"Now's the time ... let's set up some games."
The 1960 National Paraplegic Games were the selection event for the 1960 Paralympics, to be held in Rome in September that year.
Gary hooper: how lucky I am to be here
"We'd sit on street corners and sell raffle tickets"
"It's a great feeling when you win, or even just put on a great performance"
Australia sent a team of twelve athletes and four support staff to the first Paralympic Games.
List of the members of the 1960 Australian Paralympic Team for the Rome Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.
They carried us on and off aeroplanes
Going up ten stairs with a wheelchair
Paralympic defined: Parallel, paralysed or paraplegic?
Bill Mather-Brown and the dubious officiating
Gary Hooper: "Come on, you can do better than that."
"We couldn't race in Rome, they reckon it was too dangerous."
Bill Mather-Brown: "We used to call him 'Spag'"
I hope they appreciate us, and what we've done for the future
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.
List of the members of the 1962 Australian Commonwealth Paraplegic Team for the Perth Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.
"Tony would cut up an old rubber tyre and tie it round their legs"
List of the members of the 1964 Australian Paralympic Team for the Tokyo Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.
"The food, the games, everything was absolutely marvellous."
"I could see a gold medal staring at me"
"Just get in there, do your job, and go home again"
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The 1966 National Paraplegic Games were held in Brisbane. They were the selection event for the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games.
The Australian team at the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games consisted of eleven athletes and five assistants (escorts).
List of the members of the 1966 Australian Team for the Kingston Commonwealth Paraplegic Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.
Australia sent nearly triple the number of competitors it sent to Tokyo, with a team of thirty-two athletes and eighteen support staff.
List of the members of the 1968 Australian Paralympic Team for the Tel Aviv Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.
The medicos said "altitude is not for you"
"If I pay my way, can I come?"
"You could hear the guns going off in the distance"
"They'll just shoot you Kevin, you don't know what they're doing"
Winning gold is my proudest moment
Everytime you went away you'd learn from everyone
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