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Army April 14, 2011
Happy with placings
By Cpl Zenith King
ARMY took out second and third
place in the Defence women's long
course triathlon held in Huskisson,
NSW, from March 12-13.
Maj Del Madge, 1RTU, claimed sil-
ver in a time of 5hrs 6min 52sec and Col
Cheryl Pearce, HQJOC, finished third in
Fifteen personnel from the ADF
and APS participated in the 2km swim,
83km bike ride and 20km run for the
Australian Defence Sports Triathlon
Association's (ADSTA) inaugu-
ral Long Course and Strip Triathlon
Championships. The triathlon was
conducted in conjunction with the
Maj Magde said she felt a sense of
achievement crossing the line behind
AC Grace MacPherson 5:01.18 after the
"Everyone who knows me knows I'm
not a runner. The swim and the bike
components come naturally for me, but
I really have to work on my running if
I am to hold the position gained on the
swim and the cycle legs," she said.
"The weather on the day was near
perfect, however, I had some technical
difficulties with my bike on the course,
which reduced me to six gears over rath-
er undulating terrain.
"I was frustrated for the majority of
the race, but happy with my placing."
Maj Madge said Huskisson was an
ideal venue for Service triathlons.
"While many people think of triath-
lon as an individual sport, the ADF tri-
athlon family is strong and these events
provide a great opportunity to highlight
the ADF team and to catch up with great
friends," she said.
"Huskisson is close to a number of
Defence establishments, making it a
great venue for ADSTA to hold a cham-
A seasoned veteran, Maj Madge has
completed six full Ironman champion-
ships and about 17 long course and half
ironman events in the past six years.
"I'm currently training for Ironman
Australia, which is being held in May
and consists of a 3.8km swim, 180.2km
cycle and a 42.2km run," she said.
"So this event was a good training
session and a good test for the main
Capt Graham Svensen was the best-
placed Army male competitor, finish-
ing third among the ADF contingent in
The ADSTA Sprint Triathlon
Championship was held on the same
weekend, with four personnel from the
ADF and APS competing in the 750m
swim, 20km bike ride and a 5km run.
RESULTS: Long course men: LS Andrew
Wilkinson 4:09.36; Flt-Lt Terry Withers, 4:25.01;
Capt Graham Svensen, 4:37.41. Women: AC
Grace MacPherson 5:01.18; Maj Del Madge,
5:06.52; Col Cheryl Pearce, 5:45.26. Sprint men:
LS Andrew Wilkinson 1:01.44; Pte Chris Brennan
1:07.09; David Pirie (APS) 1:55.55. Women:
Flg-Off Bianca May 1:30.59.
Spinning to win: Col Cheryl Pearce pushes herself to ultimately place second in the women's
championships while LCpl Stuart Borwick, inset, powers ahead in the cycle leg. Photos by LS Kelvin Hockey
By Cpl Zenith King
A TEAM-building and leadership
activity was conducted by mem-
bers of the ADF Paralympic Sports
Program (ADFPSP) executive and
Australian Paralympic Committee
(APC) at the Royal Military College
in Canberra from March 28-29.
The ADFPSP team put 50 APC staff
through their paces as part of a high-
Currently preparing for the 2012
Paralympic Games in London, the APC
recognises the value in developing lead-
ership, teamwork and problem-solving
abilities in coaches and managers.
ADFPSP executive member Lt-Col
Richard Mallet said the two-day con-
gress was designed to build on previous
foundation work by the APC.
"During our involvement in the con-
gress, we were charged by Chris Nunn,
the APC high performance manager, to
get people out of their comfort zones
under conditions of duress to build resil-
ience," Lt-Col Mallet said.
"It was about making sure they were
planning and then were able to com-
municate a plan to their team, even if the
context changed or evolved."
Lt-Col Mallet said the workshop was
part of a reciprocal relationship the ADF
had with the APC.
"The relationship we have with the
APC is very important to us. It provides
some unique opportunities for our mem-
bers with acquired disabilities," he said.
"This has been extremely valuable for
those individuals because they have been
able to interact with paralympic athletes
and see the standard required to be suc-
cessful at an elite level.
"It also gives the ADF an opportu-
nity to work with some amazing APC
coaches and managers, who have a huge
amount of experience and are very gen-
erous in giving some of that experience
to the athletes in our program, whatever
This was the second activity con-
ducted between the ADFPSP and APC
and was part of an ongoing collaboration
between the two organisations.
Boot camp puts sports
executives to the test
Team up: WO1 Scott Mengel and Flt-Sgt Tony Benfer from the ADF Paralympic
Sports Program take staff through a team-building activity. Photo by Cpl Zenith King
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