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Triumph of the Human Spirit

Television (Full Length) – 1996

Fronted by Paul Holmes, this documentary looks at the New Zealand Paralympic team at the 1996 Paralympics in Atlanta. It was the most successful team to date with a haul of nine gold medals, six silver and four bronze (and 44 personal bests). Triumph focuses on several disabled Kiwi athletes, from their arrival in the States to victory on the track, in the pool and on the field. The first Paralympics were held in Rome in 1960 with just 400 competitors. In Atlanta 3,500 athletes competed, 35 of them kiwis. Triumph broke ground screening in a prime time slot on TV One.

It’s great satisfaction. I mean its hard work along the way. You have to put in a lot of effort, a lot of hard work, and it’s paid off. Gold medal. World record. Can’t complain too much. Great feeling, great to have it.
– Peter Martin, shot put gold medallist

Key Cast & Crew

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Paul Holmes


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Chas Toogood

Producer, Director

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Diane Revell


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Tony Parkinson


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Richard Williams


Produced by

Chas Toogood Productions


Made with funding from NZ On Air


Theme song 'What You Do With What You've Got' by Shona Laing and Gary Verbene