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July 8, 2010
By Michael Brooke
ABCD Alex Stuart of AUSCDT Four
recently cantered through the pain-
barrier and past 30 other athletes to win
the 2010 Kep Track 100km race.
The super fit clearance diver won the
100km race from Northam to Mundaring
Weir in Western Australia in a time of
nine hours and 11 minutes.
This is the second consecutive
year ABCD Stuart has won this gruel-
ling race, which is conducted by the
Australian Ultra Runners Association.
There was no monetary reward for
coming first ahead of 30 other competi-
tors, only the thrill of victory and being
interviewed by Channel 9 sports news.
ABCD Stuart ran the 2010 Kep
Track race on June 6 almost 40 minutes
faster than his effort the previous year,
which he attributes to his intense training
regime and superior fitness.
"I tend to load up on low GI carbs
before such long races because it gives
me the stamina to maintain a steady pace
over the entire distance," he said.
ABCD Stuart's victory in the Kep
Track 100km race over the past two
years has encouraged him to take aim
once again at the Kalahari Desert 250km
race, which he won in 2008 in a time of
"I'm pretty keen to challenge myself
again in the Kalahari Desert 250km
race, or a similar endurance race in the
50-degree heat of the Sahara Desert," he
In 2008 ABCD Stuart set the record
of being not only the youngest com-
petitor but the youngest winner of the
The fitness freak said he loved to
challenge himself in long distance races
because he wanted to fully explore the
extremities of what his body could do.
"It's mind over matter when it comes
to running through the pain-barrier,
because I keep telling myself the faster
I run, the quicker I'll get to the finish and
can stop," he said.
ABCD Stuart said he trained stead-
ily each day by running 30km to work,
participating in unit PT, and then running
He said he trained hard as an athlete
but his goals as a long distance runner
rank a distant second to his professional
commitments to AUSCDT Four and its
support to Fleet operations.
"There is no better job in the world
than being a RAN clearance diver," he
By Michael Brooke
THE RAN is braced for a very
tough challenge when it tack-
les rival teams in the inaugural
Navy Tri-Nations Rugby League
Championship in New Zealand
The Navy team to tackle the
Royal New Zealand Air Force,
the Royal New Zealand Navy and
the Royal Navy in a series of test
matches from July 12-23, was
recently announced by Chairman of
Navy Rugby League, CMDR Glenn
Ker.Navy will play the Royal New
Zealand Navy on July 14, the Royal
Navy on July 17 and the Royal New
Zealand Air Force on July 21.
CMDR Ker said this would mark
the first international tour for Navy
Rugby League in many years, pres-
aging a new era of activity and com-
petitiveness brought about by the
commitment and hard work of the
committee and, just as importantly,
the many new players attracted to
the game this year, adding to the
stalwart players from last year.
"Navy has high hopes of success
for this tournament, because our
team has been developing consist-
ently throughout the year," he said.
CMDR Ker predicted Navy
would perform extremely well in the
tournament, based on the success
of its player development program
over the past 10 years.
He said the Navy players were
selected from the Patron's Cup com-
petition and the Navy Trident's team
that plays in the Cronulla Sutherland
District Rugby League competi-
tion, as well as sailors who play
in regional and interstate A-grade
"Over the past 10 years we have
been developing strong and experi-
enced players who will really relish
the challenge of playing against the
Kiwis and the British," he said.
Navy's quest for glory will be
spearheaded by its awesome for-
wards, LSMT Shane Robson and
LSET Dan Capilli, as well as its
fleet-footed backs, ABCD Ben
Keith and SMCD Matt Docker.
League ready for
was a great attacking player who
was gifted with genuine pace and
was capable of creating opportu-
nities for other 'gun players' like
"We have a pretty slick back-
line but we also have impressive for-
wards in LSMT Robson and LSET
Capilli," he said.
CMDR Ker said ABCD Keith
h GET SET: Navy Rugby
League is getting ready for a
challenge in New Zealand next
month. The Navy boys will take
on teams from the Royal NZ
Air Force and Navy, as well
as the Royal Navy, in matches
from July 12-23.
AUSCDT Four's ABCD Alex
Stuart recently won the
2010 Kep Track 100km race
from Northam to Mundaring
Weir in Western Australia.
Here, ABCD Stuart com-
petes in the 2008 Kalahari
Desert 250km race.
His recent victory in WA
has encouraged him to
again compete in the
Kalahari race, which he
regards as an achievable
mental and physical chal-
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ADASA Patron AVM Staib said she had only been
skiing for an hour but was hoping to build-up her confi-
dence during a skiing lesson later in the day.
"I've agreed to become the patron for the ADASA so
I thought I better get some training in and have a go at
skiing -- seize the day and give it a go because you only
live once," AVM Staib said.
"I did ski about 15 years ago but I haven't since, so I
feel like I'm a beginner again."
AVM Staib said the previous ADASA patron, AVM
Christopher Spence, and colleagues within the asso-
ciation, had asked her to become involved and she had
always been envious of the comraderie skiers had.
"One of the things I like about these competitions is
that they are for everybody -- not just the elite skiers,"
If you would like to become involved in the 2010 Navy Alpine
Snow Sports Competition at Perisher and potentially the ADF
Inter-Service Championships at Mt Hotham, download a nomi-
nation form from www.navysnowsports.com
In order to participate, you must be IR current, pay a participa-
tion fee of $990 and have approval from your chain of com-
mand. Nominations close on July 12.
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