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Army October 25, 2012
AN AUSTRALIAN Defence
Parachuting Association (ADPA)
four-way formation skydiv-
ing team has finished third in
the Asia Military Parachuting
Championships in Indonesia.
The team was put together at
short notice and had just one
training weekend together before
boarding a plane to Jakarta on
It was the first ADF para-
chuting team to compete at an
international event in more than
The ADPA team consisted of
chief of mission Capt Fransisca
Molnar, team manager Sgt Mat
Hawkins, cameraman WOFF
Shaunn Segon, team captain
Sqn-Ldr Sean Walsh and team
members Flt-Lt Barry Calver, Cpl
Shane Pieschel and PO Marilyn
The group placed third out of
10 international teams, missing
second by just one point.
"It was an incredible sight
to see the team on the podium
receiving their medals and salut-
ing as the Australian flag was
hoisted," Capt Molnar said
Qatar won and the Indonesian
Army was second. Both these
other teams were fully sponsored
and had been training together
for a long time, unlike the fledg-
ing Australian team.
Sgt Hawkins was delighted.
"I'm proud of the team's
achievement given the triservice
and diverse geographical dispo-
sition the team had to overcome
to train for the event," Sgt
The team is
now training for
Championships, which will be
held at HMAS Albatross in Nowra
from December 14-23. ADPA has
invited Indonesia, Singapore,
New Zealand, Malaysia and
Thailand to attend.
For more information on ADPA email
ADF parachuting team comes third in
Asian competition after just one training session
WO2 Jane Wall was surprised when
she was named best lead for the tourna-
ment after the Australian Services Bowls
Association (ASBA) national cham-
pionships in Booval, Queensland, from
"I was very shocked to win it and
couldn't believe the selectors made that
decision," said WO2 Wall, who received
her award from Commonwealth singles
gold medallist Kelvin Kerkow.
WO2 Wall drew brilliantly for Victoria
in the triservice state-versus-state competi-
tion.Army beat Air Force in the service
event but couldn't match it with Navy and
"We need new players if we're to keep
pace with Navy," Maj Woods said.
ACT claimed the state title for the first
time in the event's 28-year history -- with
CPO Phil Black having to draw at least
second shot with the final bowl of the
match. Anything less would have given
Victoria the title.
WO2 Wall, Maj Woods and WO1
Sobolewski were selected in the ASBA
national squad along with Sgt Dale Reeves
and WO1 Mick Carley who had outstand-
ing games during the week's competition.
The squad will contest Australian open
qualifying in Melbourne in February,
vying against up to 200 civilian bowlers
for places in the main draw.
They will also contest the Soldiers
Point Six-Way Challenge in July, against
NSW Police, NSW RSL, NSW firefighters
and NSW greenkeepers.
For information about Defence lawn bowls, go
Bowled over by national championship win
Winner: WO2 Jane Wall receiving the Best Performed
Lead award from Commonwealth games Singles
Gold medalist Kelvin Kerkow.
PTE Andy Fernandes does not need much of a
reason to smile -- but he has extra reason now.
The gregarious reservist from 2/17RNSWR
won the ADF open men's bodybuilding title in
Darwin on September 29.
"The show was a blast," he said.
Judging from the photos that go with the story,
he had a ball on stage too.
"That's just me. I like to be happy up there."
And he certainly had reason to smile in
Darwin. Aside from winning the ADF title, he
also finished second in the International Natural
Bodybuilding Association (INBA) Northern
Territory men's open division.
He said it was a tough competition. He came
up against other challenging bodybuilders -- and
"they were big guys".
Not that Pte Fernandes is small.
He weighs in at 75kg right now.
But he returned home in February from an
eight-and-a-half month posting in East Timor, and
while he was in Dili topped the scales at 92.5kg.
He did some gym work in East Timor but his
training began in earnest when he arrived home.
He puts much of his weight loss down to
walking for two hours each day with his choco-
late Labrador Milo in the hills near his home in
Kellyville in Sydney.
Diet helped the weight cause too.
"No alcohol or chocolate for four months now."
In the lead-up to Darwin, Pte Fernandes
entered Australasian Natural Bodybuilding (ANB)
competitions in Newcastle, the Central Coast and
the INBA Lifestyle Classic in Bankstown, finish-
ing first, second and third respectively.
He ended his season at the ANB National event
on October 14, finishing fourth in the men's nov-
ice tall division.
All in all, it was not a bad debut year.
He's 30 now, so he knows he is making up for
Pte Fernandes' twin brother Angelo had some
success in the sport 11 years ago.
"He was my inspiration -- and how I knew it
was genetically possible."
Fittingly, Angelo was one of Pte Fernandes'
fans in the crowd in Darwin, alongside training
mate Jay Horden.
big in Darwin
Training hard: Reservist Pte Andy Fernandes,
of 2/17RNSWR, won the ADF open men's
Photo by Jay Horden
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