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LCDR Paul Kirk
THE effort of LCDR Justin Mangan
in taking out the Navy and ADF male
skiing championship was only exceed-
ed by another lieutenant commander.
LCDR Danielle Radnidge's feet
had hardly touched the ground after
disembarking HMAS Melbourne
before she hit the slopes to take out
Navy's overall women's skiing cham-
pionship and finish third in the ADF
interservice giant slalom event a week
Close to 120 sailors and officers
hit Perisher from July 29-August 4 to
determine the best Navy skiers and
boarders at the annual Navy Alpine
Men and women from 20-56 years
of age gathered for the largest champi-
onship in a decade to contest the ski-
ing and snowboarding events.
After completing several days of
skills development and race train-
ing, all competitors competed in
two ski or snowboarding races. For
the first time, snowboarders signifi-
cantly outnumbered skiers (74 to 44).
Congratulations to the 20 beginner
snowboarders who competed in their
first event, the snowboard cross.
They had to demonstrate their
boarding skills through a challenging
course designed to test the rider's abil-
ity to stay in control.
The snowboarders then competed
in the more classic giant slalom to
determine the fastest snowboarder.
ABET Peter Irvine, of HMAS
Kuttabul, proved too fast for the other
competitors, winning both the snow-
boarding events to take out overall
male snowboarding champion.
Not too far behind was ABCIS
Emma Hook, of HMAS Choules, who
outpaced the other female competitors,
along with most of the men, to take
the female snowboard championship.
Competing in the classic alpine
racing events of slalom and giant sla-
lom, skiers were put through the gates
to prove their technical skills at speed.
Despite throwing down the
gauntlet to register the fastest race
time throughout the championship,
up-and-comer ABMT Julien Jais, of
HMAS Waterhen, could not match the
technical skill of skiing veteran LCDR
Mangan, of HMAS Cerberus, who
took out overall male skiing champion.
By far, the best thing about this
year's Navy championships was that
any competitor, no matter age, gen-
der or skill level, could participate in
a challenging sport within a unique
More information on Navy snowsports is at
A force to be reckoned with
HIGH FLYER: LS Daniel
McLean, of HMAS Albatross,
competes in the men's
snowboard cross event at the
Australian Defence Alpine
Championships at Perisher.
Photo: LACW Katharine Pearson
Radnidge, of HMAS
on Perisher in the
Alpine slalom skiing
Photo: Capt Chris O'Brien
FAST LANE: ABMT Julien Jais, of HMAS
Waterhen, skies his way to second overall in
the ADF snowsports championships.
Photo: Capt Chris O'Brien
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