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October 15, 2009
Positive determination reaps rewards
A NOVICE bodybuilder at 42 years
of age, LCDR Dave Barnes proved
it's never too late to start when he
took out the men's seniors class at
the annual Natural Physique Titles
at HMAS Cerberus recently.
The first submariner to grace the
stage at Cerberus, LCDR Barnes got
"dragged" into bodybuilding by a
fellow competitor only four months
ago.By his own admission, he has
absolutely loved the journey and rec-
ommends it to anyone.
"I strongly encourage Defence
members to have a go," he said.
"We are so fortunate to be pro-
vided all the tools, knowledge and
resources to do something truly fan-
"Each and every person that par-
ticipates also inspires and motivates
many people around them to take
charge of their health and fitness.
"If you really want to make a dif-
ference to people's lives, then lead
by example and have a go -- you will
never look back."
Indeed LCDR Barnes' own story
is inspiring. He suffered a stroke in
mid-2004 after contracting a rare
auto immune disease. It not only left
him with limited left-side function,
but a badly dissected carotid artery
and two cranial aneurysms.
"I was told by three difference
specialists I would never be fit for
sea service again."
Despite this, he remained positive
and determined. On a critical skills
waiver, he continued to serve on
CFTS and, after a five year struggle,
achieved the unachievable. In May
this year the RAN medical employ-
ment review board categorised him
fit for sea.
"In January I return to the per-
manent Navy and I'm off to the
Submarine Squadron where I left
To top it off, LCDR Barnes mar-
ried his wife Allison on September
12 and, given Defence spouses are
able to compete, she plans to join
him on the Cerberus stage next year.
The event was supported
and judged by officials from the
International Natural Bodybuilding
Association (INBA). World INBA
Chairman Wayne McDonald con-
gratulated promoters LEUT Marty
Karow and POPT Joe Carroll on
what was undoubtedly the biggest
and best event in its 12-year history.
After suffering a stroke five years ago, LCDR Dave Barnes' incredible
commitment saw him take out the men's seniors class title at the annual
Natural Physique Titles at HMAS Cerberus recently.
This year's field of 24 competi-
tors -- 12 male bodybuilders and 12
female figure competitors -- was a
The women's competition contin-
ues to gain momentum as all short,
medium, tall and senior categories
were well represented at the fast-
Shilpa Dahal (an Army spouse)
started off the evening by tak-
ing the women's short class. CPL
Jane Watts (RAAF) won the wom-
en's medium class, CPL Monique
Rademaker (RAAF) won the wom-
en's tall class, and SQNLDR Kay
Wiseman (RAAF) won the women's
All four contenders showed what
hard training and dieting can do as
they competed for the overall cham-
pion title. In a close finish it was
RAAF's CPL Jane Watts who was
crowned 2009 Women's Cerberus
The men's divisions were judged
in four classes. They were short,
medium classes one and two, and
Three men competed for top
honours in the short division, which
proved a hotly-contested class. CPL
Dale Richardson (RAAF) was too
strong. His condition and symmetry
were faultless and he took home the
male short class trophy.
The men's medium class one and
two categories contained the bulk of
the male entrants. CPL Owen Batty
(RAAF), the champion in 2007, won
the men's medium class one with
a great physique and a well-com-
posed individual routine. SGT Jason
Stafford (Army), the champion
in 2005 and 2006, won the men's
medium class two.
The four male class winners bat-
tled it out on the stage for the over-
all champion. Judges called for all
class winners to hit mandatory poses
followed by an exciting pose-down
to music that sent the crowd wild.
After some tense judging moments,
CPL Dale Richardson (RAAF) was
named the undisputed 2009 Cerberus
LEUT Karow and POPT Carroll
did a superb job organising and
managing the event and were ably
assisted by stage manager, WO Ray
Cooper, his assistant, LSPT Luke
Ettridge, and sound booth operators,
LSPT Steven Fry and LSMUSN
LEUT Karow said that, 12 years
ago, social gym users were the com-
"Nowadays we have got some
very serious and dedicated athletes
on the Cerberus stage," he said.
"Despite this terrific increase
in the standard of competitors, the
Cerberus event will always welcome
and encourage novices to partici-
LEUT Karow hoped many spec-
tators would now be inspired to
begin their own journeys to living
a healthier lifestyle and improving
their own fitness standards.
INSPIRATIONAL: LCDR Dave Barnes poses on stage during the men's seniors
class, and left, a family portrait from his recent wedding.
Photos: LSIS Nina Nikolin
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