The 1951 Stoke Mandeville Games was the first Games to include international athletes. One of them was Australian Charlene Todman.
For the second time in its short history, an Australian patient at Stoke Mandeville Hospital competed in the Stoke Mandeville Games.
The Paralympic movement in Australia began in 1954 at the Shenton Park Annexe, Royal Perth Hospital.
Bedbrook was totally dedicated to medicine
"This must have been my destiny to do what I've done"
"We played pretty hard!"
Mt Wilga Rehabilitation Centre was the first spinal unit on the east coast. It incorporated sport as a core element of rehabilitation.
Daphne Ceeney: "... a new start in life."
"He regarded disabilities as just part and parcel of life."
The 1957 Stoke Mandeville Games was the first time an Australian disability sports team competed at an international games.
List of the members of the 1957 Australian team to the Stoke Mandeville Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.
"I thought the top of my head had gone"
The Pan Am Jets set the standard in basketball
"I've gotta get into this, this is a great way of getting more mobile!"
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.
"It proved to be everything I wanted ... exercise everyday"