Australia at the 1972 Summer Paralympics

Australia at the 1972 Summer Paralympics

Australia at the Paralympic Games
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IPC code AUS
NPC Australian Paralympic Committee
Competitors 37
Rank: 11
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Australia sent a team to compete at the 1972 Summer Paralympics in Heidelberg, West Germany. They sent thirty seven competitors, twenty eight male and nine female.

Disability classifications

Athletes at the Paralympics in 1972 were all afflicted by spinal cord injuries and required the use of a wheelchair. This is in contrast to later Paralympics that include events for participants that fit into any of five different disability categories; amputation, either congenital or sustained through injury or illness; cerebral palsy; wheelchair athletes; visual impairment, including blindness; Les autres, any physical disability that does not fall strictly under one of the other categories, for example dwarfism or multiple sclerosis. Each Paralympic sport then has its own classifications, dependent upon the specific physical demands of competition. Events are given a code, made of numbers and letters, describing the type of event and classification of the athletes competing.


Australia entered ten of it's thirty seven competitors, eight male and two female. They won two medals, one silver and one bronze.


Australia entered twenty one of it's thirty seven competitors, fifteen male and six female. They won eleven medals, three gold, four silver and four bronze.

Lawn Bowls

Australia entered only one of it's thirty seven competitors in lawn bowls. Magennis won the gold medal in the men's singles, Ure of Great Britain won silver and of Italy took the bronze medal.


Australia a single athlete in snooker events, Rickard in the men's tetraplegic event, he won the silver medal.


Australia entered seven of it's thirty seven competitors, three male and four female. They won nine medals, one gold, three silver, five bronze.


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