Australian Paralympic History Project 2018

A photograph of Katy Parrish competing in the long jump at the 2012 London Paralympic Games.

Tony Naar has shared news of the Australian Paralympic History Project for 2018. (Link)

Ross Mallet (link) has compiled a list of the page views of articles created through the Australian Paralympic history project.

2018 was a record year for a non-summer Games’ year with 1,971,930 page views … an average of 5,402 views for every day of the year.

Tony notes that whilst the Winter Games in March elevated the number of views, the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast and the profiles of two Paralympians, Kurt Fearnley (link) and Dylan Alcott (link) stimulated considerable interest in paralympians and their performances.

Kurt carried the flag for Australia in the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games and was subsequently named as the NSW Australian of the Year for 2019. Dylan became even more of a superstar at the Australian Open in January and then through his media roles.

Tony notes that for the first time in a few years, classification articles did not dominate the top 10 page views, although they did make up half of the top 30 articles viewed.

The top 15 articles about athletes were:

Dylan Alcott 182,838 views
Kurt Fearnley 125,933
Madison de Rozario 44,716
Isis Holt 37,824
Jan Cameron (coach) 35,185
Ashley Adams 30,387
Ellie Cole 25,627
Timothy Disken 22,654
Damien Thomlinson 22,049
Lakeisha Patterson 18,928
Evan O’Hanlon 17,331
Heath Davidson 16,145
Katie Hill 14,087
Kelly Cartwright 12,390
Matt Levy 11,680

Top 15 topic page views were:
T38 (classification) 101,506 views
T35 (classification) 36,828
Disability sport classification 23,685
Para-alpine skiing 21,503
Para-swimming classification 20,055
T44 (classification) 19,974
S9 (classification) 19,312
Para-athletics classification 15,926
S10 (classification) 13,308
T54 (classification) 12,323
S7 (classification) 12,290
S8 (classification) 11,857
BC2 (classification) 11,777
S14 (classification) 11,291

Page views since the start of the Project in 2012

A bar graph that shows page views of Paralympian wikipedia articles since 2012 to 2018.

Photo Credit

Katy Parrish (Australian Paralympic Committee, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. Link)

Australian Paralympic History Project: October 2018 Workshop

A picture of the APC workshop with four of the participants creating and editing content for Wikipedia
Workshop participants

The Australian Paralympic History Project held a workshop in Sydney on the weekend of 27 and 28 October.

Tony Naar shared news of the workshop on the Project’s Facebook page (link).

Seven people attended the workshop. The project team were delighted to welcome a new member, Cecelia Hutchinson-Parsons. Cecelia came to the workshop after a week of volunteering at the Invictus Games in Sydney.

Cecelia created a Wikipedia article about the Iceroos (link) and helped update the 2018 Invictus Games article.

A picture of the Iceroos team
The Iceroos

The APC’s CEO Lynne Anderson visited the workshop as did the APC’s  Communications General Manager Tim Mannion. They met the workshop organiser, Tony Naar and Cecilia, as well as Ross Mallett, Greg Blood, Gary Osmond and Patricia Ollerenshaw.

Patricia is working on articles about the 2000 Paralympics at the moment.

Tony noted of the workshop:

Creating and updating Wikipedia articles about Australian Paralympic sport relies almost exclusively on a handful of volunteers, who do an incredible job. As a result of discussions on the weekend, we have decided that we will now pursue a ‘small scale’ approach of catch-ups in the cities where we have active editors and seek to expand these groups by individual contact and one-on-one support.

He added:

We desperately need to expand the core group of contributors to maintain this unbelievable project.

I do try to keep an eye on this project. It has made an enormous impact on the open sharing of Paralympic stories with an Australian focus. I do monitor the articles and hope to be more active in supporting the editing of the articles created and maintained by the project team.

For anyone thinking of finding ways to use their creative talents, this is a project most worthy of consideration.

Photo Credits

Sydney Workshop (Tony Naar)

Iceroos (World Para Ice Hockey)

History of the Australian Paralympic Movement: End of Year Report 2017

Australian Paralympian Ray Barrett with the bronze medal he won in the men’s 100m wheelchair 2 event at the 1972 Paralympic Games in Heidelberg, Germany.

The project to record the history of the Paralympic movement in Australia has been underway since 2011.

Tony Naar has shared details of activities in the project in 2017. The project is supported by volunteers. Some of the year’s achievements were:

  • The number of Wikipedia articles created through the project is nearing 1,000.
  • These articles continue to be collectively viewed around 120,000 times every month.
  • The Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) introduced the hashtag #APCOnThisDay to recognise anniversary dates in the history of the Paralympic movement in Australia, using material from the project.
  • Donations and loans of photos, scrapbooks, uniform items and other materials were received from a number of Paralympians and past team officials, including Pauline English, Peter Pascoe, Julie and Eric Russell, Pauline Schreiber, Nick Dean, and others. These are being scanned, sorted and managed for use in the project.
  • Twenty interns (from Macquarie University and University of Western Sydney) have worked on the project at various times during the year. They have: updated the Paralympian contact list; implemented a strategy to recruit people for the archives project; developed a strategy and resources to recruit student volunteers for the Wikipedia project; and created a Facebook group for the project.
  • A new volunteer team of five has started work on organising the APC archive collection.
  • The oral history project with the National Library of Australia reached 54 interviews. The project will continue in 2018.
  • Ray Barrett was inducted into the Indigenous Paralympian honour board at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence, thanks to detective work by Pat Ollerenshaw.
  • An e-history website has been started and will bring together all the diverse material created through the history project.
  • Project workshops were conducted in Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Sydney, Canberra and Perth.
  • Students at the University of Queensland have worked on Wikipedia articles and the e-history website content.

I have followed these developments in 2017 with great interest. I am delighted that young people are actively engaged in the project and sharing their energy with a core group of volunteers who are nurtured and supported by Tony Naar.

https://twitter.com/AUSParalympics/status/895180323306307585

Photo Credits

Ray Barrett (Australian Paralympic Committee, CC BY-SA 3.0)

Tiffany Thomas Kane (Twitter)