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May 12, 2011
NAVY skiers and boarders are starting to prepare for
the 2011 Alpine Snowsports Championships.
The season will begin with Navy Nationals held at
Perisher Ski Resort from July 31 to August 6.
The event is open to all Navy personnel and no rac-
ing experience is needed.
The Navy's men's ski team will then fight to retain
the trophy at the ADF Inter-Service Championships
from August 7-12 at Mt Hotham.
For more information visit www.navy.gov.au/Navy_
Alpine_Snowsports or email navysport.alpine@
By CPL Zenith King
THE best Navy rugby union players
the Australian Services Rugby Union
(ASRU) team this month and rep-
resent the ADF at the International
Defence Rugby Competition (IDRC)
The process began on April 13
when members of the ASRU squad
converged on Randwick Barracks to
conduct strength and agility testing.
Team hopeful POET Ryan Brook
said he was happy with his perfor-
"I have been going to the gym
heavily for the last four months and
conducting some pre-season football
training, so I felt prepared for the test-
ing on the day," he said.
"Playing in the international
Defence World Cup is my number one
goal. They take the best from all three
Services and I am really hoping to
make the final squad."
The men's nationals operations
manager for ASRU, LTCOL Adam
Boyd, said the purpose of the day
was to gain an understanding of the
strengths and weaknesses of ASRU
"What we did at Randwick
Barracks was baseline strength and
conditioning testing," he said.
"We conducted three activities to
test strength, including heaves, a dead
lift and bench press.
"We then moved outside and con-
ducted a sprint and beep test to gauge
speed and agility.
"This was about their strength
and conditioning off the paddock.
Obviously what's important is how
they perform on the paddock, but this
gave us a good indication of who was
sitting at the top and who needed to do
more work to be competitive."
LTCOL Boyd said this was just
one of the tools being used for selec-
"ASRU has put together a cam-
GEARING UP: Some of the action from the 2010
Skiers eye titles
up for spots
in rep teams
PUT TO THE TEST:
POET Ryan Brook
(above) tests his
speed while, inset,
he is assessed by
sports physio Tim
Wright during selc-
tion trials for the ADF
rugby union team.
Photos: ABIS Dove
paign plan which has us starting our
training and selection consideration
now ahead of the IDRC in October,"
"This was the first of a number of
activities we will run over the coming
"We will conduct follow-up testing
in June then in July and August we
will have another two camps that will
inform our squad selection and allow
us to make the final decision by the
end of August."
Thirty-five of the 60-person watch
list attended the testing day, while
the remaining 25 will be tested indi-
vidually by the ASRU coach ahead
of the Australian Services Rugby
Championship in May.
The Australian Services Rugby
Championships (ASRC) will be con-
ducted from May 15-21 at Canberra's
Viking Park, Wanniassa.
Men and women from the three
Services will battle it out in a bid to
claim the championship trophies in the
Also, senior teams will be selected
from serving members of the ADF.
SUNDAY, MAY 15
Men: RANRU v AFRU
Women: RANRU v AFRU 10s
Veterans: RANRU Old Salts
WEDNESDAY, MAY 18
Men: AARU v AFRU
SATURDAY, MAY 21
Men: AARU v RANRU
Women: AARU v RANRU/
Veterans: AARU AROBA v
RANRU Old Salts
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