Story: Disabled sport

Father Leo Close

Father Leo Close

Father Leo Close competes in the discus at a sports meet around 1975. Close, an Irishman who came to New Zealand in 1964, was a pioneer of organised sport for disabled athletes in Ireland. He was also instrumental in organising disabled sport in Otago–Southland and at a national level in New Zealand. Close was a Paralympian for Ireland at Rome in 1960 and Tokyo in 1964. He competed for New Zealand in the 1968 Mexico and 1972 Munich Paralympics, as well as the 1974 Dunedin Commonwealth Paraplegic Games.

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Ian McDonald, 'Disabled sport - Development of disabled sport', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/38018/father-leo-close (accessed 21 November 2018)

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