2000 Summer Paralympics (Q1134)

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"When the two Independent Paralympic Athletes, Mateus Lucas and Alcino Pereira, from East Timor were entering the Paralympic Village through one of the security check points Police Senior Constable Barry Parrish noticed whilst checking their bags that they had nothing in them." -- paralympicanorak
"With the help of friends and local businesses Barry collected donations including clothing, toiletries, travel bags and other personal items to give to the athletes in order to make their stay more comfortable and a lot warmer." -- paralympicanorak
From the very beginning the organisers of the Sydney Paralympics worked on the principle that all the core services necessary for the Paralympic Games would be organised and delivered by the same staff that delivered those services for the Olympic Games.
For the first time ever, people around the world could watch Paralympic events live on the internet via the WeMedia website. On October 27, 2000, just before the Games ended IPC signed a multi-million dollar deal with WeMedia covering six-years of worldwide television broadcast and Internet Webcast rights to the next three Paralympic Games.
Tickets for the Sydney Paralympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies sold out completely. Tickets for the Sydney Olympic Closing Ceremony did not sell out!
A total of 630 tests were carried out at the 2000 Sydney Games, which returned 11 positive outcomes. Of these 10 were in powerlifting. The eleventh positive test was an American track athlete.
Sydney Paralympic Games supporters Australia Post encouraged village residents to send home lots of postcards and other mail by offering personalised stamps – complete with a photograph of the sender.
The Paralympic village was officially opened on 11th October 2000 by Australia’s first female Paralympian Daphne Hilton (nee Ceeney) who had competed in the very first Paralympic Games in Rome, 1960.
At the 2000 Summer Paralympics, Beatrice Hess of France topped the list of individual medal winners for the second Games running taking home seven gold medals.
Nearly one thousand competitors in Sydney elected six new members of the IPC Athletes’ Commission from eleven candidates. The successful candidates were Ahraf Eid Maraey (EGY) Ljiljana Ljubisic (CAN), Hamish MacDonald (AUS), Rose Atieno Olang (KEN), Enrique Sanchez-Guijo (ESP) and James Thomson (USA).
Swimmer Mayumi Narita (JPN) with six gold and one silver medal finished second in the medal count and Alwin Houtsma (NED) with five gold, two silver and one bronze finished third in Sydney.
Huge crowds flocked to the Paralympics everyday swelled by a policy of providing free day tickets to schools to bring classes of children to the Paralympics. In total 1.16 million tickets were sold.
The Sydney Games saw the introduction for the first time of female powerlifting, which was dominated by athletes from China and Nigeria.
As well as the 121 nation delegations that competed at the 200 SPG, there was also a delegation of two independent athletes from Timor-Leste taking part who received rapturous encouragement from the spectators whenever they competed.
At the 2000 Summer Paralympics, Tanni Grey-Thompson (GBR), in a repeat of her successes in Barcelona eight years earlier, won four gold medals in the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m in the T53 category and in the T52 category Lisa Franks (CAN) also took home four gold medals from the 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m.
In clearly demonstrating the progress of many nations relatively new to the Paralympic Games, Mohamed Allek of Algeria took home three gold medals in the T37 100m, 200m and 400m, setting a Paralympic record in the 100m and a world record in the 400m in the process at the 2000 Summer Paralympics.
Powerlifting was also responsible for the dramatic rise in positive doping tests at the Sydney Games.
Following the end of white minority rule in Zimbabwe, the country's dominance in Paralympic sport came to an end and went into decline. It would not see real success again until the 2000 Games.