1980 Summer Paralympics (Q1155)

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Paralympic Games cycle
  • 1980 Paralympic Games
  • 1980PSG
  • 1980 Arnhem (Summer Games)
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1980 Summer Paralympics
Paralympic Games cycle
  • 1980 Paralympic Games
  • 1980PSG
  • 1980 Arnhem (Summer Games)

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In order to assist blind and visually impaired athletes get around the venue at Papendal the Games organisers had braille maps produced so participants could get around the various event sites.
The youngest competitor at the 1980 Games was 11 year old David Foppolo, a double above the elbow arm amputee, who not only won an individual bronze medal in the 2 x 50m individual medley and a silver medal in the 3 x 50m freestyle relay for class E1-F1, but also gained himself a 14 year old Dutch girlfriend who was also a swimmer at the Games.
On Monday 30th June 1980 a blind Judo demonstration was held in the sports hall at Papendal organised by Great Britain, Israel and the Netherlands. Eleven judokas, three with black belts, took part from the three organising countries plus Japan. Blind judo went on to replace blind wrestling at the Paralympics in Seoul eight years later and remains on the programme to this day.
Despite Stoke Mandeville being the spiritual home of the Paralympic Games the 1980 Games in Arnhem were the very first to have a programme made about them by the BBC. The 60 minute documentary was narrated by former rugby union player Cliff Morgan who had himself spent a year in a rehabilitation centre following a stroke ten years earlier and was broadcast on BBC1 at 7.00pm on the 17th July.
Cato Zahl Pedersen, a 21 year old student from Norway and an arm amputee won four gold medals in athletics at the 1980 Games in Arnhem to add to the three gold medals he had won in the second winter Paralympics in Geilo six months earlier.