The Spinal Unit at Stoke Mandeville Hospital opened on 1 February 1944. It was the start of a new era.
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 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.
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.