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September 2, 2010
By LEUT Jodie Turkenburg
AFL superstar Kevin Sheedy recently took
some time out to visit the sailors of 816
Squadron (CMDR Shane Craig) while in
the Shoalhaven promoting the new Greater
Western Sydney AFL team.
Mr Sheedy, a legend in his own right,
began his career in 1967 and now holds
the record for the most games combined as
coach and player. Mr Sheedy played with the
Richmond Tigers and is well known for his
27-year coaching career with the Essendon
Mr Sheedy arrived at the squadron with a
relaxed atmosphere surrounding him. After a
flight in the mission simulator and a tour of
the squadron facilities, he enjoyed socialis-
ing with a number of squadron sailors pass-
ing on some entertaining experiences.
After a recent Aussie Rules competi-
tion in the Tiwi Islands, LSATV Matthew
Polman and LSATA Mills were keen to
pass on a few names of up and coming local
Mr Sheedy said he was appreciative of
the great grounding the military gives young
Australians and enjoyed testing his flying
skills in the Seahawk simulator.
Pilot instructor LEUT William Veale said
he wasn't too bad.
night," he said. "I've had worse students!"
816 Squadron's CO, CMDR Shane
Craig, said he would be delighted to have
Mr Sheedy back on a more formal occasion
to discuss leadership and teamwork with
AFL legend flies high at Albatross
GIVING IT A GO: (Left) AFL legend and super coach Kevin
Sheedy has a go in the flight simulator at HMAS Albatross and,
inset, chats with LSATV Matthew Polman.
Photos: ABIS Justin Brown
By Pup Elliott
EVERYBODY has either done it, or
wanted to at some stage. You know one
of those things your are told as a child
that you must never do. Those acts
of lunacy like running across a train
track, a busy road or even an airfield.
Well, it's that mischievous little voice
in all of us that inspired CPO Annie
Schofield to plan a charity activity with
Well known to all Navy personnel,
the home of the Fleet Air Arm at HMAS
Albatross has an air field shaped as a 'T'.
When CPO Schofield suggested clos-
ing the airfield so people could walk
around it to raise money for charity,
reactions varied from "WTF -- why the
face?", to "I always wanted to do that",
but Albatross' CO, CAPT Stefan King,
saw the event as unique.
"It was a rare opportunity to give eve-
ryone a reason to come together as the
Albatross family, have a great experience
and show our generosity in support of
such a worthy cause as fighting women's
cancer," he said.
So, on a sunny July 30 more than 340
Albatross personnel took advantage of
the rare opportunity to tread the tarmac
when they participated in the inaugural
'Tour the T' for the National Breast and
Ovarian Cancer Centre (NBOCC).
Considering more than half the base
was deployed in support of the Fleet on
activities such as RIMPAC, this was a
great turn out.
Participants could opt for a leisurely
4km stroll or a more exacting 8km run
around the T-shaped airfield, which was
closed for an unprecedented two hours.
The NBOCC plays a lead role in
cancer control, improving cancer care
and informing best practice, health sys-
tem control and policy. Albatross person-
nel walked in support of the Council's
aims, which include reducing mortality
and improving the well-being of those
diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer.
More than $5000 was raised and
event organisers, CPO Annie Schofield,
CPO Pam Litten and CPO Linda Hilton
were overwhelmed by the enthusiastic
Inaugural 'Tour the T' raises
money for worthy cause
take to the airfield
to raise money for
the National Breast
and Ovarian Cancer
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