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WORLD NEWS 17
Army September 15, 2011
By Flt-LT John McCourt
IT'S a story of two Aussie soldiers,
the East Timor Police Force (PNTL)
and a motorbike.
When Queensland police offic-
er and reservist Cpl Steve Gaudron
deployed to East Timor earlier this
year, he had no idea he would end
up standing alongside the country's
It all relates to a friendly-but-com-
petitive weapons contest between the
PNTL, the Australian-led International
Stabilisation Force (ISF) and the UN
Cpl Gaudron and Pte Jason Tanner,
both from the ISF's Anzac Coy, won the
day in a shooting competition held at
the PNTL's Liquica Range, west of Dili.
Their prize was a new motor-
bike. In East Timor, motorcycles are
a prized mode of transport due to
their economy of travel in narrow and
Given the lack of riding opportuni-
ties in the ISF, the soldiers decided to
donate their prize to the local police.
The chief of the PNTL,
Commander General Longuinhos
Monteiro, gratefully accepted the offer
and insisted Cpl Gaudron and Pte
Tanner join him in a ceremony to hand
over the bike.
The Aussie soldiers requested the
bike be donated to a local organisa-
tion supporting the families of PNTL
members killed or seriously injured in
the line of duty.
ISF commander Col Luke
Foster said the donation was gener-
ous and thanked the two soldiers for
Bike benefits police
Ride on: From left, Cpl Steve Gaudron, PNTL Chief Commander General Longuinhos Monteiro
and Pte Jason Tanner with the bike the diggers donated to an organisation supporting the
families of PNTL officers injured in the line of duty.
Photo by Flt-Sgt Mark Eaton
By Flt-Lt John McCourt
INTERNATIONAL Stabilisation Force (ISF) sol-
diers have found a new way to connect with com-
munities in Dili with the help of a few basketballs
donated from New Zealand's champion team.
The deputy commander of the ISF, New Zealand
Lt-Col Chris Powell, met 14-year-old local boy
Estevan Azu on a recent community patrol.
Quickly learning the youngster was a basket-
ball fanatic, Lt-Col Powell used his own network
back home in Auckland to call on the New Zealand
Breakers for help.
In a flash, the basketball champions lobbed six
official Breakers basketballs into East Timor and
Lt-Col Powell was happy to make a surprise presenta-
tion to Estevan and his siblings.
"Estevan's family is very poor by New Zealand
and Australian standards and they can't afford sports
equipment like new basketballs," Lt-Col Powell said.
New Zealand and Australian soldiers continue to
patrol Dili, but in the stable security environment,
patrols focus heavily on community engagement.
Sporting chance: From left, Jevanilson Pascoa,
ISF deputy commander Lt-Col Chris Powell,
Zenival Pascoa, WOFF Michael Kearney and
Estevao Pascoa try out the donated basketballs.
Photo by Sgt Bill Guthrie
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