2009, English, Sound, Interview, lecture, talk edition: Kevin Coombs interviewed by Robin Poke in the Australian Centre for Paralympic Studies oral history project [sound recording]. Coombs, Kevin, 1941- (Interviewee)

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Physical Description
  • 2 sound files (ca. 82 min.)
Published
  • 2009.
Language
  • English

Edition details

Title
  • Kevin Coombs interviewed by Robin Poke in the Australian Centre for Paralympic Studies oral history project
Creator
  • Coombs, Kevin, 1941- (Interviewee)
Other Creators
  • Poke, Robin. (Interviewer)
  • Coombs, Linda. (Interviewee)
Published
  • 2009.
Medium
  • [sound recording].
Physical Description
  • 2 sound files (ca. 82 min.)
Series
Part Of
  • Australian Centre for Paralympic Studies oral history project
Subjects
Summary
  • Kevin Coombs reflects on his early life and family history; his biography 'A fortunate accident'; the Ebenezer mission, Balranald; schooling; the accident when aged 13 which left him paralysed; treatment and rehabilitation for spinal injuries; playing wheel chair basketball; representing Victoria at Australian Wheel chair basket ball championships; being chosen for Rome Paralympics (1960), medals won; Stoke Mandeville Games (1957); fundraising; having to travel on a British passport; Tokyo Paralympics (1964); his work life; the Paralympics held in Israel (1968); the Gold Cup World Championship Basketball, Melbourne (1986); weightlifting; his marriage to Linda; the role of the Aboriginal Advancement League; Sir Doug Nicholls; the birth of his daughter (1969); his selection for the Heidelberg Paralympics (1972); the improvements in fundraising and increased government funding; becoming Captain of Paralympic team; Silver Jubilee Games in England (1976); the inclusion of blind and amputees in Paralympics from 1972.
  • Coombs speaks about working in the Victorian Public Service from 1979; Aboriginal health and employment; Rene Ahrens; coaching improvements; Don Perryman; winning a gold medal at the Far East and South Pacific Games for the Disabled (FESPIC), Hong Kong (1983); being awarded the Order of Australia medal; his final Paralympic Games held in London at Stoke Mandeville (1984); Sir Ludwig Guttman Award; naming of streets at Olympic Park, Homebush (1998), one named in his honour; serving on the National Indigenous Advisory Committee to SOCOG; his Sydney 2000 Paralympic experiences, carrying the Olympic torch into the stadium; his involvement with Victorian Aboriginal justice system and the Koori Court; being Chairman of the taskforce to encourage Indigenous involvement in the Melbourne Commonwealth Games (2006); being inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame (2007); the changes in wheelchair design; trends in treatment of and services for disabled people in Australian society; being the first Indigenous member of an Australian Olympic team; the interest being shown in the history of the Paralympic movement; how he would like to be remembered.
Notes
  • The wife of Mr. Coombs, Linda Coombs was also present at the interview.
  • Recorded on August 4, 2009 at Melbourne, Vic.
  • Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
Numbering Note
  • Timed summary (6 p.) and corrected transcript (typescript, 114 leaves)
Access Conditions
  • Access open for research, personal copies and public use.
Language
  • English
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