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
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.
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.
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.
It was great to meet our wonderful APC History Project volunteers. We are so grateful for your selfless determination to tell the incredible stories of Australia’s Paralympic movement- thank you from all @AUSParalympicshttps://t.co/aOozW7HwPD