Hall to be first Paralympic torch bearer
David Hall, who was the first Australian to win a tennis medal at the Paralympic Games, will be the first torch bearer for the MAA Sydney Paralympic Games Torch Relay in October this year. Hall won a bronze medal in the men's singles and a silver medal with partner Mick Connell in the doubles at Atlanta in 1996, becoming the first Australian to win a medal in the sport at Paralympic level. Tennis first became a full Paralympic sport in 1992. On 5 October at the forecourt of Parliament House in Australia's national capital, Canberra, Hall will watch elders of the Ngunnawal Community create sparks from a traditional Aboriginal fire lighting ceremony that will ignite the flame of the Paralympic torch. The torch will then spend the next 14 days visiting both interstate capital cities and regional centres in New South Wales. It finishes its trek at the Olympic Stadium on 18 October - the Opening Ceremony for the 2000 Paralympic Games.