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Gary Hooper interviewed by Rob Willis in the Australian Centre for Paralympic Studies oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 4972103
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Hooper, Gary, 1939-, Interviewee
 
Online Access
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2010 
2 sound files (ca. 132 min.) 
Series

Australian Centre for Paralympic Studies oral history project.

Technical Details

Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web. 

Summary

Gary Hooper talks about his family background; his early interest in sport; his schooling; contracting polio, hospitalisation, treatments, massage and hydrotherapy; reactions of other people to his disability; his wheelchair; rehabilitation; becoming a book repairer; Kevin Betts; training at Hornsby Hospital; how he became involved during the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne; Dr Bedbrook and Dr Guttman; the treatment and rehab of patients with polio; being involved in the Stoke Mandeville Games in Britain, events participated in; his fencing equipment; community support; meeting his wife Jan; being coached for swimming; costs and fundraising; sports in which he participated in Rome (1960); his competitiveness; his memories of the Rome Games (1960); Frank Ponta; depression; David Mackalin; media; playing tennis; Commonwealth Games in Perth (1962); his working life; judging for the 2000 Olympics in fencing; recognition of the Paralympic Games; diminishing numbers of original Paralympians; their recognition and treatment at the Sydney Paralympic Games.

Hooper discusses public speaking; accessibility for disabled people; his participation in the Israel Games (1968); Arab Israeli War; Tel Aviv; experiences during the Tokyo Games; changes in wheelchair construction; being offered a job as a trainer in swimming in Jamaica; Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh (1970); his children's sports; wheelchair basketball; disability levels; implementation of rules for professional competition; being part of the basketball team; Post Polio Syndrome; Lions Club; community recognition of Paralympians; the Year of the Disabled; being involved with community organisations; Vic Renalson; John Martin; David Minter; Eric Russell; Libby Kosmala; Daphne Ceeney (Daphne Hilton); lack of official documentation on the original Paralympics and team; the Paralympic movement today; Terry Mason; training children and young people and passing on skills; how he would like to be remembered.

Notes

Recorded by Olya Willis and Tony Naar.

The interviewee's wife, Janice Hooper was present at the interview.

Recorded on 19 August 2010 in Hallidays Point, N.S.W.

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (4 p.) Corrected transcript (typescript, 90 leaves) 
Subjects Hooper, Gary, - 1939- - Interviews.  |  Paralympics.  |  Athletes - Australia - Interviews.  |  Athletes with disabilities - Australia - Interviews.
Other authors/contributors Hooper, Janice, 1944-, Interviewee  |  Willis, Rob, 1944-, Interviewer

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