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WITH the first snowfalls and sub-
zero temperatures here, Army ski-
iers and boarders can start prepar-
ing for the 2010 Alpine Snowsports
Competitors are needed to win back
the skiing trophies from Navy and Air
Force after some close racing in 2009.
Army Alpine Snowsports Association
president Maj Murray Nelson is confi-
dent Army can field a strong team and
win back the men's and women's ski
The Army snowboarders have domi-
nated snowboard racing for about five
years now and retained the boarders tro-
phy, but the other services will no doubt
be hungry for a win.
The Army championships will be
held at Mt Buller from July 26-31 and
those selected to represent Army will
race at Mt Hotham August 1-6 in the
ADF Interservices Championships.
The event is open to males and
females, ARA and ARes and no racing
experience is needed.
Applications close July 1.
More information is at: http://intranet.defence.
gov.au/armyweb/sites/AAASA or go to Army,
Forces Command, A-Z Index (sport) or email mur-
firstname.lastname@example.org. Boarders can contact
Sgt Troy Radbone at email@example.com
It's snow time for
Hitting the slopes: Capt Willie Nelson, HQ 2 Div, in full flight at the 2010 UK
Photo by Cpl Dion Trevillion.
By Cpl Zenith King
SERVICE personnel and the
Defence APS community will
battle it out at the Defence Road
Cycling Championships (DRCC)
in a bid to take home the title.
Road cyclists will compete in
Adelaide from September 13-15, in
the annual event organised by the
Australian Defence Cycling Club
Cyclists will compete in time
trials at Langhorne's state time trial
course followed by a 12km state
road course at Williamstown the
next day and a criterium on day
three at Victoria Park.
Townsville-based Pte Kyle
Bridgwood, 3CSSB, will compete
for the first time in a DRCC com-
petition and said he was looking
forward to competing.
"I get great satisfaction from
racing with other Defence members
who are passionate about the sport,"
he said. "It'll be fantastic as the sea-
son will be coming to an end and
it's a great way to sum up a season
Pte Bridgwood has competed in
local criteriums in Queensland and
will compete in road races this year
in preparation for the event. "I'll
train hard and give my all at the
race," he said.
LS Liam Sweeten, HMAS
Manoora, competed in last year's
competition and said he was not
worried about the race.
"I have only competed in crite-
rium racing and have done ok," LS
"It's a really good event, a good
challenge and a tough competition."
LS Sweeten said he would pre-
pare for the event by training hard
and maintaining a good diet.
Aircraft technician Cpl Dean
Benedetti (RAAF) has competed in
the DRCC for the past four years
and said he was looking forward to
"It's a good opportunity to have
a race against other defence riders
from around the country that we
don't get to ride against very often,"
Cpl Benedetti said.
Already this year Cpl Benedetti
has placed third in the NSW Masters
Track Cycling Time Trial cham-
pionships and fourth in the NSW
Masters Match Sprint, putting him
in a good position for the event.
"It will give a good indi-
cation of how I should go at the
National Masters Road Racing
Championships just over a week
after this event."
ADCC SA Regional
Representative Flt-Lt Drew Abbott
said the event would determine the
ADCC national road squad.
"The grades on offer will allow
maximum participation for mem-
bers of varying ability," he said.
"Three great days of racing will
be experienced in an enjoyable club
Members are not required to
hold a road cycling license to par-
ticipate in the event.
With more than 300
members, the ADCC conducts
annual national championships in
both road- and mountain-bike dis-
Further information is at www.adcc.asn.
au or contact Flt-Lt Drew Abbott at drew.
Cruising: Capt Gary Kristensen celebrates his win in a criterium at
last year's cycling championships.
THREE Army players were part
of the South Australian Defence
Basketball (SADB) team that finished
fourth in the South Australian Police
and Emergency Services Games at
Wayville Stadium on May 6 and 7.
SADB, made up of players from the
Air Force, Army, Army Reserves and
APS, lost the bronze-medal game to B
Shift, a team of South Australian fire-
The Army players in the team
were Gnr Scott Spackman-Lowe,
Capt Lucas Joyce and Cpl Dave
Further information on SADB is at www.
sadb.basketball.net.au or email timothy.
Basketballers bounce back
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