Collection Description (from online finding aid): The Special Olympics Movement was founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the sister of President John F Kennedy. Eunice believed that the Olympic ideals of sport could give confidence and new hope to people with learning disabilities and to those who cared for them.
Collection Description (from online finding aid): The First Commonwealth Paraplegic Games were held in Perth, Western Australia from 10 to 17 November 1962. These Games preceded the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games which were held in Perth from 22 November to 1 December of that year. The Commonwealth Paraplegic Games were conceived by Dr George Bedbrook after Perth won the right to host the Commonwealth Games. Great support was received from the Royal Perth Hospital, a leading spinal rehabilitation centre in Australia.
Collection Description (from online finding aid): The Nova Scotia Sport and Recreation Commission was created in 1987 following the disbanding of the Department of Culture, Recreation and Fitness.
Collection Description (from online finding aid): In the early 1930s, Frank Read became an accomplished oarsman with the Vancouver Rowing Club. Following a back injury, suffered while playing football, that ended his rowing career, he went into the hotel industry. In late 1949, Read agreed to coach the University of British Columbia rowing team which, at the same time, began a formal co-operation with the Vancouver Rowing Club.