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Army September 17, 2009
THERE are probably easier ways to
appreciate the World Heritage wil-
derness of Barrington Tops in NSW,
but eight students from the Australian
Command and Staff College weren't
looking for short cuts when they com-
peted in the annual Mountain Designs
Maj Ana Duncan and Maj Kim
Gilfillan were part of a four-strong tri-
service team to take on the full course in
the premier mixed division.
They completed the 133km of moun-
tain biking, 43km of rogaining, 58km
of kayaking, 5km of rafting and 1km
of tyre-tube swimming in 48hr 30min,
putting them 19th among the 44 teams.
The half-course team was all Army.
Maj Grant Cassar, Maj Mike Freeman,
Maj Anita Gannon and Maj Ken Martin
m uscled their way through 88km of
m ountain biking, 25km of rogaining,
10km of kayaking and 5km of rafting.
They finished the course in 35hr 45min,
to place ninth out of 28 teams in the pre-
mier mixed division.
The support crews for both teams
were crucial. Maj Andrew Abbott and
Capt Mandy Kershaw backed up the
full-course team, while Lt-Col Richard
Mallet supported the half-course team
with the help of Leut-Cmdr Phil Henry.
Lt-Col Mallet said it was rewarding
to see the three services in action.
"I knew both teams would work well
together and successfully complete the
challenge, enhancing their resilience, and
physical and mental robustness through-
out the event," he said.
Lt-Col Mallet, a member of the
directing staff at the Australian Defence
College (ADC), said he would like to
be able continue the tradition and enter
teams from the ADC in future events.
By Tpr Michael Franchi
7 BDE hit the dirt in the most
recent instalment of the Brigade
Commander's Trophy competition,
kicking up dust in a demanding
The champion unit on the day
was 7CSSB, followed by 6RAR and
Capt Hayden Pickering, HQ 1
Div, finished first in 23min 24sec.
After catching his breath, Capt
Pickering said he enjoyed the morn-
"It was a bit tiring and I'm a bit
sore, but it was good running out
there," he said
The Gallipoli Barracks' 3.7km
cross-country course gave the com-
petitors a challenging route through
the close training area, testing their
cardiorespiratory fitness and physi-
Battle of the off-roaders
I think I can: One of the leaders in the 7 Bde cross-country race, Lt-Col Gavin Keating, HQ 1 Div, powers
up a hill on the challenging course.
Photo by Tpr Michael Franchi
to go over
Kiwis up the ante
THE ROYAL New Zealand Air Force will add inten-
sity to the Australian Defence Softball Association's
(ADSA) annual tournament when it competes at
RAAF Base Williamtown from December 7-11.
The New Zealanders will also play a test match
for the Trans-Tasman Trophy.
Military and APS members are welcome and the
ADSA is looking for players, coaches, umpires and
For information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dipping in: Maj Ana Duncan, Sqn-Ldr Pete Kershaw, Maj Kim Gilfillan and
Leut-Cmdr Ett Mulder tackle the 58km kayak leg of the GeoQuest.
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