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MORE than two dozen Navy
runners recorded impressive
times in the City2Surf fun run
from the Sydney CBD to Bondi
Beach on August 11.
Up against a human tidal
wave of 85,000 runners in the
world's biggest fun run, the Navy
competitors came from the ADF
Athletics Association and the
Navy Running Association.
Leading the assault on the
gruelling 14km course was
Navy APS runner Luke Grattan
and HMAS Kuttabul's LSATA
Grattan cantered across the
finish line in a time of 50min
18sec to capture 131st place
overall and 13th in his 40-49 age
LSATA Doyle succeeded in
his goal of breaking the 60-min-
ute mark by clocking 59.52,
which was 1min 27sec faster
than his time in last year's race.
LSATA Doyle said the
toughest challenge for all the
runners was not only push-
ing through the pain barrier on
Heartbreak Hill, but the mass of
competitors at the start.
"It's always tempting to just
walk up Heartbreak Hill but
that costs you so much time,"
LSATA Doyle sprinted up
the 1.6km hill at an average
speed of 12.31km/h which ena-
bled him to achieve his race-
time goal with 8sec to spare.
"It was a good result for
me because I have been train-
ing for the Sydney marathon
next month, which is three
or four times longer than the
City2Surf," he said.
Navy Reservist CPOMT
Paul Baker, also from HMAS
Kuttabul, clocked 1:08.12 to
finish 1164th in his age group
(40-49) and in 65,886th place
"As long as it is under
70min then I am happy with the
result," he said.
CPOMT Baker said under
70min was a good outcome
because all his training had
been geared towards the New
York marathon in November,
to raise money for the Heart
CPOMT Baker has raised
$7500 so far but is hoping for
He hopes to complete the
New York course against 50,000
other competitors in under
CPOMT Baker left the
Permanent Navy in 2011 to take
up a position as a Navy contrac-
tor at Sydney's Garden Island.
Grattan sprinted the first
6.2km of the race at a speed
of 17.55km/h, but slowed
to 15.34km/h at Heartbreak
Hill, before accelerating to
16.27km/h for the 7.4km run
from Vaucluse to Bondi Beach.
He was only a fraction
slower than last year, when he
clocked 49:48 to finish 12th in
the men's 40-49 age group and
"I was really delighted with
how I ran today, because I am
still recovering from ankle sur-
gery," Grattan said.
THE ADF men's basketball team
was given a special mission when
it played the Australian Opals at
the Australian Institute of Sport on
The Opals had assembled in
Canberra to prepare for their two
games against the New Zealand Tall
Ferns to decide which team quali-
fied for the women's world champi-
onship in Turkey next year.
The Opal coaching staff
wanted two things from the ADF
Basketball Association (ADFBA)
team, made up of two sailors, five
RAAFies and three soldiers:
to help them prepare for the
to play the kind of fast, powerful
game the Opals are anticipating
from the US at the world titles.
The Opals won 79-51, thanks
largely to Lauren Jackson's
30-point game and a flurry of three-
pointers towards the end. But for
most of the game the margin was
within 10 points.
AB Benjamin Wilkin scored 11
points. The other Navy player was
PO Brent Nemeth.
The ADF team and the Opals
posed together for a group photo-
graph after the game and one of the
players, FLTLT Josh Garbett, said
the feedback was good.
"They were very happy with our
intensity," he said. "They got to run
ADF helps Opals prepare for US
all their players. There were a lot of
talented players on court."
Australia and the US have a
fierce rivalry. The US has won the
world championship eight out of 16
times. Australia won it in 2006, but
finished third in 1998 and 2002. It
also took the bronze medal at the
Olympic Games last year where the
US won gold.
This time Australia, with a new
head coach, Brendan Joyce, and
a world No. 2 ranking, has high
In basketball-mad Turkey, the
games there will be played in front
of thousands of fans.
Only about 150 people watched
the game on August 10. They
included ADF supporters, members
of the Australian men's Boomers
squad who were also in camp in
Canberra and junior basketballers.
ADFBA president LTCOL
Geoffrey Young said it was an hon-
our to be part of the occasion.
"The side was selected at short
notice and through the good will of
the members' chain of command,"
The ADFBA national champion-
ships will be held at Randwick
Barracks from November 15-23.
FOOTNOTE: Jackson continued her
dominance, scoring a two-game total of
41 points to lead the Opals to two wins
against New Zealand and qualification
for the world championships.
SHINING STAR: Opals star Lauren Jackson takes an outside shot
as ADF players LAC Kevin O'Sullivan (No. 7), AB Ben Wilkin (No.
5), CFN Zachary Gutteridge (No. 8) and LAC Ashley Condon (No.
Photo: Karen Hill
One in 85,000
chance of win
TURNING FOR HOME: MIDN Shaun
Stibbard, of ADFA, rounds the final turn
for the home stretch.
BOUND FOR BONDI: MIDN Ben Flood, of ADFA, hits Bondi in the City2Surf.
Photos: LSIS Brenton Freind
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