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December 6, 2012
AN EARLY start to the day proved
rewarding for several members of
HMAS Albatross who competed in
the fourth annual Leukodystrophy
Challenge Golf Day on October 11.
The event was at Macquarie Links
International Golf Club in Sydney
and started with a 7.30am breakfast
before an 18-hole Ambrose team
LSATV Katie Cox won awards
for the longest female drive and fast-
est female drive and the all-male Navy
Sharks team, headed up by WOATA
Anthony Wills, also picked up a team
After the day's play, the golfers
were given an insight into the devas-
tating disease of leukodystrophy fol-
lowed by an inspirational talk from
transplant athlete Joshua Yates.
The Albatross team was organised
by CPO Glenn Smith and all apparel
was donated by Navy Canteens.
"Leukodystrophy has had an enor-
mous impact on our family life for the
past 10 years, and it was extremely
heartfelt to see these guys get behind
the cause to help out other families
going through their own challenging
journeys," CPO Smith said.
"The golfers looked the part in
their Navy-branded shirts, and all of
the ill children in attendance enjoyed
their Navy caps as well."
CPL Max Bree
NAVY sailors dominated the interser-
vice yachting championships with a clean
sweep of the competition on Sydney
Harbour from October 30 to November 2.
Unable to crew their third boat because
of a lack of numbers, Navy needed to take
first and second in each race to claim the
title.Navy team captain LEUT Kirstin
Norris, who skippered one of the three-
crew Elliott 6 boats, said the win was espe-
"We actually redeemed ourselves from
the interservice dinghy championships in
which we were beaten by Air Force," she
said. "There's a couple of Air Force sailors
that weren't able to make it to the event
... that's something Navy was very happy
LEUT Norris said the Elliott 6 boats
posed challenges for some of the inexperi-
"The biggest thing is the Elliot 6s had
spinnakers, which was a real challenge for
them," she said. "But by the end of the
regatta everyone had spinnakers up and
looking pretty good."
Conditions on Sydney Harbour ranged
from gentle winds to gusting breezes. Army
finished second overall while Air Force fell
LEUT Norris complimented CAPT
George McGuire, the skipper of the other
CMDR Warwick Potter has been selected to officiate as
a line umpire at the Australian Open tennis tournament
at Melbourne Park in January.
CMDR Potter officiated at the Australian Open ear-
lier this year for the first time and hopes to eventually
qualify to act as a chair umpire at the Australian Open.
Speaking of his experience on court at Melbourne
Park this year, CMDR Potter said it was exciting to
be able to watch the world's best tennis players up
He officiated in games involving Francesca
Schiavone, Xavier Malese, Tommy Haas and David
In his sporting life before tennis, CMDR Potter
excelled at Australian football.
He won the best and fairest for the combined servic-
es team in Darwin, and captained the HMAS Cerberus
team before his career was cut short following a rup-
tured anterior cruciate ligament.
GOLFERS: From left -- back: LS Steph Houldsworth, LS
Katie Cox, CPO Rebecca Hyam, PO Michael Crossland,
PO Marcus Bosma, CPO Glenn Smith and MS Maria
Gambone (Smith). Front: CPO Robert White and WO
Fastest, longest and perhaps earliest White-line achiever
Sailors rule the waves
ONE TWO FINISH: Above, Navy
competitors on Triple M sail smoothly past
the buoys during the second day's racing
of the interservice yachting championships;
right, Navy's GME benefits from the winds
on Sydney Harbour.Photos: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez
to adjust their
ONE-TWO FINISH: Above Navy
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