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May 27, 2010
By CMDR Mike Hogan
A RAN Rugby Union team, inspired
by the memory of a recently-deceased
ex-teammate, has defeated a Caloundra
rugby side in a memorable match that
featured former Wallaby David Croft as
a guest player.
The RANRU team played with pas-
sion and commitment to grind out a
bruising 17-12 victory over the Caloundra
Lighthouses, winning the inaugural Chris
Chops McLean Memorial Game played
in Caloundra on April 24.
The game was played as a fundraiser
for the young family of Navy cook and
RANRU representative, Chris McLean,
who died following a head clash while
playing rugby for Caloundra Lighthouses
in July 2009.
The RANRU side dominated their
opponents who were boosted by former
Wallaby David Croft. Other Wallabies
-- Daniel Herbert, Morgan Turinui and
Toutai Kefu -- were invited and had
intended to play but were called away for
A black tie dinner and auction of
signed Super 14 and Wallaby jerseys fol-
lowed the memorial game and raised
almost $18,500 for the McLean family.
The following day several of the Navy
rugby contingent joined with members
of 816 Squadron at the dawn service at
Kings Beach, Caloundra, after which the
entire naval contingent marched in the
Anzac Day parade.
During Anzac Day commemorations
conversation centred on remembering
mates who had not only fallen in battle,
but those, like Chops, who had died fol-
lowing many years of service.
WO Dave Carter said the Chops'
Memorial Match would be played every
two years and would alternate between
Sydney and Caloundra.
"We will be back in two years a little
bit older, probably none the wiser but
with our memories of Chops as fresh as
ever," he said.
RANRU pays tribute
to fallen comrade
By SGT Brian Hartigan
THE ADF Paralympic Sports
Program (ADFPSP) and ADF
Paralympic Sports Association
(ADFPSA) were officially
launched in Canberra on May 12
opening up real possibilities that
wounded and injured sailors could
represent Australia in the elite
Following the launch,
Commander Joint Health Command
MAJGEN Paul Alexander and
President of the Australian
Paralympic Committee Greg
Hartung signed a Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) between the
two organisations that will give ADF
members with acquired disabilities
access to elite sport opportunities,
including possible selection on the
Australian Paralympic team.
CDF ACM Angus Houston, who
officially launched the ADFPSP, said
that, despite best efforts, men and
women from all three Services had
been affected by wounds, injuries or
illnesses that left them with acquired
disabilities, but that sport was inte-
gral to forming bonds of friendship
and promoting the shared values that
were so important to the ADF.
"The ADFPSP and Association
represent the formalisation of a
number of support services for this
group of members whose wounds
or injuries have left them with some
impairment, but who are no less val-
uable to the ADF," ACM Houston
"The ADFPSP will foster team-
work, conduct fitness and ability
testing and provide specialist train-
ing and rehabilitation sessions and,
for the first time, will provide our
wounded or injured members with
an opportunity to compete interna-
tionally in sport, have it recognised
by Defence, and count as part of
He said the ADFPSA would
provide essential support to the
ADFPSP by undertaking the roles of
management, funding and equipping
ADF Paralympic athletes.
ADFPSA was recognised as a
Defence sports association on April
27 to provide members with the
same access to sport as their able-
Opening the door
for injured sailors
Participants in the
ager Chris Nunn.
Photo: SGT Brian
IN MEMORY: Both teams played out the hard-fought match in hon-
our of Chris McLean.
bodied colleagues, with all current
Paralympic sports recognised as
"For our people, this means they
can be authorised as on-duty while
training and competing," ACM
"They can also access leave to
attend higher levels of sporting com-
petition and, where our members
reach the elite national or interna-
tional level of competition, they can
then apply for additional support.
"We now look forward to follow-
ing our members as they compete
at home and abroad and, of course,
continue to make us proud."
OPPORTUNITY: Commander Joint Health MAJGEN Paul Alexander
speaks about the advantages of the MoU at the launch of the ADF
Paralympic Sports Program in Canberra.
Photo: Bryan Doherty
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