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)

#HOPAU

The History of the Paralympic Movement in Australia (HOPAU) project started in 2011. The aim of the project was “to write the History of the Australian Paralympic Movement, using the Wikimedia Foundation wikis, namely Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons and Wikibooks”.

Ross Mallett has been researching the progress of HOPAU’s Wikipedia presence.

In January 2017, there were 987 pages in the HOPAU category. These attracted 105,911 page views, an average of 3,416 per day.

The top five articles in January were: Dylan Alcott (19,507); Damien Thomlinson (2,626); Kurt Fearnley (1,554); Ashley Adams (1,550); and Para-alpine skiing (1,350).

According to Ross: “Dylan was the top HOPAU athlete for the month, probably because of the Australian Open. I think it’s pretty notable that not only did he persuade Tennis Australia to give him the Rod Laver Arena, but he filled it.”

In 2016, HOPAU articles attracted 2,800,526 page views, an average of 7,652 per day. There were almost 2 million page views in the period associated with the Summer Paralympic Games, but these data show, as Tony Naar (the HOPAU Project Facilitator) suggests, the articles created through the HOPAU project continue to be widely and regularly accessed.

The Australian Paralympic Committee has released images under a Creative Commons licensed and donated them for use on Wikimedia Commons. These images can be found at Category:Images from the Australian Paralympic Committee on Wikimedia Commons.

The three images used in this blog post are from that collection.

Photo Credits

Members of the Australian Paralympic Team pose with an entertainer from the hotel where they stayed in Singapore en route to the 1960 Rome Paralympic Games (Australian Paralympic Committee, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license)

Dylan Alcott (Australian Paralympic Committee, CC BY-SA 3.0)

Sarnya Parker and Tania Modra (Australian Paralympic Committee, CC BY-SA 3.0)