The Australian Paralympic community mourns the passing this week of 1984 and 1988 Paralympian Peter Trotter (1956-2014).
Peter was considered by many to be a trailblazer for modern wheelchair track athletes such as Kurt Fearnley, with his commitment to training and preparation, and his willingness to travel to Europe and the USA to compete regularly against the best in the world.
At the 1984 Paralympic Games in Stoke Mandeville, Peter won a full set of medals – gold in the 5,000m, silver in the 1,500m and bronze in the 800m. During the course of his career he held world records in the 800m, 1,500m, 5,000m, and 10,000m wheelchair track events.
He competed in the 1500m demonstration event at the 1984 Olympic Games, the first time that wheelchair events were part of the Olympics.
With Jeff Wiseman, Peter Trotter founded the Oz Day 10K in 1990, held annually in Sydney on Australia Day, and now Australia’s premier wheelchair road race.
Peter was a member of the Sydney Paralympic Organising Committee (SPOC), which oversaw the organisation of the Sydney Paralympic Games. He was a deputy mayor of the athlete village during the Sydney Games.
By APC Media