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Army February 14, 2013
A CHARITY rugby league match in
honour of fallen soldier Sgt Matthew
Locke will be played on February 23 at
his home town of Bellingen, on the NSW
The charity match will pit the play-
ers of Army Thunder up against the
Bellingen Magpies, who play in the
Group Two competition.
Sgt Locke, who was killed in
Afghanistan in 2007, played junior rugby
league with the Bellingen club, which
now honours his sacrifice with the annual
match. The match also raises money
for Legacy, the Grub Club -- helping
to educate Afghan children -- and local
children's sporting and cultural organisa-
There will also be plenty of raffles
and auctions on the day.
Kick off nears for charity match
AT 33, WO2 Jason Hartley --
Petroleum Manager at Oakleigh
Training Depot -- was watching his
10-year-old son race a BMX bike
around dirt tracks in Queensland
in 2007 when a thought hit him.
"I was watching all the age
groups race that day and I thought
'look at these crazy old blokes rac-
ing around the track too'. Then I
thought 'Hey! I'm a crazy old bloke.
Let me have a go'," he laughs.
In 2008 he raced just for some
fun. Not doing anything by halves,
he then entered the World BMX
Championships in 2009, coming
19th in his age group.
Now 38, WO2 Hartley is ranked
sixth in Australia in the 35-39 years
age class, after competing in the
recent Australian National titles in
The inaugural round of the
National Series was hosted by the
Nerang BMX Club on the Gold
Coast on January 4 and 5, followed
by the Nerang Internationals on
January 5 and 6.
He narrowly missed out on
the semi-final round for the national
series, but placed third in the 30-plus
masters at the Nerang International
"I was bitten by the BMX bug in
2009 when I competed at the Worlds
and I've been chasing state and
national titles around the country
ever since," WO2 Hartley says.
Young at heart: WO2 Jason Hartley (left) takes on the first jump during the Nerang Internationals on the
Gold Coast from January 5-6.
Photo by Cpl Bryce Girdler
Soldiers put in strong performance at international meet
ADF AT NERANG
WO1 Adrian South -- 10th in
40-44 year men's cruiser class.
PO Jason May -- Third in 40-44
year men's 20" class.
Cpl Bryce Girdler -- Third in 35-39
men's cruiser class.
dominate in fun run
Maj Jo-Anne Ikin
ARMY'S Cpl Stephanie Hall showed
a clean pair of heels to be the best-per-
formed ADF runner in the 2012 annual
Sussan Women's Fun Run, which raised
more than $80,000 for the fight against
Both 10km and 5km races were held
at St Kilda in Melbourne late last year,
with more than 3500 women running or
walking for the cause.
All three services were represented,
with six ADF competitors running in a
field of 2187 for the 10km run.
Cpl Hall finished sixth overall in a
time of 38min 48sec. Her effort also
gained her first place in the 35-39 age
Capt Alisa Wickham was the second
ADF runner across the line, with RAAF
member Sqn-Ldr Elizabeth Camilleri
managing third place in a very close
In the 5km race, 1390 women par-
ticipated, with Defence represented by
three individual runners, as well as a
nine-person team from 22 Const Regt.
Navy's Leut Debra Neil had an
awesome race and was the first ADF
runner in with a personnel best time of
20min 34sec, placing eighth overall. Her
achievement also earnt her a spot on the
podium with second place in 35-39 age
PO Rebecca Rodgers came in 11th
overall, achieving third place in the
Air Force's Flt-Sgt Diane Rogers was
the third ADF runner across the line.
Fun runners: From left: Sqn-Ldr Liz Camilleri, Spr Gabrielle Betros and
Maj Jo-Anne Ikin are all smiles after completing the 10km race at the Sussan
Women's Fun Run.
"My son missed out on the
World Titles, so he gets pretty jeal-
ous. He jokes around saying to me
'Ah, it's so easy for you in your age
"But after my successful year in
2012 he actually said to me 'Okay,
so you're pretty good'.
"He's 16 now, so I'm lucky I get
more than a grunt out of him, so
I think that was his way of saying
he was actually impressed," WO2
The January Nerang races were
the first BMX Australia events in
which ADF members came under
the Australian Defence Cycling
Club umbrella -- the fruit of much
labour by WO2 Hartley for their
riding subsection to gain formal rec-
ognition by the club.
WO2 Hartley will now continue
to ride in the national series, with
rounds in the ACT in March.
If he manages to make it to
the top 16 in Australia, he will
head off to the UCI BMX World
Championships in Auckland from
"I think I am capable of making
the top 16 in Australia, but from
there the classes change and I'll be
in the category of 30-years-and-
above, which opens the field right
up," WO2 Hartley explains.
"We have had to ride against one
guy who was going to the Olympics
and had only just turned 30, so it
can be tough competition. You can
really see the guys who have been
riding since they were kids -- the
skills are just amazing."
WO2 Hartley rides two bikes in
each race meet -- a 20-inch wheeled
BMX and a 24-inch wheeled bike in
It's been an impressive first six
years in the sport, and as he says
he's "not getting any younger", but
WO2 Hartley isn't about to give up
on those bustling packs that scream
through the twisting dirt turns and
fly over gut-churning jumps.
"Competing at the Worlds was
simply amazing -- it really just blew
me away. It was one of those pinch
yourself moments, like wow, I'm
representing my country! It'd be
great to get there again," he says.
"It can just depend on who turns
up at any one race, but I'd really
love to be able to get in the top eight
nationally. There are eight riders per
race, so it would be amazing to be
in that final race with the best."
Anyone interested in competing in BMX
racing as a Defence sport should contact
the BMX representative for the Australian
Defence Cycling Club, WO2 Jason Hartley.
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