Story: Disability sport

Murray Halberg at the Rome Olympics, 1960

Murray Halberg at the Rome Olympics, 1960

Murray Halberg wins the gold medal in the 5,000 metres at the Rome Olympics in 1960. Halberg had a paralysed left arm from a rugby injury he received when he was 17 years old. He went on to become one of New Zealand's greatest athletes, winning Olympic and Empire Games gold medals and setting several world records. In 1963 Halberg set up the Murray Halberg Trust for Crippled Children (now the Halberg Foundation), dedicated to enabling children with disabilities to reach their sporting potential.

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Ian McDonald, 'Disability sport - Development of disability sport', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/38016/murray-halberg-at-the-rome-olympics-1960 (accessed 1 July 2022)

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