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Hot shots cool win
LSIS Helen Frank
FOLLOWING the success of last
year's Thredbo ADF Day, Kosciuszko
Thredbo Pty Ltd has announced that
the 2013 Thredbo ADF Day will be
held on September 20.
Thredbo Training Manager Paul
Corcoran said it was a great oppor-
tunity to raise awareness of the sac-
rifices made by our servicemen and
"Our intentions are pure and we
want to take the time out to thank
ADF members for their service to this
great nation," Mr Corcoran said.
"We are currently in contact
with the Disabled Winter Sports
Association with the aim of getting
some of our disabled veterans out on
the snow for the first time, empower-
ing their rehabilitation.
"Having served in the RAN myself
for 21 years, I am now in a position to
empower the corporate world to rec-
ognise those efforts and to simply say
thank you to all ADF members."
Military members will be able
to purchase a one-day lift pass for
Thredbo on September 20 for just
$30. Members will be required to
show their Navy, Air Force, or Army
ID card to receive the discount.
Mr Corcoran said he received a
great deal of positive feedback from
last year's event and it was wonderful
watching members of the public come
up to ADF members, shaking hands
and thanking them for their service.
SNOW BUSINESS: The snowboarding contingent all set for action during the Navy Alpine Sports annual week-long championships at Perisher.
LEUT Kelli Lunt
EXPERIENCE was the key to success
for the four Alpine Sports champi-
ons who took out the top prizes at the
2013 Navy championships at Perisher
Valley from August 4-10.
CMDR Phil Ridgway, of HMAS
Harman, edged out AB Julien Jais, of
HMAS Waterhen, for the top position
of 2013 male skier, having last won
the trophy in 1987. SBLT Andrew
Taylor, of HMAS Harman, came in
"It was a surprise to win this year.
It gets harder to compete as age sets
in. It's the young guys that keep you
motivated," CMDR Ridgway said.
"This is the first year I've com-
peted with one of the sons of a former
racer who was in the team the last
time I won the trophy. The quality of
young sports people competing this
year is at the same, if not at a higher
standard than in the past.
"I'm thankful that the Navy still
enables participation at such a level."
Having had several podium fin-
ishes in recent years, Harman reserv-
ist CPO Kerrie Dickie won the 2013
female skier trophy over LEUT's
Natasha Connew and Paula Cavanagh,
both of HMAS Kuttabul.
PO Stewart Smith, a frequent com-
petitor in the Navy championships,
emerged victorious with a convinc-
ing win over SBLT Tyler Mulholland,
of HMAS Albatross, and PO Matt
Wildin, of HMAS Cerberus.
LS Carly Maxwell, of HMAS
Harman, was overcome with her win
as 2013 female snowboard cham-
pion, having first attended the NAS
Championships in 2009.
"For me it's just incredible how
far I've progressed in boarding," LS
"I began boarding in 2008, attend-
ed my first championships in 2009
and won overall female boarder in
"I tried to be competitive all week
and I guess it paid off. It's a great
The 2013 championships also saw
a changing of the guard with five-
year president CAPT Tony O'Malley
stepping down and being replaced
by Director Training Authority --
Maritime Warfare and CO HMAS
Watson, CAPT Will Martin.
"When I first came into the role
of president, my primary goal was to
increase the participation rate across
the board and in particular junior
sailors. This year is a record year for
participants -- close to 120," CAPT
"The Navy Alpine Sports (NAS)
week is a great week to break down
barriers -- we can all just be boarders
and skiers and carry those relation-
ships throughout our careers in the
At the AGM PO Matt Wildin took
up the boarder representative role and
AB Rory Taylor took up the skier rep-
During the championships, for-
mer Navy skier and long-time course
manager for NAS Championships
Rob Holbrooke and CAPT O'Malley
received life membership.
Experience counts at alpine action
CONVOY: Navy Nordic and Biathlon Team with CPO Chris Ware, in front, about to
begin a classical race at the ADF Nordic Skiing and Biathlon Championships held
at Mt Hotham.
CPL Max Bree
NAVY skiers dominated the men's
competition at the ADF Snowsports
Championships in Perisher Valley
from August 11-15.
AB Julien Jais, of HMAS
Success, and MIDN Matt Smith, of
ADFA, finished first and second in
the overall men's skiing competi-
After skiing from age 12-16, AB
Jais got back into the sport in 2011
as part of the Navy skiing team.
"You can't really have an expec-
tation to win something like that
because there's so many factors that
can go wrong," he said.
AB Jias won the slalom and
giant slalom events but backed off
and finished 6th in the final ski
He also finished second last year
behind 10-time champion LCDR
Justin Mangan who was absent
from this year's event.
"I think he still would have beat-
en me," AB Jias said. "His experi-
ence is ridiculous, he's an older guy
but he still goes pretty hard."
He said MIDN Smith's achieve-
ment was also worthy of a mention.
"He was a surprise package,"
AB Jias said. "He went pretty well
in the slalom; it's the hardest to
learn. For someone who's never
done it before and finished fourth is
a pretty good achievement."
RESULTS: Mens skiing: 1 AB Julien Jais, 2
MIDN Matt Smith, 3 LAC Michael Atkinson.
Women's skiing: 1 SGT Kris Rayner, 2 MAJ
Claire Baker, 3 LEUT Shannon Godfrey.
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Outstanding novice and
champion skiers, ABCD Tom
Hale, of HMAS Waterhen,
CPOMT Chris Ware, of
HMAS Cerberus, and HMAS
Toowoomba shipmates ABMT
Dan Mendonca and ABCIS
Matt Robertson, combined
with a strong women's team
of POSTD Vickie Austin, of
HMAS Cerberus, ABEW
Emma Toogood, of RAAF
Base Edinburgh, ABMED Zoe
Chesworth, of HMAS Stirling
and ABETW Jess Healey, of 138
SIG SQN, to edge out the oppo-
sition to win the overall ADF
novice championship title.
AB Emma Toogood had
never seen snow before attend-
ing this year's event.
"The snow was amazing,
the coaches were great and
there was a good positive vibe
from everyone in the team,"
"As a novice I felt encour-
aged to try a sport I never real-
ly knew existed."
Sharp-shooter AB Healey
also tackled cross country ski-
ing for the first time.
"The experience was excit-
ing and far exceeded my
expectations," she said.
"I thought there would be
harder skiing distances and
being able to focus on shoot-
ing when I came into the range
gave me the break I needed to
maintain a good pace."
The open women produced
consistent results, edging out
the Air Force to take out the
ADF women's biathlon trophy,
ADF women's track trophy and
ADF women's patrol trophy.
LCDR Wendy Hughes, of
Joint Health Command, con-
tinued her good form of previ-
ous years to take out the over-
all ADF women's champion
LCDR Garry Lewis com-
bined with fellow biathletes,
COL Jim Hutton, POET Peter
Sutton, of HMAS Sydney, and
ABBM Michael Herbert to
score second place behind a
strong Army side.
The Navy recognised
strong performances from a
range of team members includ-
ing joint champion male skiers
AB Hale and LCDR Lewis,
LCDR Hughes (champion
female), AB Healey (novice
award) and AB Herbert (cham-
pion shot). AB Hale was also
awarded the Brian Read coach-
The Navy team was man-
aged by WOET Ian Waller, of
HMAS Cerberus, for the sev-
enth successive year.
"It was a fantastic team
effort, after winning the
Defence championships two
years ago and narrowly miss-
ing out last year, I am excited
to see many gutsy efforts, plus
grit and determination shown
by every member of the Navy
team this year," WO Waller
Anyone keen to participate or
learn more can contact WO Waller
au or visit www.skinavy.com
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