Peter Bennett

Peter Bennett was chosen for three Australian Olympic water polo teams; but only played in two.  He was chosen in the team to attend London 1948 but opted out to pursue his budding career with St Kilda in the Victorian Football League (VFL). It was in 1948 that Bennett really established his career, which extended to 103 games for St Kilda and four for Victoria, as one of the top forwards in the VFL. 

He was captain of the water polo team at Helsinki 1952 and vice-captain, to Ray Smee, at Melbourne 1956. Bennett won a gold medal with the Australian team at the 1950 Empire Games in Auckland. His father, Horace ‘Horrie’, managed the Australian team at Antwerp 1920.

Olympic Results

1956 Melbourne

Water Polo - Men
Preliminary Defeated by ROM 4-2
Preliminary Defeated by YUG 9-1
Preliminary Defeated by USSR 3-0
Loser Round Defeated by GBR and Northern Ireland 5-2
Loser Round Defeated Singapore 3-2
Loser Round Defeated by ROM 4-2
Final Placing 9 / 10

1952 Helsinki

Water Polo - Men
Preliminary Defeated by YUG 10-2
Preliminary Defeated by AUT 6-0
Final Placing 20 / 21