Kevin Cunningham Paralympian dies aged 83, Member of Australian first Paralympic game passed away

The Paralympic community mourns the loss of Kevin Cunningham, one of only 12 athletes to represent Australia at the very first Paralympics in Rome in 1960. Let’s see How did Kevin Cunningham die in detail.


How did Kevin Cunningham die?

Kevin Cunningham passed away suddenly on January 4, leaving the Paralympic community in mourning but grateful for his enormous contributions as a two-time Games representative and one of only 12 athletes who competed for Australia at Rome 1960, the first Paralympic Games.

Australian Paralympic Team Chef de Mission Kate McLoughlin said,

“We are so blessed that Kevin had the opportunity to receive his Australian Paralympian Pin last year so he knew how well respected and grateful we all are for what he has done for our Movement,”

“Rest In Peace Kevin and thank you for everything you have done to pave the way for our Australian Paralympic Mob.”


Kevin Cunningham Cause of death

Kevin Cunningham was regarded as having a friendly personality. Many people must be curious to know the Kevin Cunningham cause of death in light of the recent news.

The precise Kevin Cunningham cause of death hasn’t been revealed, yet. As soon as we find out more information, we’ll update this story.


Who was Kevin Cunningham?

Kevin Cunningham was a member of Australia’s first Paralympic Games Team.

He went to Perth Technical College as well as Jolimont School. At SW Hart & Company, he started an apprenticeship. He was injured by a T-Model Ford in a traffic collision in 1957.   For three weeks, he was unconscious. Shenton Park Rehabilitation Center started the process of resettling him. He got married to Shenton Park Rehabilitation Center nurse Maureen in 1966.

Paralympic Games

When Cunningham worked at Shenton Park Rehabilitation Center, he saw residents preparing for the International Stoke Mandeville Games, which sparked his interest in Paralympic sports. He competed in wheelchair basketball and fencing in the 1960 Rome Olympics. Due to an injury sustained during selection trials in Adelaide, he was not chosen for the 1964 Tokyo Games.

He competed in wheelchair basketball and men’s slalom C in the 1968 Tel Aviv Games. In both of these competitions, Cunningham took home silver medals. In 2010, as the Paralympic Games marked its 50th anniversary, Cunningham was recognized for his participation in the 1960 wheelchair basketball team from Australia, which also included Kevin Coombs, Gary Hooper, Bill Mather-Brown, Bruno Moretti, and Chris O’Brian.

Seven of the original 1960 Australian Paralympic Team members were present at the reunion to commemorate the Games’ 50th anniversary. (Wikipedia)

L to R (athlete and partner): Chris O’Brien with his sister, Daphne Hilton (née Ceeney) with husband Frank, Gary Hooper with wife Jan, APC President Greg Hartung (standing in dinner suit), Bruno Moretti with wife Scarlett, Kevin Coombs with wife Linda, Kevin Cunningham with wife Maureen, and Bill Mather-Brown with wife Nadine.

Commonwealth Paraplegic Games

Cunningham took part in three Commonwealth Paraplegic Games. He participated in various events in the 1962 Perth Olympics and took home gold in the pentathlon and men’s wheelchair basketball. He earned two gold, three silver, and two bronze medals in basketball and track and field competitions at the Kingston Games in 1966. He participated in the 1970 Paralympics in Edinburgh, Scotland, before quitting the sport.


Tributes to Kevin Cunningham

Many people expressed their profound sympathies to his family and expressed how much they loved him.

Emily Jane commented,

“RIP Kevin, condolences to his family and friends.”

June Clarke commented,

‘R.I.P. Kevin 🌹sympathy to his family and friends”

One of the worst things anyone can go through in life is losing a loved one. Any journey must have a destination at the end. The person’s time on earth has regrettably come to an end now that they have died.

We wish him eternal peace and send our thoughts and prayers to his loved ones, family, friends. May he rest in peace.

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