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Army March 14, 2013
By Gumi: One of the two Army teams to contest the Gumi Race, pictured here with the Governor-
General Quentin Bryce after the race on the Murrumbidgee River near Wagga Wagga.
PTIs get their Gumi on
Cpl Jason Lockwood
ARMY PTIs from Kapooka stole the
show when Air Force hosted the annual
Gumi Race on the Murrumbidgee River
on February 17.
This year, Kapooka PTIs decided to
enter the event and a few days later an
elite team of six members was formed.
A program outlined a training and
diet regime, but since the race was on
the next day, an executive decision
was made to skip a few phases and go
straight to the final phase of recovery.
A river vessel was immediately
designed, built and tested in the rough
and unknown waters of the Kapooka
On the day of the race, one could not
deny the creativity of the other teams,
however, it was clear that the PTIs
possessed not only the stamina but the
overall muscular physique required to
take home the gold.
Finishing the race in 85 minutes,
Army was 16 minutes ahead of the sec-
ond-placed Navy, despite the soldiers
setting sail on board one of the more
Army set to
THE Army Australian Football Association is assem-
bling its male and female squads ahead of the National
Interservice Carnival in Melbourne from April 10-21.
At the 2013 national carnival, Army is seeking to
defend both titles won in 2012.
Army player Capt Rodney Davis said the male
squad was still looking for some experienced Australian
footballers to round out its side.
“We are seeking footballers currently playing com-
petitive civilian football to fill some key positions,”
Capt Davis said.
Meanwhile, Army female player Lt Alexandra Smith
has invited players with or without Australian rules
experience to join the female squad.
“We are always on the look out for girls who want
to experience playing football,” Lt Smith said.
The Army squads will unite in Melbourne on April 9
and be accommodated at Simpson Barracks, Watsonia.
The squads will conduct a training camp ahead of
games against the Air Force on April 17 and the Navy
on April 20.
Interested and available personnel are invited to sub-
mit their details for consideration at
For more information contact WO2 Wayne Morley (male coach) at
email@example.com, or Lt Alex Smith (female coordina-
tor) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHEN RAAF Base Edinburgh
opened its runway to a field
of fun-runners and walkers on
February 22, organisers were
left to rethink their strategy of
inviting a group of soldiers who
ran away with the spoils.
The inaugural RAAF Base
Edinburgh Runway Fun Run/
Walk, hosted by 453 Sqn
Edinburgh Flight, saw more than
400 people participate in a 4.6km
The course took in the leisure-
ly surrounds of the airfield and
began with a straight stretch of
2.4km along the runway, which
most people would never have
seen up close.
453 Sqn Edinburgh Flight
Commander, Sqn-Ldr Trevor
Langford said the turnout was too
large for the 45-seat coach organ-
ised to take participants to the
start line, so a light 1.2km ‘warm
up’ was included for those eager
“The 2.4km straight proved to
be daunting for some, and for oth-
ers a little misleading, as they took
off like rabbits for the finish line
only to realise shortly after that
the line did not appear as close as
it looked,” Sqn-Ldr Langford said.
The healthy Army presence
included a 30-man team from 102
Coral Bty which completed the
run as a troop wearing DPCUs
and in patrol order.
Entrants were also provided
with their 2.4km time to help with
BFA training, as well as the final
time for the 4.6km.
Spr Jack Armstrong, of 9 Fd
Sqn, recorded the fastest 2.4km
time of 8min 36sec by. He also
managed second overall for the
Pte Ben McIntyre, of 7RAR,
was the overall winner in 17min
Sqn-Ldr Langford said given
the interest in the inaugural fun
run/walk, another was being
planned and may even include a
better prize for winning.
“Although receiving a ‘high
five’ from the PTIs was still a
proud moment for the winners,”
“Clearly Air Force will have
to lift its game, or neglect to
invite the Army if we intend to
win next time.”
On the run: Members of 102 Coral Bty, 8/12 Regt, participate in the 4.6km RAAF Base Edinburgh Fun Run.
Photo by Cpl Colin Dadd
Ruck and roll: Five-time Army representative Lt
Rob Frankland wins the ruck contest and delivers
the ball to on-baller WO2 Brad Percy.
Soldiers steal victory after invite to Air Force fun run
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