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TOKYO GOLD

Series

Series Name
Mining Review 18th Year

Issue

Issue No.
5
Date Released
Jan 1965
Stories in this Issue:
  1. 1HEAT SERVICE
  2. 2KINETICS
  3. 3SPACE SAVER
  4. 4TOKYO GOLD

Story

Story No. within this Issue
4 / 4
Summary
BFI synopsis: Michael Shelton, a paraplegic miner, wins a gold medal in the paraplegic Olympic Games.
NCB Commentary - When the glory and the shouting had subsided after the recent World Olympic Games in Tokyo - the Paralympics were held - the competitors came from 21 countries; 375 paraplegics who cannot get around like other people.
A member of the British team was Michael Shelton, whose speciality is snooker.
One of the nice things about going abroad, whatever your mission, is that you come back with some pleasant memories - as well as memories, Michael Shelton came back with a prize.
From Japan, back to Newstead, a small, friendly mining community in Nottinghamshire, where Michael lives.
At his some a reunion: a Japanese fan for his mother. Another glimpse at photographs and mementos of his voyages. In 1960 in Rome Michael won a silver medal ... and in Tokyo he had to prove he was better than the next man. His prize: a Gold Medal this year, as World Paralympics Snooker Champion.
Michael was once a miner at what is today one of the world’s most up-to-date collieries - Newstead, hard by his home. An accident injured Michael’s back, and ended his mining career. But it didn’t put a stop to his love of the game, and he keeps in form by regular practice.
Michael’s skill at snooker in the World Paralympics of 1964 paid off; and this evening neighbours and local officials are met together to honour him. A fitting gesture for a man, who, despite his disablitiy, has struck gold.
Keywords
Sport; Competitions; Domestic life; Disabled persons
Written sources
British Film Institute Databases   Used for synopsis
The National Archives COAL 32   /13 Scripts for Mining Review, 1960-1963
Credits:
Sponsor
National Coal Board
Production Co.
National Coal Board Film Unit

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