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Terry Giddy interviewed by Rob Willis and Tony Naar in the Australian Centre for Paralympic Studies oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 5299977
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Giddy, Terry, 1950-, Interviewee
 
Online Access
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2011 May 
3 sound files (ca. 184 min.) 
Series

Australian Centre for Paralympic Studies oral history project.

Technical Details

Mode of access: Online. 

Summary

Terry Giddy, born in Kempsey, New South Wales (1950), discusses his family's involvement in the timber industry; a tree-felling accident which resulted in his becoming paraplegic (1966); his rehabilitation at Mt Wilga Rehabilitation Centre; equipment and sports employed in this rehabilitation; competing in the Melbourne Games (1969); Edinburgh Games (1970); New York Games (1970); Paralympic Games Germany (1972); Commonwealth Games Dunedin (1972); Paralympic Games Stoke Mandeville (1984); Paralympic Games Seoul (1988); Paralympic Games Barcelona (1992); Atlanta Paralympic Games (1996); Paralympic Games Sydney (2000); Melbourne Commonwealth Games (2006); his retirement; descriptions of particular Games and events; fun and camaraderie at events; the development of wheelchairs since the 1970s.

Giddy discusses coaches, influences and friendships; training and training methods; difficulties accessing coaches in country areas; moving from track to field events; throwing frames for discus events; accidents and injuries; classification for athletes with a disability; the Australian Paralympic Federation; the Australian Institute of Sport; the formalisation of competitions since the 1980s; the increasing specialisation of athletes in particular events; social attitudes towards people with a disability within Australia and globally; the International Year of Disabled Persons (1981); travel, infrastructure and access for people with a disability; why the Commonwealth Games did not continue with competitions for athletes with a disability; coaching children; the relationships between disability, elite sports, depression and the need for support mechanisms; the importance of sport in his life; his gym and training weightlifters; holding a weightlifting record; giving motivations talks; his work with WorkCover.

Notes

The Australian Centre for Paralympic Studies oral history project is a joint project being conducted by the National Library of Australia and the Australian Paralympic Committee.

Recorded on 17 and 19 May 2011 in Aldavilla, N.S.W.

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (8 p.) and corrected transcript (typescript, 127 leaves). 
Subjects Giddy, Terry, 1950- -- Interviews.  |  Paralympic Games.  |  Track and field athletes -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Athletes with disabilities -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Discus throwing -- Competitions.  |  Shot-putters -- Interviews.  |  Sports for people with disabilities -- Australia.
Other authors/contributors Willis, Rob, 1944-, Interviewer  |  Naar, Tony, Interviewer  |  National Library of Australia  |  Australian Paralympic Committee

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ORAL TRC 6112/16
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ORAL TRC 6112/16 (transcript)
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ORAL TRC 6112/16 (summary)
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