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February 16, 2012
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By Michael Brooke
AFTER losing his lower leg in a motorbike
accident in 2009, ABMT Iain Swinton, of
HMAS Penguin, is looking forward to a promo-
tion to LS and returning to sea on HMAS Huon
As part of his rehabilitation, ABMT Swinton
has been involved with the ADF Paralympic Sports
Program (ADFPSP) and has discovered skiing.
He returned last week from a learn to ski fes-
tival held at the Mt Washington Alpine Resort
in Vancouver Island Canada as part of Exercise
Wounded Warrior and said it was the opportunity
of a lifetime.
"The adrenaline rush of skiing and the cama-
raderie of being with other wounded veterans was
beneficial from a mental and physical perspective,"
ABMT Swinton said.
Run by the ADF Paralympic Sports Program
(ADFPSP), wounded or injured ADF veterans are
making significant progress with their rehabilita-
tion.ABMT Swinton, 35, said he had been involved
with the ADFPSP since it was launched in 2010
and it had challenged him in many new ways.
"I never knew that such an initiative existed
until I was contacted by the ADFPSP organisers,"
"In 2010 I participated in an ADFPSP Learn-to-
Ski camp at Perisher, but couldn't get too involved
in the activities last year as I was focused on re-
training and getting back to sea.
"When I had my accident I didn't know what
future or quality of life I would have, but now it's
all good and I'm on track to go back to sea."
Director General Mental Health Psychology and
Rehabilitation, David Morton, said participating in
exercises such as Wounded Warrior was an exten-
sion of a member's physical and psychological
"Their rehabilitation and activities like this
helps bring them back to the enjoyable and quality
lives we all expect to live," Mr Morton said.
Wounded and injured ADF personnel can access
more information and a wider support network via
the ADF Paralympic Sports Program and Wounded
For further information visit : http://intranet.defence.gov.
ABMT Iain Swinton and two
soldiers recently returned from
Canada where they participated
alongside injured members of the
Canadian Armed Forces in Ex
Wounded Warrior 2012.
Another six ADF personnel,
including AB Paul De Gelder, are
currently competing in the Marine
Corps Trials and games at Camp
Both activities are part of the
ADF Paralympic Sports Program
designed to provide ADF mem-
bers with an acquired disability
the opportunity to compete in
elite level sporting activities.
Injured sailor's swell return
THE Government-initiated inquiry
into unresolved recognition for
past acts of naval and military val-
our resumed its public hearings in
Sydney on February 8.
More than 50 witnesses are
expected to appear before the inde-
p endent Defence Honours and
Awards Appeals Tribunal when it
completes its public hearings in
Many witnesses have attested to
the bravery shown by the 13 naval
and military members.
The public hearings follow the
Government direction last year that
the Tribunal make recommendations
on the eligibility of 13 naval and
military members to be awarded the
Victoria Cross, the Victoria Cross for
Australia or other forms of appropri-
ate recognition for their gallantry or
The Tribunal is expected to report
to the Government in the latter half
of this year.
Recognition for valour inquiry continues
SEA BOUND: ABMT
Iain Swinton, of HMAS
displays his participa-
tion medal from the
Veterans' Learn to Ski
Festival in Canada.
Photos: ABIS Dove Smithett
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