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ARMY dominated the Australian Defence Sports
Triathlon Association (ADSTA) National Olympic
Distance Championship in Sydney on April 15 when
Sig Chris Brennan placed first among ADF com-
petitors and third overall in his age group and Maj
Karina Jones became the Women's ADSTA National
Olympic Distance Champion.
Sig Brennan, of 1 Sig Regt, clocked 2hr 5min 40sec
to secure third place in the men's 20-24 age group, beat-
ing more than 2000 competitors.
While he accumulated points across the National
Triathlon Series, it was the podium finish in Sydney that
secured him a place in the Olympic Distance Age Group
World Championships in Auckland in October.
"I've been racing about eight years now so I'm
pretty excited to have finally qualified for the World
Championships," the former junior elite sportsman said.
Triathlon newcomer Maj Jones, of HQ Forcomd, was
thrilled with her result.
"I only started racing about 18 months ago so I'm
very happy with my progress," she said.
Twenty-eight Army triathletes helped Army to a
clean sweep in the Sydney triathlon, which followed the
2000 Olympic course and included a 1.5km swim, 40km
cycle over Sydney Harbour Bridge and a 10km run
through the CBD.
One of about 50 ADF personnel to compete in the
event, Sig Brennan said the run was the most arduous of
the three disciplines.
"I finished the cycling first in my age group but the
race leaders who are Australian internationals got away
from me during the run," he said.
The Sydney event followed triathlons in Noosa
Heads and Geelong. Sig Brennan said he placed fourth
in Noosa, which was a good performance considering he
was hit by a car two weeks before the event.
The top three ADF male finishers in Sydney were
Sig Brennan, WO2 Gavin Wickham and Flg-Off Rowan
Beggs-French. The top three female finishers were Jodie
Baker, Capt Alisa Wickham and Maj Jones.
Capt Wickham, of ALTC, placed second in the ADF
category of the Sydney triathlon to add to her victory
in the ADF triathlon in Geelong, which marked a rare
family double triumph for her and her husband, WO2
Maj David Thomson, of HQ 1 Div, came within a
whisker of winning the men's title after being tied on
points with Navy's CPO Shanon Purcell after the first
two triathlons in Noosa Heads and Geelong.
Commandant RMC and ADSTA Patron, Brig Dave
Luhrs, was also a competitor and finished his first long
distance race for 10 years in 2hr 40min.
Other Army competitors were: Cfn Clinton Luxford, of 16 AD Regt,
Capt Peter Howden, of 16 Avn Bde, Pte Shannon Anderson, of
2GHB, Cpl Michael Dobson, of 2GHB, Sgt Greg Woodward, of 6RAR,
Maj Ian Perrin, of AASPO, Chap Cameron West, of 2/14LHR (QMI),
Cpl Jemma Osmand, of 20STA, Capt Nicholas Munday, of DINTTC,
Capt Matt Blair, of DINTTC, Cpl Andrew Eddie, of 87 Sqn, Capt Dave
Cave, of ADFA, Maj Adam McIntosh, of CDG, Maj Peter Thomas,
of AAB Kapooka, Cpl Matt Julian, of 1RTB, Capt David Ueda, of
LSD, Cpl Cristine Ashcroft, WO2 Lynnette Houghton, Capt David
Thompson, of AAB Newcastle, Sgt Nigel Peacock, of ADFA, Maj Iain
Addinell of AHQ.
Top results in Sydney
WITH less than two months
before lifts start turning at ski
resorts around Australia, Army
skiers and boarders have already
set their sights on the 2012 Alpine
Snowsports Championships with
applications now open.
Army Alpine Snowsports
Association president Maj Murray
Nelson is confident Army can field
a strong team in 2012 and retain
the overall championship trophy.
"The Army snowboarders have
dominated ADF snowboarding for
the past eight years and are the cur-
rent men's and women's champion
team, but no doubt the other ser-
vices will be hungry for a win," he
said.Last year's competition was
close, with some falls by Army
ski racers placing Navy in the lead
before the last event, the boarder-
cross, where Army boarders rallied
together to claw back the lead.
This year both the Army
Championships (July 29 to August
4) and the ADF Interservices
Championships (August 5-10) will
be held at Perisher, NSW.
Held in Victoria in recent years,
the new venue has been designed
to provide competitors with more
"The greater variety of terrain
and larger area should offer better
race courses and more challeng-
ing boarder-cross and skier-cross
events," Maj Nelson said.
Boarders are in for a treat as
slopestyle makes its debut for the
2012 ADF Championships.
In slopestyle boarders test their
freestyle skills on jumps, rails and
boxes and are judged on amplitude,
difficulty of trick and style.
All participants must have CO
approval and be AIRN compliant
for medical and fitness. No racing
experience is needed but the event
is physically demanding and partic-
ipants should start preparing now.
Applications close on June 21.
More information and application forms
are available at http://intranet.defence.
gov.au/armyweb/sites/AAASA/, or skiers
can email email@example.com.
au and boarders can email troy.radbone@
Triathlete Sig Chris Brennan proves he has what it takes to make the world titles
Podium finish: Sig Chris Brennan proudly displays his trophy; inset, running toward the finish
line after a gruelling 2hr 5min 40sec.
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