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.

Personal[edit]

Born in the Riverina region of New South Wales, Dufty moved to the Queensland town of Proserpine, to be with his wife, Olga, who 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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