Inducted in to WPSC Hall of Fame 2009 for his contribution to Sport:
Wade Bennett is a former World Level Water Ski Racer, Olympic Torch Bearer and Disabled Sprinter and the founder of BADLAD, a clothing and accessories company. Wade was the worldwide media face of the 2002 Gay Games, helping to promote his sport, but also to break down stereotypes of gay and also disabled sports' people.
In 1995, while racing at 180kph in a quarter Mile Ski Drag Race at the Mildura 100', Wade was seriously hurt, very nearly being torn in two. He was in a coma for 17 days and sustained horrific injuries. However, Wade approached his recovery positively and as a testament to his character was able to start his rehabilitation program early; his driving force being his dream of skiing again. Wade had to learn to walk & move again.
Wade came back to his favorite sport, Water Ski Racing, in 1998, competing in the 'Southern 80' on the Murray River at Echuca. He not only won the event, but broke the Disabled Record by 40 seconds, averaging 135 kilometers per hour [≈ Typical peak speed of a local service train, or intercity on lower standard tracks]! This record still stands today.
For the Sydney 2000 Olympics, Wade was selected to run with the Olympic Torch Also as a leading Extreme Abled and Disabled Athlete, he was selected to lead the Australian Team into Stadium Australia for the Parade of Nations at the Games Opening Ceremony as the Australian National Placard Bearer.
Since then Wade has competed as a Disabled Sprinter, and was successful in bringing home Gold in his first ever 100, 200 & 400 Meter running events in Sydney in 2002, setting two new Games Records in the Process.
His Personal Mantras are: 'Dare to be Remarkable' and 'If you get Kicked in the Guts with Something, Kick Back!