This gallery explores the origins of the Paralympics as well as other pioneering disabled sports events and celebrates some of the stand-out figures along the way.
On the shoulders of giants
Long before the Paralympics was established disabled people had made a mark in competetive sport. Here we see Tommy McAuliffe, born in 1893, who went on to become a champion golfer despite having no arms (as you can see - not even stumps). Before the days of television, demand was high to see Tommy play and so he embarked upon a successful tour of America. British Pathe went along and made a newsreel, there's a link later on in this gallery.
Tommy married, had four children, and managed to make all of his dreams come true. He became a role model to not just the disabled community but to all.