The oldest athlete from any nation competing at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Libby Kosmala is among the most respected figures in the history of Paralympic sport.

A paraplegic due to complications at birth, Libby began her Paralympic career in 1968 as assistant secretary to the Australian Team in Tel Aviv due to a mistake by the organiser. Two years later she was selected to compete at the Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she won gold in archery and foil fencing, silver in pentathlon and four bronze medals in swimming and wheelchair racing events.

She has represented Australia at 12 Paralympic Games between 1972 and 2016, enjoying her greatest success at the 1984 Games in Stoke Mandeville, England. Winning gold medals in each of her four events and breaking four world records, it was one of the most dominant performances by an Australian in Games history.

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Date of birth
8 July 1942
Past Paralympic Games

Tel Aviv 1968 (administrative staff member), Heidelberg 1972, Toronto 1976, Arnhem 1980, Stoke Mandeville 1984, Seoul 1988, Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016

Physical Impairment – Paraplegia
How acquired
Klemzig, SA
Public relations officer
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Winning four gold medals and breaking four world records at the 1984 Paralympic Games in Stoke Mandeville, and winning gold and bronze at the 2002 IPC Shooting World Championships in Seoul, South Korea

Greatest sporting moments

Winning her first ever Paralympic gold at the 1976 Games in Toronto


  • Sport: Para-shooting Discipline: 10m air rifle prone Classification: SH1
  • Sport: Para-shooting Discipline: 10m air rifle standing Classification: SH1

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