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March 1, 2012
THE Kapooka sports series kicks
off on March 10 with about 16
teams fighting it out in the 10s
rugby union competition.
Now in its 21st year, the 10s
continues to attract a large num-
ber of teams. Organiser Capt Ian
Marston said it would also be
the first year two women's teams
would play an exhibition match.
"We had an exhibition match
for the rugby league last November
and we are planning on playing the
women's rugby union game either
before the finals or during the
finals," Capt Marston said.
After the success of last year's
split weekends, the Kapooka 7s
(netball) and 12s (AFL) will be
played the following weekend on
March 17. "This just makes it easi-
er all round," Capt Marston said.
"We don't have to worry about
a lack of fields and having to take
down one set of goalposts and put
up another several times during the
About 14 teams are expected to
compete in the 12s with all three
services fielding teams in both the
men's and women's competitions.
"The service teams use this
carnival to determine their service
sides and RAAF are sending two
teams -- northern RAAF and south-
"One team is fielding play-
ers from the Queensland bor-
der upwards and the other the
Queensland border downwards.
"The majority of the rugby
teams will be Army but there will
be a bigger mix in the AFL com-
Both the 12s and 7s have been
going for more than 10 years and
the 7s continues to attract a large
number of teams with about 15
teams expected across the three
services and public service again
The Kapooka summer series
which includes golf, rugby league
and a multi-endurance event is
scheduled for November 10.
More information on the Kapooka
sports series is available from Capt
Marston on 0429 202 453 or ian.
Kapooka gears up for sports series
By CPL Melanie Schinkel
NAVY demonstrated its force ashore and
in the water as two of its talented triath-
letes achieved personal bests while repre-
senting Defence at triathlons held in Jervis
Bay and Geelong.
Representing the Australian Defence
Sports Triathlon Association (ADSTA), an
enthusiastic team of triservice and APS tri-
athletes competed against more than 3500
people in the sprint and long course events
at the Jervis Bay Triathlon and Multisport
Festival in Huskisson on February 18-19.
Seven ADSTA athletes competed in the
sprint triathlon while a further nine raced
in the renowned Huskisson long course
that comprised a gruelling 2km swim,
83km ride and 20km run.
With an impressive overall time of 4hr
34min 09sec, LSATA Luke Heckenberg
finished third in the male long course event
and first out of the other Navy competitors.
LSATA Heckenberg has competed in
triathlons and adventure races for the past
four years and said his biggest motivator
during an event was to beat his brother.
"I just have to beat my brother Ryan.
We have some pretty healthy brotherly
rivalry going on so we often compete
against each other in competitions. Of
course, I'm always trying to outdo myself
and achieve a better race time too," LSATA
"Initially, I was a bit worried about how
I would perform because I had a knee inju-
ry but the race went really smoothly and
everything just seemed to go right for me.
The only real challenge I faced was man-
aging the pain of the run.
"Ryan and I competed really well. We
came out of the swim within 30 seconds
of each other and finished the ride together
was a satisfying win."
One week earlier, 22 ADSTA triathletes
battled wet and muddy conditions at the
Geelong Multisport Festival Olympic dis-
tance triathlon on February 12.
Navy shone again as CPO Shanon
Purcell took out third place, finishing the
1500m swim 40km ride and 10km run in
2hr 15min 02sec.
"So far, that's my best time for that dis-
tance and I'm pretty happy about coming
third," CPO Purcell said.
"I train about 16 hours a week and I'm
constantly trying to improve my times.
"Every race and every course is differ-
ent. I could compete on the same course
a year from now and it would be a com-
pletely different race.
"For me, racing is about challenging
myself and in the end being happy with
By Cpl Mark Doran
THE newly formed Australian Defence Rowing Association
(ADRA) is looking for new members from all age groups as well
as team members to compete in the Australian Masters Rowing
This year the Masters regatta will be held on May 24-27 in
Ballarat on Lake Wendouree and is for competitors in age groups
from 27 to 80+ where teams of rowers will compete in races of
ADRA is looking for people who are interested in rowing and
is encouraging members who competed at school or university or
who were with the junior programs at ADFA or RMC, to get back
into the sport and compete.
Rowing has been called the ultimate sport for teamwork and
CAPT Charles Huxtable said ADRA was looking for military and
civilians to join the association.
"Rowing is a strenuous activity which encourages an active
lifestyle and requires a high level of fitness in general strength and
endurance," CAPT Huxtable said.
"Most of our members have been rowing at local clubs across
Australia and we will be selecting our Masters team based mainly
on results of club regattas and interstate championships."
Rowing caters to all fitness levels and racers compete in a range
of boats from single or double sculls, quad sculls with four scullers
through to the eight-man sweep oared boats with a coxswain.
Masters rowers compete in 1000m races and the juniors (under
27) compete in races over 2000m with finish times close to six
While encouraging both young and old members to join, future
plans for ADRA include enabling Defence members with disabili-
ties to be involved in the sport, especially for those with limited
lower limb or torso movement.
For more information on ADRA contact email@example.com
their all for PBs
what I achieved. Many triathletes would
agree that their toughest competition is
He said his hardest challenge during the
Geelong event was staying on track during
a particularly wet and windy bike ride.
"It absolutely poured during the ride
so I had to try and avoid puddles and be
very cautious going around corners. Even
though the weather slowed me down a bit,
I was pretty happy with my ride time of
1hr 05min 45sec."
About 50 ADSTA triathletes are now
gearing up for the next race on their calen-
dar in Sydney at Farm Cove on April 15.
THIRD PLACINGS: CPO Shanon Purcell
(above) competes in the Geelong triathlon
and (inset) LSATA Luke Heckenberg is happy
to cross the line at Huskisson ahead of his
drive for new
and old rowers
HITTING THE WATER: CAPT Charles Huxtable, front, Lt-Col
Selina Rowland, Brig Alison Creagh and Kym Fisher practise
on Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra.
Photos by Cpl Mark Doran
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