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ERIC Number: EJ975667
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1034-912X
R. Tait McKenzie: Inspirational Sculptor and a Pioneer Advocate of Physical Activity for People with Disabilities
Reid, Greg; Jobling, Ian F.
International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, v59 n3 p231-242 2012
The London 2012 Summer Paralympics Mascot, "Mandeville", is named after the village of Stoke Mandeville, near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, England. This was where the inaugural Stoke Mandeville Games were held in 1948. On 28 July 1948, men and women who had been injured throughout the Second World War assembled in Stoke Mandeville for archery events on the same day as the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympic Games. The acknowledged founder of the Stoke Mandeville Games, Sir Ludwig Guttmann, made this comment about the coincidence of both those sporting events having their Opening Ceremony on the same day: "Looking into the future, I prophesied that the time would come when this--The Mandeville Games--would achieve world fame as the disabled person's equivalent of the Olympics." Clearly, they were the inspiration for the modern Paralympic Games, which were first organised under that name in Rome in 1960. Today, the host city of the Olympics also organises the Paralympics. However, decades earlier, surrounding the First World War, another key figure addressed physical activity for those with a disability including difficulties and disabilities inflicted by war--Canadian-born sculptor, physical educator, physician, and academic, Robert Tait McKenzie. (Contains 3 figures and 3 notes.)
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Language: English
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