Thursday, May 26, 2022


Ian Gregson





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POV from the Editor and Publisher

Interview with Cliff Chadderton

Results from the World Swimming Championship in Christchurch, NZ

Finding Amp Info Online – Part I


Calendar of Events



Whilst I might not be exactly famous and certainly not at all rich, the

lifestyle of this online publisher took an interesting turn a few weeks


>From time to time I answer job ads in the Vancouver Sun newspaper, it’s

more of a recreational pursuit than a serious attempt at finding a real

job. Turns out someone actually took my resume seriously and gave me a job!

I’m now officially in the employ of AXION Internet, a Vancouver based

service provider. My role as Macintosh Technical Support has me out of the

house four days a week, some days starting at 8am and some days ending at


I’ve been on the Internet for a number of years now, I thought I’d seen

most of it, I was wrong. The advantages of a T1 connection at work and the

Rogers Wave at home will see that I do get to at least see more of the

amputee stuff. I’m actually getting paid a regular wage for surfing the net!

A few weeks back we also had a plethora of limbless females gracing our tv

screens. Both Rosie ‘O Donnell and Oprah Winfrey featured the young women.

I captured some of the Rosie O Donnell show, it can be seen at

This special edition of Amputation Online magazine featured our now annual

Top Ten Awards. The response to which has been excellent, however there are

probably still a few people out there wondering “what the hell is an online

magazine”, let alone having received an award from one. Twelve months ago I

had a hard time convincing industry professionals of the validity of this

publication, a year later it seems much easier. Look out for Amputation

Online logo at the various award winners web pages.

The first issue of 1999 will feature the first part of a prosthetic foot

review. I’ve been busy trying out various feet over the last few months, I

think you’ll be interested in the results.

Until then, have a happy Christmas and may the new year bring good fortune.

Ian Gregson

Editor and Publisher





Within Canada the name Cliff Chadderton is synonymous with War Amputations

of Canada. War Amps is one of oldest amputee support groups in world,

originally started in 1918. Their famous key-tag program is one of the most

successful fund-raising tools in Canadian history.

Mr. Chadderton has been involved with War Amps since 1965. He is now their

CEO, is a certified lawyer in the province of Ontario and is Chairman of

the National Council of Veteran Associations in Canada.

He has been an outspoken advocate of veteran rights for many years,

recently voicing concerns over the controversial CBC documentary “The

Honour and the Valour”.

Amputation Online magazine caught up with Cliff in a recent interview

(which was no easy task – even at 70, he’s a hard man to get a hold of).

You have been an amputee for a long time – what do you consider the

greatest advances in prosthetic technology over the last 50 or so years?

Myoelectric arm, concentric knee joints, “spring loaded” feet.

Do you see the prosthetic industry any more amputee-centred than 50 years ago?

Yes, very much

In looking at prosthetic ads from 30-40 years ago, they often proclaim

“they are next greatest thing for amputees”. Are amputees today any wiser

than fifty years ago? If so how? If not why not? Who is responsible either


The amputees with whom we deal are well informed on prostheses. This

includes war amputees; the vast number of civilian (caused by other than

war) amputees in our seniors program and, of course, younger amputees and

their families, including graduates, from our CHAMP Program

The War Amps have been together for many years, what has helped them stay

together where other amputee related organisations have often failed?

The opportunity to assist non-war related amputees plus many, many funding

contracts developed over the years

What do you consider the greatest overall accomplishment of War Amps in the

last fifty years? (If there is more than one please mention those

accomplishments too).

Our Child Amputee Program

What do you see as the most significant issue for Canadian amputees in the

next decade?

Prosthetics and Prosthetic funding

As provincial healthcare systems and third-party insurance seems to provide

less and less support for amputees prosthetic needs, how does this effect

a. War Amps and b. amputees individually?

Our financial planning has made it possible for us to “take up

the slack” in regard to funding.

The War Amps have been extremely successful in their various programs such

as Play Safe and CHAMPS. Is there any area that you would liked to have

seen War Amps go into, but for one reason or another they were unable to do



The US has the Amputee Coalition of America(ACA), the British have their

Limbless Association where do you see Canada’s War Amps in relation to

these organisations for amputees?

I was an original advisor and member of the U.S. Amputee

Coalition of America. There were many problems. We developed our own

programs, including those for civilian amputees, and these were in place

many years before the Amputee Coalition of America was in existence.

The British Limbless Association is a “war veterans” group. We work

closely with the latter. We saw no advantage in continuing our association

with the U.S. Amputee Coalition. Instead, we attend and are long time

members of all of the U.S. and international organisations which represent

prosthetics; thus we are able to ensure that the standard in the prosthetic

industry in Canada

is excellent.

I am vice-president of the Canadian National Society for Prosthetics And

Orthotics. Through this arrangement we provide for courses and

Dissemination of information.

Does Canada need a more ACA type organisation?

I feel that amputees in Canada are well represented by our group.

This is borne out by the fact that more than 90% of our work is for non-war

veteran amputees.

What do you see as the greatest challenge for War Amps as an organisation

in the new millennium?

It is written into our Constitution that there will be a transition so that

the Board of Directors will be drawn from graduates from our CHAMP Program,

most of whom have done very well in their business and professional lives.

Any so-called “challenge” will be ably met by this group.





TOP HIGHLIGHT: Canada tops medal standings – Canada’s Phillipe Gagnon

collects 5 gold medals in S10 class, taking numerous world records in the


Class System: Swimming is based on a “functional” class system. Amputees

compete against other disability groups with similar physical functions and

capabilities. Some strokes favour leg amputees, some strokes favour arm

amputees. The distinction between below knee and above knee is sometimes

taken in to consideration.

S10 – single below knee amputee/single arm below elbow

S9 – single above knee amputee/ single arm amputee

S8 – double arm below elbow amputee/double below knee

S7 – double above knee/double above elbow amputee

At the end of competition 87 world records were broken at the IPC World

Swimming Championships.

QE II Pool in Christchurch has a shallower depth than most Olympic pools

which can create disturbance for the swimmers. Therefore the breaking of 87

world records, has been a huge achievement.

Clive Power, coach of the New Zealand team, believes that this success is

due to the growth of the sport.

“All the swimmers are pushing harder. Most train in four year cycles. Our

swimmers are in their second year of training which will peak at the Sydney

Olympics, ” Clive says.

“The New Zealand team has a 90% success rate in achieving their personal

best times. This has exceeded our expectations. We don’t measure our

success in medals but in personal bests. Anymore medals will be a bonus,”

he says.

Selected Results

Event 3 Male Senior 150 IM

Class: Sm1

World LC: * 5:52.46 David Lega-Swe 10/1998

Pl Meet Id Name Age Team Finals Points


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