Alan Dufty

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Alan Dufty
Personal information
Full name Alan Rex Dufty
Nationality  Australia
Born 1947

Alan Rex Dufty[1] (born 1947)[2] is an Australian Paralympic athlete who won twelve medals at three Paralympics from 1984 to 1992.


Born in the Riverina region of New South Wales, Dufty moved to the Queensland town of Proserpine, to be with his wife, Olga, whom he married in 1970.[3] He competed in rugby league, rugby union, and amateur boxing while living in New South Wales.[3] In August 1973, he broke his back and became paraplegic after a motorcycle accident.[4] He worked for the Shire of Proserpine from 1975 to 2003, at first as a parking inspector.[3][4] He has served on the committees of many organisations related to disability and sport.[3] In 2003, he won a by-election to select a councillor after the previous holder of that position died suddenly, and he served out the remainder of her term.[3] He unsuccessfully stood as a candidate for Division 2 in the 2012 elections for councillors in the Whitsunday Region.[3][5] He and his family were the subject of a 1981 documentary that aired throughout Australia.[4]

Competitive career[edit]

Dufty competed in wheelchair sport from 1976 to 1996.[4] At the 1984 New York/Stoke-Mandeville Paralympics, he won two gold medals in the Men's 400 m 1C and Men's Marathon 1C events, two silver medals in the Men's 200 m 1C and Men's 4x200 m Relay 1A–1C events, and two bronze medals in the Men's 800 m 1C and Men's 4x100 m Relay 1A–1C events.[4][6][7]

Queenslanders in the Australian team for the 1984 Summer Paralympics in Stoke Mandeville. From left to right – Mike Nugent, Robert McIntyre, Michael Quinn, Carmel Williams, Roy Fowler, Susan Davies, Alan Dufty, Kerri-Anne Connor, Peter Marsh, and Ken Moran

At the 1988 Seoul Games, he won two silver medals in the Men's 4x100 m Relay 1A–1C and Men's Marathon 1C events and two bronze medals in the Men's 1,500 m 1C and Men's 4x200 m Relay 1A–1C events.[6] At the 1992 Barcelona Games, he won a silver medal in the Men's 4x100 m Relay TW1–2 event and a bronze medal in the Men's 4x400 m Relay TW1–2 event.[6]


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