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ARMY rugby players will be out to avenge their
loss to Navy last year in both the men's and wom-
en's competitions at the Australian Services Rugby
Union (ASRU) championships to be played at
Victoria Barracks in Sydney from May 13-19.
Navy scored in the dying minutes of the deciding
men's game last year to snatch a 25-22 upset win
Army coaching director Capt Angus Baker said
the team was hungry to regain the title.
"It's difficult to determine how we will go," Capt
"But the players are really determined and
focused on getting one back.
"Like everyone, it's hard at the moment to retain
players given deployment and training commit-
He said Army had about 10 new players in the
squad and had kept about five from the ASRU team
"Two of the 10 are ADFA cadets which is excit-
ing for them and for us," he said.
"I think it's great for the cadets to mix it with all
ranks and they are both great players."
Capt Baker said the tournament would be a good
testing ground for the squad before a planned tour to
the US in late August.
"We will be playing in the Defence Force cham-
pionships where the Brits and French have also been
"It will be predominately a sevens competition
but we will take a full squad over in the hope of
playing some full matches."
The Navy women, combined with a small con-
tingent of RAAF players also took the honours off
Army last year with a 10-5 win. Army will be out to
win back the title it held for the previous six years.
Australian Services rugby union squads will be
announced at the end of the championships.
The women will face the British Army team in
Canberra the last week in May and a men's team
with play a one-off test in July. It is hoped the
ASRU women will also tour the UK in October.
Oar-some effort Army ready to
win back title
Sgt Andrew Hetherington
A PSYCHOLOGIST based at
the Puckapunyal Health Centre
has just completed an 18-month
journey to try to gain entry into
the one position up for grabs in
the 200m K1 kayaking team.
Army first featured Capt Kevin
Vowles' ambitions and tough,
self-imposed training schedule in
the March 17 edition last year.
Back then he'd just won two
silver medals, as pictured, in the
Victorian kayaking champion-
ships and was looking forward
to completing Olympic selection
"This is my biggest goal in
my kayaking career and to make
Olympic selection would be an
amazing achievement for me,"
Capt Vowles said in 2011.
Now, 18 months after begin-
ning his Olympic selection train-
ing, Capt Vowles revealed how
difficult it was to strive to wear
a green and gold Australian track
suit.His last chance to enter the
team in a mid-March Olympic
qualifier failed after he said he
performed below his expecta-
"Leading up to one of the last
qualifying events, I had one of
my best training sessions ever,
which indicated I had become
really good at training by myself
but not as good at racing against
other competitors," Capt Vowles
said. "Not training in a competi-
tive squad environment impacted
on my preparation for racing."
Trying to gain Olympic selec-
tion was an expensive experience
for him and took its toll on his
time and bank account.
"The journey was a chal-
lenge and at many times it felt
like I was climbing a mountain
or fighting a battle by myself,"
"During these times it was my
closest friends, family and work-
mates who helped me through."
Over the period he also learnt
a lot about himself.
"I've developed as a person
in many areas including mental
and physical robustness, knowl-
edge of physical and psychologi-
cal training, enhanced maturity,
awareness of the right and wrong
formula for an elite athlete and
what I value most in life," he
"I'm confident I've put in
100 per cent towards this goal
and now I'd like to devote time
towards other goals, including
starting a family and travelling
Would he do it all over again
if he had the chance?
"It's one hell of a commitment
and sacrifice but it's also been a
positive experience. I'd only do
it again if I had more resources
Epic journey ends for kayaker
Paddle power: Kayaker Capt Kevin Vowles narrowly missed qualifying
for the one available place left on the Australian Olympic Team.
Photo by Sgt Andrew Hetherington
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