Before, during and immediately after the 1992 Madrid Games, the then Australian Paralympic Federation considered all competitors with an intellectual disability to be part of the official 1992 Australian Paralympic Team. When the Queen’s Birthday Awards were announced in 1993, the successes of athletes with an intellectual disability were acknowledged by OAMs with the dedication ‘for service to sport as a gold medallist at the Paralympic Games, Madrid, 1992’. However, as a consequence of the decision of the International Paralympic Committee to not recognise the Madrid athletes as Paralympians, the APC also does not currently officially acknowledge them.
The Australian team of 51 athletes competed in all sports except Table Tennis. The women’s Basketball team won their tournament, and Australians dominated in the pool. In total, Australia won 13 gold, 10 silver and 8 bronze medals, placing it at the top of the medal tally. Swimmer Joseph Walker won an astonishing nine gold medals from nine events. Other multiple medal winners included swimmer Rene Hardenbol and Anton Flavel in athletics.
Australia placed at the top of the medal tally at these Games for athletes with an intellectual disability.
Date: September 1992
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