1980
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Australia sent two competitors to Geilo – Kyrra Grunnsund, competing in alpine skiing events, and Peter Rickards, who competed in cross-country skiing events.

Australia at the Geilo Winter Paralympics 1980

Australia at the Geilo Winter Paralympics 1980
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List of the members of the 1980 Australian Paralympic Team for the Geilo Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

1980 Winter Paralympics Australian Team List

1980 Winter Paralympics Australian Team List
Geilo 1980 Winter Paralympics - Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony, 2nd ‘Olympic Winter Games for Disabled’

Opening Ceremony, 2nd ‘Olympic Winter Games for Disabled’

An historic moment, full of anticipation

An historic moment, full of anticipation
Geilo 1980 Winter Paralympics - Peter Rickards (#22) with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122)

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen
Geilo 1980 Winter Paralympics - Peter Rickards with his sighted guide Elder Hagen

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

"I just put my name down as a manager or whatever you call it."

Ron Finneran talks about the role of Chef de Mission

Ron Finneran talks about the role of Chef de Mission
Geilo 1980 Winter Paralympics - Kjell Blomgvist, Kyrra Grunnsund and Ron Finneran

Time for a photo before Grunnsund starts his alpine events

Time for a photo before Grunnsund starts his alpine events
Geilo 1980 Winter Paralympics - Kyrra Grunnsund

Kyrra Grunnsund switches to alpine mode

Kyrra Grunnsund switches to alpine mode

To compete at the highest level in two different disciplines is amazing."

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund
Our stories

Fifty-three Australian athletes competed at the Arnhem Paralympics.

Australia at the Arnhem Summer Paralympics 1980

Australia at the Arnhem Summer Paralympics 1980
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List of the members of the 1980 Australian Paralympic Team for the Arnhem Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

1980 Summer Paralympics Australian Team List

1980 Summer Paralympics Australian Team List

"We can't host it because ah, Russia doesn't have any disabled people"

George Dunstan on why the 1980 Games were in Arnhem, not Moscow

George Dunstan on why the 1980 Games were in Arnhem, not Moscow

Logo of the 1980 ‘Olympic Games for the Disabled’

Logo of the 1980 ‘Olympic Games for the Disabled’

Team members opened the airline menu to find this

Team members opened the airline menu to find this

Only the wheelchair team marched in the opening ceremony

Only the wheelchair team marched in the opening ceremony

Front row seats for the opening ceremony

Front row seats for the opening ceremony

Just one member of the amputee team was allowed to march in the opening ceremony

Just one member of the amputee team was allowed to march in the opening ceremony

"As an Australian team, they were very fragmented"

Don Perriman tells of the teams within the team

Don Perriman tells of the teams within the team

More than just the sport – there was a cultural program too

More than just the sport – there was a cultural program too

Susan Davies competes at her first Games

Susan Davies competes at her first Games

What is it with archers and the hats they wear?

What is it with archers and the hats they wear?

GALLERY: Quadriplegia requires unique solutions for archer Trewhella

GALLERY: Quadriplegia requires unique solutions for archer Trewhella

Were beards one of qualification criteria for the men’s 100m?

Were beards one of qualification criteria for the men’s 100m?

Product placement – Mike Nugent wins in the chair he built

Product placement – Mike Nugent wins in the chair he built

Nugent and Alp receive their medals for the 200m

Nugent and Alp receive their medals for the 200m

A special courage – jumping blind

A special courage – jumping blind

Perfectly balanced and ready to let fly

Perfectly balanced and ready to let fly

Wayne Patchett was Australia’s most successful athlete in Arnhem

Wayne Patchett was Australia’s most successful athlete in Arnhem

Head to head in the wheelchair slalom

Head to head in the wheelchair slalom

Officials do their watching as Robert McIntyre leaves the ramp in the slalom

Officials do their watching as Robert McIntyre leaves the ramp in the slalom

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

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

‘Poppa’ would never again be there to oversee the Games in person

‘Poppa’ would never again be there to oversee the Games in person

Got a ‘?’ – this is the place to ask

Got a ‘?’ – this is the place to ask

A good transport system is essential at any Paralympics

A good transport system is essential at any Paralympics

Caspers and Kosmala were at home on the range

Caspers and Kosmala were at home on the range

Barbara Caspers, ready for business

Barbara Caspers, ready for business

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

You allowed a cameraman where?

You allowed a cameraman where?

Competition standard was high but the scoreboard was basic

Competition standard was high but the scoreboard was basic

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

Carolyn Connors guided to the start of the 100m freestyle

Carolyn Connors guided to the start of the 100m freestyle

"The term they used was escort"

George Dunstan on the days when there were no coaches – just escorts

George Dunstan on the days when there were no coaches – just escorts

A moment of truth for Brian McNicholl

A moment of truth for Brian McNicholl

You can almost feel the drama at the weightlifting

You can almost feel the drama at the weightlifting

Back at the athletics, it was a wet, wet track

Back at the athletics, it was a wet, wet track

But you could see the race up close if you wanted to stand trackside

But you could see the race up close if you wanted to stand trackside

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

"I'd take my everyday wheels off and put the racing wheels on"

Julie Russell on racing in a ‘convertible’ day chair

Julie Russell on racing in a ‘convertible’ day chair

The Games Village even had its own daily newspaper

The Games Village even had its own daily newspaper

A memento of the Games – friendship, unity, sportsmanship

A memento of the Games – friendship, unity, sportsmanship
1982
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List of the members of the 1982 Australian FESPIC Games Team

 

1982 Hong Kong Australian FESPIC Games Team

1982 Hong Kong Australian FESPIC Games Team
1984
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Three Australian athletes participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (Cross-Country Skiing), Kyrra Grunnsund (Alpine Skiing) and Andrew Temple (Alpine Skiing).

Australia at the Innsbruck Winter Paralympics 1984

Australia at the Innsbruck Winter Paralympics 1984
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List of the members of the 1984 Australian Paralympic Team for the Innsbruck Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles

1984 winter Paralympics Australian Team List

1984 winter Paralympics Australian Team List
1984 Innsbruck Winter Games Australian Team and coach L-R: Ron Finneran (head of delegation), Rodney Mill, Mill's guide, James Milner (coach), Kyrra Grunnsund, Andrew Temple, Bruce Abele (coach, front).

Australian Team, Innsbruck Winter Games

Australian Team, Innsbruck Winter Games
Australian Team leader Ron Finneran at the 1984 Innsbruck Winter Paralympics

GALLERY: Portraits of the Australian Team

GALLERY: Portraits of the Australian Team
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Australia took a team of 58 athletes to the VII World Wheelchair Games, in Stoke Mandeville, and a team of 66 to the International Games for the Disabled, in New York.

Australia at the Stoke Mandeville and New York Summer Paralympics 1984

Australia at the Stoke Mandeville and New York Summer Paralympics 1984
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List of the members of the 1984 Australian Paralympic Team for the New York Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

1984 Summer Paralympics Australian Team List New York City/ Stoke Mandeville

1984 Summer Paralympics Australian Team List New York City/ Stoke Mandeville

"So it really didn't feel like a Paralympic Games"

Don Perriman on how the 1984 Games were split by an ocean

Don Perriman on how the 1984 Games were split by an ocean

The first part of the 1984 Games was in New York

The first part of the 1984 Games was in New York

A plethora of Australian flags at the opening ceremony in New York

A plethora of Australian flags at the opening ceremony in New York

US President Ronald Reagan opened the Games in New York

US President Ronald Reagan opened the Games in New York

Looking sharp in their opening ceremony clobber

Looking sharp in their opening ceremony clobber

Personal identity and accreditation card for Joe Egan

Personal identity and accreditation card for Joe Egan

The amputee section was the largest and most successful in New York

The amputee section was the largest and most successful in New York

Egan gets bronze in a blanket finish in the men’s A4 100m

Egan gets bronze in a blanket finish in the men’s A4 100m

Relay gold and the first Paralympic gold medal by an Indigenous Australian

Relay gold and the first Paralympic gold medal by an Indigenous Australian

Did spectators pay extra for a track-side view?

Did spectators pay extra for a track-side view?

Just a minute Peter Trotter, shouldn’t you be in Stoke Mandeville?

Just a minute Peter Trotter, shouldn’t you be in Stoke Mandeville?

Making a new friend in New York

Making a new friend in New York

“Home” during the Games

“Home” during the Games

Move over Elizabeth, as young Anne makes a splash

Move over Elizabeth, as young Anne makes a splash

Skateboards and Paralympic medals at the pool

Skateboards and Paralympic medals at the pool

The Closing Ceremony – a chance to have fun

The Closing Ceremony – a chance to have fun

The wheelchair competition was an ocean away, in England

The wheelchair competition was an ocean away, in England

GALLERY: Handwritten congratulations to the selected team

GALLERY: Handwritten congratulations to the selected team

Just the one Aussie flag carried at the Stoke Mandeville opening

Just the one Aussie flag carried at the Stoke Mandeville opening

Susan Davies added to Australia’s medal tradition in Archery

Susan Davies added to Australia’s medal tradition in Archery

And Eric Klein continued the tradition of distinctive hats

And Eric Klein continued the tradition of distinctive hats

The track team, ready to roll in Stoke Mandeville

The track team, ready to roll in Stoke Mandeville

Alan Dufty set the pace on the track

Alan Dufty set the pace on the track

The satisfaction of a world record for Mike Nugent

The satisfaction of a world record for Mike Nugent

A famous victory at the home of the Paralympic movement

A famous victory at the home of the Paralympic movement

Was Mike Nugent channelling this guy?

Was Mike Nugent channelling this guy?

A touch on the shoulder and on the way

A touch on the shoulder and on the way

Thin was in for racing chairs, but so was feet first

Thin was in for racing chairs, but so was feet first

Well, a Ferrari from those days looks a bit dated also…

Well, a Ferrari from those days looks a bit dated also…

Big Terry winds up for discus gold

Big Terry winds up for discus gold

Always good to have your teammates behind you, especially in javelin

Always good to have your teammates behind you, especially in javelin

Tip-off, as Australia takes on Great Britain in basketball

Tip-off, as Australia takes on Great Britain in basketball

Libby Kosmala lets nothing distract her from dominating her sport

Libby Kosmala lets nothing distract her from dominating her sport

And Barbara Caspers chimed in with four shooting golds of her own

And Barbara Caspers chimed in with four shooting golds of her own

Wayne Ryding was one of just two Aussie gold medalists in the Stoke Mandeville pool

Wayne Ryding was one of just two Aussie gold medalists in the Stoke Mandeville pool

About time – the first Paralympic wheelchair marathon

About time – the first Paralympic wheelchair marathon

Welcome home for Caspers and Kosmala

Welcome home for Caspers and Kosmala
1986
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List of the members of the 1986 Australian FESPIC Games Team

1986 Surakarta Australian FESPIC Games Team

1986 Surakarta Australian FESPIC Games Team
1988
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Australia took five competitors to the 1988 Innsbruck Winter Paralympics, all Alpine skiers.

Australia at the Innsbruck Winter Paralympics 1988

Australia at the Innsbruck Winter Paralympics 1988
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List of the members of the 1988 Australian Paralympic Team for the Innsbruck Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

1988 winter Paralympics Australian Team list

1988 winter Paralympics Australian Team list

Team training before heading to Innsbruck

Team training before heading to Innsbruck

David Munk carves it up in pre-Games training

David Munk carves it up in pre-Games training

Michael Collins enjoyed the Stubai Galcier weather before getting down to business

Michael Collins enjoyed the Stubai Galcier weather before getting down to business

Members of the 1988 Australian winter Paralympic Team

Members of the 1988 Australian winter Paralympic Team

"As a 14 year old, your're sitting there with 2 of the best 5 guys in the world."

Michael Milton talks about his first Paralympic Games

Michael Milton talks about his first Paralympic Games

A very young Michael Milton gets set for his first Paralympic event

A very young Michael Milton gets set for his first Paralympic event

And then Milton’s off!

And then Milton’s off!

Full focus for Evan Hodge in the downhill, the speed event

Full focus for Evan Hodge in the downhill, the speed event

"I had to go to the meeting and withdraw my application"

Dr John Grant on Australia’s bid to host the 1988 Paralympics

Dr John Grant on Australia’s bid to host the 1988 Paralympics

Not just sport, there were other stories as well

Not just sport, there were other stories as well
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At a national level, the Seoul Paralympic Games were significant, as they represented a concerted effort to organise, fund and send a truly national Australian team.

Australia at the Seoul Summer Paralympics 1988

Australia at the Seoul Summer Paralympics 1988
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List of the members of the 1988 Australian Paralympic Team for the Seoul Games, with links to the members’ Wikipedia articles.

1988 Summer Paralympics Australian Team List

1988 Summer Paralympics Australian Team List

The 1988 team was the best funded to that time due to a national effort

The 1988 team was the best funded to that time due to a national effort

And the fundraising efforts generated lots of photo opportunities

And the fundraising efforts generated lots of photo opportunities

The Seoul Games were the first to be officially called “Paralympics”

The Seoul Games were the first to be officially called “Paralympics”

South Korea was rapidly modernising but that brought its own issues

South Korea was rapidly modernising but that brought its own issues

GALLERY: Opening ceremony of the Seoul Paralympics

GALLERY: Opening ceremony of the Seoul Paralympics
1989
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List of the members of the 1989 Australian FESPIC Games Team

1989 Kobe Australian FESPIC Games Team

1989 Kobe Australian FESPIC Games Team