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Daphne Hilton interviewed by Robin Poke in the Australian Centre for Paralympic Studies oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 4939930
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Hilton, Daphne, 1934-, Interviewee
 
Online Access
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2010 
1 sound file (70 min.) 
Series

Australian Centre for Paralympic Studies oral history project.

Summary

Daphne Hilton (nee Ceeney) speaks about her early life and education; family background; her spinal injury due to a horse riding accident, aged 17 (1951); her treatment for paraplegia and being confined to a wheel chair; Cherrywood Polio Centre; Mount Wilga Rehabilitation Centre; moving to Sydney; her introduction to several sports including basketball, swimming, athletics and fencing; her involvement in archery through the Northern Archers Club; meeting her future husband Frank and her marriage in 1967; trials for NSW Paralympic team held at Royal North Shore Hospital followed by national selection trials in Melbourne (March 1960); her coaching team; being selected to compete at Rome Paralympics: working as a shorthand typist; fundraising; her medical supervisors; being the only female member of the team in Rome (1960) and winning two gold and three silver medals.

Hilton discusses her working and training regime; Kevin Betts; Commonwealth Games in Perth (1962); Paralympics in Tokyo (1964); Commonwealth Games in Jamaica (1966); her medal tally; her last Paralympics in Tel Aviv (1968); the birth of her twin girls (1970); the family move to Canberra (1974); taking up lawn bowls and competing in Spain for the wheel chair lawn bowls world championships, her medal tally and her retirement from bowls (2002); Paralympics in Sydney (2000), the honour of opening the Paralympic Olympic village, the torch relay; sport providing equal opportunities for many people; the evolvement of wheelchairs and sporting equipment; the increase of government funding; Louise Sauvage and Michael Milton; the future of Paralympic sport.

Biography/History

Daphne Hilton (a.k.a. Daphne Ceeney) had a horse riding accident at the age of 17and was left a paraplegic. She was chosen to represent Australia in the first Paralympic Games in 1960 as the sole female member of the team and was the most successful Australian competitor, winning two gold, three silver and one bronze medal. She competed in archery, swimming and field events. She has also competed in the Commonwealth Games in Perth (1962) and Jamaica (1966) and the Paralympics in Tokyo (1964) and Tel Aviv (1968).

Notes

Recorded on 6 August 2010 in Giralang, A.C.T.

Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (4 p.) 
Subjects Hilton, Daphne, - 1934- - Interviews.  |  Paralympics.  |  Athletes - Australia - Interviews.  |  Athletes with disabilities - Australia.  |  Sports for people with disabilities - Australia.  |  Archery - Australia.  |  Sports - Australia.  |  Swimming - Australia.
Other authors/contributors Poke, Robin, Interviewer

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