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September 1, 2011
By CFN Max Bree
SERIOUS injuries suffered in a road
incident last year meant that AB Nicole
Royals was unable to move anywhere
in a hurry for while.
About 14 months later, AB Royals
capped off her remarkable recovery
from a lacerated left leg and head-to-toe
bruising by storming home as Navy's
fastest female runner at Sydney's
City2Surf fun run.
The HMAS Kuttabul sailor was
pleased to have finished the August 14
event in one hour, eight minutes and 54
"I'd been training but not for this
event. It began as rehab and I've stuck
with it," AB Royals said.
Despite running every day as part of
her rehab, she still struggled with the
infamous 'Heartbreak Hill' and the thou-
sands of runners on the track.
"It was definitely a heartbreak," she
"And a lot of people were running
-- you are always trying to get around
In the men's section, Navy reservist
PO Brad Hetharia did the service proud,
beating the best of the ADF runners to
finish first in a blistering 49 minutes.
LEUT Ryan Davis, Navy's second
fastest, finished the 14km course in
56:41 after recently returning from two
weeks surfing in Fiji.
He believed his earlier dive course
lead-up training gave him the edge, but
was frustrated he missed out on starting
with the lead group.
"Having to catch up to the group in
front of you is a bit of a bugger," he said.
The second-placed Navy woman,
LCDR Joanne Haynes, recorded a time-
In the men's, LEUT Alan Dickenson
finished third in 58:25.
NAVY'S TOP 10: B. Hetharia 49:00;
R. Davis 56:41; A. Dickenson 58:25; S.
Butterworth 1:01.20; L. Heckenberg
1:02.13; A. Ochmann 1:06.08; G. Gibson
1:07.51; N. Royals 1:08.54; C. Fingleton
1:11.42; T. Noble 1:12.09.
ROAD TO RECOVERY: AB Nicole
Royals was Navy's top performing
woman in the City2Surf.
Photo: CFN Max Bree
Photos: ABIS Hayley Clarke
DEFENCE personnel and Shoalhaven
residents took the rare chance to
tread the tarmac on the t-shaped
HMAS Albatross airfield at Nowra,
NSW, when it opened to the public for
the second 'Tour the T' charity fun run
on August 12. About 300 participants
helped raise $7000 for Greenacres
Disability Services and Legacy.
NAVY hockey star LSCIS Talei
Stoll has been selected as one of
five ADF hockey players to repre-
sent the Hockey Australia's Country
side at the Oceania Pacific Cup in
Fiji in December.
The HMAS Sydney sailor will
join the women's senior Country
team for the event and also partici-
pate in a planned tour to Thailand
and Malaysia to play those countries'
LSCIS Stoll was one of the key
players for the ADF which finished
fourth at the Australian Country
Championships in Port Lincoln from
July 30-August 6.
The team opened with wins
against Western Australia and South
Australia, but finished with four
straight losses, including the semi-
final to Queensland and a play-off
with Victoria for bronze.
The coach of the women's ADF
team, CPO Damien Crick, was
pleased with the enthusiasm of his
"They should be proud of their
achievements in the competition,
as they stood at second at one point
before succumbing to the high tempo
of this draining tournament," CPO
-- LCPL Mark Doran
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