Story: Disabled sport

Eve Rimmer

Eve Rimmer

Eve Rimmer's biography was entitled No grass between my toes. Rimmer, a paraplegic as a result of a car accident when she was 15, was one of New Zealand's most successful disabled athletes. She won gold, silver and bronze medals at Paralympics, Commonwealth Paraplegic Games and international competitions from 1968 to 1980. Her specialty sports were javelin, discus and shot put, but she also won silver medals for archery, swimming and, in 1972, a Paralympic gold in the pentathlon. At a time when disabled sport gained little media coverage, Rimmer was a media star using her fame to promote opportunities for people with disabilities.

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Reference: Eve Rimmer and Garth Gilmour, No grass between my toes: the Eve Rimmer story. Wellington: A. H. & A. W. Reed, 1978

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Ian McDonald, 'Disabled sport - Paralympics', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 January 2022)

Story by Ian McDonald, published 5 Sep 2013, reviewed & revised 2 Aug 2017