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September 17, 2009
By Barry Rollings
THEIR t-shirts said they were
Doing it for Jimmy". In dedicating
their recent City 2 Surf Fun Run
efforts in Sydney to the memory of
the late SBLT James Bennett, his
team members also raised $21,820
for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
SBLT Bennett drowned at
Babinda Boulders near Cairns on
November 30 last year while enjoy-
ing a leisure day off HMAS Norman.
He had not long returned from a
three-month tour of South-East Asia
with the Navy.
An ADFA graduate, he had been
in the Navy for about six years.
When mourners at his funeral were
asked to make a donation to the
Make-A-Wish Foundation in lieu
of flowers, it planted the germ of
an idea in the mind of his partner,
Sydney's Claire Burleigh.
She organised the team to take
part in the City 2 Surf and chal-
lenged them to also raise funds for
Their original goal was $10,000
so they were more than pleased
when this exceeded $15,000 before
passing the $20,000 mark.
There were about six Navy run-
ners among the team of 31, which
also included Claire, James's sister
Alice and his cousin Stuart Warren.
"Claire had run in the City 2 Surf
around this time last year and soon
Navy runs for Jimmy
after that Jimmy left for overseas,"
his mother Judy recalled.
"Claire wanted to organise some-
thing in his memory and this year's
run brought back memories of last
"It was Claire's idea and we are
so proud of her. Jimmy was a great
one for having fun and doing some
good in the world.
"They all had a wonderful day
and, in doing so, raised a magnifi-
cent sum for the foundation. It was
a wonderful effort and fantastic
achievement for all.
"There were just so many dona-
tions from people going back to
Jim's school days in Hobart and
an article in The Hobart Mercury
helped with that.
"His sister Alice, who rarely runs,
donned the gear and had a wonderful
time. I think she felt she made a bit
of difference and also gained some
closure from her participation."
Team members travelled from
Hobart, Launceston, Canberra,
Brisbane, Surfers Paradise and
FOR MY BROTHER: SBLT Bennett's sister Alice, right, and her friend
Heather McGee prepare for a training run before the City to Surf
Photo: The Mercury, Hobart.
By Barry Rollings
ABMT Michael Kirkpatrick turned a
negative into a positive and two med-
als at the Yun Hap Australian United
Taekwondo competition in Queensland
in late August.
ABMT Kirkpatrick, who participated
in taekwondo for about five years as a
teenager, scaled down his activities over
recent years because of work commit-
But when he lost his partner to heart
disease at the start of the year and posted
to NHQ-SQ, he began training again.
Weighing in at 88kg, ABMT
Kirkpatrick won gold in the 87+kg heav-
yweight division and silver in the 78+ kg
open division at Logan City in south east
Queensland on August 23. His style of
taekwondo is full contact.
"I started training again when I posted
to NHQ-SQ at the start of the year to
relieve the stress and anger that I had
from losing my partner to heart disease
and became competition-ready about six
months later," ABMT Kirkpatrick said.
By POPT Steve Adams
FIELDING its best team in a
number of years, Navy won back
the NSW inter-Service Lawn
Bowls Championship at Penrith
When it last won the event in
2005 that broke a run of outs for
This year, Navy won on two out
of the four rinks against the Army in
its first game and won overall by 10
shots, 91 to 81 in a close game.
Against Air Force the follow-
ing day, Navy won three of the four
rinks. Air Force, which had won the
title for the past three years, lost by
20 shots, 68-88.
The notable performance for the
series was ABMED Rob Dixon, 23,
who was recruited by the President
of the Royal Australian Navy Lawn
Bowls Association, LEUT Mel
DeLooze, who was also the sailor's
boss at the time.
The division one pennants player
has proved a valuable acquisition
for the Navy side and it's hoped
he will be a big performer at the
national series in late September in
For his efforts he picked up the
most valuable player award for the
In the play-off for the minor
places, Air Force was too strong for
an underdone Army outfit with Air
Force winning 95-65.
LEUT DeLooze was extremely
happy with the efforts of the par-
ticipants within his organisation, and
made particular reference to the suc-
cess of the development and promo-
tion of younger bowlers within the
Navy team this year.
RUN for your life to help charity
-- that's what a team of HMAS
Watson personnel did recently in
the 2009 Sydney Tower Run.
Led by LSPT Julian Amos,
LEUTs Cal Johnson and Jasmine
Lauer-Smith combined with LSCSO
Rhys Chadwick to blitz the armed
forces field, beating both the Army
and RAAF contingents.
Held in Pitt Street on August 21,
the run consisted of 1504 stairs from
street level up to the highest publicly
accessible point, Centre Point Tower.
The run had various categories rang-
ing from 'elite' to 'novelty'.
HMAS Watson competed in the
novelty category, which also com-
prised Navy, Army and Air Force
personnel, celebrities, Emergency
Services, international firefighters
and lifesaving clubs, who were all
competing to win $5000 for their
LSPT Jules Amos tied for first
Sydney tower conquered
place with Andrew Reid (Bondi
Rescue) with 9min and 29sec and
split the $5000 prize for charity.
HMAS Watson raised $3938.55
for the Sydney Children's Hospital
through on-line donations and prize
for bowls team
BOWL NAVY: The winning team
regains the trophy it lost in 2005.
Photo: POPT Steve Adams
Heartfelt taekwondo victory
BACK IN THE
GAME: AB Michael
Kirkpatrick returns to
the ring and squares
off against his oppo-
nent during the
Photo: Alanna Wilkinson
THE ONLY WAY IS UP: Runners
from HMAS Watson leave the
start line before the gruelling
climb up the tower.
Photo: Don Deakin-Bell
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