Rhodesia at the Paralympics

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Rhodesia at the Paralympic Games

Flag of Southern Rhodesia
IPC code   RHO
Paralympic history
Summer Games
Other related appearances
Zimbabwe (1980–)

Rhodesia was one of the participants at the inaugural Paralympic Games in 1960 in Rome, where one of its two representatives was Margaret Harriman, in swimming and archery.[1] The country took part in every edition of the Summer Paralympics until 1972. Although Rhodesia was barred from all Olympics from 1968 until its disestablishment in 1979 after its 1965 Unilateral Declaration of Independence from the United Kingdom, it was allowed to participate in the 1968 Tel Aviv and 1972 Heidelberg games because politicians, both from Britain and the host nations of the games, were unwilling to sanction athletes with disabilities.[1] However, the Canadian government refused to grant visas for the Rhodesian Paralympic team to attend the 1976 Toronto Paralympics.[1]

Rhodesia ceased to exist before the 1980 Summer Paralympics, in which its successor state, Zimbabwe, competed.[2]

List of medalists[edit]

Over their four appearances, Rhodesians won a total of 21 gold medals, 18 silver and 15 bronze.

Medal Name Games Sport Event
 Gold Margaret Harriman 1960 Rome Archery FITA round open
 Gold Margaret Harriman 1960 Rome Archery Windsor round open
 Gold Margaret Harriman 1964 Tokyo Archery Albion round open
 Gold Margaret Harriman 1964 Tokyo Archery FITA round open
 Gold Margaret Harriman
George Mann
1964 Tokyo Dartchery Mixed pairs open
 Gold Lynette Gilchrist 1964 Tokyo Athletics Club throw B
 Gold Lynette Gilchrist 1964 Tokyo Athletics Javelin throw B
 Gold Lynette Gilchrist 1964 Tokyo Swimming 50m freestyle prone incomplete class 3
 Gold Lynette Gilchrist 1964 Tokyo Swimming 50m freestyle supine incomplete class 3
 Gold Lynette Gilchrist 1964 Tokyo Swimming 50m breaststroke incomplete class 3
 Gold Leslie Manson-Bishop 1964 Tokyo Swimming 50m freestyle supine complete class 4
 Gold Leslie Manson-Bishop 1964 Tokyo Swimming 50m breaststroke complete class 4
 Gold Jacqueline Thompson 1968 Tel Aviv Athletics Shot put B
 Gold Leslie Manson-Bishop 1968 Tel Aviv Swimming 50m backstroke complete class 4
 Gold Andrew James Scott 1968 Tel Aviv Swimming 50m breaststroke class 4 incomplete
 Gold Sandra Coppard 1968 Tel Aviv Swimming 25m freestyle class 1 incomplete
 Gold Sandra Coppard 1968 Tel Aviv Swimming 25m breaststroke class 1 incomplete
 Gold Andrew James Scott 1972 Heidelburg Swimming 75m individual medley 4
 Gold Sandra James 1972 Heidelburg Swimming 25m freestyle 1A
 Gold Sandra James 1972 Heidelburg Athletics Javelin throw 1A
 Silver Lynette Gilchrist 1964 Tokyo Athletics Discus throw B
 Silver Lynette Gilchrist 1964 Tokyo Athletics Shot put B
 Silver Leslie Manson-Bishop 1964 Tokyo Athletics Pentathlon 2
 Silver Leslie Manson-Bishop 1964 Tokyo Swimming 50m freestyle prone complete class 4
 Silver Lynette Gilchrist
Leslie Manson-Bishop
Keith Pienaar
1964 Tokyo Swimming Medley relay open
 Silver Gesina Smit 1968 Tel Aviv Athletics Javelin throw C
 Silver Peter Goldhawk 1968 Tel Aviv Swimming 50m backstroke class 3 incomplete
 Silver Jacqueline Thompson 1968 Tel Aviv Swimming 50m freestyle class 3 incomplete
 Silver Avril Davis 1968 Tel Aviv Swimming 50m backstroke class 5 (cauda equina)
 Silver Virginia Tomlinson 1968 Tel Aviv Swimming 25m breaststroke class 2 incomplete
 Silver Andrew James Scott 1972 Heidelburg Swimming 50m backstroke 1B
 Silver Eileen Robertson 1972 Heidelburg Swimming 25m freestyle 1B
 Silver Sandra James 1972 Heidelburg Swimming 25m breaststroke 1A
 Silver Eileen Robertson 1972 Heidelburg Swimming 25m breaststroke 1B
 Silver Sandra James 1972 Heidelburg Athletics Shot put 1A
 Bronze Keith Pienaar 1964 Tokyo Athletics Discus throw B
 Bronze Leslie Manson-Bishop 1964 Tokyo Athletics Javelin throw C
 Bronze David Holland 1968 Tel Aviv Swimming 25m freestyle class 1 incomplete
 Bronze Glynn Griffiths 1968 Tel Aviv Swimming 25m backstroke class 1 incomplete
 Bronze Virginia Tomlinson 1968 Tel Aviv Swimming 25m freestyle class 2 incomplete
 Bronze Jacqueline Thompson 1968 Tel Aviv Swimming 50m backstroke class 3 incomplete
 Bronze David Holland 1972 Heidelburg Swimming 25m freestyle 1B
 Bronze Kevin English 1972 Heidelburg Swimming 100m backstroke 5
 Bronze Andrew James Scott 1972 Heidelburg Swimming 50m breaststroke 1B
 Bronze Sandra James 1972 Heidelburg Athletics Discus throw 1A

Andrew James Scott went on to compete for Zimbabwe, winning a number of silver and bronze medals in 1980.[2][3]

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