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Army April 28, 2011
By Cfn Max Bree
ARMY secured third place in the
men's and women's events at the
Australian Defence Sports Triathlon
Association (ADSTA) Olympic
Distance Championships in Sydney on
More than 30 ADSTA triathletes
joined 2500 competitors in the 1.5km
swim, 40km bike ride and 10km run,
with the Harbour Bridge and Opera
House providing a scenic backdrop.
Lt-Col Linda Meyer, HQJOC, fin-
ished third in the women's category in
2hr 52min 1sec and Capt Henry Stimson,
19 CE Wks , finished third in the men's
in a time of 2:12.03.
Lt-Col Meyer was happy to have
placed third on a hilly and "challenging"
course, after running the Mooloolaba
marathon two weeks before,.
"I really didn't expect to come third,"
Lt-Col Meyer said.
"It was very challenging, very hilly.
Triathletes tend to like flat, fast courses."
ADSTA's National Olympic Distance
Championships began with a swim
across Sydney Harbour, followed by
a 40km bike leg from the Botanical
Gardens through the CBD and over the
Sydney Harbour Bridge.
The event finished with a run through
the Botanic Gardens and along the city
streets before descending to the Opera
Lt-Col Meyer trained for three
months before the race and said the com-
radeship and endorphin rush kept her rac-
Navy's LS Andrew Wilkinson and Air
Force Cpl Owen Yabsley finished equal
first in the men's event in 2:08.58.
Neither knew the result until they
looked it up the next day, as they competed
in different categories in a staggered start.
Defence civilian Christina Thorne
won the women's event in 2:32.55.
Tough course: Lt-Col Linda Meyer, HQJOC, leaves the water in the hilly
ADSTA Olympic Distance Triathlon Championships in Sydney.
Photo by AB Alan Lancaster
DESPITE heavy rain and flash
flooding, Army took out the wom-
en's event at the annual interser-
vice surfing competition held at
Bendalong Beach, NSW, from
Fighting a large swell, reservist
Pte Jamie-Lee Britt, 8CSSB, took
out first place for the second year
running while the men's results
were disappointing for Army.
Pte Britt grew up on the NSW
Central Coast and was introduced
to surfing at the age of eight by her
Hosted and won by Navy, the
event comprised five divisions --
short board, long board, female,
stand-up paddle (SUP) and the team
Army Surf Riders Association
(ASRA) President Maj Matthew
Carr said the beginning of the event
was marred by difficult conditions.
"The South Coast was subject to
severe weather conditions resulting
in the closure of numerous sections
along the Princes Highway," Maj
"From the onset of the competi-
tion, team members were greeted by
a large swell generated by the previ-
ous day's storm front.
"At Main Beach, both short and
long boarders competed in 2-2.5m
sets, that tested the competitor's
mettle as well as their surfing skills."
Due to the extreme conditions
the female and SUP divisions were
moved to a more protected beach
Riding high to win title
that was receiving 1-1.5m waves.
Maj Carr said the competition
was fierce between services and
local surfers who were keen to
exploit these ideal conditions.
"The end of day one showed
Navy dominating the ranks of those
surfers who had made it through to
the next round," he said.
"Day two turned out even better
conditions and all competitors were
set against extremely heavy but well
"The final day of competition
saw all three services represented in
Other ASRA finalists included
LCpl Kieran Toohey (SUP), Cpl
Conan King (SUP), Sgt Grant
Pringle (short board).
For more information on surfing, contact
WO2 Stuart Brook or Maj Matthew Carr.
Winning wave: Pte Jamie Lee Britt shows her style on her way to
winning the women's shortboard event.
Men's shortboard championship
Champion: Sgt Murray Stabler (RAAF)
2nd: LS Jordan Dank
3rd: AB Adrian Dale
Women's shortboard championship
Champion: Pte Jamie-Lee Britt
Runner-up: Smn Kyla Hayes
Champion: Leut-Cmdr Steve Johnson
2nd: Flt-Sgt Martin Johns
3rd: CPO Tim Hayes
ADF teams' challenge
Navy 170 points
RAAF 166 points
ARMY 114 points
Best and fairest: Smn Liam Jackson
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