Richard Cordukes

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Richard Cordukes
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Nationality  Australia

Richard Cordukes from New South Wales is an Australian Paralympic athlete. At the 1988 Seoul Paralympics, he won a silver medal in the Men's 4x100 m Relay 1A–1C event and a bronze medal in the Men's 4x200 m Relay 1A–1C event.[1]


Cordukes became a quadriplegic in 1976 and began participating in wheelchair sports the following year.[2] He first represented New South Wales in 1979 at the National Wheelchair Games in Perth.[2]

Sporting career[edit]

Cordukes competed in the Stoke Mandeville Games, which is now called the IWAS World Games in 1981, 1983, 1985 and 1987. It was in 1981 that Cordukes participated in the first ever wheelchair rugby competition.[2] Cordukes competed in the FESPIC Games in Hong Kong in 1982, before going on to break a world record in his category for the 100m at the Australian National Wheelchair Games in January 1986, which was later broken again by himself that year in Melbourne.[2]

Cordukes won a silver and bronze medal at the 1988 Seoul Paralympics for the Men’s 4 × 100 m 1A–1C and 4 × 200 m 1A–1C relays. Cordukes also competed in the 100m, where he came 7th with a time of 26.34 and finished 8th in the 200m final with a time of 53.90.[3]


In 1981, Cordukes became the part-time Executive Director of Wheelchair Sports NSW, before becoming president for the organisation in 1989 after serving 23 years with them.[2] Cordukes fundraised for the Kevin Betts Stadium project at Mount Druitt and was involved with the Spinal Injuries Unit Awareness and Prevention Program at Royal North Shore Hospital, where he provided much needed support to patients for several years.[2] The 24-hour Push-A-Thon was created by Cordukes in 1982 to raise money for wheelchair users. He organised funding subsidies for athletes wanting to attend the National Wheelchair Games and other overseas competitions.[2]


In 2000, Cordukes was presented with the Australian Sports Medal and received the Legends status from Wheelchair Sports NSW at the 20th Anniversary of the Oz Day 10K Wheelchair Road Race, for his contributions to the event.[2]

On June 27, 2011 Cordukes attended the Annual General Meeting of Wheelchair Sports NSW awards night where he was presented with the honour of being a Life Member of Wheelchair Sports NSW, after being an ambassador for the organisation for 50 years.[2]


  1. ^ "Athlete Search Results". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 30 September 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Pushers Post - Wheelchair Sports NSW" (PDF) (Spring). Wheelchair Sports NSW Inc. 2011. Retrieved 20 August 2015. 
  3. ^ Jenes, Paul; Hamilton, Peter; Tarbotton, David; McEwen, Fletcher; Gardiner, Bert. "Australian Athletics Historical Results". Athletics Australia. Athletics Australia. Retrieved 22 August 2015. 

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