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August 18, 2011
NOTHING quite beats the sense of
teamwork and camaraderie than hav-
ing to paddle like crazy alongside
20 others in a boat, according to LS
Having taken off the netball bib
to try something new, LS Dobson is
developing a passion for dragon boat-
"I started dragon boating when I
posted to Cerberus at the start of the
year. I didn't know many people there
and I thought it would be a good way
to get to know people of all ranks,"
"Dragon boating is very much a
team sport, even more so than netball
as everyone has to paddle in time to
gain maximum power in the water --
there can be up to 22 people in the
boat at one time.
"There is a great sense of camara-
derie in the boat."
LS Dobson was one of 29 Navy
personnel who in June joined an Asia
tour which included competitions at
Penang in Malaysia, and Hong Kong.
As a newcomer, LS Dobson
found the international experience an
engrossing introduction to the sport.
"I had only competed in three other
regattas before Penang. It was amazing
that I could be overseas in such a short
amount of time," she said.
"I didn't know too much about
dragon boating at the start as I had
never paddled before, but it has been
pretty easy to pick up. Anyone of any
age, fitness or gender can do it.
"I was amazed at how big the sport
is both in Australia and overseas."
The Navy team began its
impressive campaign at the Penang
International Dragon Boat Festival,
where it placed fourth in the men's,
women's and mixed races over 250m
A smaller Navy team recorded
remarkable results three days later in
Hong Kong, where Victoria Harbour
provided a spectacular backdrop to the
Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival.
During three days of intense com-
petition, Navy more than mixed it with
some of the best teams from the Asia-
Pacific region, finishing third in the
mixed small boat event, fourth in the
women's small boat event and fifth in
the mixed standard boat competition.
Also experiencing dragon boating
for the first time at the international
level was LCDR Mark Wilson, who
said representing Navy was an unfor-
"I only began dragon boating in
March this year so it was very special
to be able to represent Navy on the
international stage with such a short
build-up," he said.
"It's a great form of exercise
because it pushes you harder than you
would on your own -- you find strength
you didn't know you had."
The Head of HMAS Cerberus
Dragon Boating, PO Cameron
Devenny, commended the team for
coming together so well for the first
time just one day before the Penang
"We don't get to train together like
the national teams that were there.
We had two hours to finetune the bal-
ance of the boat the day before racing
began," PO Devenny said.
For more information about Navy dragon
boating, email PO Cameron Devenny at
Like a dragon to water
A PTI's insatiable appetite for victory
enabled HMAS Kuttabul to win the
'Red Anchor' RAN Volleyball compe-
tition at Olympic Park in Sydney on
LSPT Nathan Adamson, from HMAS
Creswell, provided Kuttabul with the
spark they needed to beat the Barbarians
17-12 in the final.
LSPT Adamson was a late addition to
the Kuttabul team, which initially lacked
the numbers to contest the competition.
Kuttabul captain CPO Michael
McKenzie said LSPT Adamson gave the
team the momentum it needed to emerge
victorious over 11 other sides.
"We pushed him all over the court
in the first couple of matches until we
gelled as a team," he said.
LSPT Adamson said he was happy
to help the team claim the Red Anchor
"It was a great team effort in which a
lot of commitment and little bit of luck
got us the result," he said.
The final was deadlocked at 12-12
with only a few minutes remaining when
LSPT Adamson won back the service,
delivering a sneaky corner shot which
evaded the desperate defenders.
Kuttabul then nailed five successive
points to take a decisive 17-12 lead.
Kuttabul earned its grand final berth
by accounting for Bellamy Angels 22-12,
while the Barbarians pipped the Combat
-- Michael Brooke
HAVING A BALL: A member of the HMAS Kuttabul volleyball team, right,
sets up a teammate for a spike at Olympic Park during the 'Red Anchor'.
Inset: The victorious team, from back left, Greg Holt, AB Paul Brown, LS
Nathan Adamson and, from front, LS Tim Holt, CPO Michael MacKenzie and
WO Matt Hurley.
Photo: ABIS Dove Smithett
Fill-in helps lift 'Anchor'
ALL TOGETHER NOW: Navy
rowers in action at Penang.
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