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November 25, 2010
By LSIS Paul McCallum
NAVY participates in some pretty serious sporting
challenges throughout the year but few can compete
with the enthusiasm displayed at the Navy People
and Reputation sports day held at HMAS Harman
on October 1.
More than 90 people left their jackets and ties in
the office to don sporting rig and other assorted gar-
ments for a fun day on the sports field.
Head of Navy People and Reputation RADM
Trevor Jones said the day was about team building
outside the office environment and providing some
While the spirit of the day was fun, there had to
be a winner and no-one was better at dress-up relays,
tunnel-ball and the egg and spoon races than the team
from the Directorate of Navy Category Management,
led by LEUT Karen Thomson.
LEUT Elena Cho from Team Shaz was pleasantly
surprised at how enjoyable the day turned out to be.
"I think the best part was meeting new people, both
APS and uniformed, and quickly bonding in a team
through a range of challenging and amusing activi-
ties," LEUT Cho said.
THE WINNING TEAM: (L-R) CAPT Nick
Youseman, WO Marc Henderson, WO Sue
D'Arcy, WO Robert Fengler, LEUT Karen
Thomson, CDRE David Letts, WO Graeme
Gibney, CMDR Jan Noonan, LCDR James
Harper, LCDR Richard Scott and CPOCTSSM
Photo: LSIS Paul McCallum
claim win at Harman
Long dista ing
By Michael Brooke
Rowan Walker proved
himself to be the ADF's
undisputed king of
half and full marathons
when he placed third
in the 2010 Melbourne
Marathon in a time of 2:18.01.
LEUT Walker was less than seven minutes
behind the race winner who completed the
41.195km event in an amazing 2:11.04, fol-
lowed by the runner-up who clocked 2:15.31.
The Navy speedster's impressive time
enabled him to beat 5024 other competitors,
which included some of the top Kenyan and
LEUT Walker secured third place after
running down three other competitors who
were in front of him for most of the race.
"I ran really strongly over the last 5km
which enabled me to pass three other runners
and grab third place," he said.
LEUT Walker said his effort was more
than a minute faster than his time in 2007,
when he won the Melbourne marathon in
"I'm pretty sore as everyone is after a hard
marathon, but I executed the plan and I was
strong enough to go through with it," he said.
LEUT Walker's third placing in a very
competitive field follows on from his bronze
medal effort in the Sydney half marathon on
September 17, when he clocked 1:07.03.
A long-time member of the Navy running
association, LEUT Walker trains whenever
the opportunity arises -- which has included
the flight decks of warships.
LEUT Walker said he would give his body
a rest for a while before resuming training in
2011 when he will compete in two or three
By Michael Brooke
A GREAT rivalry on par with 'Chariots
of Fire' has emerged after reigning cham-
pion LSPT Alex Minney was dethroned by
Thales runner Pete Conway who won the
Ship2Shore 5km fun run at HMAS Kuttabul
on November 4.
Navy spectators cheered as LSPT Minney
gave chase over the last kilometre but he
couldn't catch the galloping Mr Conway, who
ran the 5km course at just under 20km per
Mr Conway clocked 16 minutes and 15
seconds to edge out HMAS Sydney's fleet-
footed PT by 44 seconds to avenge his defeat
LSPT Minney, who clocked 16.59, said he
watched Mr Conway take an early lead and
hoped he would run out of gas before the fin-
"He ran a really great race and his victory
serves as a wake up call for my other events
as defending champion," LSPT Minney said.
LSPT Minney said his victory in 2009 had
interrupted Mr Conway's bid for a hat-trick,
following his triumphs in 2007 and 2008.
The female runners also clocked good
times, with LEUT Jane Landon crowned
HARD RACE: LSPT Alex Minney leads the pack at the start of the Ship2Shore at
HMAS Kuttabul but in the end was beaten by Pete Conway from Thales.
Photo: ABIS Hayley Clarke
Warning fired in Ship2Shore
LEUT Rowan Walker
powers home in the
Marathon where he
placed third in the
international field of
winner of the women's open with a time of
22.01 and Nicole Royals finishing runner-up
More than 100 Navy personnel, Defence
APS and Thales employees participated in
the fun run and power walk which started
at the indoor sports centre and followed the
wharf down to Harry's Cafe de Wheels before
looping back to the RAN Heritage Centre and
finishing back at the sports centre.
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