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By Wg-Cmdr Tony Wennerbom
and Dr Elizabeth Thomson
PADDLERS faced deep challeng-
es during the Army White Water
Association's (AWWA) annual sea-
kayaking adventure training Exercise
Fourteen personnel spent 10 days
in January gaining new knowledge and
skills while experiencing the thrills and
spills of sea-kayaking in Tasmania's pris-
Ex Tasman Advance is aimed at
attracting new Defence members to
AWWA and the discipline of sea-kayak-
ing, it also offers existing members the
chance to expand their skills and experi-
A number of the participants either
re-qualified as unit adventurous train-
ing leader, or received nationally recog-
nised sea-kayaking qualifications from
Starting at Bruny Island, the kayakers
were put through their paces, with the
novices introduced to the essential skills
of safe sea-kayaking in the cooler waters
of the Southern Ocean.
The next two days were spent explor-
ing sea-caves, sliding through floating
kelp-forests and visiting some well-
known rock formations, such as the
Monument and the Fluted Cliffs.
Phase two of the exercise started at
Triabunna with an 18km crossing to
Maria Island -- famous for its penal his-
tory and cliff-lines.
It was here that the two groups expe-
rienced expeditionary kayaking as all
food, camping-equipment and clothing
needed for the next three-to-four days
was stowed within the kayaks.
Pod one explored the Fossil Cliffs
on the northeast side of the island, while
pod two circumnavigated the island
exploring some new paddle locations for
use on future adventure training exer-
In addition to the expected physical
demands were the mental challenges of
coping with the sheer distance of cliff
lines with no safe landing, as well as
finessing boat control in confused and
Calm deliberation, controlling anxiety
and cooperation within the pods allowed
the kayaks to be navigated through tight
slots and gauntlets.
Kayakers also learnt to judge the
swell with precision when entering caves.
Expressions of interest to attend next year's Ex
Tasman Advance on January 4-14 can be sent to
Wet and wild: Participants in this year's Ex Tasman Advance explore sea
caves and rock formations along the Tasmanian coast.
By Maj Brendan Maxwell
DEFENCE personnel from
throughout Australia honed their
cardio fitness in the first Australian
Defence Sports Triathlon
Association (ADSTA) training
camp at Keswick Barracks in
Adelaide from January 16-21.
The camp was designed to devel-
op individual knowledge and skills
required to train and race triathlons of
The event coincided with the
popular Tour Down Under (TDU)
world cycling event, which was
Lance Armstrong's last international
pro-cycling event appearance.
coach LS Mick Baruch pushed the
unsuspecting amateur triathletes
through fitness and diagnostic tests in
the pool and on the track.
Participants also improved their
skills at making a smooth transition
from the bike to the run during a race.
There were many opportunities to
link the bike training sessions with
the various stages of the TDU.
On the final day of the train-
ing camp, the entire ADSTA group
participated in the TDU Mutual
Community Challenge cycle event.
Camp participant Maj Brendan
Maxwell said riding the same course
as the professionals was a real high-
"It put into perspective how tough
the race is considering that the pros
were doing this effort day in and day
out," he said.
ADSTA members had the oppor-
tunity to undertake training rides
alongside professionals such as
Robbie McEwen, Stuart O'Grady,
Allan Davis and Graham Brown.
ADSTA membership and entry in the national
championships is open to all Defence per-
sonnel. Details can be obtained by contact-
Tri-hard athletes train to win
Pedal power: ADSTA training camp participants stop for a rest during
a cycling leg.
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