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Army June 7, 2012
TROOPS undertaking rehabilita-
tion at the 3 Bde Soldier Recovery
Centre in Townsville took on the
elements in a three-day adven-
turous training activity at Paluma
Exercise Recovering Soldier
ran from May 15-17 and included
a range of physically demanding
The centre OIC, Capt Simon
Bowen, said activities ranged from
an extended bouldering exercise
through a steep creek line, mountain
biking, kayaking, swimming and
hiking or trail running.
"The ultimate test of endurance
was a multi-sport race on day two,"
he said. "It was held in an adven-
ture race format and all members
were able to participate within their
The fastest through the course
was PTI and centre CSM WO1
Andy Cutts, who dominated the
kayak leg and established a race
winning lead before finishing in 1hr
20min, while the rest of the par-
ticipants came in over the next 50
"The intent of the activity was
for it to be physically arduous and
mentally challenging for partici-
pants," Capt Bowen said.
"We have three PTIs on staff at
the centre, so the PT program is
pretty robust and, for safety rea-
sons, a significant component of the
lead-up training for Ex Recovering
Soldier focused on developing
essential kayak and mountain bike
skills and improving endurance
capacity -- some sessions lasted up
to five hours."
Members participating in the
activity included a multi-sport
athlete who recently had a lung
removed due to cancer and wanted
to regain fitness, a soldier recover-
ing from a severely broken leg who
required field exposure time and a
soldier undergoing long-term reha-
bilitation for significant leg prob-
lems requiring a corps transfer.
"All members detached to the
Soldier Recovery Centre are consid-
ered too complex for their units to
manage effectively. The SRC gives
another option for unit commanders
to provide a place of parade for any
length of time depending on their
individual situation," Capt Bowen
"Regardless of whether they
continue to serve with the Army, the
use of adventure training challenges
the participants and helps build indi-
vidual confidence and self esteem."
The 3 Bde Soldier Recovery
Centre has been in operation from
mid last year.
Centres have been established
in several major bases throughout
Australia to manage soldiers with
both physical and non-physical inju-
ries undertaking individually tai-
lored rehabilitation programs.
The recovery challenge
Adventure training activity forms part of the rehabilitation program for Townsville's wounded, injured and ill
Looking for adventure: Soldiers from the 3 Bde Soldier Recovery Centre
practise assisted recovery drills in kayaks during Ex Recovering Soldier at
Paluma National Park. Inset top, PTI WO1 Andy Cutts leads the kayak leg
of the multi-sport race. Inset bottom, Pte Josh Mooney takes on the trails
during a mountain biking activity.
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