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Body building alert
ORGANISERS are considering adding the Female
Sportsmodel category to the 13th annual Natural
Physique Titles at HMAS Cerberus on September
15. Other categories will include the usual male
Bodybuilding and female Figure competitions. Novices
and beginners to the sport are encouraged to enter, and
the organisers are strongly promoting senior competi-
tors of 40 years plus. This event is open to all full-time
and reserve servicemen and women from all three serv-
ices as well as Defence civilians.
For more information and to be added to the Cerberus
Natural Physique Title e-mail database to receive regu-
lar competition updates, e-mail LEUT Marty Karow,
firstname.lastname@example.org or POPT Joe Carroll, joe.
Defence hockey titles
MALE and female teams representing each state will
contest the Defence Hockey championships in Sydney
from June 5 to 11. At the end of the titles, a Defence
team will be selected to compete in the Australian
Country Championships later in the year. Newcomers
are welcome for the Defence titles. If you are interested
in playing, administrating, participating or support-
ing the event or a team, and are either a permanent or
reserves member or part of the Defence public service,
contact the Defence Hockey representative in your state.
The State reps are -- ACT: WGCDR Richard Launder
0433 938 492; NSW: LCDR Barb Parker 0418 298 652;
Northern Territory: WO2 Craig Webb 0419 714 982;
Queensland: FLTLT Davina Norris 07 5361 0048; South
Australia: SQNLDR Phil Telfer 0425405286; Victoria/
Tasmania: LS Nick Cherry 0424 699 866; Western
Australia: Aren Gissing 0400 406 655.
Navy comes in second
NAVY finished a close second in the annual NSW inter-
service hockey competition at Sydney Olympic Park
Hockey Centre from April 21 to 23. It beat a depleted
Army team (boosted by Air Force players) 3-1. And it
gave Air Force a run for its money, losing 2-1 after the
scores were locked at 1-all for much of the match. This
win gave Air Force the title. No women's competition
was held this year due to lack of players.
Finding sparkling touch
THE Australian Defence Touch Association
(ADTA) senior mixed team O27 team finished fourth
in its section at the National Touch League at Kawana
Waters, Queensland, in March. The National Touch
League is the peak domestic competition for the sport
in Australia. The annual four-day competition attracts
regional and state teams and international teams to
compete in 13 divisions including open, mixed and sen-
ior categories. ADTA, known as the Defence Warriors,
fielded one of the biggest squads -- six teams compet-
ing in the men's O30, men's O40, men's O45, senior
mixed O27 and for the first time men's and women's
AN address to the players by South Australian football
legend Graham Cornes was not enough to stir the ADF
All Stars team to victory In the Anzac Challenge game at
AAMI Stadium on April 24. The game was the curtain-
raiser to Port Power v St Kilda AFL fixture in Adelaide.
The ADF All Stars, selected from the best available
players at the tri-services carnival in Melbourne from
April 14 to 18, succumbed to the Australian Combined
Emergency Services (ACES) side. In a fast-paced game,
ACES won 17. 12 (114) to All Stars 4 .1 (25).
ACES boasted a number of former AFL and current VFL
and SANFL players. Aspiring players from all services
can make contact at http://intranet.defence.gov.au/
Volleyball build-up plans
THE RAN Volleyball Association (RANVA) is planning a
big buildup to Combined Services competition at RAAF
Amberley, Queensland in late October when it hopes to
have a good sprinkling of players from all states. The
first stepping stone will be the Red Anchor Volleyball
Shield Competition at Homebush Sport Halls on July
28. Traditionally this competition has been attended
by Navy volleyball talent scouts looking for players to
represent Navy, this year in the inter-service competi-
tion at Garden Island in late August. For more informa-
tion, contact CPOET Michael Mackenzie at michael.
email@example.com or 02 9359 2001.
By John Martin
SNATCH the snowball
from my hand, grass-
hopper. Well, not quite.
But reservists CMDR
Martin Linsley and CAPT David
Michael are working on becom-
ing World Loppet Masters.
The Loppet, if you didn't
know, is a series of cross-coun-
try skiing events in 14 countries
around the world.
To earn Master rank, you have
to have contested in 10 countries.
It's a tall order, but not
impossible. There are 75 Global
Masters worldwide who have
raced in all countries and seven
of them are Australians, includ-
ing one of Navy's own, CDRE
"He's younger than us and he
made good use of an overseas
posting," CMDR Linsley said.
They have a plan to catch up
In February, CMDR Linsley,
58 and CAPT Michael, 53,
from the Navy Nordic Skiing
and Biathlon Association and
recently transferred reservists at
the Australian Defence College,
embarked on a tour that involved
400km of cross-country skiing in
They knocked off the Japanese
Loppet in Sapporo, the Gatineau
Loppet in Ottawa, Canada, and
the American Birkenbeiner in
Both have previously done
the 42km Australian 'Hoppet', so
they have six to go.
Next January, they are plan-
ning a European trip to do just
"Wives, fitness and bodies
permitting," CMDR Linsley said.
"We're not trying to win them,
just complete the courses as best
They intend entering up
to eight races: Austria, Italy,
Germany, France, Estonia,
Norway, Sweden, Finland and
Switzerland. Fingers crossed
the weather isn't bad. "We don't
want to have to go back the fol-
CMDR Linsley isn't expect-
ing the red carpet to be rolled out
in Estonia, but the two Reservists
do have a bit of an 'in'.
One of their fellow competi-
tors in Sapporo was the prime
minister of Estonia (another com-
petitor was his bodyguard).
"We had an interesting chat to
the Estonian prime minister, who
was a professional cyclist before
The three events on this trip
were all over 50km, which was
longer than the pair had continu-
ously skied before.
But they trained hard for the
trip and made sure they arrived
early in their first destination,
They practised hard there too
-- covering 115km while regain-
ing the balance and techniques
necessary for skiing the hills, val-
leys and trails of a cross-country ski
They were among 770 entries, 85
of them international competitors. The
Australian contingent included Navy's
cross country ski coach, Greg Paul, a
member of the Victorian Police Force.
He too is pursuing Loppet mastership.
Although CMDR Linsley and CAPT
Michael finished a long time after the
winner, they were delighted to finish in
4hr 27min and 5hr 27min respectively.
Their next stop was Canada. The
event was held in a national park and
they had to be on the lookout for the
moose, beaver, otter and wolves that live
Then they travelled to Wisconsin.
The American Birkebeiner was BIG,
with more than 8000 skiers. CAPT
Michael and CMDR Linsley were the
only Australians racing.
The American Birkebeiner is a point-
to-point race. The 3km approach to the
finish is across a frozen
lake, and the finish itself
is on the main street of
the township of Hayward.
This required the road to
be blocked to traffic and
then covered with snow.
For details about the three
races reported here, and all
the World Loppet events,
For information about
Navy's Nordic Skiing and
Biathlon Association, see
FOUR DOWN: CAPT David
Michael, above, and CMDR
Martin Linsley, right, on
their overseas cross-coun-
try skiing pilgrimage.
on a skiing
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