Development of the Paralympic Games

In this section you can read a brief history, decade by decade, of how the Paralympic Games developed, from a demonstration event on the grounds of Stoke Mandeville Hospital in 1948, to the professional international event it is today.

The 1980s was a particularly rich decade as 1984 was the year that the 'Paralympics' came to Stoke Mandeville. In that section you can find pages on the local organisation of the games at Stoke and on the development of sports wheelchairs in the 80s.