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4Southbound soldiers prep
AN EXPEDITION to the South Pole
is not your typical adventure or physi-
cal training activity and with the added
difficulty of injury the team has been
training hard to make the most of this
Cpl Seamus Donaghue said he has
focussed on a combination of cardio,
weight, strength and flexibility train-
"To mix it up a little I've been
doing swim training," he said.
"Alternating between fast interval
and slower, long distance sessions."
His varied training and physiother-
apy visits are focussed on regaining
his range of leg movement and getting
him to the level required by the harsh
Pte Heath Jamieson said preparing
for the cold would be the biggest chal-
"Being born and bred in sunny
Australia, expected temperatures of
minus 45 degrees in Antarctica are
not something you come across every
day," he said.
"As part of my rehabilitation I've
been doing a combination of 1.5km
beach swims, weight training, pack
work and bike sessions."
WO2 Scott Warby said he has
been getting ready for Antarctica by
following a dedicated training pro-
gram including cardio, endurance and
"I've made a harness out of an
Army belt, H harness, carabineers and
rope to tow a tyre," he said.
"Plus I've bought two walking
poles to get used to walking with these
in my hands."
Along with his program he also has
a weekly fitness regime from the com-
bat hardening program that is run as
part of his rehabilitation in Townsville.
This weekly training includes inter-
val training, cardio, boxing, cycling
and endurance marching and is aimed
at preparing him for his future physical
tests and to improve his running.
Having never experienced severe
cold weather as Townsville is hot
and humid WO2 Warby said he goes
walking with his poles towing the tyre
"[I get some] very strange looks
along the way!" he said.
CPL SEAMUS DONAGHUE
PTE HEATH JAMIESON
WO2 SCOTT WARBY
CPL Seamus Donaghue joined
the Australian Army in 2005 and
after initial employment training
with the Royal Australian Infantry
Corps was posted to 5/7RAR.
Cpl Donaghue deployed to Iraq
in 2005 and 2007, Timor-Leste in
2008 and Afghanistan in 2010.
It was in Afghanistan that Cpl
Donaghue was wounded during
an engagement with insurgents,
sustaining a gunshot wound to
his right thigh, resulting in a shat-
tered femur and nerve damage to
Currently posted to the Soldier
Recovery Centre in Brisbane, his
rehabilitation has been ongoing
for more than 24 months and has
been a challenging and humbling
Cpl Donaghue believes the
expedition will raise awareness
of the sacrifices made by all
physically and mentally wounded
soldiers and acknowledge their
ongoing efforts in regaining
health, wellbeing and quality of
"When the possibility of par-
ticipating in the expedition came
up, I thought it was a great way to
recognise the people who have
supported me throughout my
rehabilitation," he said.
"I am proud to be involved and
am pleased to be able to contrib-
ute to a really good cause."
PTE Heath Jamieson joined the
Australian Army in 2006.
Completing his initial employment
training with the Royal Australian Infantry
Corps he commenced Commando
selection training and was posted to 2
Cdo Regt (then 4RAR Cdo) in 2007.
Pte Jamieson has worked with
Tactical Assault Group East and
deployed to Afghanistan in 2009, 2010
It was during his 2011 deployment
that he was wounded in an engagement
with insurgents, sustaining a gunshot
wound to the neck.
He received significant damage to
his vertebrae, spinal cord and a brachial
Barely able to walk and having lim-
ited use of his left arm, he commenced
his rehabilitation immediately and made
significant progress, resuming work in
Pte Jamieson said he was looking
forward to sharing the challenge of a
great adventure with a team of like-mind-
ed and motivated people.
"It is a great privilege to be included
in this expedition and an honour to have
the opportunity to represent wounded
soldiers who have given so much for
their countries," he said.
"This expedition will raise aware-
ness of their sacrifice and allow chari-
ties to continue to provide the much
WO2 Scott Warby had always
wanted to join the Army and
in 1991 he enlisted into the
Royal Australian Infantry
Throughout his career he
has been posted to a range of
units including 3RAR, School
of Infantry and, most recently,
the Combat Training Centre
where he assists in preparing
soldiers to deploy on opera-
He has deployed on opera-
tions to the Solomon Islands,
Timor-Leste and Afghanistan
as well as domestic border
In 2011 while deployed to
Afghanistan he was shot in
the right lower-leg.
Passing through the mus-
cle, the round missed the
bone but he later experienced
WO2 Warby said as soon
as he heard about the expedi-
tion he thought it would be a
"I believe the expedition
will bring back some of the
confidence and sense of
purpose that I feel I have lost
since my injury," he said.
"I became aware of the
importance of rebuilding
myself as a soldier and not
let one incident destroy my
desire to be the best soldier I
"I want to show other sol-
diers that you can come back
bigger and better than before."
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