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May 12, 2011
Atkins bags national bronze
By CPL Zenith King
AN AMAZING feat of concentration
saw POATA Steven Atkins secure
a podium win at the Australian
National Trap Championships held
from April 4-10.
Finishing third in a field of 548
competitors, POATA Atkins, who
works at HMAS Albatross, was one of
eight people representing the Defence
Clay Target Association (DCTA) in
Competing in the event for the sec-
ond time, POATA Atkins said he had
felt prepared for the challenge and had
been looking forward to testing his
skills at the highest level in Australian
"I have only been shooting the
Down the Line (DTL) discipline for
about three years," he said.
"I had been competing in monthly
events at my local gun club in Nowra
and travelling every couple of weeks
to other competitions held in Sydney.
"Last year was my first DTL
nationals and I didn't perform all that
well, so to be a bit more competitive
this year was quite pleasing."
During the week-long competition,
POATA Atkins competed in five out
of the six events and found himself in
"The first was for first place in
B-Grade for the single barrel event,"
"I had never been involved in a
shoot-off for a national title before
so I was pretty nervous. [The nerves]
got the better of me and I missed my
POATA Atkins' second shoot-off
was for the National Grand Australian
"Around 24 competitors went into
the shoot-off, including some big
names in Australian clay target shoot-
ing. I really had no expectations so the
nerves never really kicked in," he said.
"I shot a perfect 50 out of 50 in the
event then, in the sudden-death shoot-
off, I shot another 35 targets to give
me a personal best total score of 85.
"When I dropped my 86th target
I initially felt a little disappointed
because I had been hitting the targets
well, but then I realised I had just won
a bronze medal at a national level,
which is pretty exciting."
POATA Atkins said now he was
looking to the Defence Clay Target
Association National Championships
"This event will include our inter-
service competition which Navy is
hoping to take out for the third year
in a row."
By Simon Gladman
LONG-distance runner CAPT
Peter Scott returned to the Six Foot
Track Ultra-Marathon in the Blue
Mountains recently after a six-year
hiatus, but this time he was ready
physically and mentally for the gru-
Equipped with the experienc-
es from before and even with more
appropriate running shoes, he felt
more comfortable and physically
stronger in completing the 45km run
through rugged terrain from Katoomba
to Jenolan Caves.
CAPT Scott, who works at Fleet
Headquarters, was pleased to fin-
ish first among the Navy Running
Association competitors in a time of
four hours and 40 minutes.
"I competed in it once before and
it knocked me around so much that I
had been afraid to go back," he said.
"It's a very tough run; quite
"I've done more trail running
since the first time and I knew what to
Sweet return in mountain challenge
A GOLDEN goal kicked by
ABBM Kane Rowe in extra time
delivered Navy victory in the
Viking Challenge, played among
92 soccer teams at the Great Lakes
in NSW in mid-March.
The final of the tournament's
men's A-Division went into addi-
tional time after Navy and the
Dubbo Bulls tied after full time.
ABBM Rowe showed plenty
of skill to find the back of the net
and put an end to the nerve-racking
contest moments later.
Navy had been on the back foot
earlier, but it was the outstand-
ing goalkeeping by LS Christian
Gonzalez that kept Navy's hopes
Navy steadied in the second
half and played a more confident
brand of soccer against the reign-
ing champion, but failed to score in
The win delivered the Navy
Football Federation $3500 and
PO Barry Rice attended the
event and said Navy had competed
in previous Viking Challenges, but
had not made it to the finals.
"For a team that realistically
only gets together biannually it
was an outstanding achievement
and bodes well for this year's inter-
service carnival," he said.
This year, 92 teams competed in
more than 150 matches for the 18th
running of the Viking Challenge.
The men's A-Division team
qualified for the final after winning
three round-robin games, while the
men's and women's B-Division
teams reached the quarter-finals.
GRUELLING TEST: CAPT Peter
Scott leads the way in the ultra-
marathon. Photo: Super Sport Images
SETTING HIS SIGHTS HIGH: POATA Steven Atkins is now preparing for this year's Defence Clay Target Association titles. Photo: ABIS Justin Brown
expect and was able to prepare myself
for it. I was able to pace myself."
Three Navy runners competed in
the civilian event held in March as a
fundraiser for the Rural Fire Service's
Blue Mountains Division and the Six
Foot Track Heritage Trust.
Navy reservist CPOATA Don
Roach, who works in the Directorate
of Navy Platform Systems, managed
a personal best time of six hours and
10 minutes, despite a fall in the final
stage, which he attributed to fatigue
and slippery conditions.
Following closely behind was
LCDR Steve Arney, of NUSQN 808,
who also recorded his best effort with
a time of six hours and 18 minutes.
CAPT Scott used the Six Foot
Track Ultra-Marathon as a training
run for the NorthFace 100 Marathon,
to be held over 100km in the Blue
Mountains on May 14-15.
He will enter that event in the pairs
section, with running mate LEUT
RANR Jeff Rayner to complete the
second half of the course.
"I'm ready for NorthFace 100. I'm
as ready as I'm going to be," CAPT
HMAS Creswell's Executive
Officer CMDR David Graham is lining
up to complete the full 100km course.
Navy snatches glory
with golden goal
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