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No. 4 / 2001

Mind Body Spirit



IPC Elects Craven
as President



Unlocking New Energies

General Assembly

IPC General Assembly
Decisions for the Future
Paralympic Orders
INAS-FID Readmitted
An Exceptional Leader
Good-Bye to Auberger
New IPC Members
Farewell to Riding

Paralympic Games

Strong Ticket Sales
Television Coverage
Otto the Otter
Journey of Fire
Winter Sport Assemblies
Athens Logo Unveiled
Paralympic Hymn

Sport News

Table Tennis
Wheelchair Tennis
Nordic Skiing Profile
Wheelchair Basketball
Wheelchair Dance Sport
Cycling Championships

From the Nations

NPC of Czech Republic
Workshops in Jordan


Women and Sport

From the IOSDs

IBSA General Assembly

From the Regions

Doping Disables Project
General Assemblies
Commonwealth Games

Inside IPC

New HQ Staff

Editor: Dr. Susanne Reiff

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Graeme Connors adds Lyrics to Paralympic Hymn

Finally the Paralympic Hymn is complete. The man who added the words to the piece of music which has been the theme song of the Paralympic Movement since 1996 is the well known Australian country singer Graeme Connors.

Down under Grame Connors is famous for his original style of country music. Far from being the stereotypical country artist, Connors nonetheless has become the most consecutively awarded artist in the history of Australian country music. He successfully combines contemporary music with country elements. As a result, he manages to win over not only country music enthusiasts but also people who claim not to like country at all.

Connors made his debut with international elite sports for athletes with a disability at the Sydney Paralympic Summer Games last year. There he performed a piece of his own, “Being here”, during the Opening Ceremony. The song was immensely popular with athletes and supporters alike. Since then Connors has accomplished the task of writing the lyrics to the admittedly difficult tune of the Paralympic Song.

The music, “Hymn de l’Avenir” or “Hymn of the Future”, was composed by Frenchman Thierry Darnis in March 1996. The original version was written for orchestra, without lyrics, and arranged by Patrick Millet.

The IPC Management Committee, which has had a chance to listen to the song recently, decided that this new version of the Hymn will become a regular feature of the Paralympics in the future.

Paralympic Hymn

Far have we travelled
On through the night
Drawn by the promise
Into the light
We come together
We come alone
We come in glory
We come unknown

Guided by the spirit we
are here we are one

Let us remember
Seizing the day
Living the moment
Leading the way

Facing the challenge
Striving to find
Strength in the body
Power of the mind

Guided by the spirit we
are here we are one

Sharing the dream
Lifting us higher
Friendships are made
Forged in the fire

Guided by the spirit we
are here we are one
Here we are one


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