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Roy Fowler (Paralympian)

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Roy Fowler
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Fowler holding some of his medals and trophies
Personal information
Nickname(s)Chook
Nationality Australia
Born22 March 1920
Brisbane
Died19 September 2002(2002-09-19) (aged 82)

Roy Fowler (22 March 1920[1] – 19 September 2002)[2] was an Australian Paralympic competitor, who won ten medals at six Paralympics from 1964 to 1988.

Personal

Fowler was born in Brisbane.[1] He played rugby league and competed in swimming for his school until he was twelve, when he went to the outback to work at a drover's camp during the Great Depression.[3] At the age of fourteen, he had his first professional fight.[3] During World War II, he was a gunner in the 2/2 Tank Attack Regiment of the Australian Army,[1] and after the war, he toured Australia as part of a tag team professional wrestling circuit.[3]

In 1963 he had a cerebral haemorrhage after a coalmining accident, and became a quadriplegic.[3] He spent six months in the spinal unit of the Princess Alexandra Hospital and then went to the Kingshome Rehabilitation Centre, where he was introduced to wheelchair sport.[3] He died on 19 September 2002 at the age of 82. He was survived by his wife, Mary, and at the time of his death he was living in East Ipswich.[2] He was nicknamed "Chook".[3]

Fowler was also an accomplished artist, painting during his spare time. He was also well known in Brisbane's horse racing community, becoming a part-owner of racehorses during his regular Saturday visits to racetracks when his sporting commitments allowed.[citation needed]

Competitive career

Fowler's first international competition was the 1964 Tokyo Games,[3] where he won three gold medals in swimming in the Men's 25 m Breaststroke complete class 1, Men's 25 m Freestyle Prone complete class 1, and Men's 25 m Freestyle Supine complete class 1 events, and two silver medals in archery in the Men's St. Nicholas Round open and Men's St. Nicholas Round Team open events.[4] In archery, he also won a silver medal in the Men's FITA Round open event and a bronze medal in the Men's FITA Round Team open event at the 1972 Heidelberg Games, and participated but did not win any medals in both archery and dartchery at the 1968 Tel Aviv and 1976 Toronto games.[4] His favourite sport was archery, and he reached the top 20 in the world in able-bodied archery competition.[3] In 1981 he took up lawn bowls, and reached the semi-finals in the sport at the 1983 Stoke Mandeville Games.[3] He won two gold medals in the sport at the 1984 New York/Stoke Mandeville Games in both the Men's Pairs and Singles paraplegic events, the former event with Eric Magennis, and another gold medal at the 1988 Seoul Games in the Men's Pairs 2–6 event with Stan Kosmala.[4] The first Paralympic gold medallist in lawn bowls from Queensland, he was undefeated in national disabled competitions from 1982 to 1991, winning nine national singles titles, and excelled in able-bodied lawn bowls competitions.[3][5] After a health setback in 1998 that saw him in hospital for a year, he won a gold medal in a national competition months after his release.[3] He won 100 medals in national and international wheelchair sport.[3]

Recognition

In 2000 at the age of 80, Fowler participated in the Paralympic torch relay.[6] That year, he received an Australian Sports Medal.[7]

References

  1. ^ a b c "Roy Fowler". World War II Nominal Roll. Retrieved 29 May 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Fowler, Roy". The Queensland Times. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Epstein, Vicki. Step by Step We Conquer. Keeaira Press. p. 44. ISBN 0958529191.
  4. ^ a b c "Athlete Search Results". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 28 February 2012.
  5. ^ "The history of people with disabilities in Australia – 100 years: Sport". Disability Services Australia. Archived from the original on 21 December 2010. Retrieved 28 February 2012.
  6. ^ Newman, Geoffrey (11 October 2000). "Axe boy gives bias the chop". The Australian. p. 4.
  7. ^ "Fowler, Roy: Australian Sports Medal". It's an Honour. Retrieved 28 February 2012.

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