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20 Year Reunion
5 Dec 09 at ATW, ARTC Kapooka.
ATW and its forebears were raised 20 years ago.
This important milestone will be celebrated at ATW
Kapooka over the weekend of 5-6 December 09. All
interested personnel who have had a role to play
to date in Adventurous Training or the training of
Adventurous Training Leaders are welcome to attend.
Optional activities will include canoe polo,
bouldering and use of the roping tower. All
equipment other than swimmers and sticky shoes
will be provided.
Limited accommodation is available for current
serving members call 2IC ATW for details on
02 6933 8229.
Indicate your attendance before 20 Nov 09 by
emailing 2IC ATW
Be there, spread the word
and bring your fellow adventurers.
Army October 29, 2009
By Barry Rollings
"WHEN the going gets tough, the
tough get going." It's a widely used
sports truism and it sits well with W02
Dennis Ramsay, who has fought back
from a life-threatening illness that
claimed both his legs below the knees.
Back at work as an instructor with the
Army School of Transport's Maritime
Wing (AST-MW) in Townsville, and
soon to post out to ALTC at Bandiana,
WO2 Ramsay recently realised his ambi-
tion to play wheelchair basketball.
This was only 18 months after he
arrived at Lavarack Barracks Medical
Centre feeling ill, wound up in
Townsville Hospital that night and was
put into an induced coma with a blood
infection caused by Streptococcus Type
A (which has a survival rate of less than
15 per cent).
As further medical complications
arose, his family was called in when it
was thought he might not survive. The
amputations followed and it looked for
a while as if his hands might have to go
WO2 Ramsay remained in the
induced coma for about five weeks
before recovering enough to begin reha-
bilitation. This included renal treatment
for up to five hours three to four times
Weighing 115kg before his illness, he
was under 60kg the first time he graced
the scales after his legs were amputated.
"Not a good weight-loss program for
anyone," he observed drily.
"While I was in rehab, I watched the
Paralympics and saw the wheelchair bas-
ketball and rugby, which spurred me to
investigate if there were any wheelchair
sports in Townsville in which I could
compete," he said.
"I contacted the Sporting Wheelies
and Disabled Association in early
January and began to train with the
Townsville Cyclones' Sporting Wheelies
basketball team." He is also hoping it
will be made an ADF-approved sport.
Further procedures to aid his pros-
theses fittings have limited his train-
ing in recent months, but they did not
stop him from briefly training with the
Townsville Cyclones and attending the
recent Sporting Wheelies and Disabled
Association's Basketball Northern
Challenge in Mackay.
The annual challenge attracted teams
from Cairns, Mackay, Townsville,
Central Queensland and Rockhampton,
and a North Queensland junior side.
The Cyclones lost the final 12-17 to
the Mackay Machines.
WO2 Ramsay was selected in the
North Queensland All-Star Five, which
beat Central Queensland in a challenge
Capt Matthew Weldon, OPSO AST-
MW, said WO2 Ramsay and his family
had the support of DCO and the Army in
his rehabilitation and further ambitions.
"[He] is now well enough to walk
again, a feat he was told would not
be possible for at least another year,"
Rolling with the punches
Wheel ambition: WO2 Dennis Ramsay was inspired by the watching the Paralympic wheelchair basketball
and rugby while in rehabilitation after his legs were amputated.
Photo by Anne Davis
IF RUNNING around a flat track doesn't do
it for you, the Defence Mountain Running
Championship will be held in Canberra
on November 7, starting at Mt Majura
Vineyard. If you enter before November 3
or are a member of the Defence Athletic
Club, your $30 entry fee will be reim-
bursed. For more information, go to http://
THE 25th ADF National Golf
Championships will be held at Federal Golf
Club in Canberra from December 7-11.
An entry package is available from www.
adfga.com, on the DRN golf folder, from
regional representatives or by emailing
email@example.com. Entries close
on November 2 and further inquiries can
be directed to Wg-Cmdr Trevor Owens on
(07) 5461 4502.
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