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Army August 30, 2012
IF YOU thought the Olympics were
the only place the spotlight shone
brightly on Australian sailors, you
need to look closer to home.
Last month the Australian
Defence Sailing Association (ADSA)
fielded 11 boats in the national Tasar
championships in Darwin.
Tasars are fibreglass dinghies
with two sails and two crew mem-
bers. The boats are of identical
design, providing an even playing
surface for competitors.
The Australian championships
from July 14-21 were sailed over 10
races with the two worst races dis-
The ADSA team comprised 24
personnel from the three services and
the public service.
Maj Peter Blanchard, of Norforce,
and Maj Candice Cushway, of HQ 5
Bde, were the two Army representa-
Maj Blanchard has been learning
how to sail since last year with his
skipper Deb Negus, who is a mem-
ber of the Darwin Sailing Club. They
came 11th in the Lady Helm section.
Maj Cushway, the defend-
ARMY'S players won four of the
eight titles at stake in the ADF squash
carnival at RAAF Base Williamtown
from August 5-10.
Army squashed the aspirations of
their hapless rivals, from more than 50
carnival participants, to win the men's
masters title as well as the men's B, D
and E-grade titles.
Sgt Jason Turk, of ASEME, won
the men's masters final, beating CPO
Dough Tebbit 3-0 in the best-of-five
sets.It was Sgt Turk's first national
championship in a campaign spanning
"The training and dedication has
finally paid off and at last I have a tro-
phy to show for my efforts," he said. "I
was runner-up in 2010 so it's fantastic
to win this year."
Sgt Dan Foyel won the B-grade
title, defeating Cmdr Max Muller 3-1.
"I'm very happy with the win over
a very experienced opponent, which I
think reflects the quality of the coach-
ing and match experience we benefited
from during the week," he said.
OCdt Torin Kelderman, of ADFA,
beat Capt Morgan Reid 3-0 to claim
the D-grade title.
"Each set was hard and I only won
by a few points," he said. "In the final
I kept Capt Reid a little deeper in the
court, which provided some opportu-
nities for sneaky soft volleys that he
couldn't always recover."
WO2 Peter Magers, from
Randwick Barracks, won the men's
E-grade championship beating
Gnr Justin Do
the men's C-g
which Maj Ja
lost the decid
said only one
of the five
o came close in
grade final in
Sailing home on teamwork
Army shakes up squash John Martin
LAST year the organisers of the World
Crossfit Games threw in an ocean
swim and competitors had go out and
buy swim wear.
This year they didn't think to pack
So says Capt Ally Muller, of the
Combat Training Centre, who was
one of three Army members in the
six-person Crossfit Townsville Tropic
Thunder team, which qualified for the
world games from July 13 to 15.
The team -- which also included Pte
Scott MacKenzie, of A Coy 1 MP Bn,
and Pte Trent Shannon, of 4 Fd Regt,
Flt-Lt Melissa Hill and civilians Bryce
Knight and Kate Wade -- finished 28th
out of 43 in front of 11,000 people or
more each day in Carson, California.
The team had to compete in four
workouts, which included burpees,
thrusters, lifting weights, running, rope
climbs, skipping, squats and pull-ups --
none of which they were warned about
but none of which was out of the norm.
Riding the waves: Maj Candice Cushway, front, crews for Sub-Leut Jennifer Lowe on their way to finishing 45th out of 62.
ing Australian Masters Tasar crew,
crewed for Sub-Leut Jennifer Lowe.
It was their first time sailing together
and they finished 45th out of a fleet
"Both boats fared quite well
considering the limited time sailing
together," Maj Blanchard said.
The ADSA's best performers were
Wg-Cdr Nick Grey and Cdre Rick
Longbottom who finished second,
winning the Australian Masters title
in the process.
The next national titles will be
held from December 28 to January 4
at Victor Harbour in South Australia.
For more results go to www.tasar.com.au
For more information on the ADSA email
Hard hitting: B
Foyel, left, and
by Cpl Mark
But a workout on day one did
throw up a curly one. It was called Big
Bob and it was a surprise because it
was custom made for the games.
Basically, the team had to push a
sled laden with heavy weights for 100
yards, then attach ropes to it and pull it
back again -- on a grassy surface.
Capt Muller said the games gave
the team an unbelievable experience.
"The sport has come so far in the
space of only a few years. We were
treated like royalty and received the
best nutrition, medical support and
equipment to train and compete in."
nationals before. "The transforma-
tion from rookie to skilled player
was remarkable and speaks volumes
of the emerging quality players that
Defence has uncovered in this carni-
val," he said.
"The Defence Sports Council
sponsored former world no.1
and Australian coach of the year
Michelle Martin to provide coach-
ing, which dramatically accelerated
Defence sailors make their mark on the national championships in Darwin
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