Home' Navy News : July 7th 2011 Contents By CPL Zenith King
NAVY reigned supreme at the ACT-
Southern NSW inter-service squash
championships, upsetting the highly
fancied Air Force team and also finish-
ing above Army and APS at ADFA in
Canberra on June 23.
Each competitor played three
25-minute matches against the other ser-
vices, with Navy scoring 28 compared to
APS 24, Air Force 23 and Army 1.
LCDR Brian Froome said the compe-
tition was very tough.
"Playing a timed event is always
hard, especially 25 minutes of continu-
ous squash plus the warm-up," he said.
"Not having the break between games
means you don't get a chance to try and
get your head together if you're not play-
ing well, or just get a break to get your
"Having played in a number of
Defence and civilian tournaments,
I knew what to expect and how to
approach the day. But you never know
how hard a game may be and, if you do
get a really hard game, how that will
affect you in your next match."
LCDR Froome, who played in the
Navy team that last won six years ago,
said it felt great to return as part of a
"Air Force had been so dominant for
such a long time," he said.
"Air Force had the two best players
overall as their top players, so it was
really up to the lower-ranked players to
win their matches and hope our number
one and two could put up a good fight
and pick up some much-needed points.
"I played in the fourth position and
won two matches reasonably easily.
Unfortunately, due to a late withdrawal,
the Air Force position became a forfeit."
Defence Squash will build on its suc-
cess of this year's Northern Territory
Top End Open and the Arafura Games
in preparation for the National Squash
Championships at RAAF Williamtown
from August 7-12.
Defence Squash's president, LCDR
Nick Barker, emphasised the nationals
would be open for players of all stand-
ards, and they would be evenly matched
against those of similar grades.
For details about the National Squash
Championships, contact SGT Anthony Griffin
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July 7, 2011
THE ability to run fast is a skill
that many people such as mari-
time surveillance adviser LCDR
Matt Richardson acquire while
living in Samoa.
The 40-year-old has developed
a strength in what he calls "defen-
sive running" since he was posted
to the island nation in the South
Pacific Ocean a year ago as part the
Defence Cooperation Program.
"Before I posted to Samoa, I
hadn't run more than 2.4km," LCDR
"But once you are used to the
extreme humidity, steep hills, wild
dogs, roaming pigs, huge potholes
and erratic drivers, Samoa is a beau-
tiful place to run -- but you learn
'defensive running' quickly."
The new-found running skills
held him in good stead when he
competed in a field of 106 runners
in the country's Independence Day
LCDR Richardson finished first
in the half-marathon with a time of
one hour and 48 minutes.
The RAN enjoyed double suc-
cess with technical adviser CPO
Mick Hosgood finishing in second
place just a minute later.
Competitors from eight countries
lined up in total darkness to contest
the annual event on June 4.
"I think local knowledge and
the tough race conditions were
on our side on race day," LCDR
Russia took out the men's mara-
thon, while New Zealand won the
women's marathon, Japan won
the men's 10km, Samoa won the
women's 10km and the US won the
The Navy pair's next challenge
is to tackle the 106km Samoa
Perimeter Relay to be held in
LCDR Richardson said they
would be hoping to improve on their
runner-up finish at last year's event.
-- Simon Gladman
Pair run for their lives in Samoa
FRONTRUNNERS: CPO Mick
Hosgood and LCDR Matt
HOT SHOTS: From back left, LCDR
Nick Barker, LCDR Brian Froome,
CDRE Ian Middleton and, from front
left, CDRE Michael Noonan and
CMDR Jan Noonan.
Top coaches help
re-ignite the flame
THE Navy Running Association's runners
are aiming for bigger things after receiving
professional tips at a coaching clinic held
over two June weekends in Canberra.
World-class athlete Emily Brichacek and
high-profile Athletics Australia and level-four
track and field coach Ted Mclean took eight
runners through their paces.
The clinic covered training programs and
techniques, nutrition requirements, race prepa-
ration and recovery techniques.
Association treasurer LEUT Jeff Rayner
said participants benefited a lot.
"It has renewed the fire, emphasised enjoy-
ment through better preparation and given
greater awareness of what's available to
enhance the running experience," he said.
-- LSIS Paul Berry
PUSHING IT: CPO Simon
Butterworth leads the pack
at the running clinic.
Photo: LSIS Paul Berry
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