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September 17, 2009
By Michael Brooke
NAVY cyclist POET Dion Blair
stunned his rivals by pedalling through
the pain barrier to clinch victory in
the inter-Service Endurance Mountain
Bike Championship at Peppers Hill in
Queensland on August 23.
POET Blair and LSPT Darren Smith
helped Navy to first and second in the
gruelling 105km race.
POET Blair won the men's event in
5:3min from LSPT Smith in 5:13min.
POET Blair said the biggest challenge
was the 33-degree heat and the hilly ter-
rain, which combined to give him cramps.
"I suffered cramps about 10km from
the finish but just kept pedalling because
Blair's surprise win
FIGHTING THROUGH THE PAIN:
POET Blair overcame cramp-
ing and 33-degree heat to win the
ADF Endurance Mountain Bike
Championships at Peppers Hill in
Queensland. He beat rival LSPT
Darren Smith by 10 minutes. Here,
POET Blair is training for the National
Road Cycling Championships that will
be held in Sydney from September
FIT and intrepid members of the
Australian Defence Force including
three Navy members will take part in a
Sydney fund-raiser that has the poten-
tial to raise $7500-$20,000 for charity.
Organisers expect about 100 people
to do two sessions of the CrossFit pro-
gram, a training method that combines
gymnastic, weightlifting and metabolic
conditioning elements, resulting in all-
round strength and conditioning.
It is the principal strength and
conditioning program for many police
academies and tactical operations
teams, military units, martial artists, and
hundreds of professional and weekend
HMAS Harman's Bonshaw Cup will be
run on October 30 with the hope that
this year's event will be one of the big-
gest in its 46 years.
Running of the annual event began
oldest running events in Canberra.
The 6.4km fun run/walk will be held
at HMAS Harman, with the walk start-
ing at 11am and the run at 11.30am.
Registrations close at 10.30am on the
day.The race categories are: Open male/
female, RAN male/female and veteran
male/female (40+); walk race, open
male/female and Masters male/female
(50+); team runners, open male/female
and RAN male/female; team walkers,
open team (mixed team, any combina-
tion of walkers); school teams, Year 10
A pre-race brief for walkers will be
conducted at 10.55am at the start/fin-
ish line. The pre-race brief for runners
will take place there at 11.25am.
Lunch and presentations will be
held at the Harman Junior Sailors'
Mess after the event.
The point of contact for all inquires
is POPT Brad Hetharia on (02) 6266
or LSPT Candice Freeman on (02) 6266
By Cameron Martin
TWO Sydney Navy paddlers were
part of the Australian team that
took on the rest of the world at the
recent world championships held
in Racice, near Prague in the Czech
Over four days of competition,
CMDR Graeme Bacon, LCDR
Giovanni Cercone, Cameron Martin
and CPL Rick Lambe, raced over
distances of 2000m, 1000m, 500m
The highlight was Australia win-
ning its first ever championship gold
medal. Paddling in the winning crew
in the senior mixed 500m final were
CMDR Bacon, LCDR Cercone and
LCDR Cercone said winning a
world championship felt totally sur-
"To represent your country at a
major sporting event is an honour
and I can't believe it has happened,"
"The Canadians were the hot
favourites having not been beaten in
four world championships, but we
had enough self-belief to push our
bodies beyond the limit."
To compete at this level the squad
trained for more than nine months,
putting in up to 10 training sessions
a week both on the water and in the
The cold, wet nights and early
mornings spent paddling through
a Sydney winter were all a distant
memory as the gold medals were
In all, the Navy paddlers bought
home three gold and four bronze
The 2009/2010 dragon boat sea-
son is now underway. To give this
exciting sport a go contact CMDR
Sean O'Dwyer on (02) 9359 3497.
Training commences at 0600 at
Garden Island boat compound on
Tuesday and Friday mornings. It's a
great way to start the day.
Dragon boaters bring back gold
Navy cyclists are
keen to prove
be anything but
fish out of water
in this sports
Cameron Martin and
CPL Rick Lambe put
the early mornings
behind them when
they were presented
their gold medals.
I knew LSPT Smith
wasn't far behind me,"
LSPT Smith rode
solidly for second as he
held off the Air Force
and Army riders.
The ADF Endurance
as excellent preparation
for the National Road
(NRCC) in Sydney from
Navy cyclists are
keen to prove themselves to be anything
but fish out of water in this sports compe-
tition, which has traditionally been domi-
nated by landlubbers.
The three separate disciplines will be
held at the Royal National Park (RNP) in
Sydney, Sutherland Shire Cycling Club
(SSCC) criterium track and Holsworthy
The titles will determine the 2009
overall Australian Defence Cycling Club
road champions in the general and points
POET Blair took a clean sweep of the
two categories in 2007 and is hoping for a
repeat result in 2009.
"The NRCC will be used to help deter-
mine the ADCC national road squad and
to help promote the ADCC throughout the
ADF," he said.
The event consists of three grades to
allow maximum participation for all lev-
els of competiveness in three great days
of racing enjoyment in a club atmosphere.
The program is:
September 24: men's, A-grade 60km
road race, RNP; women's A, men's B-
grade 40km road races, combined C-grade
20km road race, SSCC Criterium Track.
September 25: All grades criterium
races, SSCC Criterium Track; combined
grade, 20 minutes and 2 laps; women's
A and men's B-grades, 35 minutes and 2
laps; and men's A grade,
50 minutes and 2 laps.
All grades time tri-
als, combined C-grade
9km, men's B-grade
20km, women's A-grade
20kms, men's A-grade
38km, at Holsworthy.
For further information
contact: POPT Brian Fish,
Navy Indoor Sport Centre,
HMAS Kuttabul, phone
(02) 9359 2406 or email
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