Story: Disabled 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 a number of world middle–distance records. In 1963 Halberg set up the Murray Halberg Trust for Crippled Children, now the Halberg Trust, dedicated to enabling disabled children to achieve their sporting potential.

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Ian McDonald, 'Disabled sport - Development of disabled sport', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 December 2021)

Story by Ian McDonald, published 5 Sep 2013, reviewed & revised 2 Aug 2017