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April 28, 2011
By MAJ David Thomson and
ILLNESS failed to stop LSATA
Andrew Wilkinson's march toward
the Arafura Games, with the triath-
lete managing to stay at the front
of the pack in a qualifying race on
LSATA Wilkinson finished equal
first in the Australian Defence Sports
Triathlon Association's (ADSTA)
Olympic-distance championship in
The result ensured his place in
the team for the international event
to be held in Darwin in May, and
also delivered him the ADSTA's
Triple Crown for also having previ-
ously won at the long course and
sprint triathlon championships.
Battling through illness, the
32-year-old secured the Triple
Crown by crossing in equal first with
CPL Owen Yabsley, sharing a time
of 2 hours, 8 minutes and 58 sec-
His attention has turned to recov-
ering his health and returning to his
normal training regime ahead of the
"I was disappointed that I
was sick leading up to the race. I
hadn't trained for about two weeks,
although I had a race at Batemans
Bay in between," he said.
"I was stoked to come away with
the Triple Crown in Sydney. I don't
think it's been done before; I don't
think anyone has been silly enough
to try it before.
"I'm getting better now. I've had
a few days off to let my body recov-
er and have got back into the swing
Second place in the men's com-
petition went to CPL Peter Hughes
with a time of 2:10.49, while third
went to CAPT Henry Stimson in
In the women's section, Christina
Thorne took the honours with a time
of 2:32.55 over the Olympic dis-
tance (1.5km swim, 40km bike and
10km run), while FSGT Sharyn Kerr
finished second and LTCOL Linda
Thirty ADF personnel competed
in the ADSTA championship, which
was held on Sydney Harbour as part
of the civilian International Triathlon
Union World Championship that
attracted about 2500 triathletes.
LSATA Wilkinson's effort was
good enough to give him 28th place
in the men's open section.
The season's final ADSTA cham-
pionship will be held over ironman
distance at Cairns on June 5.
out Triple Crown
crew shows promise
FIFTY cyclists will be pushed to
their limits while riding 1600km
from Brisbane to Townsville from
September 3-10 in support of cancer
The eight-day "Smiling for Smiddy"
ride will be held in memory of Adam
Smiddy, who died from an aggressive
form of cancer at age 26.
Ride participant CAPT Julian
Fleming, HQ 1 Div, said he was looking
forward to the challenge.
"So far the Smiddy organisation has
raised more than $1.9 million for cancer
research," he said.
Mater Foundation is the major ben-
eficiary. Donations support research into
melanoma, prostate cancer and comple-
mentary therapies for cancer patients.
Funds are also distributed to PA
Research Foundation, Melanoma
Patients Australia and Livestrong Cancer
Research Centre at Flinders Medical
Centre Foundation, South Australia.
For more information, visit www.smiddy.
org.au. Donations can be made at www.
HOT COMPETITION: LCDR James Pearson runs the final leg of the triath-
lon through the streets of Sydney.
Photo: ABIS Alan Lancaster
A NEWLY formed Navy sailing team
is looking forward to bigger things
ahead aboard Scarborough (pictured)
after enjoying a promising hit-out
in the prestigious Sydney Harbour
Regatta in March.
The team, featuring PO Jay Pettifer
(skipper), CMDR Ken Walters, WGCDR
Richard Alberts, LEUT Andrew Foulkes,
PO Darryl Bentley, LS Nick Greenhill,
AB Mayo Binnie and AB Terinan
Chappel, placed third in its division over
a weekend of racing.
A highlight of the event was
Scarborough's third-place finish in the
final race, by which stage the new team
had started to gel well.
The crew was pleased for the learn-
ing experience of competing among 50
boats in their class in four races over two
Coming from different sailing back-
grounds and having different sailing
competencies, team members rallied
together in a show of strong teamwork
to handle the trying conditions, multiple
sail changes and spinnaker runs.
Scarborough has also been compet-
ing in Friday twilight races, which are
known for having a social atmosphere --
both on the boat and beside the barbecue
at the yatch club.
During winter Scarborough will
compete in the Wednesday non-spin-
naker races and the RANSA spinnaker
points score with the intention of build-
ing up to the summer offshore series,
which will include Pittwater to Coffs
Harbour next January.
All yachtsmen and women, no matter their
level of experience or skill, are welcome to
sail aboard Scarborough. Anyone seeking
information about joining should email
Ride helps cancer research
ON TRACK: LSATA Andrew
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