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April 26, 2012
key to success
CPO Shanon Purcell was crowned
ADF triathlon champion after the
Sydney Olympic Triathlon on April
15. Despite finishing fourth in the
deciding race in Sydney, com-
ing in at 2hr 18min 12sec, his
results across the Noosa, Geelong
and Sydney races earned him the
title of Australian Defence Sports
Triathlon Association (ADSTA)
National Olympic Distance
"It's a great feeling and really
boosts my confidence and motiva-
tion for other physical challenges,"
CPO Purcell said.
The ADF winner of the Sydney
race was SIG Chris Brennan, of 1
Sig Regt, who clocked 2hr 5min
The triathlon followed the 2000
Olympic course and included a
1.5km swim, 40km cycle over
Sydney Harbour Bridge and a 10km
run through the CBD.
CPO Purcell said the swim in the
harbour was the most challenging of
the three events.
"It was a very tough course
because the rising sun was hitting
everyone directly in the face which
made it very difficult to see the
buoys and stay on course."
The triathlon was billed as an
exciting showdown between CPO
Purcell and MAJ Dave Thomson
who were tied on points after strong
performances at the first two triath-
lons in Noosa Heads and Geelong.
Battling fatigue and ach-
ing muscles for much of the race,
CPO Purcell, who is posted to the
ADF Counter-IED Task Force in
Canberra, managed to eclipse his
rival after a sluggish start.
"I'm pretty consistent, usually
coming in around the 2hr 15min
mark," he said.
CPO Purcell said his success in
the ADF triathlon championship
boded well for his next challenge,
the Cairns Iron Man, on June 3.
"I do these gruelling events
because it's such an exciting chal-
lenge to continually test oneself,"
Almost 50 ADF personnel
went head-to-head against more
than 2000 other competitors in the
Sydney Olympic Triathlon.
The top three ADF male compet-
itors in Sydney were SIG Brennan,
WO2 Gavin Wickham and FLGOFF
The top three female competi-
tors were Jodie Baker, CAPT Alisa
Wickham and MAJ Karina Jones.
Commandant RMC-A and
ADSTA Patron BRIG Dave Luhrs,
also a competitor, praised the par-
ticipants for finishing a really tough
"As evidenced by the large num-
ber of competitors this year, the
sport of triathlon continues to grow
within Defence," he said.
The ADF team featured 28 rep-
resentatives from Army, 11 from Air
Force, 10 from Navy and five APS
Other Navy participants: PO Gary
Swanton, of HMAS Cerberus, LEUT David
Stevenson, of HMAS Cairns, LEUT Jane
Landon, of DIO, LEUT Julien O'Loughlin,
of HMAS Kuttabul, CMDR Simon
Glastonbury, of Surface Force Command,
LS Luke Heckenburg, of HMAS Albatross,
and LCDR David Lewis, of HMAS
CPO Shanon Purcell clears
the water after the 1.5km
swim and heads to his bike
for the 40km ride during the
Sydney Olympic Triathlon.
Photo: Michael Brooke
SYDNEY TRIATHLON ADF TOP 10
1st: SIG Chris Brennan
2nd: WO2 Gavin Wickham
3 rd: FLGOFF Rowan Beggs-French
4th: SGT Greg Woodward
5th: MAJ Iain Addinell
LSIS Jo Dilorenzo
AS THE beat of the dragon boat drum
echoed through Docklands Melbourne
on April 4, Navy took out the inau-
gural triservice dragon boat trophy
at the Australian Dragon Boating
About 100 ADF dragon boaters com-
peting for various clubs were among
the 3000 athletes from across Australia
who competed in the five-day Australian
Dragon Boating Championships.
Of these, 36 ADF personnel formed
three service teams and came together
midweek for the triservice showcase race.
Coming in as the crowd favourite,
Navy had a bit of experience on its side
having established its first dragon boat-
ing team in 1996.
The siren sounded and the three boats
paddled as fast as they could.
Navy knew they were the favourites,
but with the added pressure of the water
being their work environment there was
no room for error.
"We knew we had to win. There was
no way we could let Army take the tro-
phy," SMN Harley Barnfield, of HMAS
The crowd cheered as the boats
charged toward the finish line.
Navy finished 1.2 seconds ahead of
Army and 2.3 seconds in front of the Air
The RAN Dragon Boat Association
and ADFA also entered Defence-specific
The mixed crew from HMAS
Cerberus made the semi-finals but
missed out on the final by 1/100th of a
ADF Dragon Boat coordinator and
competitor PO Cameron Devenny, of
HMAS Cerberus, said the sport was
growing within Defence.
"We have a team comprising Navy
personnel going to the world club crew
championships in Hong Kong in July
and are helping to establish the first all-
Army team at Latchford Barracks," PO
"We are also looking at pulling
together a triservice team in Darwin
and reinvigorating the sport within Air
For more information on dragon boating
Navy hits right
beat at champs
SO CLOSE: The mixed team from Cerebus: drummer
SMNET Taryn Morris; bench 1 -- ABBM Sally Guthrie,
left, SMNWTR Abbey Johnson; bench 2 -- ABBM Daniel
Horsfall, left, SMNET Emilee MacMahon; bench 3 --
SMNMT Jake Badior, left, SMNMT Harley Barnfield;
bench 4 -- LSET Adrian Martinac, left, POB Cameron
Devenny; bench 5: SMNCK Ashleigh Beaman, left,
ABET Ci-Anna Smith; sweep: LSCIS Marlon Perez
Photo: LSIS Jo Dilorenzo
6th: CPO Shanon Purcell
7th: LEUT Julien O'Loughlin
8th: Jodie Barker
9th: CAPT Nicholas Munday
10th: MAJ David Thomson
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