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Peter Bennett

Full name: Peter John Bennett
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0 (183 cm)
Weight: 172 lbs (78 kg)
Born: July 11, 1926
Died: July 4, 2012 in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Affiliations: Dolfish Swimming Team, Paramaribo/Florida State University
Country: AUS Australia
Sport: Water Polo

Related Olympians: Husband of Marjorie McQuade.

Biography

Peter Bennett was already drawing attention as a talented young footballer in 1944 while in his final year at Melbourne High School and was recruited directly out of school by the St Kilda Football Club. A knee injury in his first game with the club later that year, however, took him out of the season and he joined the army, thereby remaining an amateur until 1947, when he was once again invited to join St Kilda. His stint in the army had exacerbated his injury and he never fully recovered, but Bennett nonetheless stuck with the team through 1954, appearing in 103 games and scoring 258 goals during his tenure. During this time he also represented Australia in an exhibition water polo tournament at the 1950 British Empire Games and officially at the 1952 Summer Olympics, where his team finished joint-17th. He had also been chosen to participate in the 1948 Summer Olympics, but turned down the opportunity to, according to differing sources, either to be able to continue his studies or to play with St Kilda. He got another opportunity to attend the Olympics, earning a spot on the water polo delegation to the 1956 Summer Games, and joined the national squad, captaining it to 9th place finish in the tournament.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 26 Helsinki Water Polo Men's Water Polo Australia AUS 17T
1956 Summer 30 Melbourne Water Polo Men's Water Polo Australia AUS 9

Men's Water Polo

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result G
1952 Summer 26 Helsinki Water Polo Australia AUS Qualifying Round Match #5 2 1952-07-25 YUG 10, AUS 2
1952 Summer 26 Helsinki Water Polo Australia AUS Qualifying Round Match #12 2 1952-07-26 AUT 6, AUS 0 0
1956 Summer 30 Melbourne Water Polo Australia AUS Classification Round 7-10 Match #3 1 1956-12-06 AUS 3, SIN 2
1956 Summer 30 Melbourne Water Polo Australia AUS Classification Round 7-10 Match #5 2 1956-12-07 GBR 5, AUS 2
1956 Summer 30 Melbourne Water Polo Australia AUS Group A Match #1 2 1956-11-28 ROU 4, AUS 2 1
1956 Summer 30 Melbourne Water Polo Australia AUS Group A Match #4 2 1956-11-29 YUG 9, AUS 1
1956 Summer 30 Melbourne Water Polo Australia AUS Group A Match #6 2 1956-11-30 URS 3, AUS 0 0
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