Jayant Mistry winning the Wheelchair Mens Doubles at Wimbledon in 2005

An Interview with Jayant Mistry

"In the old days when I first starting playing, you only ever played in one wheelchair. So to go from that, to when in the early 90s people started having two wheelchairs and then started having more camber on the chair, and then having a wheel on the back...I feel very fortunate that I was kind of part of the evolution of the sport as well." Read more

A Bromakin racing wheelchair in action on the track

An Interview with Peter Caruthers

"One of the distinctive things about sports wheelchairs is that so many of the companies were originated by former wheelchair athletes. Like myself, many of these guys had had a previous career in engineering or something similar before their accident and it was a natural way to go to put these skills into improving your subsequent quality of life, particularly if you took up wheelchair sport." Read more

Evolution of sports wheelchairs

Interactive about the evolution of the sports wheelchair on display at the Paralympic Heritage Centre at Stoke Mandeville. Click here to go to the interactive. 

A group of people playing wheelchair hockey outside Stoke Mandeville in the 1940s

Memories of early wheelchairs by Joan Newton

"I remember the very earliest self-propelled carts that the patients were using at Stoke Mandeville, pre-cursors to wheelchairs that you could get yourself about in. They were just going out of use when I started at Stoke in 1948. We called them ‘Push-Pulls’; they were a low four-wheeled cart that a patient could sit themselves in and they had two levers each side which they would move backwards and forwards to propel themselves along." Read more

The Cheetah running blade, manufactured by Ossur, in the starting block on an athletics race track

Running Blades and their evolution

Blades are prosthetic lower limbs, used by amputee runners. The first running blade was designed by American inventor, Van Phillips, in the 1970s. Read more

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