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Margaret Maughan

Margaret Maughan (1928–2020), one of the first Paralympic gold medalists

by Kirk Fox

Margaret Maughan was Britain’s first Paralympic gold medal winner. She won gold in archery and swimming at the 1960 games in Rome.  

  • Died: Wednesday, May 20, 2020. (Who else died on May 20?) 
  • Details of Death: Died at the age of 91.    
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Paralympics star 

Maughan, a science teacher, was paralyzed from the waist down from a car accident in Malawi in 1959. As part of her physical therapy, she took up archery and competing in that sporty, she won the first gold medal for Britain at the first Paralympic games in Rome in 1960. She also won gold in the 50-meter backstroke event. In later Paralympic games, she won gold medals in dartchery (combination of darts and archery) and lawn bowling. She was a passionate advocate of the benefit of sports in rehabilitation.  

On the honor of lighting the flame at the 2012 Paralympic games in London 

“I feel very proud to be at the start of all this. From just a team of 70 British people in wheelchairs at the first Games, now there are hundreds from all disabilities.” – she told the BBC 


What they said about her

Full Obituary: New York Times

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