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March 1, 2012
THE NSW Interservice Tenpin
Bowling Tournament will be held
at the Campbelltown Tenpin
Bowling Centre on March 14-15.
This competition is open to all
NSW permanent and reserve RAN
March 14 will be a practice day
with a nine-game tournament be-
ing held on the Thursday. The NSW
State ADF team will be picked on
Thursday with the top 16 bowlers
earning a place to play in the ADF
National Tournament to be held in
Sydney later this year. If anyone is
interested in representing the Navy
in the NSW State Tournament,
contact LCDR Steven Reynolds at
or (02) 9926 2555.
LAC Bill Solomou
FIVE members of the
Australian Defence Cycling
Club (ADCC) will represent
the ADF in the inaugural Tour
of Duty fundraising recreation-
al road cycling event starting in
Echuca on March 25.
LSET Susanne Peterson, of
HMAS Kuttabul will join WO2
Neil McCallum, of ADFA, Sgt
Daniel Ferguson, of 1RTB, Cpl
Gavin McMahon, of 1RTU,
and LAC Stanislaw Filipek, of
81SQN, along with 45 other
cyclists from all over Australia
for the 400km four-day ride.
They will ride via Bendigo,
Castlemaine, Maryborough and
Ballarat to finish at Melton on
March 28 to raise money for
the National Vietnam Veterans
Museum at Philip Island,
LSET Peterson said
she found out about the ride
through the ADCC website and
was inspired to join.
"It's a good cause and what
better way to spend the time
than on my bike," she said.
LSET Peterson is assis-
tant treasurer of the ADCC
and is hoping to participate in
the ADCC Championships in
Canberra later this year.
"With Sydney's weather
this summer it's been difficult
to consolidate my training," LS
"But, I'll turn up in Victoria
and be happy to finish.
"For me it's about the ride
not the time to finish it."
Treasurer ADCC Mark
Croonen said the main reason
the club decided to support
the Tour of Duty ride was to
strengthen the ties with the vet-
"The organisers were keen
to have current ADF members
ride alongside the veterans as
a way of reinforcing the bonds
between the past and present
ADF members," Mr Croonen
said.Tour of Duty organiser
Peter Liefman said the concept
for the ride originated from an
idea he and a few of his West
Gippsland cycling group mates
came up with and the inspira-
tion for the event came from
"It's based on the Soldier
Ride, which is an initiative of
the Wounded Warrior Project,"
Mr Liefman said.
He said 20 Vietnam
Veterans would make up the
bulk of the 50 riders and they
were hoping to raise $15,000
"Accommodation, food and
support are being provided by
veterans enroute through their
networks and sub-branches".
Each day's ride will be bro-
ken into four easy stages with
vehicle support and mechanical
and first aid assistance en route
and at the rest stops. Overnight
stays will be in Bendigo,
Maryborough and Ballarat.
There will also be an
optional ceremonial stage
at Phillip Island, where the
National Vietnam Veterans
Museum will host all riders.
More information on the ride can
be found at http://vetride.org/. To
support ADF members go to the
ADCC website at http://www.adcc.
Duty calls for one tourer
THE Australian Defence Cycling Club,
with the assistance of the Defence Sports
Council has this year embarked upon its
biggest venture to support and promote
cycling in the Defence community. This
initiative aims to raise awareness and par-
ticipation in cycling in Defence and support
members to compete at national events.
Support is available for a wide range of
events including road racing, mountain bike
races, track racing and sportive events such
as the Around the Bay ride in Melbourne.
It is hoped the club can help develop
new cyclists at the grassroots level into
Full details are available on the ADCC website
THE National Vietnam Veterans Museum is
the only museum of its kind in Australia cov-
ering a specific period in military history.
The collection of about 6000 artefacts
exists to record Australia's longest com-
mitment to any war to date. It presents the
story of Australia's military involvement at a
time of deep division among the Australian
population over compulsory conscription for
This nationally recognised museum
is dedicated to preserving and displaying
photographs, memorabilia, vehicles and
aircraft that accurately detail the history of
Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War
from 1962 to 1972.
Located on Phillip Island, Victoria the
museum was opened in 2007. From its initial
concept -- a Land Rover and trailer touring
Australia in the 1990s -- the museum now
includes an Ah-1F Hueycobra complete with a
20mm Gatling gun, TOW launchers and rocket
pods, a Centurion Tank, Wessex chopper,
105mm howitzer and several Land Rovers.
READY TO ROLL: LSET Susanne Peterson is ready to to head to Echuca for
the inaugural Tour of Duty ride, a fundraiser for the National Vietnam Veterans
Museum in Victoria.
Photo: LSIS Brenton Freind
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