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Face of Army
The Soldiers' Newspaper
By Cpl Zenith King
IN A first for the ADF, four Defence per-
sonnel with disabilities competed in the
Arafura Games and Oceania Paralympic
Championships in Darwin from May 7-14.
WO2 Dennis Ramsay, Sgt Michael
Lyddiard, FSgt Tony Benfer and Pte Clint
Vardy represented the ADF Paralympic
Sports Program (ADFPSP) in swimming and
athletic events. WO2 Ramsay brought home
a swag of medals, including three Oceania
silver medals and a silver and bronze medal
for the Arafura Games.
"The Paralympic Sports Program gives us
support; we are part of a team, a group and
the ADF," WO2 Ramsay said.
"We watch each other and talk about how
we are coping, what we can do and what we
can't do, and we all motivate and help each
Cheering on their peers and watching
from the sidelines were members of the
ADFPSP Pte Damien Thomlinson, Pte
Brendon Dover and Pte Nathan Whittington.
Such was the interest in the ADFPSP
team that some members, including Pte Liam
Haven, will feature in a 60 Minutes program
covering the association, its members and
Member of the executive group Maj
Jamie Harper said a key component of the
ADFPSP was to help soldiers with acquired
disabilities adopt an active lifestyle, regain
their physical fitness and participate in adap-
tive sport right through to elite Paralympic
"We provide soldiers with acquired dis-
abilities access to specialised physical fitness
training and rehabilitation, focusing on abil-
ity not disability," Maj Harper said.
"I anticipate greater participation at the
next Arafura Games based on the team's suc-
Paralympic sport traces back to World
War II when English doctor Ludwig
Guttmann, an advocate of using sports
therapy to enhance the quality of life for
people injured or wounded during the war,
established the Stoke Mandeville National
Competitions in 1948.
As it grew, the Stoke Mandeville Games
became the Paralympic Games which has been
run parallel, accounting for the 'para' in para-
lympic, with the Olympic Games since 1960.
The International Paralympic Committee
now hosts more than 3000 athletes from 146
countries at the Paralympic Games.
The Oceania Paralympics was first incor-
porated into the Arafura Games in 2007.
For more details on the Arafura Games, check out the
special liftout in this edition.
are within reach
Road to recovery
By Maj Ian Toohill
THREE months into his deploy-
ment to Afghanistan's Uruzgan
province, 8/12 Med Regt's LBdr
Brendan Dover's life changed
During a regular clearing patrol
on December 19 last year, he stepped
on a buried IED and was evacuat-
ed to Germany where his foot was
amputated on Christmas Day.
"There was nothing unusual
about it," LBdr Dover said.
"We were patrolling through
open muddy fields and had to go
around some obstacles when sud-
denly my world exploded."
LBdr Dover was then evacuated
back to Australia where surgeons
at Epworth Hospital in Melbourne
were able to save his left arm.
After two months flat on his
back, LBdr Dover started rehabilita-
tion. He launched into an intensive
program where he had to learn to
walk all over again.
"It was not a good time for me."
"But I am now relatively pain
free and am looking forward to
going home to Darwin.
"Learning to walk again has been
my greatest challenge. It is some-
thing you would not wish on anyone,
certainly not at the age of 29.
"Now I am looking forward to
rejoining my unit and regaining a
"Army has been very supportive
and has provided me with a new sin-
gle level DHA home with the modi-
fications I need."
After being discharged from hos-
pital on April 21, LBdr Dover was a
guest of the RSL and the AFL at the
traditional Anzac Day Aussie rules
match at the MCG and joined in a
lap of honour with other veterans on
the ground before the iconic match
between Collingwood and Essendon.
"It was a great day all round,"
"Now I plan to keep my chin up
and get on with my life.
was just one of the unlucky ones,
we know there is always the risk of
IEDs -- that's war."
LBdr's partner, Kezia Lim, said
it had been a stressful time for the
"It has been quite an ordeal and a
very stressful last few months, going
through the process to have him
back," Ms Lim said.
"I have been back and forth a lot
from Darwin to support him.''
LBdr Dover said he was par-
ticularly thankful to his mates in
MTF 2 who raised funds so Ms Lim
could spend two months with him in
Melbourne to support him during the
most difficult time of his recovery.
He is also grateful to the mates who
initially evacuated him from the bat-
tlefield and saved his life.
LBdr Dover has joined the ADF
Paralympics' Sports Program and
attended the Arafura Games in
Darwin as an observer. He is consid-
ering competing in the future, possi-
bly in track and field as an amputee.
On his return to 8/12 Med Regt,
LBdr Dover will be involved in
artillery observer training and other
general duties until the end of next
year when he will undergo a medical
He plans to stay in the Army.
Recognition: WO2 Nathan Cole and LBdr Brendan Dover soak up the glory during a lap of honour at the MCG before the Anzac Day
Aussie rules match between Collingwood and Essendon.
Photo by LS Paul McCallum
Sportsman: Sgt Michael Lyddiard talks with
60 Minutes host Ray Martin after competing in
swimming events at the Arafura Games. The current
affairs program will run a feature on the ADFPSP of
which Sgt Lyddiard is a member. Photo by Cpl Zenith King
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