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Bill blogs on ... riding the lows as well as the highs
Reward beckons rally team
IN A SPIN: The Navy Rally Team slips off the road after entering a corner too quickly during the first stage of
the Carrington's Safari Rally and, inset, LSMTSM Justin White and Kristin White. Main image: LSMTSM Rodney Size
By Simon Gladman
THE Navy Rally Team of hus-
band-and-wife pairing Justin and
Kristin White is planning to "play
it cool" on the roads in an effort
to climb the rankings at the final
event of the Western Australia Rally
The team will be one of three in
contention for second place in the
Sportsman Series when it takes to
the rugged roads of Jarrahdale for the
Darling 200 over 161km on November
12. Driver LSMTSM Justin White
and his navigator Kristin will take
plenty of confidence into the event
having jumped into second place in
the Sportman Series with their fourth-
place result at the Carrington's Safari
Rally on October 15.
They blitzed the final stage of the
Safari Rally and luck was on their side
as one of their main rivals crashed.
"The heat will be on for the final
round, but we intend to play it cool
and just drive within our own limits
as that is what allowed us to over-
take Anthony Chudleigh and Andy Van
Cann in the last round," LSMTSM
"We hope our fellow competitors
will crumble under the pressure and
we will emerge from the dust on the
"The roads in Jarrahdale for the
Darling 200 will be rough, just like
the Safari Rally, but the event will be a
blind rally, which means it is not pace
noted. You just drive it as you see it --
LSMTSM White said securing sec-
ond place would be a big achievement
for the team in its first year.
The team's strong performance at
the Safari Rally also propelled it into
11th place in the Clubman Series.
"We have achieved so much this
year considering our lack of experi-
ence and financial restrictions, so to
finish our first season on the podium
would be amazing," he said.
"It's just so exciting to be in the
mix with some on the best drivers in
WA . "The team has been busy working
on the Toyota Corolla, rebuilding the
front suspension and also replacing all
the rubber mounts with high-density
polyurethane to strengthen the car in
the right places.
The car sustained suspension dam-
age after hitting a rock soon after start-
ing the final stage of the Safari Rally.
"After every rally the car is practi-
cally stripped down and rebuilt in my
garage. The car is in bits in my drive-
way at the moment," LSMTSM White
said in late October.
"Reliability is the key to do well
in rally, so everything has to be in the
best condition before attacking the
The team had a narrow miss at a
major spectator point during the first
stage of the event, losing control in
the braking zone and just managing to
avoid a tree.
"We came in way too fast because
in the back of my mind I wanted
to show off at the spectator point,"
LSMTSM White said.
"I couldn't find reverse for a couple
of seconds. It was a little embarrass-
ing. At least we put on a show for the
HAVING experienced the highs of
the last few months, with losing
weight and increasing my fitness
level, it was inevitable that the
tempo was going to change.
I will not bore you with the detail.
However, it was interesting to see how
my mental thought and motivation
changed and how common it is to cor-
relate weight gain or loss with people
affected by bereavement, stress, per-
sonal and mental health issues.
Over a stressful period you either
lose heaps of weight or, for some in
my situation, you neglect training.
Understandably my mind set was
not on the task, and training had to
take second place.
However, talking to people and
spreading the burden had eased some
of my concerns.
After a tough week, I was partially
back on track. My spirit has lifted and
I am now looking forward in partici-
pating in another fun run.
If you find yourself in situations
where you are under stress or not cop-
ing with mental health issues, please
speak to someone.
Help is only a phone call away.
ADF members can access mental
health care by talking to command-
ing officers or supervisors, presenting
to the health facility on their base or
contacting their Mental Health and
Twenty-four-hour assistance is
available on the All Hours Support
Line on 1800 628 036, which offers
24/7 access to crisis counselling and
referral for treatment and support.
As we come into the last few weeks
of the 'Join Bill Campaign', I encour-
age those members undertaking weight
loss campaigns to send in your emails
and tell us how you are going.
Email Bill at vasilis.solomou@defence
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