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1964 Australian Paralympic medalist Trevor French dies

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Members of the Australian team at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Games Image: Daphnee Hilton/Australian Paralympic Committee.

Yesterday, 1964 Summer Paralympic swimmer Trevor French died. News of his death was shared with Wikinews through the Australian Tax Office and Tony Naar of the Australian Paralympic Committee.

French, who lived in PenrithNew South Wales, was one of fifteen athletes to compete atAustralia‘s second Paralympic Games in 1964 in Tokyo when he won a silver medal in the men’s 25 metre freestyle event. It was the only medal he earned at the Games and one of 30 Australia earned that year. In 2000, his medal was displayed at the Our Sporting Heritage exhibition at the Arms of Australia Inn Museum.

His legacy of participation can be seen in the upcoming 2012 Summer Paralympics inLondon. Australia are sending 161 athletes to the Paralympics this year. The Paralympic team is expected to finish the Games having earned the country’s one thousandth medal.

All text created after September 25, 2005 available under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5License, unless otherwise specified.   Originally published on English Wikinews

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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