Paralympics Australian Team List
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2014
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List of the members of the 2014 Australian Paralympic Team for the Sochi Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

2014 Winter Paralympics Australian Team List

2014 Winter Paralympics Australian Team List
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2016
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Triatjhlon results at the summer Paralympics from 2016.

Triathlon results at the summer Paralympics from 2016

Triathlon results at the summer Paralympics from 2016
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Canoeing results at the summer Paralympics from 2016.

Canoeing results at the summer Paralympics from 2016

Canoeing results at the summer Paralympics from 2016
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List of the members of the 2016 Australian Paralympic Team for the Rio Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

2016 Summer Paralympics Australian Team List

2016 Summer Paralympics Australian Team List
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2017
3D Model of Ade Adepitan. In celebration of the London 2012 Paralympic Games. ‘Winning Shot’ by Christine Charlesworth. Paralympian, Ade Adepitan MBE, plays wheelchair basketball.

Ade Adepitan by Christine Charlesworth

Ade Adepitan by Christine Charlesworth