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Homely finish for young triathlete
MIDSHIPMAN Jedd Goggin
proved he has what it takes to
complete an ironman triathlon after
completing his first full distance
event in challenging weather condi-
tions at Port Macquarie on May 5.
MIDN Goggin, in his first year
at ADFA, was one of the youngest
competitors, at only 20.
The young and fit athlete record-
ed a time of 13 hours 28 minutes for
the 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride
and the 42km run and said he was
happy with his result.
“The event was fantastic and
racing in my home town was an
amazing experience, not to mention
running through the finish chute,”
“There were more than 2200 vol-
unteers out on course throughout the
day and I knew a lot of them from
the community in Port Macquarie.”
As one of the youngest competi-
tors this year, MIDN Goggin had
the full support of the community.
He credits his readiness to the
support that the Navy provides to its
members in maintaining a high level
of physical fitness.
The midshipman has nominated
for next year’s competition with
a goal of improving on his 2013
result, and has already started train-
ing for the event.
“I am a member of the
Australian Defence Sports Triathlon
Association, as well as the ADFA
triathlon, swimming and marathon
and distance running clubs,” he said.
“These clubs and the staff at
ADFA provide a great deal of sup-
port and encouragement to help me
persist with the training required
for Ironman and the results are defi-
nitely worth it.”
AFTER a tightly contested final and
a nervous wait, PO Jordan Dank was
named the interservice surfing champion
for the seventh time on May 16.
“No wave went unridden during the
final and I knew the results would be
tight,” PO Dank said.
“I had to wait until the presentation
that night to find out that I’d won.”
The 2013 Interservice Surfing
Championships were hosted by Air Force
in the vicinity of Anna Bay near RAAF
Base Williamtown from May 13-16.
The Navy Surfing Association
cleaned up at the championships. It
took out the teams’ challenge and tag
team event, with PO Nathan Adamson
winning the longboard final and LCDR
Steve Johnson the stand-up paddleboard
Each Service supplied a team of 12
shortboarders, eight longboarders, four
women boardriders, four bodyboarders
and four stand-up paddleboard surfers.
After results in the first two rounds
were tallied, Navy had surfers in the
final of every discipline for a picture-
perfect day at One Mile Beach, which
offered clean one-metre waves and a
light offshore breeze.
First up was the bodyboard final
where LS Dan Peterson and AB Ben
Price put up a great show for Navy with
the odd spinner and eskimo roll under
The shortboard final was an absolute
delight with young guns AB Josh Dolan
and AB Edward Ashton snapping at the
heels of AB Matt Finigan and ‘wizard of
the water’ PO Dank.
Methodical and disciplined, PO
Dank’s knack of generating outrageous
speed before pulling the wave to pieces
enabled him narrowly win the title.
“I am extremely happy with
taking out the final as it was a hard-
fought battle with all six surfers in the
water receiving good wave scores,” he
The longboard final followed and
the old men of the sea had a challenge
from the younger crew. LS Chad Poland
and PO Nathan Adamson put on a good
display of powerhouse mal riding.
LCDR Ralph Illyes was no slouch
either, letting everyone on the beach
know that he was a contender.
PO Adamson proved superior after
placing third in last year’s longboard
“I was watching the other
competitors’ waves during the final
and hooting the guys in the water
because everyone was surfing well,” PO
“I managed to jag a few nice, clean
waves where I was able to put a few
“I’ve competed in local boardrider
club meets on the Gold Coast and the
northern beaches of Sydney, but this
year’s win has to be the highlight of my
competitive surfing portfolio.”
The women’s final was an extremely
close contest. LS Jen Thompson was
hungry for the title, while AB Jessica
Sampson took a steadier approach,
gingerly picking waves that allowed her
to show her wares.
In the stand-up paddleboard final,
LCDRs Illyes and Andrew Stevens
scored some excellent rides, however
LCDR Steve Johnson had the nose rides
and the carving turns that put him above
The last event was the tag teams
challenge; 90 minutes for six teams of
nine surfers to catch two waves each.
Surfers raced up and down the beach and
frantically paddled out the back.
Only half the field achieved their
wave quota. Navy had a point to prove
after succumbing to Air Force last year.
Army was strong but the Navy One and
Navy Two teams finished in that order
and the trophy travelled back to its
RESULTS: Shortboard: 1st PO Jordan Dank,
2nd LT Travis Bettison, 3rd AB Matt Finigan.
Longboard: 1st PO Nathan Adamson, 2nd
LCDR Ralph Illyes, 3rd LS Chad Poland.
Bodyboard: : 1st LAC Luke Striton, 2nd LS
Dan Peterson, 3rd LAC Luke Gard. Women:
1st Pte Jamie-Lee Britt, 2nd ACW Vickey
Voyzey, 3rd LS Jennifer Thompson. SUP: 1st
LCDR Steve Jonson, 2nd LCDR Illyes, 3rd FST
Martin Johns. Tag team: 1st Navy One, 2nd
Navy Two, 3rd RAAF Two. Teams’ challenge:
1st Navy 722 points, 2nd RAAF 512 points,
3rd Army 476 points.
eyes off a section
down the line during
the longboard event
at the National
One Mile Beach.
Photo: FSGT Kevin Vins
PEDAL POWER: MIDN Jedd
Goggin powers through the 180km
bike leg in the Ironman Australia
Triathlon in Port Macquarie in May.
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