Athlete First: A History of the Paralympic Movement by Steve Bailey

By Steve Bailey

This day the Paralympic circulate is recognized as a world carrying phenomenon attracting millions of athletes from an ever-increasing variety of nations. Athlete First offers a completely researched heritage and research of the Paralympic move, together with the improvement and enterprise of the foreign Paralympic Committee. in addition to recounting genuine achievements and occasions, the ebook examines the placement of activity and overseas festival for individuals with a incapacity inside their altering old context and when it comes to the Olympic circulation and able-bodied game.

  • The first historical past of the origins and improvement of the Paralympic movement
  • Examines disabled activity and overseas festival inside their altering historic context
  • Includes information of key avid gamers within the circulate – off and on the field

Written in an available type by way of a known historian Athlete First will turn out important to researchers and execs enthusiastic about the sector of recreation and incapacity in addition to game scientists and actual schooling experts with an curiosity in activities historical past.

The writer appreciates the function performed by way of the overseas Council of recreation technology and actual schooling (ICSSPE) in bringing this book to fruition, and recognizes the monetary counsel supplied through the overseas Olympic Committee.Content:
Chapter 1 A exhibit of skill (pages 1–12):
Chapter 2 An Air of Hopelessness (pages 13–21):
Chapter three The period of improvement: 1960 to 1980 (pages 23–41):
Chapter four reasonable, no longer equivalent: 1980 to 1988 (pages 43–90):
Chapter five construction Bridges no longer partitions: 1988 to 1992 (pages 91–137):
Chapter 6 Spirit in movement: 1992 to 1996 (pages 139–189):
Chapter 7 fix What wishes fix? 1996 to 2000 (pages 191–224):
Chapter eight activity is set Emotion: 2000 to 2004 (pages 225–263):

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In July 1948 Ludwig Guttmann encouraged the first annual ‘sports day’ for patients and former patients of Stoke Mandeville Hospital. In this first competition, eight ex-servicemen from the Star and Garter Home in Richmond competed against six ex-servicemen and two ex-servicewomen from Stoke Mandeville at archery. Ludwig Guttmann wrote that ‘it was a good omen’ that the foundation of the Stoke Mandeville Games ‘should coincide with the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympic Games’ (Guttmann 1949b).

This pleased Guttmann enormously, as the sequence of Games being held outside Stoke Mandeville in the Olympic year could, at least, be maintained – even if the sporting celebration could not take place in the same country as the Olympic Games themselves. He was also quietly pleased to have the opportunity to take the Games to Israel, the home of his religious roots. There had been long-standing associations between Guttmann and Israeli medical specialists working with people who had received spinal injuries, and Israeli teams had travelled to Aylesbury since 1954.

Stewart and five other patients as a journal ‘to promote the best interests of all those suffering from spinal troubles and to employ the influence and machinery of the British Legion in all Pension matters and such problems of Housing and Employment; to spread abroad all information of particular interest to paraplegics; and to foster in civilian life that spirit of comradeship that has grown up in the services and in hospital’. In time The Cord became both the voice of patients and former patients of Stoke Mandeville, and a means of lobbying and spreading the word.

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