The development of sports wheelchairs
“In the very early days of Paralympic sport, because there was so little finance… we had to do a number of different sports. If you didn’t do more than one you just weren’t selected.”
"I competed in my first international event in 1981; and then I really started concentrating on my training for wheelchair racing. Back then, in 1984, you had to find the money and the sponsorship yourself."
"The move into distance racing was partly determined by my condition. I didn’t have the muscles for power or for acceleration and because of my anaerobic condition caused by low blood pressure I couldn't maintain effort for long periods."
Archive film footage of wheelchair racing at the 1964 Tokyo Games
Archive film footage of wheelchair slalom at the 1964 Tokyo Games
Film still of wheelchair slalom in Tokyo, 1964 Paralympics