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September 2, 2010
THE Navy Nordic Skiing and Biathlon
team has broken a 21-year drought
by winning the ADF Nordic Skiing
and Biathlon championships held at Mt
Hotham from August 1-13.
The team was boosted by a swag
of talented newcomers who proved too
strong for the Army and Air Force skiers.
Team manager, WOET Ian Waller,
said he was excited by the outcome.
"This result is due to years of hard
work, where we have focused on develop-
ing the sport at the grass roots level," he
"We are now in a position where we
can take the skills developed for the com-
bined disciplines of small bore marks-
manship and skiing to a new level in the
"Take for example, ABBM Michael
Herbert, the winner of the Navy
Champion Shot trophy. He couldn't ski
when he arrived, but now he's not only a
competent skier, but a good marksman.
He remained calm under the pressure
of competition and shot better than our
seasoned campaigners -- an impressive
Most promising novice team mem-
ber and a strong performer in all open
women's races, ABCK Lisa Russell, said
she had never experienced the challenge
of skiing and shooting.
"Growing up in Tawonga, I was lucky
that I could ski as a kid," she said.
"Adding shooting makes it interesting;
I definitely hope I can represent Navy
again -- I want to do my part in keeping
those trophies with Navy!"
The Navy newcomers won the nov-
ice trophy for the first time in the his-
tory of the event. The men's novice team
of LEUT Phil Beaver, CPOET Tony
Burchill, Kurt Pudnicks, POB Steve
Morrison, ABBM Michael Herbert,
ABMT Simon Ruuska and SMNMT Dan
Mendonca were neck and neck with a
strong Army men's novice team.
It was a close battle to win allocated
points for the variety of events held dur-
ing the competition.
While it appeared Army had the edge,
it was the female novice team of LSPT
Carrie Downey, ABMED Jacqui Russell
and SMNET Tegan Brooks who clinched
the decider for Navy. They were in a class
of their own and came second overall in
the novice military patrol event.
ABMT Jen North had an outstanding
series of races pushing the open women's
team to a convincing win in the cross
country and military patrol events.
"I love the military patrol," she said.
"You have to navigate and ski from
challenge to challenge, and points are
awarded based on how well you go in
military-type activities like navigation,
first aid and reconnaissance. If your team
doesn't work well together you fail -- we
Navy ladies got the teamwork sorted!"
While the Navy open women were
very strong again in 2010, it was the com-
bined effort of the open men, propped
up by an impressive first time perfor-
mance from ABMT Simon Ruuska and
continued good results from LCDR Garry
Lewis and LEUT Chris Cole that resulted
in overall victory for Navy.
Anyone interested in learning more about
Navy Nordic Skiing and Biathlon should con-
tact WOET Ian Waller via email at navysport.
email@example.com or visit www.
Skiers on fire in Aussie alps
OFF AND RACING:
(Above) ABCK Lisa
Russell was a strong
performer in all open
left) ABCK Lisa Russell
takes aim in the shooting
section of the competi-
OFF TO A GOOD
START: (Left) POB
Steve Morrison, from the
men's novice team, is off
Photos provided by WOET Ian
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