1976 Australian Paralympic silver medalist John Kidd died this past Saturday, with a funeral scheduled for this Friday at Burstow’s Funerals Chapel in Toowoomba, Queensland. He was 68-years-old.
Kidd represented Australia at the 1976 Summer Paralympics in Toronto, where he competed in athletics and wheelchair basketball. He on a silver medal in the men’s javelin 4 event, finished tenth in the Men’s Shot Put 4 and fifteenth in the Men’s Discus 4. The New South Wales motorcycle cop took up disability sport following an accident in 1969 where he knocked off his police bike by a truck. He excelled on the regional level, and would go on to represent Australia at least one world championship. During the course of relatively short career dating from 1972 to 1977, he set several Australian records in the Javelin. He retired from competitive sport after he moved Lismore, New South Wales.
Kidd had joined the New South Wales police by 1967, where he achieved the rank of Probationary Constable before retiring in 1982 because of medical and health issues. Following his accident, he worked at Rosebery and Paramatta traffic branches. His colleagues gave him the nickname “Ironsides”, an ode to television detective Raymond Burr. In 1995, he was award a National Medal for his long and diligent service to the community.