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February 14, 2013
AN enthusiastic group of skiers and
snowboarders has started the season
early by taking to the slopes in Japan.
Members of the Navy Alpine Snow
Sports Association took great delight in
participating in the 2013 training camp
from January 7-19 in Hakuba.
About 30 Navy members of all
disciplines and ranks came together, with
an even mix of skiers and snowboarders
arriving at Narita airport for a five-hour
bus ride into the Nagano prefecture.
The trip, which is partly subsidised
by the ADF, is designed to improve the
Navy's snow sports team's performance
in annual Defence competitions.
Nagano prefecture was the home of
the 1998 Winter Olympics.
The slopes receive a seasonal
snowfall of 11m of fresh powder, with
cold, dry Siberian air masses crossing
the Sea of Japan to pick up moisture that
turns to snow.
The new USN exchange officer at
816SQN, LT Christopher Plappert, was
one of the lucky participants and said
the setting was an ideal set of slopes all
funnelling down to a picturesque lake.
"As a snowboarder I was excited
to learn some park skills on the jump
features and rails, while the skiers
focused more on downhill and slalom,"
LT Plappert said.
"Every snowboarders dreams of
finding fresh untouched powder and we
were lucky to make fresh tracks through
the back glades of a world-class resort.
"I had the best runs of my career
on this trip and was very happy for the
The second week included more
instruction and a summation day where
participants could go one-on-one with
instructors to work on any final tricks.
LT Plappert said Japan's friendly
people, fascinating culture and delicious
food saw many take a weekend off to
immerse in the local culture, while others
sought out a unique feature of Japanese
snow culture called an Onsen, an après
ski spa fed by natural hot springs.
If you have an interest in future trips, watch
the Navy snow sports webpage for updates
and events. You don't have to be an expert
to join. For more information visit
MAJ Jo-Anne Ikin
LEUT Debra Neil led ADF runners
across the line in the 5km 2012 annual
Women's Fun Run held at St Kilda,
Melbourne, on December 2.
More than 3500 women ran or walked
the 5km and 10km circuits, raising more
than $80,000 in the fight against breast
All three services were represented,
with LEUT Neil racing against 1390
competitors to finish in a personal best
time of 20min 34sec, placing eighth
overall. Her achievement earned her a
spot on the podium with second place in
35-39 age category.
PO Rebecca Rodgers came in 11th
overall, achieving third place in the same
In the 10km race, there were 2187
participants and Defence was represented
by six competitors.
Army's CPL Stephanie Hall finished
sixth overall in a time of 38.48. Her
effort also gained her first place in the
35-39 age category.
Army's CAPT Alisa Wickham was
the second ADF runner across the line,
with RAAF's SQNLDR Elizabeth
Camilleri managing third place in a very
CHARITABLE EFFORT: PO Rebecca Rogers and LEUT Debra
Neil are all smiles at the fun run.
Halliday golf champ for 2012
WGCDR Craig Stallard
PO ROHAN Halliday held off CPO Ray
Macey to take the Navy championship by
four shots at the 28th annual ADF Golf
Championships at Federal Golf Course in
Canberra last December.
PO Matt Wildin played consistent
golf across the week to take out the Navy
nett event. NSW took out the state teams
event with CPO Macey placing in the
NSW team's top 10 players.
Army took the top two places and won
the service team's event. Navy golfers
played well but the Federal course lived
up to its reputation as the ultimate leveller
and three putts were all too frequent.
In a tournament boasting a field of
more than 130 golfers, with more than
70 playing off single-figure handicaps,
Army's CPL Trent Fortescue beat the best
the ADF could offer, shooting just two-
over par during the four rounds.
In the official pre-tournament practice
round, FSGT Freddie Semmler set the
scene by making an elusive hole-in-one
on the short 16th; the fourth hole-in-one
in the event's 28-year history.
Golf has now achieved Defence Sports
Council recognition as a Tier 1 sport and
the ADF Golf Association committee
encourages all Services and APS golfers
to get involved. Golfers can contact their
local regional representative for details
via the ADFGA website at www.adfga.
This year's Championship is sched-
uled to be held at Federal Golf Club from
December 9-13. Entry forms will be
available from August 1.
ON TOP OF THE
James Cosham dons
his Melbourne footy
guernsey to take on
the slopes in Japan.
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