Story: Disabled sport

Race at the annual limbless soldiers' picnic, 1920s (1st of 2)

Race at the annual limbless soldiers' picnic, 1920s

Disabled soldiers race at the annual Wellington limbless soldiers' picnic at Worser Bay in the 1920s. The annual picnic, organised by the Evans Bay Yacht Club, provided one of the few opportunities for 'limbies', soldiers with leg amputations, and 'wingies', soldiers with arm amputations, to compete in a range of sports events. While the events were informal they were divided according to the veterans' disabilities to ensure fair competition.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Crown Studios Collection
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Ian McDonald, 'Disabled sport - Development of disabled sport', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 3 December 2021)

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