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Army March 3, 2011
ARMY is seeking to
retain its title at this
rugby league (CASRL)
competition battling it
out against Navy and
Air Force teams.
With new blood
players, the players
will also be competing
for positions for the
tour to New Zealand
WO2 Brian Jones
from the School of Inf
will coach the Army
The matches will
be held from March
7--11 at Norford Park,
Sefton in Sydney.
SPORTING teams from all over
Australia will battle it out during
March and November at the 2011
Kapooka sports series.
Teams from all three services will
travel to Wagga Wagga, NSW, to take up
the challenge with AFL, netball, rugby
union and league being played.
Kapooka sports officer Maj Al Lynch
said previous years had been success-
ful with many teams from throughout
Australia competing against each other.
"It provides opportunities for units
to compete where sporting carnivals and
activities may not be run due to unit
commitments," Maj Lynch said.
"These activities are also used by the
sporting governing bodies to identify
players for subsequent interservice and
This year sees a return to the netball
7s, rugby union 10s and Australian rules
12s being played over two weekends
in March instead of one weekend, as
occurred last year.
This would better suit participants
and allow more attention to be paid to
the individual sports, Maj Lynch said.
Holding the 9-a-side rugby league
competition in November will give play-
ers the chance to play both union and
The Kapooka sports series is well
regarded throughout the ADF and
attracts many spectators and service fam-
ilies to games.
Teams will compete in AFL and net-
ball on March 12, with the rugby union
being played on March 19 and the rugby
league on November 12-13.
More information can be found on the
ARTC web site at http://intranet.defence.
By Graham McBean
THE fact is that you just can't keep some
people down and Sgt Michael Lyddiard is
well and truly one of them.
The 33-year-old engineer was critically
wounded by an IED in Afghanistan in 2007.
He lost his right eye and suffered vision
impairment in his left eye, a below-elbow
amputation of the arm and an amputated
left hand with the loss of his thumb and
Sgt Lyddiard's determination to over-
come his injuries allowed him to not only
remain in the Army
but continue to
flourish in his mili-
the same determina-
tion to mount a fun-
draising campaign for Legacy by swim-
ming the 19.7km Rottnest Island channel in
Western Australia on February 26.
His original fundraising goal was
$10,000 but he had already raised more
than $34,000 before the event and money
has continued to flow in.
He said he wanted to find some way to
return the support family, friends and com-
munity had shown him during his recovery.
Despite his own injuries and his sea
battle with stingers, seasickness, muscle
fatigue and hypothermia in the Rottnest
channel, he said there was no better cause
to support than Legacy.
"I believe what I have experienced is
nothing compared to losing a loved one,"
Sgt Lyddiard said.
He trained in Perth for four weeks to
acclimatise and prepare for the big event.
Monday, Wednesday and Friday ses-
sions included a 1hr 30min swim at
Champion Stadium in the mornings, fol-
lowed by a 10km run in the afternoon.
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
included 8-12km ocean swims with an
afternoon stretching and focusing program.
He was in training for two months
before leaving Townsville for Perth.
Sgt Lyddiard said the
Rottnest challenge was also a
personal quest to know himself
better, but he was aware of the
groundswell of support behind
Townsville, Tully and across
Australia have been signing on
to Sgt Lyddiard's portal on the Rottnest
swim association website and throwing
their dollars behind his effort.
When people ask why he does it, he says
simply it's for the people who support him.
He also wanted to show his children that
you could get past adversity whatever fall-
out life might bring.
"I am still living and I'm trying to move
on to a better life and I think that is a big
thing for my supporters and especially to
the guys who saved my life on the battle-
field," he said.
To donate to Sgt Lyddiard's fundraising effort go to
Legacy of gratitude
Set for Kapooka series
up for grabs
'I believe what I have
experienced is nothing
compared to losing a
-- Sgt Michael Lyddiard
Giving back: Sgt Michael Lyddiard, with the support of his wife Katri, prepares to return to work at
3CER in 2008. Last weekend he took on the 19.7km Rottnest Island channel swim, raising more than
$30,000 for Legacy in the process.
Photo by Mike McSweeney
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