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While sports clubs for the deaf existed in the 19th century, and some sport activities were established for soldiers blinded in the First World War, the systematic promotion and delivery of sporting opportunities for people with a disability was a legacy of the rehabilitation of soldiers after the Second World War.

In Australia and internationally, the early years of sport for people with a disability were characterised by a medical-therapeutic approach. Sport and training were seen as an extension of treatment and normally conducted by paramedical staff. [source: Participation in sport by people with disabilities, a national perspective, Lockwood R, Australian Sports Commission, 1996, p.9].

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