Ben out to silence critics


BEN BRUGGY,has been copping a lot of flak from his workmates at Richmond Waste in Lismore.

Sure, they're proud that the 29-year-old claimed third at the recent World Deaf Squash Championships in Melbourne.

But in losing the semi-final Bruggy joined a worrying trend in Australian sport ? he lost to an Englishman.

First the Rugby World Cup, then the Ashes and now we even lose to England at squash.

And haven't his mates let him know it!

The pommie got the better of Bruggy in a close one and then managed to beat his Australian team-mate in the final.

Besides the disappointment, the former Lismore High School student, who has been deaf since birth, rallied to finish third.

The Australians, though, did claim first in the teams event.

It wasn't Bruggy's first crack at the World Deaf Championships.

In 2001 he finished second in the United Kingdom and in 2003 he won gold in the Netherlands.

The next world championships are in South Africa in two years.

Bruggy's family has been involved in squash for years.

His father got him into the sport when he was young and he's been among the best players in Lismore for many years.

Bruggy said he loved everything about squash ? except losing to an Englishman.

After all, there's only so much ribbing a bloke can take.

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