Australia at the 1992 Summer Paralympics

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Australia at the Paralympic Games

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IPC code  AUS
NPC Australian Paralympic Committee
At the 1992 Summer Paralympics in Barcelona
Competitors 134 in 13 sports
Flag bearer Terry Giddy (Opening) Priya Cooper (Closing)
Rank: 7
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Australia competed at the 1992 Games in Barcelona for physically and vision-impaired athletes. Immediately after the Barcelona Games, the city of Madrid held events for athletes with an intellectual disability. The Madrid results are not included in International Paralympic Committee Historical Results Database. Australia finished 7th in the total medal count winning 76 medals (24 gold, 27 silver and 25 bronze medals). Australia competed in 13 sports and won medals in 3 sports - swimming, athletics and weightlifting.[1]

Notable Australian performances included:

Triple gold medalist Louise Sauvage racing
Anne Currie, triple gold medallist at the Barcelona Games
Triple gold medalist Priya Cooper standing on the gold medal podium and German swimmer Britta Siegers on the silver podium at the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games
  • Louise Sauvage, a wheelchair racer, winning 3 gold medals and 1 silver medal[2][3]
  • Priya Cooper, an cerebral palsy swimmer, winning 3 gold medals and 2 silver medals[2][3]
  • Anne Currie, an S6 swimmer, winning 3 gold and 1 bronze medals[2][3]
  • Four athletes won two gold medals - visually impaired thrower Russell Short, cerebral palsy sprinter Alison Quinn, visually impaired swimmer Tracey Cross and swimmer Tracy Barrell[2][3]
  • Jodi Willis competed in athletics and goalball and won gold in the Women's Shot Put B2 and silver in the Women's Discus B2. She was the last Australian athlete to compete in more than one sport at the same Games.[2][3]

Previously many athletes competed in multiple sports at the same Games.


Australian Team Portrait at Barcelona Games

Australia was represented by 134 athletes (93 men and 41 women).[4] The team was organised around disabilities - amputee, cerebral palsy, vision impaired and wheelchair. Each disability group had its own section manager and staff. This was the last time the Australian team was organised in this manner. The Chef de Mission was George Dunstan.[2]

Team headquarters staff:
Administration - George Dunstan (Chef de Mission), Derry Beavis (Team Manager), Judy Haines, Paul Griffiths, Adrienne Smith
Section Managers - Paul Bird (Amputee), Gary Prior (Vision impaired), Corny van Eldik (Cerebral palsy), Michael Godfrey-Roberts (Wheelchair)
Medical - John Burke (Team Medical Officer), Norma Beer, Jane Buckley, Nicola Meintjes, Don Perriman, Greg Ungerer, Lyn Wilcox
Escorts – Joanne Sayers, Craig Jarvis, Rob Stubbs[2]




Australia represented by:
Men – Arthur Fisk, Eric Klein[2][3]


Sprinter Alison Quinn holding the boxing kangaroo flag at the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games

Australia represented by:
MenRobert Biancucci, Fabian Blattman, David Bonavita, Brendan Bowden, Allan Butler, Darren Collins, Paul Croft, Mark Davies, Phillip Deveraux, Alan Dufty, John Eden, David Evans, Karl Feifar, Neil Fuller, Terry Giddy, David Goodman, Michael Hackett, Tony Head, Edward Holicky, John Lindsay, Hamish MacDonald, Kerrod McGregor, Kieran Modra, Michael Nugent, Rodney Nugent, Sam Rickard, Jaime Romaguera, Eric Russell, Craig Sayers, Christopher Scott, Russell Short, Greg Smith, Bradley Thomas, Darren Thrupp, Vincenzo Vallelonga, Bruce Wallrodt, Mark Whiteman, Ross Whyte, Paul Wiggins, Jason Willis, Matthew van Eldik, Kyrra Grunnsund

Thrower Russell Short, a double gold medallist on the podium

WomenMarsha Green, Yvette McLellan, Alison Quinn, Louise Sauvage, Donna Smith, Karen Smith, Jodi Willis
CoachesChris Nunn (amputee), Karen Denman (Cerebral palsy), Jo Hogan (cerebral palsy), Jenni Banks (Wheelchair) Officials – David Reid (Blind Athletics Manager), Trevor Goddard (guide runner), Stuart Miller (guide runner), Rick Grant (personal attendant)[2][3]

Athletics was Australia's most successful sport delivering 41 medals - 14 gold, 15 silver and 12 bronze. 12 athletes came home with gold medals.


Australian boccia player Lynette Coleman

Australia represented by:
Men – Burke Gibbons, Corey Molan, Alexander Xeras
WomenLyn Coleman
Officials – Tom Organ (Manager)[2][3]

Australia did not win any medals.


Australia represented by:
Men – Ronald Anderson, Paul Clohessy, Craig Elliott, Timothy Harris, Paul Lamond, Stephen John Smith, Peter Stoltzer (pilot) Women – Prue-Anne Reynalds Officials – Ken Norris (Manager)[2][3]

Australia did not win any medals.


Australia represented by:
Men - Robert Crestani, Kevin Frew, Warren Lawton, Brett Scarr, Gregory Scott, Mark Scarr
Women - Kerrie-Ann Day, Marilyn Mills, Jennette Saxberg, Robyn Stephens, Jodi Willis
Officials – Sam Theodore (Manager), Karen Scott (escort)[2][3]

Australia did not win any medals.


Australia represented by:
MenAnthony Clarke
Officials – Bruce Tatam (escort)[2][3]

Australia did not win any medals.


Australia represented by:
Men – Keith Bremner, Andrew Rambow
WomenElizabeth Kosmala[2][3]

Australia did not win any medals.


Tracy Barrell at the Barcelona Games

Australia represented by:
Men – Rodney Bonsack, Damien Bridger, Kingsley Bugarin, Brendan Burkett, Jason Diederich, Bradley Evans, Paul Gockel, Simon Matthew Lee, Kieran Modra, Stephen Simmonds, David Smith, Phillip Tracey
WomenKelly Barnes, Julie Barr, Tracy Barrell, Michelle Bate, Priya Cooper, Tracey Cross, Anne Currie, Catherine Huggett, Lyn Lillecrapp, Mandy Maywood, Tracey Oliver, Kirstyn Summerton, Danae Sweetapple, Sandra Yaxley, Judith Young
Coaches – Anne Green (Amputee), Phil Jose (Cerebral palsy), Kerry Smith (Cerebral palsy) Officials – Ian McDowell-Jones (Vision impaired Manager), Rowenna Toppenberg (blind escort)[2][3]

Australian swimmers won 34 medals - 9 gold, 12 silver and 13 bronze medals. 6 athletes won gold medals.

Table Tennis[edit]

Australian table tennis player Csaba Bobary playing in Barcelona Paralympics

Australia represented by:
Men – Csaba Bobory[2][3]

Australia won no medals.


Australia represented by:
MenRay Epstein, Steve Green, Brian McNicholl[2][3]

Australia won one gold medal through Brian McNicholl.

Wheelchair Basketball[edit]

Action during a women' wheelchair basketball game between Australia and the United States

Australia represented by:
MenTroy Andrews, Sandy Blythe, Michael Callahan, Stuart Erwin, David Gould, Gerry Hewson, Errol Hyde, Timothy Maloney, Richard Oliver, Troy Sachs, Stephen Trestrail, Michael Walker
Coach – Michael Tucker Official – Graham Gould (escort)

Women – Amanda Carter, Coralie Churchett, Sue Hobbs, Paula Coghlan, Lisa O'Nion, Donna Ritchie, Amanda Rose, Julie Russell, Sharon Slann, Liesl Tesch, Coach - Peter Corr Official – John Crossley (escort)[2][3]

Australia won no medals.

Wheelchair Fencing[edit]

Australia represented by:
Men – Robert Jordan[2][3]

Australia won no medals.

Wheelchair Tennis[edit]

Australia represented by:
Men - Michael Connell, David Hall
Women – Randa Hinson, Sue Twelftree[2][3]

Australia won no medals.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "History". Australian Paralympic Committee Media Guide Beijing 2008. Australian Paralympic Committee. 2008. p. 16. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t Australian Team Members Profile Handbook. Sydney: Australian Paralympic Federation. 1992. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "Australia at 1992 Barcelona". International Paralympic Committee Historical Results Database. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Participation Numbers - Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games". International Paralympic Committee Historical Results Database.