1960
Australian team marches Tokyo Summer Paralympics Opening Ceremony

Australian team Rome Summer Paralympics Opening Ceremony

Australian team Rome Summer Paralympics Opening Ceremony
1962

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
1964
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
1966

Release the pigeons!

Release the pigeons!

Basic conditions, fierce competition

Basic conditions, fierce competition
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
1968

Australian Team Tel Aviv Opening Ceremony

Australian Team Tel Aviv Opening Ceremony
1970

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
1972

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
1976

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

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
1980
Geilo 1980 Winter Paralympics - Opening Ceremony

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

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

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
1984

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

Just the one Aussie flag carried at the Stoke Mandeville opening

Just the one Aussie flag carried at the Stoke Mandeville opening
1988

Members of the 1988 Australian winter Paralympic Team

Members of the 1988 Australian winter Paralympic Team

GALLERY: Opening ceremony of the Seoul Paralympics

GALLERY: Opening ceremony of the Seoul Paralympics

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
1992
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
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

Tracey Cross gets a hand from a volunteer

Tracey Cross gets a hand from a volunteer

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
1994
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
1996

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
2004

The worst team photo, ever?

The worst team photo, ever?

Australia’s team captains and opening ceremony flag bearer

Australia’s team captains and opening ceremony flag bearer

GALLERY: At the opening ceremony, the Australians matched the Games’ casual, relaxed mood

GALLERY: At the opening ceremony, the Australians matched the Games’ casual, relaxed mood

And drums. There were lots of drums.

And drums. There were lots of drums.
2006

‘Milto’ carried the Australian flag for his final winter Games

‘Milto’ carried the Australian flag for his final winter Games

And more than 25,000 celebrated the opening of the Games

And more than 25,000 celebrated the opening of the Games
2008
Hou Bin lights cauldron

Almost like being there – feel the excitement of the opening ceremony

Almost like being there – feel the excitement of the opening ceremony
Performers during the opening ceremony of the the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.

GALLERY: Beijing 2008 Opening Ceremony

GALLERY: Beijing 2008 Opening Ceremony