Bill Mather-Brown

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Bill Mather-Brown
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Personal information
Full name William Edgar Mather-Brown
Nationality  Australia
Born (1936-04-14) 14 April 1936 (age 81)

William "Bill" Edgar Mather-Brown[1] (born 14 April 1936) is an Australian Paralympian.


He was born in the Western Australian city of Fremantle in 1936. He contracted polio in 1938 aged 2 in the town of Agnew in the Goldfields, Northeast of Kalgoorlie. He spent 2 years in the Kalgoorlie Hospital before moving back to Perth. He married Nadine Vine on 6 January 1967, who attended the 1972 Heidelberg Games as a team nurse.[2] They had two children, a daughter, Rebecca and a son Ryan.[2] His brother was Dibbs Mather, was a broadcaster and actor.[3] In 2005, Dibbs Mather's son Australian film director William Mather-Brown drowned whilst rescuing his son Nicholas from the fast-flowing Var River, near Nice.[3]

Paralympic Games[edit]

He has always been interested in sport and joined wheelchair sports in 1955. He went to the Stoke Mandeville games in 1957 and competed in several sports. At the 1960 Rome Paralympics, he won a silver medal in Men's Class B table tennis with Bruno Moretti and participated in the Australia men's national wheelchair basketball team.[4][5] At the 1964 Tokyo Paralympics, he participated in wheelchair fencing as part of the Men's Épée Team.[4] At the 1968 Tel Aviv Paralympics, he won a silver medal in the Men's Slalom A event and participated in swimming, table tennis and wheelchair basketball events.[4][5]

Commonwealth Paraplegic Games[edit]

Mather-Brown competed at the 1962 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in his home town of Perth. He won medals in four sports. In weightlifting he wonnthe gold medal in the men's lightweight class B, in wheelchair basketball he won Gold in the Men's competition, in table tennis he won a gold medal in the men's doubles Class B and a silver medal in the men's class B, in swimming he won gold in the men's backstroke 50 metres Class C, and silver in the men's 50 metres crawl, class C.[6]


  • Inducted into Wheelchair Sports WA Hall of Fame.[7]
  • Life Membership of Wheelchair Sports WA - 1981[8]
  • Western Australian Citizen of the Year for Sport - 1981 [2]
  • Australian Wheelchair Basketball Hall of Fame - 1995 [2]
  • Australian Sports Medal - 2000 as a "basketball Paralympian - Captain/Coach since 1957". [2]
  • Centenary Medal - 2001 "for service to the community through disabled and wheelchair sports". [1]


  1. ^ a b "Mather-Brown, William Edgar: Centenary Medal". It's an Honour. Retrieved 11 January 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Mather-Brown, Bill (2002). The Fight in the Dog. Beckenham WA: T Beck. ISBN 0958000107. 
  3. ^ a b Teutsch, Danielle (3 July 2005). "Film director drowns in river as he saves his son". Sun Herald. Retrieved 19 November 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c "Athlete Search Results". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Labanowich, Stan; Thiboutot, Armand. "Team Rosters:Paralympic Games (Men) 1960–1980" (PDF). Wheelchairs Can Jump. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  6. ^ Report of the First Commonwealth Paraplegic Games, Perth, WA 10-17 November 1962. Perth: The Paraplegic Association of WA. 1962. 
  7. ^ "Sporting Hall of Fame". Wheelchair Sport WA. Retrieved 20 November 2016. 
  8. ^ "Life Members". Wheelchair Sports WA Association website. 


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