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September 16, 2010
By ABCIS Melanie Schinkel
ADRENALIN rushed as some of Navy's best squash
players did battle against Defence's finest competi-
tors, winning several categories at the annual national
squash tournament in August.
Thirty-seven competitors from Navy, Army,
Air Force and the APS participated in the week-long
Defence Squash National Tournament from August 1 at
RAAF Base Williamtown.
Competitor and Defence Squash's Navy vice-pres-
ident, PO John Carter, said while the atmosphere was
friendly off the courts, on the courts the rivalry was
vicious and it was 'game-on'.
"The tournament was played with good spirits and
friendly rivalry, but fierce competition existed between
the inter-Service teams," PO Carter said.
"RAAF took home the inter-Service trophy again,
which it has held for the last eight years."
He said the competition was open to all squash skill
levels, from beginners to advanced players.
"Competitors learn a lot about their own game by
attending this event," he said.
"I think I performed better this year than in previous
years because I made the semi-finals of the A Grade
category, whereas last year I finished in the B Grade
Navy's winners were AB Matthew Dinte, who won
the A Grade category beating Army's SIG Benjamen
Schutt, and paired with PO Carter to win the State Cup
as a combined NT/QLD side.
LS Reece Howen secured a 3-1 win against AB
Travis Packanen, taking out the C Grade category.
LSWTR Steven Henderson said he had played
squash for about 15 years and had won several catego-
ries in previous Defence competitions.
"I enjoy the fitness side of it and you get to play at a
lot of different places, and meet players from other ser-
vices," LSWTR Henderson said.
"Leading up to the tournament, I usually increase
my cardio and squash training to get my skills up to
Early matches were determined by the most points
scored in 20 minutes, however, the final matches of the
tournament followed the traditional scoring system of
the first player to 15 and the first to three games.
Navy squashes competition
By LEUT Katey Mouritz
LSET Benjamin Gooley, from Fleet Support Unit
-- Perth, is preparing to participate in a mountain
bike event called 'ride for someone who can't' on
This is a charity event to raise money for the
Muscular Dystrophy Association of Western
Australia and is being run in conjunction with the
Dwellingup 100km mountain bike race.
Twenty Western Australian riders have volun-
teered to participate in 'ride for someone who can't'
and each competitor nominated a person living with
Muscular Dystrophy to ride for. LS Gooley chose
10-year-old Josh Oldershaw.
"Josh faces challenges and hardships on a daily
basis that far outweigh my meagre contribution of
riding in this event," LS Gooley said.
"My only hope is that we can raise enough money
to contribute to research in finding a cure to this
debilitating disorder and to help improve his quality
LS Gooley will be racing the Dwellingup 100km
mountain bike race against Western Australia's
best, as well as the current world 24hr mountain
bike champion Jason English and Australian Cross
Country representative Jodie Willet.
He is hoping to experience what it is like to lead a
world champion, if only for the first couple of hun-
LS Gooley's fundraising target for the Muscular
Dystrophy Association of WA is $3000, but he hopes
to surpass this figure.
"I promise to ride my skinny little legs off for
your donation to this fantastic and worthy organisa-
tion," he said.
Donations to LS Gooley's 'ride for someone who
can't' can be made at http://www.everydayhero.com.
au/benjamin_gooleyDonations and are tax deduct-
To learn more about the Muscular Dystrophy Association of
WA refer to their website at www.mdawa.asn.au
GAME ON: LSWTR Steven Henderson struts his stuff on the squash
courts at RAAF Base Williamtown.
Sailor set to ride
in charity event
Gooley and Josh
Oldershaw at Fleet
Base West. LS
Gooley will ride
100km on behalf of
Josh who lives with
and is hoping to
raise more than
Photo: LSIS Phillip
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