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AFTER three months in Antarctica, the crew
of the Japanese Research Vessel Shirase were
in red-hot form when they visited HMAS
Stirling for a game of soccer and beach vol-
leyball in March.
In the spirit of friendship, the visiting
Japanese crew was invited to Stirling to par-
ticipate in a sports day to build on the bond
between the two nations.
The resulting contests proved that friendly
competition isn't necessarily an agreement
between two sides to go easy on each other.
The Stirling sports fraternity put on an
Aussie barbecue before the two sides took
to the football field where the Japanese team
displayed superior footwork to outclass the
Stirling side and deliver a 2-0 defeat.
It was a more even affair on the beach vol-
leyball court, where the two sides enjoyed a
leisurely game and agreed to share the victory.
After both games, the visitors were pre-
sented with a Sherrin Australian rules football
and POPT Grizz Adams taught them how to
play Australia's national game.
He gave them a snap lesson on how to
kick and handball, with the possibility of an
Australian football match being included in
the next visit.
Shirase crew good sports
RELATIONSHIP BUILDING: Commanding Officer HMAS Stirling CAPT Brett Wolski
shares a joke with Commanding Officer Japanese Ship Shirase CAPT Nakato while
watching the soccer match.
QUICK OFF MARK: SBLT Jake Williams, of Joint Logistics Unit-West, runs to defend a Japanese
player during a soccer game between HMAS Stirling and Japanese Ship Shirase on the main
oval at HMAS Stirling, WA.
Photos: ABIS Jayson Tufrey
BEING consistent has put CPO Shanon
Purcell in the running to take out the
Australian Defence Sports Triathlon
(ADSTA) Olympic distance champion-
CPO Purcell will join 1500 competi-
tors in the Sydney Olympic Triathlon
to be held on April 14-15 and another
consistent performance may see him
take the honours.
"I haven't taken out any first plac-
ings but have come in a close second or
third and I think it will come down to
who has the best aggregate score at the
end of the day," PO Purcell said.
"Because we have staggered starts
in age groups it's difficult to know who
is coming where so I am competing
against the clock.
"It's also not my preferred distance
as I like the longer distances."
The triathlon follows the 2000
Olympic course and will include a
1.5km swim, 40km cycle and 10km run
with the Sydney Harbour Bridge closed
for the duration of the race.
Treasurer Australian Defence Sports
Triathlon Association (ADSTA) CAPT
Peter Howden, of HQ Forcomd, said
the historic course held its own unique
"The most exciting part is we get
to swim with the sharks in Sydney
Harbour," he said.
"We will also have by far the largest
presence of any team with 50-plus com-
petitors at the event."
As the deciding event for the
Olympic distance, the triathlon has
attracted the largest ADSTA turnout for
any event the association has conducted
in many years.
The championship is decided over
three races -- Noosa, Geelong and
"With ADSTA President MAJ
Dave Thomson, of HQ 1 Div, and CPO
Purcell still in the running to win the
first ADSTA Championship series, the
Sydney race will have plenty of spice,"
CAPT Howden said.
MAJ Thomson said he was looking
forward to the Sydney race. "It has the
most spectacular back drop, but sadly
there will be no time for sightseeing,"
he said. "The race is on."
Commandant RMC-A and ADSTA
Patron BRIG Dave Luhrs will also
compete alongside 28 Army triathletes,
nine Air Force representatives, 10 Navy
competitors and five Defence civilians,
in his first race since becoming the
He said he was looking forward to
the event and wished everyone good
luck and a safe race.
"As evidenced by the high number of
competitors this year, the sport of triath-
lon continues to grow within Defence,"
BRIG Luhrs said.
As part of the weekend ADSTA will
be holding its annual general meeting at
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