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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