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Army April 12, 2012
LANDING medals in their first
national competition was above
and beyond expectation for
two skydivers at the Australian
National Canopy Piloting
Championships at Picton from
Cpl Nathan Smith, of 2RAR,
won silver in speed and a bronze in
accuracy and Cpl Andrew Stewart
won silver in accuracy in the inter-
Both skydivers attributed their
good performances to the training
they received in the days leading up
to the competition.
"The whole event was really
good as we had coaching for two
days in a row before the competi-
tion started and that really helped,"
Cpl Smith said.
Cpl Stewart said the competition
was "just fantastic", he said.
"LAC Drew Lipinski is a legend
in the sport and a multi-winning
medallist, so to get tips from him
"We actually got to complete
20 jumps over two days before the
competition and had him on call to
give us some tips and answer ques-
LAC Lipinski is Australian
Defence Parachuting Association's
(ADPA) canopy piloting coach and
brought home gold in the accuracy
category in the open section.
"Both Cpl Smith and myself
beat much more experienced jump-
ers," Cpl Stewart said. "I even beat
a guy that had done more than 6000
jumps and I have only done about
500 and Cpl Smith about 1500."
Both members have spent con-
siderable time and personal expense
on equipment and training. They
said it was great that, since becom-
ing an approved sport late last year,
Defence now supported them to
compete at a national level.
"I've never played rugby or bas-
ketball or soccer or anything like
that where they get sent around
Australia and internationally to
compete," Cpl Smith said.
"So to get the same sort of sup-
port as those guys do is great.
"It takes a bit of the burden off
financially and is great for develop-
ing the sport through the training
camps and competitions."
Cpl Stewart said the excellent
support from Defence meant "we
are able to train and get funds from
work to compete and bring back
ADPA president Capt Francisca
Molnar said the canopy piloting
team was the first to represent
Defence since Sports Parachuting
gained approval as a sport.
"A number of ADPA teams
will be representing Defence
in other parachute disciplines at
national championships being held
at Toogoolawah, Queensland, in
April," Capt Molnar said.
"ADPA is quickly growing in
membership and sports parachuting
has a bright future with a wealth of
talent to choose from."
The small taste of success so far
has whetted the appetites of Cpls
Smith and Stewart, who both said
they would keep training and com-
peting where they could.
"I just love the sport," Cpl
Stewart said. "There are so many
different events. It's you and your
mates against the course rather than
competing against each other and
the camaraderie is fantastic.
"I'm hoping to compete in
the NSW state championships in
October and who knows, I'd love to
compete overseas also."
Cpl Smith said he would be
competing in Toogoolawah and also
would look at overseas options in
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SEVEN Army touch football players
were named in NSW and Queensland
state-of-origin squads after the National
State League in Port Macquarie, NSW,
from March 8-11.
They are Pte Manu Wakely (NSW
Mixed Open), Cpl Terrence Kong (NSW
men's 30s), Pte Kirsty Wakely (NSW
women's 35s), WO2 Tenna Jennings
(NSW women's 40s), Cfn Josh Woo
(Qld men's 30s), Maj Phil Corkeron (Qld
men's 35s) and Capt Steve McIntyre
(Qld men's 45s).
They were among 116 ADF person-
nel who went to Port Macquarie to
contest the titles against 123 teams from
The Australian Defence Touch
Association (ADTA) fielded six teams
in the 14 divisions contested: women's
open, men's open, men's 30s, men's 40s,
men's 45s and senior mixed divisions.
The best returns came in the men's
30s, the men's 40s and the senior mixed,
with all finishing fifth.
Despite having seven past or current
Australian representatives, three past or
current state-of-origin representatives
and three Defence Touch Hall of Famers
in the side, the men's 40s team just failed
to make the semi-finals in a very tough
Sgt Matt Lee received the coach's
award in the men's 40s team and Cpl
Cameron Scales won the coach's award
in the men's 30s team.
The players in the women's open
team went into their games lacking expe-
rience, with only three players having
experienced touch footy at the elite level
before. They did not win a game in a
division of 15 teams, but improved every
time they played,
Team captain, reservist PTI Nicole
Mitchell, led from the front until she
succumbed to injury midway through the
For the first time in a number of
years, the men's 45s Defence Warriors
team started the National State League
with a full squad of 14 players and were
aided by a non-playing coach.
The Warriors finished sixth of eight
teams and APS player Mark Aston was
voted players' player.
The men's open team, under the guid-
ance of team captain Spr Matt Griffiths,
was truly a national team with players
coming from Perth, Darwin, Hobart,
Brisbane, Adelaide, Townsville, Sydney
The team finished 13th from 14
teams and Cpl Mitch Annett was pre-
sented the coach's award.
Most of the ADF players arrived
at Port Macquarie ahead of the actual
tournament and spent some days honing
their skills in a training camp.
Three cooks provided an estimated
4000 meals for them over 11 days.
Five Air Force players and one from
Defence Signals Directorate were also
selected in the NSW state-of-origin
ARMY'S Australian foot-
ball association will again field
dominant sides in its quest
to win this year's Australian
Services Australian Football
Association (ASAFA) National
The event is being held from
April 17-21 in Melbourne, with
the Army men's side looking
to dictate terms against Navy
and Air Force in defence of its
19-point championship victory
over Navy in the 2011 decider.
The Army women's team will
also be spurred on to erase its
two-point championship defeat
at the hands of Navy from last
year's national carnival.
Army and Navy's men's and
women's teams will kick off
proceedings on April 17, fol-
lowed by Navy versus Air Force
on April 19. The carnival con-
cludes on April 21 with Army
tackling Air Force.
The champion service
team will be decided in the
third games, with the Jimmy
Smail Cup up for grabs in the
men's competition and the
Commodore Geoff Ledger Cup
in the women's titles.
A championship dinner and
awards ceremony will be held
after the matches on April 21,
where the respective men's and
women's all-stars teams will be
The ADF women's all-stars
will play against a Victorian
representative side on April 26,
while the men's all stars will
again take on the Australian
Combined Emergency Services
team at Adelaide Oval during
ASAFA chairman Brig
Matthew Hall said the national
championship was the pinnacle
of service representation for
"The carnival provides a
great opportunity for players to
represent their respective ser-
vices and the ADF," Brig Hall
"Spirited and fair compe-
tition is the hallmark of the
championship and spectators
are strongly encouraged to wit-
ness the high-quality action.
"Best of luck to all teams and
Making the grade: Pte Kirsty Wakely in action at the Touch World cup in
Scotland last year. She has been selected in the NSW women's 35s State
of Origin team.
Photo by Glen Eaton, Aisle 5 Photography
on their feet
Strong field for Aussie Rules titles
In the medals: LAC Drew Lipinski, left, Cpl Nathan Smith and Cpl Andrew Stewart with the medals they
won at the canopy piloting championship
Out of their league
in touch competition
Skydivers soar above expectations in first national comp
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