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This special Paralympics edition is intended to give background information about all the things that concern the Paralympics. During this great event Sonja’s achievements will be continually kept up to date at her website www.sonjapeters.nl
The concept of the Paralympic Games is born from the vision of an English neurosurgeon Sir Ludwig Guttman of the Stoke-Mandeville Hospital in Great Britain.
The first 'Stoke-Mandeville Games' were held on July 28 1948. In these first games 16 British World War II veterans competed for victory. It was thanks to the Dutch that in 1952 the first international 'Stoke-Mandeville Games' were held. A team of wheelchair athletes of the military rehabilitation centre in Doorn travelled to England to compete against the British veterans. In 1960 Paralympic Games were held in Rome, for the first time in the same city and parallel to the Olympic Games, hence the term Paralympics. The last decennia the professionalization of the Paralympic Games have gained momentum and today strives to match its Olympic big brother.