1943

Ludwig Guttmann, father of the Paralympic movement

Ludwig Guttmann, father of the Paralympic movement
1944

His principles have continued in spinal units around the world

Dr John Yeo discusses the important legacy of Sir Ludwig Guttmann

Dr John Yeo discusses the important legacy of Sir Ludwig Guttmann
1951

Charlene Todman – Australia’s first Stoke Mandeville Games competitor

Charlene Todman – Australia’s first Stoke Mandeville Games competitor
1954

George Bedbrook, father of the Paralympic movement in Australia

George Bedbrook, father of the Paralympic movement in Australia

Bedbrook was totally dedicated to medicine

Bill Mather-Brown talks about George Bedbrook and his influence

Bill Mather-Brown talks about George Bedbrook and his influence

"This must have been my destiny to do what I've done"

Frank Ponta on how it all started

Frank Ponta on how it all started
1957

Daphne Ceeney: "... a new start in life."

Daphne Hilton (nee Ceeney) talks about the difference being at Mt Wilga made to her life.

Daphne Hilton (nee Ceeney) talks about the difference being at Mt Wilga made to her life.

Kevin Betts led the way for 33 years

Kevin Betts led the way for 33 years

"He regarded disabilities as just part and parcel of life."

Daphne Ceeney on the essential guidance of Kevin Betts

Daphne Ceeney on the essential guidance of Kevin Betts

The first Australian team gold medalists

The first Australian team gold medalists

Ponta and Mather-Brown face off for the camera

Ponta and Mather-Brown face off for the camera

"I thought the top of my head had gone"

Bill Mather-Brown on the hazards of sabre, and Australia’s first gold medal

Bill Mather-Brown on the hazards of sabre, and Australia’s first gold medal
1958

The road to Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal started with a plane crash

The road to Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal started with a plane crash

Ross Sutton, Australia’s first Paralympic gold medallist, starts his rehab

Ross Sutton, Australia’s first Paralympic gold medallist, starts his rehab
1959

Scoring points for fashion as well as form

Scoring points for fashion as well as form
1960

Gary hooper: how lucky I am to be here

Gary Hooper talks about ‘making it’ as a Paralympic athlete

Gary Hooper talks about ‘making it’ as a Paralympic athlete
Paralympian Daphne Ceeney takes pride in being Australia’s first female Paralympian.

Daphne Ceeney on her pride in being Australia’s first female Paralympian

Daphne Ceeney on her pride in being Australia’s first female Paralympian

Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal

Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal
1960 Paralympian Gary Hooper comments on the role of pioneering Paralympians in inspiring later generations of athletes.

Gary Hooper on the place in history of the first Paralympians

Gary Hooper on the place in history of the first Paralympians
Seven members of the 1960 Australian Paralympic Team - the first - at the reunion to mark the 50th anniversary of the Games. The team members and their partners were guests of honour at the 2010 Australian Paralympian of the Year Awards. All but one of the pictured athletes were accompanied by their long-term wives or husbands. Of the 12 athletes who attended the Games, eight were still alive 50 years later (Frank Ponta was too ill to attend). L to R (athlete and partner): Chris O'Brien with his sister; Daphne Hilton (nee Ceeney) and husband Frank; Gary Hooper and wife Jan; APC President Greg Hartung; Bruno Moretti and wife Scarlett; Kevin Coombs and wife Linda; Kevin Cunningham and wife Maureen; and Bill Mather-Brown and wife Nadine.

Australian team 50-year reunion Rome Summer Paralympics

Australian team 50-year reunion Rome Summer Paralympics

I hope they appreciate us, and what we've done for the future

Listen to how Frank Ponta would like to be remembered

Listen to how Frank Ponta would like to be remembered
1962

But Australia came to compete

But Australia came to compete

Swimmers wait for their chance

Swimmers wait for their chance

Aiming for another medal

Aiming for another medal
1964

"Tony would cut up an old rubber tyre and tie it round their legs"

Elizabeth Edmondson on training in an able-bodied squad at 14

Elizabeth Edmondson on training in an able-bodied squad at 14

Daphne Ceeney archery Tokyo Paralympics

Daphne Ceeney archery Tokyo Paralympics
Australian Paralympic Team Member Roy Fowler aims at the target during an archery event at the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games, watched by Team Manager and remedial gymnast 'Johnno' Johnston (standing at far right). Fowler won a bronze medal with Lionel Cousins and John Martin in the men's St Nicholas Round team event.

Roy Fowler archery Tokyo Paralympics

Roy Fowler archery Tokyo Paralympics
Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton) - left - who won the silver medal, congratulates 14 year old Elizabeth Edmondson, who won gold in a world record time in the 50m Freestyle Prone Complete Class 5 swimming event at the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games. Edmondson remained the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist until 2012. Australian Team official Kevin Betts pushes Daphne Ceeney and 'Johnno' Johnston pushes Elizabeth Edmondson.

Ceeney and Edmondson handshake Tokyo Paralympics

Ceeney and Edmondson handshake Tokyo Paralympics

"Just get in there, do your job, and go home again"

Listen to Elizabeth Edmondson’s experience of the 1964 Tokyo Games

Listen to Elizabeth Edmondson’s experience of the 1964 Tokyo Games

1964 Team Members passing on wisdom to 2012 athletes

1964 Team Members passing on wisdom to 2012 athletes
1968

Everytime you went away you'd learn from everyone

Frank Ponta talks about learning from other teams

Frank Ponta talks about learning from other teams
1972

Ponta in full flight – warming up?

Ponta in full flight – warming up?

The ‘father’ of Paralympic sport in Australia

The ‘father’ of Paralympic sport in Australia

Coombs shoots a free throw

Coombs shoots a free throw

GALLERY: Tracey Freeman was the Australian star of the 1972 Paralympics

GALLERY: Tracey Freeman was the Australian star of the 1972 Paralympics
1974
The star of women’s field events from Australia was Tracey Freeman from QLD competing in class 1b. She set new records in discus, javelin and shot, a tremendous performance.

Tracey Freeman sets new records in discus, javelin and shot put.

Tracey Freeman sets new records in discus, javelin and shot put.
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

Before she was a shooting legend, Libby did other sports

Before she was a shooting legend, Libby did other sports

Congratulations for Vic on a new world record and a gold medal

Congratulations for Vic on a new world record and a gold medal
1980
Geilo 1980 Winter Paralympics - Kjell Blomgvist, Kyrra Grunnsund and Ron Finneran

Australian Team Members, Geilo Winter Paralympics

Australian Team Members, Geilo Winter Paralympics
Geilo 1980 Winter Paralympics - Kyrra Grunnsund

Kyrra Grunnsund, Geilo Winter Games

Kyrra Grunnsund, Geilo Winter Games
Geilo 1980 Winter Paralympics - Ron Finneran, Peter Rickards, Kyrra Grunnsund, J. Rickard and Kjell Blongvist.

Australian Team Members, Geilo Winter Paralympics

Australian Team Members, Geilo Winter Paralympics
Geilo 1980 Winter Paralympics - Andrew Temple, Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe and B. Abek.

Australian Team Members, Geilo Winter Paralympics

Australian Team Members, Geilo Winter Paralympics

She used to be an archer, so maybe that explains Libby’s headwear choice

She used to be an archer, so maybe that explains Libby’s headwear choice

Tip-off, Australia vs USA

Tip-off, Australia vs USA

Size isn’t everything, but it helps in basketball

Size isn’t everything, but it helps in basketball
1984
Australian Team leader Ron Finneran at the 1984 Innsbruck Winter Paralympics

Ron Finneran Innsbruck Winter Paralympics

Ron Finneran Innsbruck Winter Paralympics
1988

Michael Milton competes at his first Paralympic Games

Michael Milton competes at his first Paralympic Games
1992

"It was absolutely amazing, it had us all in tears"

Nick Dean discusses the first Winter Paralympic medal won by an Australian

Nick Dean discusses the first Winter Paralympic medal won by an Australian

Louise Sauvage leads the pack at the 1992 Barcelona Paralympics

Louise Sauvage leads the pack at the 1992 Barcelona Paralympics

Louise Sauvage on the track at the 1992 Paralympics

Louise Sauvage on the track at the 1992 Paralympics

Louise Sauvage with coach Jenni Banks, 1992 Barcelona Paralympics

Louise Sauvage with coach Jenni Banks, 1992 Barcelona Paralympics

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

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

Csaba Bobary competing at the Barcelona Games 1992

Csaba Bobary competing at the Barcelona Games 1992
1995

Wheelchair Basketball Hall of Fame induction for John Martin

Wheelchair Basketball Hall of Fame induction for John Martin
1996

Libby Kosmala shoots, Atlanta Paralympics

Libby Kosmala shoots, Atlanta Paralympics
2000
Australian athletes sign autographs for school children at the Sydney Summer Paralympics.

Members of the Australian Team Sydney Summer Paralympics

Members of the Australian Team Sydney Summer Paralympics
2008
Chris Scott on the medal dais after receiving the gold medal for the men's CP4 individual pursuit at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. Scott won the final by 13 tousandths of a second over Masashi Ishii of Japan.

Chris Scott Medal Presentation, Beijing Summer Paralympics

Chris Scott Medal Presentation, Beijing Summer Paralympics
Kieran Modra (vision impaired rider, back) and Tyson Lawrence (sighted pilot, front) acknowledge the crowd after their gold medal ride in the men's tandem pursuit at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.

Kieran Modra, victory lap Beijing Summer Paralympics

Kieran Modra, victory lap Beijing Summer Paralympics
2011

Frank Ponta "became a life member and then he earned it"

Bill Mather-Brown reflects on the great contributions of Frank Ponta

Bill Mather-Brown reflects on the great contributions of Frank Ponta