National Spinal Injuries Centre was opened in Buckinghamshire


    On February 1, 1944 the National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire was opened with Dr. Ludwig Guttman appointed as its director. He believed that sport was a major method of therapy for injured military personnel, helping them build up physical strength and self-respect. Implementing his theories, he organized the first Stoke Mandeville Games for disabled persons in 1948, concurrent to that year’s London Olympics. It would be the forerunner to the Paralympic Games. More than 50 years later, we follow the Israeli Paralympic swimming team at the 2000 Sydney games in Three Hundredths of a Second.