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Army March 29, 2012
Maj Wendy Luxmoore
A TEAM of 15 adventurous ADF mem-
bers confronted the rugged Tasmanian
coastline, conquering fears and advanc-
ing their sea kayaking skills.
Exercise Tasman Advance was
conducted by the Army White Water
Association (AWWA) for 10 days in
Led by experienced Sea Kayaking
Unit Adventurous Training Leaders
(UATLs), the novice group completed
paddles at the Tasman Peninsula and
Adverse sea weather conditions chal-
lenged participants on the Houn and
Derwent Estuaries, as well as on a chilly
20km alpine bushwalk in Mount Field
Highlights for the participants includ-
ed paddling past the Isle of the Dead at
Port Arthur, exploring Constitution Dock
in Hobart, paddling the Tasman Arch
and the Candlestick, exploring sea caves,
giant kelp forests and a seal colony.
As a first-time kayaker, Pte Harvey
Griggs, of 2FSB, said he was blown
away by the beauty and challenges of
the water-based environment.
"For sheer amazement and some-
times terrifying thrills and spills I can-
not think of a better way to develop indi-
viduals and leaders," Pte Griggs said.
"The variety of contexts provided as
well as the thorough and rigorous plan-
ning and implementation of the activi-
ties made me feel safe and secure."
The UATLs were able to bring out
the best in each team member by guid-
ing each person to exceed his or her
limit, leave comfort zones behind and
conquer Tasmania's environment.
Under the guidelines of Canoeing
Australia, eight of the participants
were awarded basic skills awards and
four UATLs qualified for the sea guide
Exercise Tasman Advance 13 will be held from
January 3-13, 2013. For more information con-
Cpl Mark Doran
"IT FELT like I was swimming
on the spot," is how LCpl Ally
Grima described the latter part of
the Rottnest Channel Swim she
completed with fellow 109 Sig
Sqn member Sig Brenda Evans
on February 25.
Now classed as the world's larg-
est open water swimming event,
the 19.7km crossing from Cottesloe
Beach to Rottnest Island attracts
thousands of swimmers from 14 to
80-plus years old.
Calling themselves Team
Blue, Sig Evans and LCpl Grima
competed with two WA swim-
mers, Jennifer Stubbs and Andrew
Cameron, in a tag team to make the
crossing in 7hr 39min.
LCpl Grima had been going
to Rottnest Island for the past 10
years to watch the race before
finally deciding to enter and said
she wished she had done it earlier.
"When it was confirmed we
were in the event the training
became full-on from November
and we were swimming three to
four times a week," LCpl Grima
"During the race we started
with five-minute rotations, then
cut them down to three minutes
to increase our speed. We con-
tinued like that for the remaining
Capt Yong Yi
THEY may be small in number at RAAF Base
Wagga, but a raft of craftsmen took line honours in
the 2012 Gumi Defence Force Challenge Race held
in Wagga Wagga on February 26.
The race, classified as the world championships
for Gumi (Goom-i is a Pidgin English meaning "rub-
ber") states that the means of flotation must be at
least 80 per cent by inflated inner tubes.
Four Defence teams from RAAF Base Wagga
entered the race with all three services represented by
the aircraft trade trainees from the RAAF School of
Technical Training. The fourth team was made up of
staff from the Development, Evaluation and Training
Team captain Cfn Zackary Gutteridge, Cfn Wade
McLaren, Cfn Philip Rutherford, Cfn Leigh Sparks,
Cfn Luke Williams and secret weapon Catherine Jago
(wife of Sgt Ian Jago, Army instructor) paddled their
way to a convincing victory in the 7km race, covering
the course in 1hr 41min, ahead of the Navy, Air Force
and the DETS teams.
The winning raft, built by the team, was simplistic
in design, colourful and proved exceptionally func-
tional as a river crossing platform. It featured a giant
mural of the RAEME corps badge, had a RAEME tri-
colour flag and was armed with a handmade wooden
.50 cal machine gun.
The Navy, Army and Air Force trainees got right
behind the cause and manufactured three unique rafts.
The DETS raft needed battle damage repairs during
the operational test and evaluation phase just minutes
before the launch.
The Navy raft was built to withstand rough seas
and the Air Force trainee raft included a built-in bar-
becue and provided an excellent service to all compet-
itors by feeding them as they floated down the river.
The race is held to raise money for Apex and more
than 110 rafts entered in a range of different world
The winning raft will be kept and handed down to
Kayakers take to
high seas in Tassie
Swimmers must reach specific
points along the swim by specific
times or they will be disqualified.
A support team made up of
Andrew Hall and Paul Byrne
shared the roles of skipper and pad-
dler and joined the swimmers on
LCpl Grima said it was hard to
keep track of where she was in the
open water and the paddler's main
task was to keep her on course.
"The biggest challenge was
when the weather turned rough and
the water became choppy," she said.
"When you are feeling very
tired it is your mental attitude
which keeps you going, especially
over the last couple of kilometres
when the sea breeze comes in and
you have to battle it as well.
"I thought I would be exhila-
rated and jumping for joy when I
finished, but I had nothing left.
"I felt it was a fantastic achieve-
ment but it will also good to be able
to stop training for a while before
getting ready for next year's race."
Ocean dwellers: Jennifer Stubbs, left, and Sig Brenda Evans tag
each other to change swimmers during the Rottnest Channel swim
A raft of craftsmen take honours
on its way to
Sight seeing: ADF kayakers explore the Candlestick at Fortescue Bay as
part of Exercise Tasman Advance.
LCpl Ally Grima and Sig Brenda Evans conquer Rottnest
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