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Army February 17, 2011
By Michael Brooke
RIDING his race chair like a char-
iot of fire, WO2 Dennis Ramsay
recorded a personal triumph in
Sydney's Australia Day 10km
A determined WO2 Ramsay
clocked 36 minutes, 38 seconds in
the international event, which was
also his first competitive timed race.
WO2 Ramsay, who lost both
legs in 2008 through severe illness,
dug deep to summon the strength
and energy to avoid being lapped by
about 30 world and national cham-
pions who contested the event.
He said adrenaline and the sig-
nificance of Australia Day helped
him to set a new and impressive
benchmark for himself.
"My race time was nearly four-
minutes faster than my best training
time, so I'm pretty chuffed with the
result," he said.
"I've done ADF basketball
before but this was my first ever
competitive race-chair event and
certainly not my last."
The Australia Day 10km is a
wheelchair race around The Rocks
on Sydney's foreshore.
WO2 Ramsay, based at ALTC
in Bandiana, said sports and being
competitive allowed him to stay
active, mentally healthy, highly
motivated and to lose weight.
"It has certainly inspired me to
pursue other sports and I hope this
in turn inspires other wounded dig-
gers to take up competitive sports
once again," he said.
The soldier of 21 years said the
invaluable support he received from
the wider ADF community had
paved the way for his recovery and
He said he was excited and fur-
ther inspired by the idea that he
and other wounded and injured
ADF personnel could soon be win-
ning gold for Australia following
enhancements to Defence rehabili-
The ADF Paralympics Sports
Program helps athletes such as
WO2 Ramsay and soldiers wounded
on operations compete in sporting
"Some of us are going to Canada
for sit-down skiing trials, which is
one of the stepping-stones to com-
peting in the Paralympics," he said.
"This will be followed by ADF
participation in the US Marine
Corps Wounded Warrior Program."
Injured soldiers can access more
information and a wider support
network via the Wounded Digger
Website at www.army.gov.au/
The website is an Army initiative
to provide serious casualties and
their families with a wide range of
information on support organisa-
tions and benefits.
Pushing on after injury
By Capt Cameron Jamieson
THE International Stabilisation Force's
(ISF) soccer team narrowly lost 3-2
after facing a determined attack by the
Portuguese police team.
Played at the ISF's Camp Phoenix in
Dili, East Timor, the men of the Guarda
Nacional Republicana (Republican
National Guard or GNR) team had pre-
dicted a 10-1 victory before the match,
but training and strong spectator support
helped the ISF's Aussies and Kiwis walk
away after the match with their heads
GNR Commander and team captain
Pedro Nogueira said he enjoyed the
opportunity to meet with the Australians
away from the streets of Dili.
"It was a very tough game. ISF has
improved so much this year," he said.
"Hopefully soon we can get together
for a second game."
The Portuguese are one of the United
Nations Formed Police Units, law
enforcement groups tasked with provid-
ing a response to more serious public
Growing up with soccer as their
national game, they have a strong track
record of soundly beating the ISF in
matches, so the Australians were deter-
mined to give the Portuguese a big sur-
Team trainer and selector Sgt Steve
Davies said a lot of training and effort
had gone into preparing for the match.
"I had a squad of 28 guys who want-
ed to play," he said.
"We got it down to 15 but it was quite
difficult to select the final team because
of the standard we had achieved.
"This is the first time these guys have
played as a team, so I'm quite proud of
ISF underdogs put
up a strong fight
In the running: Pte Mark Rutledge (right) gives Portuguese police officer
Pedro Miguel Ferreira Da Silva Nogueira some serious competition during a
friendly soccer match in Dili, East Timor.
Photo by LAC Leigh Cameron
Hot wheels: WO2 Dennis Ramsey rounds a corner in the Australia Day 10km wheelchair race. Photo by Michael Brooke
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