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,.. Soldiers take on tough iron man course
Cpl Mark Doran
SOLDIERS set the quickest times of the
ADF team during the Ironman Australia
Triathlon at Port Macquarie, NSW,
on May 7.
Of the 17 ADF Triathlon Club athletes
who tested their endurance and mental
strength at the triathlon, nine competed in
the full-distance ironman, consisting of a
3.8km swim, 180km bike ride and 42.2km
run, and eight competed in the half- ironman.
Maj Haydn Jervis, of AAvnTC, placed
14th in his division and 80th out of 1071
competitors with a time of 10hr 19min.
The goal of triathlons is often to qualify
for the Ironman World Championships held
in Kona, Hawaii, however the 0 bj ective for
most athletes is to finish the race unscathed.
The Port Macquarie bike course is known
as one of the toughest in Australia and takes
in amazing coastal scenery.
It was the third ironman for Maj Jervis,
who said he happy with his rts on
the sw' e leg.
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triathlons is to see
goals they did not
think they could do,
and the members
of the ADF Triathlon
Club are a fun crew.
- Maj Haydn Jervis,
"I usually swim and ride three times a
week and run four times," he said.
"It works out to be up to 40km on the
runs and about 120 to 150km on the bike on
the weekends, as well as stationary bike
during the week.
"Nutrition is also important, especially
during the longer races, because if the ener-
gy isn't there we will fade.
"One of the highlights of triathlons is to
see people achieve goals they did not think
they could do, and the members of the ADF
Triathlon Club are a fun crew."
N ext best was Cpl David Chadwick, of
12/40RTR, who travelled from Tasmania
with his wife for the event.
He placed 48th in his division with a time
Cpl Chadwick said he trained between
1 0-to-15 hours a week in the lead-up to the
"I did up to 200km on the bike and ran
about a 30km each week, but not a lot of
swimming," he said.
"The atmosphere and the support from
the crowd was incredible. So much is chal-
lenged during a triathlon and everything has
to be right, including the race plan and the
mechanical side of things.
"What I like most about these endurance
events is it becomes a raw experience. I'm
normally a reserved person, but my parti-
Maj Haydn Jervis, of
AAvnTC, in action during
the run leg of the Port
Cpl David Chadwick, of 12/40RTR, during
the run leg.
tions break down when I get tired and
Cpl Chadwick said it was easy to go too
hard at the start of a race.
"My plan was to make sure I had enough
energy to get on the bike after the swim," he
"I had to make sure I didn't bum out too
quickly as well as have a clear idea of when
I took food and water, which was an effort
as I swallowed a lot of salt water during the
swim. I was happy with my time - it was a
lot faster than I expected."
In the half-ironman, Sgt Luke Sypott, of
AD FA, was the fastest with a scorching time
of 4:43. He placed 10th in his division and
38th out of 930 competitors.
Capt Sanchia Chadwick, of Defence
Legal, also performed well to finish 14th in
her division with a time of 5:47.
The Ironman Australia Triathlon was
also the final of the Oceania TriClub
Championships and the ADF Triathlon Club
was a finalist in Division 1.
The ADF missed out on a place, but it
was an exceptional result to be in the final
and compete against more than 200 ath-
letes from clubs across Australia and New
Sport shooting is growing in popularity within the
ADF. Photo: PO Rick Prideaux
over to mil itary
Flt-Lt Charles Tomlinson
PTE Aaron Turner, along with 14 members of the
Air Force and Defence APS, travelled across the
Nullarbor in April to compete in a five-day pistol
About 400 people competed at the International
Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) Australian
National Handgun Championships at the Pine Valley
Pistol Shooting Club in Perth.
Pte Turner, of ASEME, said it was hot, but great
weather for shooting.
"I've been shooting for a long time but I'm only
relatively new to IPSC shooting," he said.
"After first competing in the Victorian state titles
back in February, I've been actively involved in pretty
much all the state and national matches I can get to.
"It's not the cheapest hobby in the world but it
is something I love and have a heap of fun doing.
Whether it's action match, service or practical shoot-
ing, it's all enjoyable."
Pte Turner is a trainee at Armament and
Construction Wing at Latchford Barracks, Bonegilla.
"Shooting is a skill every soldier should be good at
and it's a great way to relieve stress," he said.
Sport shooting has been growing within the ADF
over the past few years and the discipline ofIPSC has
seen a significant amount of new interest among serv-
For more information on sport shooting in the ADF, visit your local
range or the Australian Army Sport Pistol Association website at
Calling all archers
THE ADF Archery Association (AD FAA) is seek-
ing expressions of interest for general and com-
mittee members. The AD FAA is going through
the ADF Sports Council process to have archery
recognised as an ADF sport. The aim is to provide
a place for new and experienced archers to shoot
in both social and competitive environments at
local and national levels. Regular postal shoots
and development courses will pave the way for
ADF national and international competitions. If
you enjoy archery and would like to see the ADF
recognise archery as flexible and inclusive sport,
email your expression of interest to
Cpl Lisamaree Wyer at lisamaree.wyer@defence.
Ph: 07 5495 8259
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