Story: Disability sport

Eve Rimmer

Eve Rimmer

Eve Rimmer's biography was entitled No grass between my toes. A paraplegic as a result of a car accident when she was 15, she was one of New Zealand's most successful disabled athletes, winning medals at Paralympics, Commonwealth Paraplegic Games and other international competitions between 1968 and 1980. Her specialist events were the javelin, discus and shot put, but she also won silver medals for archery, swimming and, in 1972, a Paralympic gold in the pentathlon. At a time when disability sport received little media coverage, she used her fame to promote opportunities for people with disabilities.

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Reference: Eve Rimmer and Garth Gilmour, No grass between my toes: the Eve Rimmer story. Wellington: A. H. & A. W. Reed, 1978

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Ian McDonald, 'Disability sport - Paralympics and Commonwealth Games', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 3 December 2023)

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