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Army February 28, 2013
On the up: Winner of the Army Surf Riders' Association trials, Lt Travis Battison, shows his style at
Scotts Head last year.
Photo by Mathew Simpson
Cpl Bill Solomou
ARMY Surf Riders' Association
(ASRA) members will be compet-
ing in the upcoming Interservice
Surfing Championships in May to
decide the champion wave riders
ASRA member WO2 Martin
Fisher said all Army members could
join regardless of experience.
"You do not need to have prior
experience or ride a certain type of
craft," WO2 Fisher said.
"It is open to all wave riders and
female members are also encour-
aged to join."
Meanwhile, 12 budding Army
surfers participated in a variety of
training activities, culminating with
a judged competition at Scotts Head
on the NSW mid north coast, in
"There were daily fitness and
skills activities," WO2 Fisher said.
The first three places were taken
out by Queensland members, with
Gallipoli Barracks Provisional
Psych Lt Travis Battison taking out
"For me the bits that stand out
are actually the moments between
the waves. Everyone laughing,
swapping boards, hooting each
other," Lt Battison said.
For more information contact: Army Surf
Riders Association -- WO1 Stu Brook;
SE QLD Chapter -- Lt Rob White, or Sgt
Stephen Crane; NSW -- Maj Myles
Conquest; WAQ -- Maj Alex Cheeseman;
ACT -- LtCol Brad Smith; Intra-service com-
petition -- Cpl Kieran Toohey.
May day for Army surfers
Cpl Max Bree
MOST girls grow up playing hop-
scotch or with skipping ropes but
Pte Sarah Teed spent her schoolyard
days going head-to-head against the
boys at ice hockey.
Now a medic at the Army Aviation
Centre, Pte Teed has been selected for
the fourth time to represent Australia
in an international ice hockey competi-
tion.She will travel to Auckland for the
International Ice Hockey Women's
Championship on April 8.
Born in Melbourne, Pte Teed
moved to the US aged three and then
to Canada, where she started playing
ice hockey aged nine.
In a small town outside Montréal,
Pte Teed began taking on the boys at
ice hockey on a rink in the schoolyard
and went on to play in the boys com-
At 14, she went to boarding school
in the US and discovered women's ice
hockey referees wouldn't allow the
same kind of smash-up tactics she was
used to in the men's game.
"It's different; you need to rely on
your skills," she said.
"It's easier to just fly into a play
and look for the puck afterwards. But
in the women's you're not allowed
to do that; you have to be a bit more
Pte Teed was first called up to the
Australian team when she was 15
and played in two world champion-
ships and one tri-nations competition.
After playing at the world champi-
onships in 2003, Pte Teed and the team
returned with gold medals for winning
Before coming back to Australia
and joining the Army, she also turned
down a spot on the Montréal women's
"It's not good money for the wom-
en's team," she said. "It's good for
the men but I could make more in a
Currently playing for the Victorian
team, Pte Teed flies interstate to play
in the national ice hockey competition,
playing two games on one weekend
But she isn't worried about getting
on a plane every couple of weeks.
Cpl Nick Wiseman
THE Spartan Race series will pre-
miere on March 2 in Melbourne with
11 keen staff members from the School
of Artillery set to compete in what is
described as the toughest race series in
Smaller and shorter than the Tough
Mudder race, the Spartan Race sprint
will challenge competitors over a series
of obstacles across a 7km sprint.
A key difference over Tough Mudder
is if competitors do not complete, or
miss an obstacle, a penalty of 30 burpees
Team member Sgt Andrew Cox said
a few of the members had done other
events but they wanted to do something
"It's the first time the Spartan Race
has been run in Australia," he said.
"We thought it would be great to raise
some money and awareness as well as
some fun with the boys."
The team has received sponsorship
from several businesses and plan to
donate all proceeds to the Commando
Welfare Trust Fund.
Sgt Cox said he hoped they could
make it an annual event.
"It would be good to make this a reg-
ular thing depending on workload each
year," he said.
"We'd change charities to help raise
awareness for each one."
The obstacles in the Spartan Race
are designed to challenge both mental
and physical fitness with actions such as
running, climbing, dragging, lifting and
dodging required to successfully com-
Working in the same area has meant
the team members already train together
but they have also planned a dedicated
training program focusing on how they
approach obstacles and working with
each other's strengths and weaknesses.
"Some have done Tough Mudder
before and the others have done various
obstacle courses," Sgt Cox said.
"It's only the spacing between the
obstacles that changes, but at least there
is no body armour this time."
Team members: LBdr Josh Brinkhuizen, LBdr
Simon Vescio, Cpl Mitch Stirling, Sgt Anthony Bray,
Sgt Daniel Brauman, Sgt Andrew Cox, Sgt Nathan
Swindell, Sgt Josh Tschiderer, WO2 Andrew Crump,
WO1 Reg Grundell, Capt James Manchip.
Artillery members fired up
for Spartan Race Series
Ice queen on
Ice breaker: Pte Sarah Teed in action.
Photo by Mark Bradford
International competition awaits for medic
"I'll play hockey and when the
hockey weekend is over, it's kind of
a bummer," she said. "I love it, I'd go
anywhere for it."
Her sister was also selected for the
Australian team at a series of trials late
"All my team mates were saying
'don't worry you're going to make the
team'," she said. "But there's always
that worry that you're not going to
"It's more than just skill; it's every-
thing you put into it as well."
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