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March 4, 2010
By LCDR Wendy Hughes
THE Aussies have won the coveted
best shot for a military patrol team
in the gruelling 30km cross coun-
try military patrol, in an exciting
finale to the ADF assault on the
British National Nordic Skiing and
This race combines and tests
Service teams' physical endurance,
marksmanship, leadership and team
exercises -- such as stretcher carries
on snow -- in mountainous country.
President of the ADF Nordic
Skiing and Biathlon Association
CDRE Mark Purcell said it was a
great feeling to watch the Australian
"Many of the British are elite,
professional athletes and don't
expect a group of Australians to be
able to compete to the same stand-
ard," he said.
"To not only compete but win
the best shot trophy against 24 other
British teams, in their premier event,
is a fantastic effort."
The ADF military patrol team
included LCDR Garry Lewis, CAPT
Dave Cave, WO1 Tim Costin and
LCPL Travis Mcinnes.
LCDR Garry Lewis was excited
to be part of the British champion-
"The snow conditions were per-
fect and I enjoyed competing against
elite athletes," he said.
"The highlight of course was
winning best shot in the military
patrol event and taking home a high-
ly prized award -- I was very proud
to compete in such a tough event."
A total of 10 ADF biathletes
took on the British champions dur-
ing the three-week competition
in Rupholding, Germany, in early
February. As well as LCDR Lewis,
the Navy was represented by CDRE
Mark Purcell and myself.
Rupholding is known as the
'Wimbledon' of biathlon -- hosting
numerous world cup champion-
ships and being the training centre
for Olympic contenders of various
CDRE Purcell said all team
members improved with exposure
to the world cup Rupholding course
over the period of the champion-
"They are now well placed to
bring their experience and knowl-
edge back to Australia to share with
fellow single Service teammates at
the Australian inter-Service champi-
onships in August," he said.
"Despite the British having five
times more training time on snow
than our team, we still managed a
top 20 place in the 4x10km cross
country relay and the best ADF indi-
vidual, CAPT Dave Cave, finished
in a top 30 position in the 20km
biathlon distance event in a field of
more than 100 competitors."
I was awarded the trophy for first
international female skier.
For more information about Navy Nordic
Skiing and Biathlon contact WOET Ian
Waller at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Aussies shoot up a
storm against Brits
By John Martin
LEUT Daniel Crocker led from the
front during a five-week trip to Europe
by the ADF skiing and snowboard
The team of 21 -- drawn from Navy,
Army and Air Force personnel -- assem-
bled in St Michael in Langau, Austria, on
January 2 for a two-week training camp.
This was followed by two compe-
titions: one week at the Royal Navy
Snowsports Championship in Tignes,
France; then two weeks at the British
inter-Service Snowsports Championships
(BISSSC) in Meribel, France.
Ski team captain LCDR Crocker
struck at the Royal Navy titles.
He won the super G and finished sec-
ond in the premium super G.
At the BISSSC, he achieved an over-
all ninth place.
LS Andrew Taylor was named best
team member for his contribution over
the five weeks and achieved an outstand-
ing result at the BISSSC, placing 16th
overall in a field of 42 competitors.
LCDR Ian Napthali has returned to his
overseas posting in Fleet Headquarters,
Britain, after a solid performance at the
Royal Navy Championships.
Navy's six representatives were
LEUT Danielle Radnidge, LEUT Daniel
Crocker, LCDR Ian Napthali, LEUT
Steele Morgan, LS Andrew Taylor and
LEUT Glenn McIntosh.
Planning for the Navy Alpine
Snowsports Championships continues
and is anticipated to take place during
the first week of August.
Further information can be found at www.
ON TARGET: LCDR Gary Lewis (lane
17) takes aim during the 30km cross
country military patrol event.
UPHILL SLOG: CDRE Mark Purcell pushes
himself uphill during the biathlon.
Navy rules super G
SLICING IT UP: LEUT Daniel Crocker takes
charge on the super G course in France.
Photo: Steve Monk
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