1960

Gary Hooper: "Come on, you can do better than that"

Listen to Gary Hooper talk about the many events he participated in

Listen to Gary Hooper talk about the many events he participated in
Paralympian Bruno Moretti discussing sport as rehabilitation and ability to play multiple sports in the early Paralympics

Bruno Moretti discussing wooden wheelchairs technical changes over time

Bruno Moretti discussing wooden wheelchairs technical changes over time
Paralympian Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960

Bill Mather-Brown reflects on changes in the Games since 1960
Paralympian Bruno Moretti discussing sport as rehabilitation and ability to play multiple sports in the early Paralympics

Bruno Moretti discussing sport as rehabilitation and playing multiple sports in the early Paralympics

Bruno Moretti discussing sport as rehabilitation and playing multiple sports in the early Paralympics
Paralympian Chris O’Brian on the best thing about being a Paralympian.

Chris O’Brian discuss best thing about being a Paralympian

Chris O’Brian discuss best thing about being a Paralympian
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
1960 Paralympian Frank Ponta recalls wheelchair basketballers training against able-bodied players.

Frank Ponta discuss about early basketball competitions against able-bodied players

Frank Ponta discuss about early basketball competitions against able-bodied players
1960 Paralympian Gary Hooper comments on the role of pioneering Paralympians in inspiring later generations of athletes.

Gary Hooper on inspiring younger players

Gary Hooper on inspiring younger players
1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombes reflects on being the first Indigenous Paralympian.

Kevin Coombs discuss on the travelling experience to Rome

Kevin Coombs discuss on the travelling experience to Rome
1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombes reflects on being the first Indigenous Paralympian.

Kevin Coombs on being the 1st Indigenous Paralympian

Kevin Coombs on being the 1st Indigenous Paralympian

"We couldn't race in Rome, they reckon it was too dangerous"

Listen to Bill Mather-Brown talk about the events he competed in during 1960 Rome Summer Paralympics

Listen to Bill Mather-Brown talk about the events he competed in during 1960 Rome Summer Paralympics

Paralympic Defined: Parallel or Paraplegic?

Hear Bill Mather-Brown discuss the origins of the term “Paralympic”

Hear Bill Mather-Brown discuss the origins of the term “Paralympic”

Bill Mather-Brown: "The Italian Police turned up and put him in the can!"

Hear Bill Mather-Brown talk about several different interesting experiences that occurred during the 1960 Rome Summer Paralympics

Hear Bill Mather-Brown talk about several different interesting experiences that occurred during the 1960 Rome Summer Paralympics

They carried us on and off aeroplanes

Listen to Bill Mather-Brown praising the hard work of the Paralympic Support Staff

Listen to Bill Mather-Brown praising the hard work of the Paralympic Support Staff

Bill Mather-Brown and the Dubious Italian Officials

Bill Mather-Brown talks about his clashes with the officials during the 1960 Rome Summer Paralympics

Bill Mather-Brown talks about his clashes with the officials during the 1960 Rome Summer Paralympics

"We'd sit on street corners and sell raffle tickets"

Bill Mather-Brown talks about the public awareness benefits of early fundraising activities

Bill Mather-Brown talks about the public awareness benefits of early fundraising activities
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List of the members of the 1960 Australian Paralympic Team for the Rome Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

1960 Summer Paralympics Australian Team List

1960 Summer Paralympics Australian Team List

Going up ten flights of stairs with a wheelchair

Hear Gary Hooper chat about the unusual and barely accessible accommodation at the 1960 Rome Summer Paralympics

Hear Gary Hooper chat about the unusual and barely accessible accommodation at the 1960 Rome Summer Paralympics
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Australia sent a team of twelve athletes and four support staff to the first Paralympic Games.

Australia at the Rome Summer Paralympics 1960

Australia at the Rome Summer Paralympics 1960
The venue for the swimming events at the 1960 Rome Paralympic GamesThe venue for the swimming events at the 1960 Rome Paralympic GamesThe venue for the swimming events at the 1960 Rome Paralympic GamesThe venue for the swimming events at the 1960 Rome Paralympic GamesThe venue for the swimming events at the 1960 Rome Paralympic GamesThe venue for the swimming events at the 1960 Rome Paralympic GamesThe venue for the swimming events at the 1960 Rome Paralympic GamesThe venue for the swimming events at the 1960 Rome Paralympic GamesThe venue for the swimming events at the 1960 Rome Paralympic Games

Swimming venue Rome Summer Paralympics

Swimming venue Rome Summer Paralympics
The Athletes' Village for the 1960 Paralympic Games in Rome consisted of apartments above the ground, with no lift access. Although ramps were installed over the stairs, most athletes required assistance to enter and leave the buildings as the ramps were so steep.

Athletes’ Village Rome Summer Paralympics

Athletes’ Village Rome Summer Paralympics
Members of the 1960 Australian Paralympic Team pose with an entertainer at their hotel in Singapore en route to the first Paralympic Games in Rome, September 1960. At this time, it was seen as beneficial for people with paraplegia to spend time standing and even to learn to 'walk' using crutches and wearing calipers, so Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton) in the back row and Frank Ponta (seated, far left) are out of their wheelchairs in this photo.

Australian team en route to Rome Summer Paralympics

Australian team en route to Rome Summer Paralympics
Members of the first Australian Paralympic Team, in Rome in 1960, relax at the archery venue. Seated on the far left is Daphne Ceeney (later Hilton), Australia's only female competitor in Rome and the first Australian female Paralympic gold medallist. Behind her, also looking at the camera, is Gary Hooper.

Australian Team members Rome Summer Paralympics

Australian Team members Rome Summer Paralympics
Members of the first Australian Paralympic Team, in Rome in 1960, disembark from a plane at Rome airport at the end of their journey to the Games. The team contained a mixture of athletes with polio and those with spinal cord injuries. In general, those with paraplegia were lifted from the plane and those with polio used the steps. Team physiotherapist

Australian team athletes disembark from plane Rome Summer Paralympics

Australian team athletes disembark from plane 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 Rome Summer Paralympics

Australian Team Members boarding bus Rome Summer Paralympics
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
Australian team marches Tokyo Summer Paralympics Opening Ceremony

Australian team marches Rome Summer Paralympics Opening Ceremony

Australian team marches Rome Summer Paralympics Opening Ceremony

Gary hooper: how lucky I am to be here

Gary Hooper talks about his experience at the 1960 Rome Summer Paralympics

Gary Hooper talks about his experience at the 1960 Rome Summer Paralympics
1962
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List of the members of the 1962 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Perth Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

1962 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team Perth

1962 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team Perth
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The 1962 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games were held in Perth, the then home of disability sport in Australia, with the Royal Perth Hospital being a key driving force.

Australia at the Perth Commonwealth Paraplegic Games 1962

Australia at the Perth Commonwealth Paraplegic Games 1962
1964

Daphne Ceeney at archery Tokyo Summer Paralympics

Daphne Ceeney at archery Tokyo Summer 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.

Australian Team members handshake Tokyo Summer Paralympics

Australian Team members handshake Tokyo Summer Paralympics
A wheelchair track race during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Wheelchair race Tokyo Summer Paralympics

Wheelchair race Tokyo Summer 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 at archery Tokyo Summer Paralympics

Roy Fowler at archery Tokyo Summer Paralympics
Athletes warm up for the men's javelin event at the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games. On the left is an unknown Australian athlete and next to him is Gary Hooper, another member of the Australian Team.

Javelin warm-up Tokyo Summer Paralympics

Javelin warm-up Tokyo Summer Paralympics
An unknown competitor prepares to throw the discus during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games. At that time, throwers competed in their day chairs, and relied on the assistance of able-bodied team officials to hold the chair stable while they threw. Athletes now use custom made throwing frames that are tethered to the ground.

Discus Tokyo Summer Paralympics

Discus Tokyo Summer Paralympics
A player from an unknown team shoots a free throw in a wheelchair basketball game against the USA at the Yoyogi Indoor Stadium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Basketball free throw Tokyo Summer Paralympics

Basketball free throw Tokyo Summer Paralympics
Athletes chat on the infield at the athletics track during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Athletes chat Tokyo Summer Paralympic Games

Athletes chat Tokyo Summer Paralympic Games
Wheelchair fencing action between two unknown athletes during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games. Spectator facilities were virtually non-existent at some of the Games venues, including fencing, one of the original Paralympic sports.

Wheelchair fencing Tokyo Games

Wheelchair fencing Tokyo Games
Action during a wheelchair basketball game between two unknown teams outside the Yoyogi Indoor Stadium during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Wheelchair basketball Tokyo Games

Wheelchair basketball Tokyo Games
Members of the Australian Team at the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games watch the action at the athletics from the infield. L to R: 'Johnno' Johnston (Team Manager and remedial gymnast) standing, Frank Ponta, Elizabeth Edmondson, Unknown, Bill Mather-Brown (looking at camera).

Australian Team Members at athletics Tokyo Summer Paralympics

Australian Team Members at athletics Tokyo Summer Paralympics
Australian Paralympic Team Member Michael Dow lifts during the weighlifting competition. Dow won a silver medal in the Men's Featherweight with a lift of 95 kg. Australian Team members look on, with athletes from other countries. Team Manager 'Johnno' Johnston is wearing glasses and a white cap. Spectator facilities were very limited at some venues, including weightlifting.

Michael Dow Weightlifting Tokyo Summer Paralympics

Michael Dow Weightlifting Tokyo Summer Paralympics
Scene at the swimming venue during a race during the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Swimming venue Tokyo Summer Paralympics

Swimming venue Tokyo Summer Paralympics
Teams from the competing nations line up on the infield during the Opening Ceremony of the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games on Oda Field in Yoyogi Park, Tokyo.

Teams lined up Tokyo Summer Paralympics Opening Ceremony

Teams lined up Tokyo Summer 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 Empress meet teams Tokyo Summer Paralympics

Crown Prince and Empress meet teams Tokyo Summer 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 Summer Paralympics

Crown Prince Akihito meets teams Tokyo Summer Paralympics
The band plays during the Opening Ceremony of the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Band plays Tokyo Summer Paralympics Opening Ceremony

Band plays Tokyo Summer Paralympics Opening Ceremony
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
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
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List of the members of the 1964 Australian Paralympic Team for the Tokyo Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

 

1964 Summer Paralympics Australian Team List

1964 Summer Paralympics Australian Team List
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 Games

Crown Prince Akihito meets teams Tokyo Games
The band plays during the Opening Ceremony of the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Band plays Tokyo Games Opening Ceremony

Band plays Tokyo Games Opening Ceremony
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
A segment of the Australian Team as it mmarches 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

Australian athletes at athletics Tokyo Games

Australian athletes at athletics Tokyo Games

Athletes chat Tokyo Games

Athletes chat Tokyo Games

Weightlifting Tokyo Paralympics

Weightlifting Tokyo Paralympics

Teams lined up Tokyo Games Opening Ceremony

Teams lined up Tokyo Games 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 Empress meet teams Tokyo Games

Crown Prince and Empress meet teams Tokyo Games

Discus Tokyo Games

Discus Tokyo Games

Daphne Ceeney at archery Tokyo Games

Daphne Ceeney at archery Tokyo Games

Ceeney and Edmondson handshake Tokyo Games

Ceeney and Edmondson handshake Tokyo Games

Basketball free throw Tokyo Games

Basketball free throw Tokyo Games
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Fifteen Australian athletes and eight support staff travelled to Tokyo for the 1964 Summer Paralympics.

Australia at the Tokyo Summer Paralympics 1964

Australia at the Tokyo Summer Paralympics 1964

Wheelchair race Tokyo Games

Wheelchair race Tokyo Games

Wheelchair fencing Tokyo Games

Wheelchair fencing Tokyo Games

Wheelchair basketball Tokyo Games

Wheelchair basketball Tokyo Games

Swimming venue Tokyo Paralympics

Swimming venue Tokyo Paralympics

Roy Fowler at archery Tokyo Games

Roy Fowler at archery Tokyo Games

Javelin warm-up Tokyo Games

Javelin warm-up Tokyo Games
1966
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List of the members of the 1966 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Kingston Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

1966 Australian Commonwealth Paralympic Team Kingston

1966 Australian Commonwealth Paralympic Team Kingston
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The Australian team at the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games consisted of eleven athletes, along with five assistants (escorts).

Australia at the Kingston Commonwealth Paraplegic Games 1966

Australia at the Kingston Commonwealth Paraplegic Games 1966
1968

Tony South receives 1968 gold medal

Tony South receives 1968 gold medal

Jeff Simonds receives Paralympic silver medal Tel Aviv

Jeff Simonds receives Paralympic silver medal Tel Aviv

Jeff Simmonds carried onto the plane

Jeff Simmonds carried onto the plane

1968 Australian Paralympic Team

1968 Australian Paralympic Team
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List of the members of the 1968 Australian Paralympic Team for the Tel Aviv Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

1968 Summer Paralympics Australian Team List

1968 Summer Paralympics Australian Team List
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Australia sent nearly triple the number of competitors as had been sent to Tokyo, with thirty-two athletes and eighteen support staff (escorts).

Australia at the Tel Aviv Summer Paralympics 1968

Australia at the Tel Aviv Summer Paralympics 1968
Jeff Simmonds receives his silver medal for the Men's 50m Breaststroke Class 3 Complete event at the Tel Aviv 1968 Paralympic Games.

Jeff Simmonds, Tel Aviv Summer Paralympics

Jeff Simmonds, Tel Aviv Summer Paralympics
Australian Paralympian Tony South receives his gold medal for the Men's Albion Round open event at the 1968 Paralympic Games in Tel Aviv from the founder of the Paralympic movement, Ludwig Guttmann. South scored a world record 800 points to win gold.

Tony South, Tel Aviv Summer Paralympics

Tony South, Tel Aviv Summer Paralympics
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 Summer Paralympics

Jeff Simmonds Boards For Tel Aviv Summer Paralympics
The 1968 Australian Paralympic Team en route to the 1968 Games at the Hotel Intercontinental, Bangkok

Australian Team Stop Over, Tel Aviv Summer Paralympics

Australian Team Stop Over, Tel Aviv Summer Paralympics