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July 19, 2012
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If he needs inspiration on that
score he needs to look no further
than four-time Olympian Steve
Moneghetti, who also competed
in the Gold Coast marathon this
year. Moneghetti, who turns 50 in
September, won the 45-49 male
division but finished 171st overall.
LEUT Walker, who won the
Melbourne marathon in 2007 and
the Canberra marathon just last
year, also finished second in the
Great Ocean Road marathon on
May 20 this year, so he is still mix-
ing it with the best marathon run-
ners going around.
A training run these days
might range from 10km to 40km.
But there was a time he used
to train anywhere, anytime he
could -- like on the decks on mine-
"That's partly true," he said.
"I do remember training while
transitioning the Great Barrier
Reef a couple of times."
But it wasn't really the stuff of
legend -- hardly ideal training for
someone who needs to work up to
"You could only run about
20m along the deck before you
came to an obstacle."
Navy had cause for a double
celebration on the Gold Coast.
The Defence women's mara-
thon crown was won for the third
time by Jodie Barker, a public
servant who has been secretary of
the Navy Running Association for
the past two years.
She crossed the line holding
hands with her husband, SGT
Their time was 3:05.15, mak-
ing SGT Purdon the leading Air
Before crossing to Air Force,
SGT Purdon, who now has a
pacemaker fitted, was in the Navy
for nearly 10 years.
He joined in 1990 and served
as a general duties sailor before
transferring to become a cook in
The Australian Defence Running and
Athletics Association was presented with
a trophy as thanks for sending athletes
to the Gold Coast event and also making
it a Defence championship race.
BEARS might have a reputa-
tion for hibernating in winter but
sleeping on the job was far from
the minds of the Fleet Support
Unit Bears when they won the
Red Anchor volleyball competi-
tion at Sydney Olympic Park
Sports Halls on June 20.
The competition was contested
by 18 teams from Fleet Base East
and shore establishments in the
Sydney area, including Kuttabul,
Penguin, Waterhen and Watson.
The Bears beat Kuttabul
Victims 22-13 in the final. Such
was their dominance over the
Victims, they raced away with the
match from the get-go.
Bears captain LS Shane
Rennie said his team went from
strength to strength -- particularly
when they unveiled their secret
weapon in the form of twins
AB Henry Balancio and LS Will
The Red Anchor Volleyball
competition has become one of
Navy's most contested tourna-
ments with 13 different ships and
establishments having won.
WHEN CAPT Will Martin laces up
his running shoes for the City2Surf
in Sydney on August 12, he will not
only be running in the footsteps of
his famous father but also for a cause
close to his heart.
CAPT Martin will take part in the
City2Surf to raise money for the youth
foundation established by his late
father, former NSW Governor RADM
Sir David Martin.
The Australian Defence Running
and Athletics Association
hopes about 50 Defence run-
ners will turn out for the
The City2Surf is one of
the world's largest fun runs
and about 85,000 runners are
expected to line up in the 14km
race this year. It starts in the city
centre and ends at Bondi Beach.
CAPT Martin has pledged to raise
$1000 for the foundation.
An experienced runner, he will
be taking one of the charity's limited
gold tickets, securing his
place at the front of the
pack, right behind the red
"The Navy has always
played an important role in
our family and I'm proud
to keep up the tradition,"
CAPT Martin said.
Before Sir David
became NSW Governor he spent 41
years in the Navy, joining as a cadet
midshipman at 13 years of age. He
rose to the rank of rear admiral before
being appointed governor. As gov-
ernor, Sir David was shocked by the
growing number of homeless and dis-
advantaged young people who had no-
one to care for them, or their future.
"It was dad's dream that all young
people would have hope and oppor-
tunity -- this is why he set up the Sir
David Martin Foundation in the days
leading up to his death."
To offer support, visit the Sir David Martin
Foundation website at www.sdmf.org.au
City2Surf fundraiser Marathon:
if you can
NET ATTACK: LS Justin
Howland of HMAS Kuttabul
Victims returns volley.
sheild at the
CAPT Will Martin
Bears join the club in
Red Anchor volleyball
DEFENCE Squash is
holding its national
championships at RAAF
from August 5-10. The
championships are open
to all ADF and Defence
APS members. Defence
Squash is focussed on
signing up women and
APS members this year.
Entry forms are on
the Defence Squash's
Facebook page and at
AUSCDT-One divers scored a late
try to steal the Adelaide Cup eastern
area touch football competition away
from HMAS Kuttabul.
The divers posted two slick tries
through AB Kevin Alsopp and shut
down LSPT Darin Trudgett to beat
Kuttabul 2-1 in the grand final.
LSPT Trudgett, nicknamed Tragic
Magic, produced his trade-mark spe-
cial touch to score Kuttabul's opening
try but was unable to repeat the feat
against the divers who were gritty in
defence and dazzling in attack.
With 30 seconds remaining on the
clock, LSPT Trudgett had the oppor-
tunity to send the match into extra
time but his pass to an unmarked
player went to ground.
ABCD Cain Duncan said his
team's fitness and will to win ena-
bled it to remain unbeaten through-
out the 24-team competition.
"The turning point in the final
match was when we scored the
equaliser which gave us a lot of con-
fidence to finish the job," he said.
"We played a lot of games today
and our superior fitness proved to be
Although ABCD Alsopp scored
two runaway tries in the final, the most
valuable player award went to team-
mate ABCD Luke Woodcraft.
The divers earned their berth in
the grand final by beating HMAS
Parramatta 1-0 in the semis and HMAS
Waterhen 2-0 in the quarter final.
Meanwhile, Navy will defend its
men's and women's open crowns when
the NSW interservice touch tootball
championships start at RAAF Base
Richmond on July 27.
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