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December 8, 2011
Navy stars at mountain
New star MIDN
James Bashford com-
petes in the downhill
competition of the
ADO Mountain Bike
inset right, PO Dion
Blair gets some air in
the cross country divi-
sion. Inset left, MIDN
Daniel Williams rides
in the downhill comp.
Photos: LAC Bill Solomou
By Graham McBean
MIDN James Bashford outgunned service
rivals to blitz the three-day ADF mountain
bike championships at Mt Stromlo in
Canberra from November 7-10.
The Navy champ took out the Four-cross
and Downhill events and beat the 2010 win-
ner of both events, Air Force's LAC Alex
It highlighted a great event for Navy
with four sailors finishing among the top
MIDN Bashford raced on the national
circuit and internationally, competing in
European and World Cup events before join-
ing the Navy, and said it was a goal to race
for Navy at the ADF level.
Still in training, he said he was grateful
to staff at the School of Air Warfare at East
Sale for giving him the chance to compete
"I definitely thought I would be competi-
tive from the results the year before -- so I
thought the possibility of winning was defi-
nitely there," MIDN Bashford said.
"Although, there was double the com-
petitors than the year before."
It wasn't all easy riding as MIDN
Bashford ran off the track during his down-
hill race run.
MIDN Bashford was also aware that Air
Force's LAC Wruck had won the two events
last year and had performed strongly in the
"I knew Alex was the dual ADF cham-
pion but I was pretty confident that if I put
AB Tenae Scott also raised the Navy flag
with good inaugural performances with a
second place in the Four-cross and a cred-
ible third place in the women's downhill
PO Dion Blair placed third in the
men's cross country while MIDN
Daniel Williams took out third place in
the men's downhill.
AB Scott, from HMAS Albatross,
said it was her first mountain bike com-
petition and she wasn't confident in the
course or her chances.
"I looked at the course and went
'wow, this looks pretty daunting'," AB
She said the big difference was the
mentoring provided by fellow Albatross
sailor AB Jesse Palmer.
"We walked the track and he showed
me, at different sections, what to do and
how to tackle that part of the course."
By LEUT Darren Mallett
THE RAN and Ford Performance Racing (FPR)
and have joined forces to support and grow the next
generation of marine technicians (MT) through two
key initiatives announced at HMAS Waterhen on
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of King
George V conferring the title 'Royal Australian Navy'
upon the then-Commonwealth Naval Forces, FPR's
Development Series driver Chaz Mostert drove a spe-
cial car in the final meet of the season, the Sydney
Telstra 500. The race car was prepared in RAN livery
with the special number of 100 for that one race.
Head of Navy Engineering RADM Mick Uzzell
also announced a five-year agreement between Navy
and FPR for a unique outplacement scheme, which will
see two MT sailors work with the factory Ford outfit
for the next five seasons, beginning in 2012.
"In a year in which we are celebrating the 100th
anniversary of the granting of the 'Royal' title to the
Australian Navy, we are very pleased to be in partner-
ship with FPR," RADM Uzzell said.
"Behind any successful V8 organisation is a highly
focused and close-knit team capable of working under
pressure to win in demanding environments," he said.
"There are direct parallels between the work of a V8
Supercar team and the expectations we have of our MT
sailors in meeting Navy's mission of being able to fight
and win at sea."
The scheme was offered to Navy by FPR and will
be used to develop the technical skills of MT sailors.
Ford Performance Racing Principal Tim Edwards
said it was an honour for FPR to work closely with
the Navy on two great initiatives, which would help
develop the next generation of leaders.
"First, I am glad we could play a part in celebrating
the RAN's centenary with a special livery, race suit and
number on Chaz's race car," Mr Edwards said.
"In the short time we have worked with Chaz he
has displayed all the traits we look for in a young race
driver -- bravery, maturity and a strong work ethic,
things I am sure the Navy looks for when recruiting
"Second, I am proud the Navy has accepted our
offer to place two mechanics within our team each year
for the next five years.
"Not only will they provide valuable assistance
as we transition to car of the future, but I am sure our
team will learn valuable skills from them as well."
Navy joins with
Racing to develop
NAVY were the interservice champions at the
Australian Defence Volleyball Association's
National Tournament held at RAAF Base
Amberley from November 12-19 for the first
time in the competition's history. In the inter-
state competition the national indoor champions
for the men's teams were NT1 and ACT were
the women's champions. King of the Beach was
awarded to John Cassat, APS, and Queen of the
Beach was LACW Katie Sharpe, 23 Squadron.
The tournament was also an opportunity to select
members for the national team which will tour
New Zealand in June, 2012.
Navy interservice volleyball champs
JOINING FORCES: (L-R) Ford Performance
Racing diver Chaz Mostert, Head of Navy
Engineering RADM Mick Uzzell and the racing
team's principal Tim Edwards at the outplacement
scheme announcement. Photo: ABIS Sarah Williams
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