Story: Disability and disability organisations

First Special Olympics

First Special Olympics

Olympic gold medallist John Walker and special Olympian Gordon Llewellyn carry the Olympic flame at New Zealand's first Special Olympics in 1985. Held in Lower Hutt, the event attracted more than 700 athletes, who competed in events including track and field, swimming and indoor bowls.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1985/1501
Photograph by John Nicholson

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Martin Sullivan, 'Disability and disability organisations - Sports organisations', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 November 2023)

Story by Martin Sullivan, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 12 Jul 2018