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Twelve Days Of Glory - The Forgotten Athletes

Television (Full Length) – 1993

Presented by Paul Holmes, this documentary follows the team of 13 Kiwi competitors at the Barcelona 1992 Paralympics. Swimmer Jenny Newstead won four gold medals and broke world records, but for this small team the focus was on personal bests as they headed into a more professional era. There's triumph and disappointment, mixed with the message that these were elite athletes competing strongly against the rest of the world. The lessons learned in Barcelona would lead to a much stronger showing four years later in Atlanta. 

We’re not ‘having a go,’ we’ve trained for years to get here. It’s an achievement to get here to Barcelona.
– Paralympian Cristeen Smith

Key Cast & Crew

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Bill Denton


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Paul Holmes

Presenter, Producer

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Chas Toogood

Director, Producer

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Tony Parkinson


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Leo Shelton


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Paul Cutler

Executive Producer

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Made with funding from NZ On Air


Song 'What You Do with What You've Got' performed by Shona Laing and Gary Verberne