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Army March 15, 2012
Cpl Melanie Schinkel
WITH snowboarder Sgt Bianca
Kaden leading the way, a team of
11 Army competitors achieved nine
podium positions at two snowsports
competitions against the British
Military in France in January.
They were part of an Australian
Defence Alpine Snowsports
Association triservice team of 21 per-
sonnel which participated in the bien-
nial Exercise Alpine Challenge. The
team members trained in Italy's Aosta
Valley and represented the ADF in
both the Royal Navy alpine champion-
ships in Tignes, France and the British
interservices snowsports champion-
ships in Meribel, France.
Army was represented in force at
both competitions with four skiers and
seven snowboarders. Its female com-
petitors took home medals and trophies.
Sgt Bianca Kaden achieved podi-
um positions at both championships
including winning the slopestyle and
finishing second in the boarder cross
events in Tignes.
"I trained particularly hard for the
slopestyle event so I was stoked to take
out first place," Sgt Kaden said.
"Air Force's Flt-Lt Amanda
Gosling was a big challenge for me
during the boarder cross event.
"She narrowly beat me after
I clocked the two fastest qualifying
times and led the final race two-thirds
down the course."
Sgt Kaden also collected a bronze
medal for the boarder cross event in
"I placed third in the boarder cross
WITH an eye on the national
powerlifting championships in
August, PTI Cpl Callan Metzger
got to see how the other half
trained last month.
He and fellow PTI Sgt Rob
Kawana joined two Air Force lift-
ers in a combined weight training
day at Buddy's Gym in Adelaide.
Trainers from MassiveJoes.com
and Buddies Gym in Adelaide had
prepared a 90-minute workout for
the ADF quartet they coined The
The workout consisted of five
different exercises to complete,
with four sets per exercise. The
goal was 10-15 repetitions for each
set.It was not Cpl Metzger's normal
training routine but he said it was
great for camaraderie and a chance
to see what he could learn from the
To the layman, lifting might
seem like a lot of the same thing.
Muscle-bound people trying to
outdo each other by lifting heavier
and heavier weights. But that's
wrong. There are clear distinctions.
The weightlifting at the
Commonwealth and Olympic
Games involves snatch, and clean
and jerk events where competitors
raise the weights above their heads.
Powerlifting has three events --
the squat, the bench press and the
deadlift -- and it's the combined
score that counts.
On February 25, Cpl Metzger,
of 16 Ground Liaison Section
at RAAF Base Edinburgh, won
a club competition in Adelaide
conducted by the Power Training
Against 14 other powerlifters,
he weighed in at 86kg and reached
180kg in the squat, 130kg in the
bench press and 230kg in the
His performance did not quite
reach his expectations but it was
good enough for him to oust the
next-best competitor who weighed
in 40kgs heavier.
Cpl Metzger fell short of the
combined 570kg he will need to
record to qualify for the national
titles which will be held in Albury
"My best is 555kg but I think
I can qualify," he said. "I've only
been power lifting for not much
more than a year so there's room
Cpl Metzger will not have long
to find out. He hopes to contest
the coming Victorian regional
titles at Frankston.
Weight makes all
Weight date: Cpl Callan Metzger performs a
deadlift in training. Photo by LAC Nicci Freeman
That's snow business
after qualifying as the seventh fastest
"I would've been well placed
to challenge for gold or silver but a
British Army competitor had a nasty
fall in my path which caused a serious
"Fortunately, I managed to dust
myself off and finish the race in third
position with only some deep bruising
to the back of my thighs. The British
Army rider had to be removed from the
course on a stretcher."
During the championships in
Tignes, the Army women also achieved
success in the skiing events.
Maj Claire Baker won gold in the
Super-G, crossing the line just two sec-
onds ahead of her nearest Royal Navy
rival. She also achieved bronze in the
LCpl Zoey Pepper had podium fin-
ishes in three events with silver medals
for the giant slalom and slalom events
as well as third place in the Super-G.
Cpl Kris Rayner took home a bronze
medal for the giant slalom event.
Additionally, the ADF female ski
team comprising three Army and four
Navy skiers placed second in the team
competition at Meribel.
Sgt Kaden said the best part of
the trip was watching a full team
of female snowboarders gradually
"Women's snowboarding is still in
its infancy in the ADF.
"The time on the snow during this
tour enabled the girls to focus on their
riding technique and iron out old hab-
its that were inhibiting their progres-
sion back home.
"I was particularly impressed by
the efforts of Army team riders Lt Julie
Lakotij and Capt Katie Chapman."
The Army alpine snowsports cham-
pionships will be held at Perisher,
NSW in August.
Army's best performers will then
compete at the national interservice
competition at Perisher from August
To get involved in these coming snowsports
events visit the Army Alpine Snowsports
Association website on the DRN.
Col Phillip Langworthy
Maj Claire Baker
Capt Marcus Luciani
Cpl Kris Rayner
LCpl Zoey Pepper
Capt Katie Chapman
Sgt Bianca Kaden
Lt Julie Lakotij
Sig Brendon Holland
Cpl John Kelly
Pte Nathan Pedemont
Powder up: Sgt Bianca Kaden shreds down the slope during the boarder female slopestyle event at the 2012 Royal Navy Alpine Championships in
Snowboarder leads Army members with distinction against British on the slopes of France
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