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May 24, 2012
FORTY ADF triathletes -- includ-
ing five from Navy -- will contest the
Australian Defence Sports Triathlon
ironman and half-marathon champi-
onships in Cairns on June 3.
ADF sprint triathlon champion
CPO Shannon Purcell will lead the
Navy contingent tackling the ironman,
along with LS Justin Trantor and
LEUT David Stevenson, while PO
Nathan Dwyer and AB Bryce Honey
will take on the half ironman.
The triathlon is part of the
Challenge Cairns Festival and
comprises two events, which will
be run concurrently -- the ironman
(3.8km swim, 180km bike, 42.1km
run) and the half ironman (1.9km
swim, 90km bike, 21km run).
The athletes will have to get ready
early because the race starts at 6.30am
when everyone jumps off the main
pier in Cairns.
The ride will take them up to Port
Douglas amid stunning scenery along
the coast road.
All set for Cairns triathlons
HMAS Stirling hosted a friendly soc-
cer match against the crew of USS Carl
Vinson on April 27, giving the visiting
sailors a chance to stretch their legs after
a long stint at sea.
In the first half Stirling dominated the
competition, going into the break 2-0.
However, a better configured Carl
Vinson outfit took the field in the second
half, scoring 3-1 to force a tie.
The match was decided with a pen-
alty shoot out where the US team goalie
delivered a stellar performance, letting
only one goal through.
The US team produced three goals,
enough to get them home on foreign soil.
Post-match activities brought the two
nations together for some refreshments
and a barbecue.
The visiting ship's company was pre-
sented with a plaque and an Australian
rules ball as a memento.
Each of the US sailors was also pre-
sented with a HMAS Stirling ball cap.
The Carl Vinson crew enjoyed
the friendly soccer match and a well-
deserved six-day break in Western
Australia, having been deployed since
The Nimitz-class carrier is now on
route home to San Diego.
Match loss despite
FRIENDLY MATCH: LS Jarrah
Parker and SBLT Jake Williams
(inset) show off their skills at
HMAS Stirling against the USS
Carl Vinson team.
Photo: LSIS Nina Fogliani
FEET UP: LCDR Emma Gaudry reflects on her amazing effort in
finishing the Marathon des Sables (above) and (above left) covers up
for the trying conditions during the race.
Main photo: LSIS Paul Berry
LSIS Paul Berry
LCDR Emma Gaudry obviously
likes a challenge. As the CDF's
Administration Staff Officer, she
has a demanding job. Outside of
the office she has spent the last five
months preparing for the toughest
footrace in the world, the Marathon
Covering 243km, the seven-day
endurance race is the equivalent
of six marathons and is run in the
Moroccan Sahara Desert.
Held from April 8-14, competi-
tors carry everything they need for
the duration of the race -- food, cloth-
ing, medical kit and sleeping bag
(water is supplied at checkpoints).
"I've never done anything like
it before; to think someone pretty
ordinary can finish something like
that, then anyone can," LCDR
After running her first half mara-
thon six years ago, LCDR Gaudry
was itching for another challenge.
"In 2006 I was living in the UK
these mad people running in the
desert and I thought it would be
kind of fun."
After being posted to Canberra
and the CDF's office in December
last year, she somehow found time
to prepare for the race by running
several hours over the weekend and
spending a few hours in the gym
"You need a good training pro-
gram, which I did, but didn't really
stick to, and I think you need to be
"They say it's 30-40 per cent
physical and the rest is all mental,
so just because you are fit doesn't
necessarily mean you'll finish.
"I did a lot of internet research
and wrote to random people around
the world who had completed the
race. They were just ordinary aver-
age runners just like me, who tried
to achieve something a bit different
and I got some really good advice."
Despite getting severe blisters on
the first day of the race, the thought
of giving up never entered LCDR
"It was so enjoyable because all
sleep -- I didn't have to worry about
anybody else, so from that perspec-
tive it was pretty amazing."
She said raising $3500 for
the Addis Ababa Hamlin Fistula
Hospital in Ethiopia and the camara-
derie of the competitors were high-
lights of the event.
"On the first day I met two
British girls and we pretty much
stuck together for the rest of the
"At the end of the long stage, we
saw this enormous black cloud -- a
raging thunderstorm with a sand-
storm in the middle of it. By the
time it hit us it had become a huge
"We are in the middle of the
desert, we had been out for 29 hours
and we just got smashed. The three
of us just laughed and laughed."
After a long week in the sand,
LCDR Gaudry said the finish line
brought a sense of relief rather than
the range of emotions she saw other
competitors go through.
"I swore I'd never do it again,
but looking back on it now, I think
'wow, that was pretty cool'.
"Mia, one of the Brit girls,
emailed me the other day and said
'you know how we said we weren't
going to do anything like this again?
How about the Everest Marathon for
"I thought hmmm, that doesn't
sound so bad!"
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