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November 24, 2011
An oar-some partnership
VERY GC: (Left) The Gold
Coast's famous skyline
provides a backdrop as
people crowd the beach
at Surfers Paradise for
the launch of the ASRL
SUN AND SURF:
(Above) Kurrawa Surf
Lifesaving Club women's
crew Kylie Buf, Shannon
Grimsey, Emily Liner and
Courtney Draver relax
before the competition.
REACHING OUT: (Right)
LS Laura Morris, of the
Defence Force Recruiting
Centre in Brisbane,
applies a Navy 'tattoo' to
the arm of a young sup-
porter on the Gold Coast.
NAVY celebrated its ongoing relation-
ship with surf lifesavers from across
Australia with the launch of the 2011/12
Australian Surf Rowers League (ASRL)
season on the Gold Coast.
The first round of competition in the
series marked the start of the fourth year
of Navy's naming rights.
More than 300 surf rowers from 60
crews -- competing in men's, women's,
masters' and junior sections -- took to the
water at Surfers Paradise on November
5-6.Navy is on the search for personnel to
put their hand up to form national Navy
men's and women's surf boat teams, to be
based in Sydney.
The ASRL series will consist of 23
events at some of Australia's premier
beaches, ending at Stockton Beach in
Newcastle in February.
Navy spokesperson CDRE David
Letts said the partnership with ASRL was
He said Navy's sponsorship of ASRL
allowed surf lifesaving clubs to com-
pete all across Australia and also boosted
Navy's profile, helping gain community
"By nurturing the sport, Navy provides
the Australian Surf Rowers League with
the necessary resources to assist them
in recruiting lifesavers, both male and
female," CDRE Letts said.
Bert Hunt, president of the ASRL, said
the importance of the relationship could
not be underestimated.
The ASRL has more than 3000
volunteer members from across
260 clubs competing in surf boat
competitions throughout Australia.
"The more lifesavers are in the
water, the more lives saved," Mr
"It's amazing when you think
about the synergies between Navy
and ASRL. While the Navy pro-
tects the Australian coastline, the
ASRL protects the shores of every
state and territory around the coun-
try."723 Squadron provided one of
the highlights of the weekend, put-
ting on a public show in an Agusta
A109E helicopter piloted by LEUT
Ben Lancaster and his crew of
LEUT Andrew Serchen and LSA
Personnel interested in helping establish
a Navy surf boat team to take part in the
ASRL series should contact LCDR Don
Hogarth at donald.hogarth@defence.
UP IN SMOKE: The Navy Rally team pictured earlier in the year.
'Devastating' end to impressive season
THE Navy Rally team suffered a
cruel blow in the final few kilome-
tres of the season-ending Darling
200 Rally when a crash ended its
dream of a podium finish.
The husband-and-wife team of
LSMTSM Justin White and Kristin
White finished the Sportsman Series
of the Western Australia Rally
Championship in fifth place, having
failed to finish in the final event at
They had been on course for sec-
ond in the overall standings as they
drove their Toyota Corolla to a 47-sec-
ond buffer ahead of their nearest rivals
at the start of the event's final stage.
But a driver error resulted in the car
sliding into a tree stump.
LSMTSM White said it was a "dev-
astating" way to end the team's debut
"Rally really is a cruel sport. It
wasn't to be," he said.
"We came off the racing line and
hit the slippery pea gravel only to slide
out of control into a tree stump. The
impact was not severe and Kristin and
I were fine. All that safety gear really
does make a difference.
"My heart dropped when I realised
we were stuck. We tried to salvage our
season in a frantic panic to dig the car
out of the ditch, but it took too long.
We had just thrown away our season."
Reflecting on the season,
LSMTSM White said it had been a
"We were the second best state
rookie driver and co-driver this year
out of over 20 teams that debuted. We
produced top-five times against teams
who had been competing for over a
decade, and we had a blast doing it,"
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