Home' Army News : July 7th 2011 Contents DMO
DMO MILITARY RESERVES
exciting opportunities Australia wide!
LEAD TWICE THE LIFE
Exciting opportunities are available for Military Reservists in the following trades/ specialisations:
» Project Managment » Logistics » Finance » Administration » Technical Trades » Engineering (mechanical & electrical) » Aircrew
DEFENCE MATERIEL ORGANISATION | www.dmojobs.gov.au or call 1800 DMO JOBS (1800 366 562)
Call 1300 112 114
AUSTRALIAN BOMB DATA CENTRE
2011 Annual Conference
2-4 November 2011
e Westin Sydney
30 August 2011 to
take advantage of the
early-bird oﬀer and
secure your place at
Army July 7, 2011
By Cpl Zenith King
AFTER smashing her personal
best time by almost an hour to
place 13th in only her sec-
ond ironman competition, Sgt
Penelope Holland, 9FSB, can be
forgiven for being a bit excited.
"I was not aware of other com-
petitors, male or female, as I was
there to race myself and improve
on my time," Sgt Holland said.
"I beat my personal best by
58min, and overall I was really
happy with my performance, par-
ticularly with the swim and bike
"I have done a lot of work in
the pool to knock my best time
down for the swim by 9-10min and
to have finished 10th woman in
the swim against the professional
women was awesome. I also took
nearly 45min off my bike time."
More than 600 competitors
swam 3.8km, rode 180km and ran
42.2km in the inaugural Challenge
Cairns ironman event on June 5.
The Defence Ironman Distance
Championships, held in conjunc-
tion with the challenge, attracted
Sgt Holland was the sole
female competitor for Defence and
placed third against the field of
14 men in a time of 10hr 41min
The competitors began with a
swim at Yorkeys Knob just north
of Cairns before competitors tran-
sitioned to the bike leg, which took
them along the Captain Cook Hwy
to Port Douglas through some of
the north's most spectacular scen-
ery and coastline.
Sgt Holland said her training
with a civilian club in Brisbane
had prepared her for the event.
"We regularly ride 200km and
female, so I will normally end up
riding the last 50-60km by myself.
"Those rides gave me the men-
tal strength to keep concentrating
on what I wanted to achieve.
"It always gets tough in the last
40-50km, especially as your mind
starts thinking about the marathon
By the final transition Sgt
Holland said she was feeling great
mentally and her goal was to keep
"I was very lucky to have fam-
ily and friends supporting me
throughout the race because you
draw energy from them," she said.
"By the last 10km of the run I
had a table full of mates at a pub
right on the edge of the course that
certainly gave me a lift.
Sgt Holland now has her sights
set on the Ironman New Zealand at
Lake Taupo on March 3 next year.
at her best
In the swim: Sgt Penelope Holland, 9FSB, finishes the swim leg of
the Challenge Cairns ironman event.
By Flt-Lt John McCourt
SEVENTY Australian and New
Zealand soldiers of the International
Stabilisation Force (ISF) joined
thousands of local and international
competitors in the Dili City of Peace
Marathon event in East Timor.
Runners competed in three catego-
ries: the 42km full marathon, 21km half
marathon and a 7km Run for Peace.
The streets of Dili were lined with
thousands of spectators as runners
weaved their way through the city.
Entrants in the Run for Peace includ-
ed East Timor President Jose Ramos-
Horta and ISF Commander Col Mick
Five ISF soldiers ran the full mara-
thon, 14 competed in the half marathon
while 51 entered the Run for Peace.
Col Reilly said the involvement of
ISF soldiers came from a strong desire
to join with the people of East Timor in
a major international event that also had
important local significance.
"We acknowledge the efforts of the
Government of East Timor and the peo-
ple of East Timor in achieving the stable
conditions that have allowed such a great
international event to have taken place
today," Col Reilly said.
Sea of runners: Thousands of competitors compete in the Dili City of Peace
marathon event in East Timor.
Photo by Cpl Melina Mancuso
Running for peace in Dili
Links Archive June 23rd 2011 July 21st 2011 Navigation Previous Page Next Page