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March 28, 2013
AIR FORCE athlete FSGT Tony
Benfer has become the ADF's most
successful athlete at the US Marine
Corps' Paralympics Trials by winning
four gold and one silver at the 2013
event at Camp Pendleton in the US
from February 20 to March 8.
He returned to Australia on March
11 as part of the ADF Wounded
Warriors team, which also included Air
Force athletes FLTLT Bruce Lowth,
of 27SQN, and FSGT Steve Hayes, of
5 Aviation Regiment, and eight Army
The team was welcomed home
by Defence Science and Personnel
Minister Warren Snowdon, who praised
the athletes for their performance and
"These competitions are about over-
coming adversity and the ADF teams
have worked hard and shown great
determination in many events," Mr
"The team members have faced a
range of major challenges since sus-
taining their injuries, but Defence is
committed to supporting our injured
personnel and have a full range of
programs in place for them and their
The ADF team competed against
hundreds of coalition soldiers from
nine countries at the Trials. It included
amputees and members who have expe-
rienced traumatic brain injury and other
FSGT Benfer, a PTI from RAAF
Base Wagga, has now won a total of
10 gold medals and three silver medals
during the past three years.
"This is my biggest medal haul
since the Wounded Warrior program
kicked off two years ago," he said.
Almost everything FSGT Benfer
contested resulted in gold.
He won gold in the wheelchair bas-
ketball, as well as the single amputee
50m and 100m freestyle swimming
events, and the 50m backstroke.
He also won a silver medal with the
Allies in the 4x50m relay.
"The Trials is always a humbling
experience," FSGT Benfer said.
"I love winning gold medals for
Australia as much as the opportunity to
compete alongside other wounded and
injured service personnel."
He also competed in the 30km open
cycling event for the first time.
FSGT Benfer's success added to the
grand total of 12 gold and three silver
medals won by the ADF team.
FLTLT Lowth and FSGT Hayes,
who made their debut at the Trials, per-
formed strongly in a range of events.
FLTLT Lowth contested seated
volleyball and also competed in the
warrior pentathlon, which consisted
of track and field events, shooting and
cycling. He finished strongly in the
cycling -- placing 5th in the 30km open
event ahead of his ADF team mates.
"Being able to compete against
wounded and injured coalition soldiers
like myself was a great experience,"
FLTLT Lowth said.
FSGT Hayes also performed
strongly in archery, air rifle and seated
TORRENTIAL rain almost sunk
the efforts of the Williamtown
White Pointers rugby union
team from staging the annual
rugby sevens competition on
Organiser and White
Pointers' captain LAC Shaun
Connolly said three teams out
of the original five braved the
weather, leaving the Medowie
Marauders, Singleton Lions
and hosts Williamtown White
Pointers to compete for the
title.The day consisted of pool
games where each team com-
peted against each other twice
to earn points to qualify for the
final.Medowie was strong on the
day but could only come away
with a draw in game one.
Singleton Lions were
favourites from the start
and went unbeaten in their
pool games, while the White
Pointers had a slow start but
improved to make the final
against the Lions.
The Lions took an early
lead in the final before the
White Pointers struck back
just before half-time to go into
the break one try a piece. The
White Pointers came out firing
in the second half and went out
to a three try to one lead due to
some individual brilliance and
The Lions scored a late
consolation try, but it wasn't
enough to take the spoils from
the hosts, who held aloft the
trophy and prize money.
"I was really impressed
with the courage and tenacity
shown by the White Pointers in
trying conditions and against
quality opposition," LAC
White Pointers ominous in
rugby sevens victory
EYES ON THE PRIZE: White Pointers captain LAC Shaun Connolly spots a gap after taking
the ball from a scrum win against the Medowie Marauders during rugby sevens at RAAF Base
Photo: LAC Mark Friend
Benfer brilliance at Trials
WARRIORS: Left, FSGT Tony Benfer
with his medal haul from the US
Marine Corps' Paralympic Trials, and
below competing in the 100m freestyle
and wheelchair basketball. Above,
FLTLT Bruce Lowth, who placed 5th in
the open cycling event.
Left photo: Michael Brooke
Wagga PTI returns home victorious with
the ADF Wounded Warriors team
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