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Netball trials begin
THE search is on to unearth some
new netball talent to join the NSW
combined services teams. Trials
for the women's, men's and mixed
teams will be held on July 10 and 24
at Moorebank Sports Club Netball
Courts in Sydney. The three-hour
trial sessions will begin at 10am.
People who are interested in joining
should send their name, rank, unit,
PMKeyS number and identify which
team they hope to be selected to
for major result
VALUABLE EXPERIENCE: MIDN
Rogan Meital is learning the engi-
neering aspects of racing as the
only Navy member of the Academy
Photo: LCPL Mark Doran
Racing crew in a spin as car makes debut
By LCPL Mark Doran
NAVY'S sole representative for
Academy Racing, MIDN Rogan
Meital, is helping the team fine-
tune its car in preparation for its
trip to the Formula student competi-
tion in the United Kingdom from
Twenty-five officer cadets from
ADFA form the University of New
South Wales Academy Racing team,
formerly known as ADFA Racing,
which is entered in the international
The team heading to the competi-
tion will include seven officer cadets,
two officers, a civilian PhD student
and their faculty adviser Warren
Although MIDN Meital is not
among those joining the trip, he
considers the experience of being
involved as a valuable learning curve
in engineering as he aims to enter
Seeing how the car came together
and worked, and having learned what
not to do, were valuable insights, he
"Helping the team has been an
excellent way for me to look at the
practical applications for my engi-
neering degree," MIDN Meital said.
"I've been interested in learning
about the design aspects and it has
been exciting to see the car develop
from the ground up."
Academy Racing team captain
and 2011 project manager OFFCDT
Alistair Weir said the team was a
small one and relied on every member
having a strong involvement.
"We are taking second-year officer
cadets to an international competi-
tion and will expect them to compete
in the design, cost and presentation
events," OFFCDT Weir said.
"The biggest challenge of prepar-
ing for the trip has been the logistics
exercise -- understanding shipping,
liaising with overseas agents and
understanding their rules, gaining
sponsorship and budgeting money and
By Simon Gladman
STARTING well behind the front
might have deterred many other
runners in the half marathon in
Sydney on May 15, but not LSPT
The 29-year-old from HMAS
Sydney overtook much of the field
during the 21.1km race and was the
first Defence runner to cross the line
in a time of 1 hour, 24 minutes and
LSPT Minney was pleased with
the result, despite starting so far
behind and having a challenge just
to get to the event.
"I'd come off duty the day of
the race and I had to ask my relief
the race on time at 0645. We usually
hand over duty at 0745," he said.
"By the time I got to the start
it was packed, so I lined up about
200m behind the starting line.
"This was my first time in this
event, but it won't be my last. The
LEADING THE WAY: Defence's
best, LSPT Alex Minney.
run really shows off the harbour and
I enjoy running through the city."
LSPT Minney is now aiming for
success at the Sydney Marathon in
September and to defend his impres-
sive streak, now at four consecutive
wins, in the HMAS Penguin gate-
to-gate scheduled to be held later in
Other Navy personnel were
also among the place-getters in the
Defence section at the half mara-
PO Rhod Hunter from HMAS
Penguin finished in second place
behind LSPT Minney in a time of
1:26.25. LEUT Alan Dickenson
(1:30.47) placed third.
In the veteran's section, CPO
Annie Schofield (1:58.38) took first
place in the women's event while
CPO Simon Butterworth (1:30.39)
placed second in the men's.
More than 10,000 enjoyed the
one-loop course, which started out-
side St Mary's Cathedral and went
under the Sydney Harbour Bridge to
Pyrmont before returning across the
city in Hyde Park.
Join NRA for City 2 Surf
THE Navy Running Association
(NRA) hopes to attract 200 run-
ners to join its team for this year's
City 2 Surf in Sydney on August 14.
Entry into the team is open to all
NRA members and RAN personnel.
The charity fun run takes competi-
tors from the city to Bondi Beach.
The NRA will host coaching clinics
in Canberra over the weekends of
June 18-19 and 25-26. Elite runner
Emily Brichacek and her coach Ted
McLean will be taking the clinic, cov-
ering form, nutritional requirements,
training and recovery techniques.
To register, email jeff.rayner1@
defence.gov.au or visit www.navy
Hockey stars line up
NAVY'S best hockey players were
among 150 competitors battling it out
in the State Hockey Championships
in Sydney from May 28 to June 3,
as Navy News went to print. NSW
and Queensland were to face off in
the men's final while the combined
team was set to take on NSW in the
women's final. ADF hockey vice-
president LCDR Barbra Parker said
the standard of competition was high.
"This is our annual championship
so it is great to see so many people
playing at such a high level." A full
report will feature in the next edition
of Navy News.
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