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Army August 18, 2011
By Cpl Melanie Schinkel
DETERMINED to not let the
blues get the better of him, Sgt
Steven Houldsworth is beating his
battle with depression by sweat-
ing it out on the running track.
Sgt Houldsworth, 3CSR,
recently placed fourth in Brisbane's
Sri Chinmoy Marathon, covering
almost 160km in 24 hours.
The aim of the marathon was to
complete as much distance on the
400m track as possible in 24 hours.
Sgt Houldsworth, 42, said his
goal was to run at least 120km and
still be on his feet at the end of the
"I kept moving for most of the
race but after 3.30am I stopped for
three 10-minute power naps," he
"The thought of giving up never
crossed my mind. I was just so
determined to achieve my goal that
I didn't even want to stop to take
those power naps, but I needed
them to keep going."
You wouldn't know it after speak-
ing to him, but Sgt Houldsworth
suffers from severe depression and
a sleeping disorder. Diagnosed mid-
last year, he has since been receiving
treatment from psychologists and
psychiatrists to manage his condi-
In the process, he said he redis-
covered his passion for long dis-
"Running has always been 'my
thing' and my wife noticed when
I wasn't doing it anymore. During
one of my sessions, the psycholo-
gist encouraged me to get back into
the activities I used to enjoy -- run-
ning was the first thing that sprang
"It took a lot of effort to get
back into running -- my wife lit-
erally had to force me out the
door some days -- but it gradually
became a part of my life again."
A book about ultra running
sparked Sgt Houldsworth's interest
in setting himself a running chal-
An ultra run is any event longer
than a marathon and ranges between
50km to 10 days in duration.
"I had never set myself a goal to
train towards before, so I decided to
give the Sri Chinmoy Marathon a
go," Sgt Houldsworth said.
"I began training for it dur-
ing the Christmas break. I started
off with two-hour runs and then
increased the duration by an addi-
tional hour each month leading up
to the event.
"Now I'm training for a cross
country event and another 24-hour
event in Caboolture at the end of
Sgt Houldsworth encouraged
those who thought they may be suf-
fering from depression to seek help.
"If you think you're fighting
depression, it's important to talk to
people about it. You don't have to
suffer in silence because there is
plenty of help and support out there
if you look for it."
Chasing off the blues
Running man: Sgt Steven
Houldsworth competes in the
24-hour Sri Chinmoy Marathon.
ARMY is seeking player
nominations to trial for
men, women and over 35
teams for the 2011 carnival
to be held in the first week
in November. Trial dates are
October 23-26 with select-
ed teams playing games
in the ACT before the car-
nival. Nominations close
on August 30. For further
information, contact scott.
By LCpl Mark Doran and
Cpl Zenith King
BLOWING a trumpet is not the only
skill Musn Michael Bermingham has,
he also blew his opponents away on
the greens to become the new ACT
men's lawn bowls singles champion.
Musn Beringham, who plays the
French horn in the RMC band, beat
the defending bowls champion at the
ACT titles on June 5 at the Tuggeranong
Vikings Bowling Club, with a score of
Currently bowling with Canberra
City, Musn Bermingham said he was
incredibly happy with the result, with
scores that ranged from 25-9 to 25-24.
"The singles state title is the ultimate
title to win during the course of a season
and I am thrilled to have won," he said.
"It was a great feeling to win regard-
less of who I played, but beating the
defending title holder was a bonus."
He said his goal for entering the sin-
gles was to press for a position in the
ACT representative side.
"Winning the singles goes a long
way to helping me gain a spot and also
gives me a chance to represent the ACT
at the Australian Open against some of
the best players in Australia -- an oppor-
tunity I am looking forward to."
On August 7, Musn Bermingham
proved he was on song for selection
in the ACT team after he played a trial
competition and was selected as one of
the final 16 players for the 12 positions
He has been bowling for 18 years
and started playing in Victoria with his
father and grandfather.
"The first club championship I com-
peted in was a pairs event, which I won
with my father shortly before moving to
Hobart for university studies," he said.
"Since then, I have won two more
club pairs, one club triples, two club
fours and an association fours. The ACT
singles was my first state/territory title."
From here, Musn Bermingham
hopes to compete at the Australian
Services Bowls Association National
Championships at Swifts Bowls Club,
Booval, from September 19-23.
When asked about drinking during
competitions, Musn Bermingham said it
had been known to happen, but he pre-
ferred not to do it.
"I prefer to savour the beer after the
game," he said.
"Hopefully, given enough time and
good performances in test matches, I
can potentially push towards a position
on the Australian Lawn Bowls team."
Tune up: Combining his love of music and lawn bowls, Musn Michael
Bermingham is the ACT Lawn Bowls champion.
Photo by LCpl Mark Doran
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