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October 15, 2009
On track for
Penguin invites fun-
HMAS Penguin wants to mark its 31st
annual gate to gate run and power walk as
the best yet by attracting a record field.
The 5km panoramic and undulating route
around HMAS Penguin and Middle Head will
be held on November 18.
In recent years the race has attracted
more than 150 competitors from the ADF
and the nearby community.
"To mark the 31st anniversary, we are
attempting to make this year's event the
most successful its history," one of the organ-
isers, POPT Travis Lovell said.
"An invitation is extended to Navy staff
to participate in the event. There is no entry
fee to compete this year. "
All participants must complete an entry
form before participating.
For an entry form or further details con-
tact LSPT David MacLeod on (02) 9647
5275 (email@example.com) or
POPT Lovell on (02) 9647 5275 (travis.
In touch at RAAF Base
THE Australian Defence Touch Association
(ADTA) national championships will be held
at RAAF Base Williams at Laverton near
Melbourne from October 21-25, the second
time since 2006 that the base has hosted
Men's and women's open events will be
contested, along with men's over-30 and
"Touch continues to be the largest
growth sport in the ADF and the annual
championship provides an opportunity for
the 'best of the best' to display their skills in
an atmosphere of competitive spirit," one of
the organisers, SQNLDR Cliff Winnett said.
Earlier this year the three Services con-
ducted their trials to select ADF state teams
as each state strives to be the champion
The national titles are a prelude to the
selection of ADF teams to participate at the
National Touch League (NTL) Championship
in Queensland in March 2010. The NTL is
regarded as the ultimate touch tournament
By CDRE Bruce Kafer
AFTER being farewelled at a function
on board HMAS Parramatta, a 38-man
RAN rugby union contingent arrived in
Paris on September 26 to begin its tour
of France and the UK.
The RAN squad contested a one-
off international match against Club
Marine National (French Navy) on
September 30 as a preparatory match for
the Commonwealth Navies Rugby Cup
In the 98 years of RAN rugby union
this was the first time the Australian and
French navies had contested rugby at the
senior international level. The match was
a tough physical encounter highlighted
by the defence of both teams; each side
scored one try. The French Navy ulti-
mately won 16-5, although the win was
only sealed with a field goal in the final
minutes of the game.
While in France the touring squad was
hosted by the French Navy at its Naval
Headquarters in central Paris, which is
located near the Grand Boulevards and
the famous landmarks of the Arc de
Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and
The squad also travelled to the
famous town of Villers-Bretonneux to
pay respects to fallen Australian soldiers
at the Australian National Memorial. The
monument was inaugurated in 1938 to
honour the 11,000 Australians who lost
their lives on the Western Front in France
during World War I.
The CNRC is a triennial rugby cham-
pionship. It is being held this year in
Plymouth and contested by teams rep-
resenting the Royal Navy, Royal New
Zealand Navy and RAN. For the majority
of the tour squad, this is the first time
they will have participated in the tourna-
ment, last held in South Africa in 2006
where the Royal Navy retained the Cup.
More RAN rugby tour information can be
accessed at the RANRU website at www.
Bonjour Paris -- union team
begins European tour
By LCDR Mick Gallagher
ABCIS Michael Baruch has quali-
fied for the Australian Triathlon
Long Course team to compete in
the world championships to be
held in Perth from October 22-25.
ABCIS Baruch, who has been
endorsed as an ADF elite athlete by
the Navy Sports Council, said he
graduated from St Stephen's College
on the Gold Coast in 2002 as an
obese 130kg front row first grade
"I knew I had to do something
about it so I took up running," he
said.After leaving school ABCIS
Baruch went on to specialise in mar-
athons and half marathons and then
took up triathlons five years ago.
He has represented Navy in the
ADF Running Club and is the fit-
ness trainer for Navy Rugby, which
is now competing in France and the
UK.Michael has three professional
Sydney coaches for the gruelling
103km triathlon involving three dis-
ciplines: 20km run, Shaun Wadham,
3km swim, Colin Marshall, and the
80km cycle leg, Oliver Pringle.
"I would like to thank Jodie
Barker from the Medical School at
HMAS Cerberus, a triathelete her-
self, for encouraging me to take
up the sport," he said. "I'd also
like to thank the HMAS Kuttabul
Welfare Committee, Navy IT con-
tractors KAS/Fujitsu, Fleet Support
Centre staff, the PT staff at NISC-
Sydney, my DO CPOCIS Andrew
Christensen at the Fleet Information
Support System Organisation, and
LCDR Glenda Shaw at GI-Sydney."
Navy News will follow ABCIS Baruch's
progress -- keep reading for updates.
HIGH HOPES: ABCIS Michael
Baruch has qualified for the
Australian Triathlon Long
Photo: ABIS Peter Thompson
RESPECT: The RAN rugby union
team takes time to reflect at the
Australian National Memorial at
Villers-Bretonneux in France.
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