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Norma Beer interviewed by Ian Jobling in the Australian Centre for Paralympic Studies oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 5350490
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Beer, Norma, 1942-, Interviewee
 
Online Access
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2011 June 7 
2 sound files (ca. 103 min.) 
Series

Australian Centre for Paralympic Studies oral history project.

Technical Details

Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web. 

Summary

Norma Beer, born in Donnybrook, Western Australia (1942) discusses her family and family background; schooling and sports; beginning nursing training at age 18 at Royal Perth Hospital, Western Australia; the Perth Commonwealth Games (1962); working with paraplegic athletes at those Games; graduating from nursing (1963); marriage (1964); children; nursing at Derby District Hospital; nursing at a 'Native Hospital'; the Flying Doctor Service; nursing at Meekatharra District Hospital (1966-7); working in the Spinal Unit in Perth (1968-72); being employed by the W.A. Paraplegic and Quadriplegic Association as a Nursing Consultant (1975); extensive travel through W.A. to consult with clients; receiving a degree in Counselling; educating children about people with disabilities; working for the W.A. Wheelchair Association at sporting events.

Beer discusses working as a team nurse at Wheelchair Games and Paralympic Games (1979 to the late 1990s); descriptions of particular Games, their facilities and athletes; working with classification and drugs in sport (1988); being appointed to the Medical Commission to look at issues of drugs in sport (1994); volunteering at the Sydney Paralympic Games (2000); the increasing professionalism of Paralympic Games; the integration of athletes with a disability within National Sport Federations; people who have influenced Paralympic sport; great athletes with a disability; public attitudes towards people with a disability; improvements in infrastructure, accessibility and life expectancy for people with a disability; the value of sport for people with a disability; awards and honours received; publications and conference presentations; her contribution to Paralympic sport; providing wheelchairs for children in Bali; her philosophies on life and helping others; plans for the future.

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 7 June 2011 in Perth, W.A.

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (5 p.) and uncorrected transcript (typescript, 50 leaves). 
Subjects Beer, Norma, 1942- -- Interviews.  |  Paralympic Games.  |  Sports administration -- Australia  |  Athletes with disabilities.  |  Nurses -- Interviews.
Occupation Sports administrators.
Other authors/contributors Jobling, Ian F, Interviewer  |  National Library of Australia  |  Australian Paralympic Committee

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ORAL TRC 6112/19
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ORAL TRC 6112/19 (transcript)
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ORAL TRC 6112/19 (summary)
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