Story: Disability sport

Race at the annual limbless soldiers' picnic, 1920s

Race at the annual limbless soldiers' picnic, 1920s

Disabled soldiers race at the annual Wellington limbless soldiers' picnic at Worser Bay, Wellington, in the 1920s. The picnic, organised by the Evans Bay Yacht Club, provided one of the few opportunities for 'limbies', veterans with leg amputations, and 'wingies', veterans with arm amputations, to compete in a range of sports events. While the events were informal, they were divided according to disabilities to ensure fair competition.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Crown Studios Collection
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Ian McDonald, 'Disability sport - Development of disability sport', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 September 2023)

Story by Ian McDonald, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 1 Feb 2022 with assistance from Catriona McBean