1955

"We played pretty hard!"

Kevin Cunningham talks about the skills of wheelchair basketball

Kevin Cunningham talks about the skills of wheelchair basketball
1957

Basketball controversy at the 1957 Stoke Mandeville Games

Basketball controversy at the 1957 Stoke Mandeville Games
1960

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
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 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
1964
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
1966

Literally traveling ‘cattle class’

Literally traveling ‘cattle class’

Paying attention to the pre-event briefing

Paying attention to the pre-event briefing
1968
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
1972

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

Lithgow boy makes good

Lithgow boy makes good
1974
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
1976

GALLERY: Amputee technology in 1976

GALLERY: Amputee technology in 1976

An efficient athlete transport system is a good start

An efficient athlete transport system is a good start

GALLERY: Wheelchair technology in 1976

GALLERY: Wheelchair technology in 1976
1980

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

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

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
1992

John Eden warms up at the Barcelona Paralympic Games 1992

John Eden warms up at the Barcelona Paralympic Games 1992

Australian athlete Louise Sauvage after a race at the Barcelona 1992 Paralympics.

Australian athlete Louise Sauvage after a race at the Barcelona 1992 Paralympics.

Brendan Bowden in preparation for Discus at Barcelona Paralympics 1992

Brendan Bowden in preparation for Discus at Barcelona Paralympics 1992
2000
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
Neil Fuller competes in the track at the Sydney Summer Paralympics.

Neil Fuller Athletics Sydney Summer Paralympics

Neil Fuller Athletics 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
George Hucks clashes with opponent during the Wheelchair Rugby competition at the Sydney Summer Paralympics.

George Hucks Wheelchair Rugby Sydney Summer Paralympics

George Hucks Wheelchair Rugby Sydney Summer Paralympics
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
Athletics - General Views, blind runners lead rope

Visually Impaired Tether Connection Sydney Summer Paralympics

Visually Impaired Tether Connection Sydney Summer Paralympics