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SERVING AUSTRALIA WITH PRIDE NEWS
AFTER the launch of the CN's Swim
Challenge in support of Ocsober and
alcohol awareness, 25 officers, sailors
and APS staff collectively swam more
than 2750 laps of the pool at HMAS
Watson in Sydney.
The swimmers from HMA Ships
Waterhen, Watson and Darwin and
Fleet HQ swam an average of more
than 2km each, with some up to 5km,
for a total of 68.5km.
The team from Waterhen, dubbed
'The Thin Ice Swimmers', swam a col-
lective 38km over a 12-hour period,
from noon to midnight, on September 3.
The Thin Ice Swimmers have so far
raised more than $1000 for Ocsober,
however fundraising will continue
until the end of October.
Waterhen's OIC mine warfare fac-
ulty LCDR Paul Koerber said the team
enjoyed participating in the challenge.
"The CN's Swim Challenge is
a signature event to showcase what
Ocsober is really all about," he said.
"We knew what CN was doing at
ADFA, so we thought we would do
something similar up in Sydney."
LCDR Koerber said although the
challenge at ADFA spanned 24 hours,
it was easier logistically to conduct
the activity in Sydney over 12 hours
because of the competitors' busy
tempo and work commitments.
The swimmers took to the chal-
lenge like ducks to water, but none
more so than Watson's bridge train-
ing facility instructor, LEUT Kylie
LEUT McNamara completed her
5km leg almost effortlessly thanks to
her previous swimming training.
"Today was about supporting a
really good charity in Ocsober, which
aims to raise awareness about the dan-
gers of alcohol abuse," she said.
"When I was younger I competed
in long-distance ocean swimming at
the national level, so swimming was a
big part of my life before I joined the
Some of Darwin's ship's compa-
ny also got into the act in support of
Ocsober, including new CO CMDR
"Over the whole 12-hour period we
had about 12 people punch out about
36km," he said.
Darwin has so far raised $500 for
CMDR Morrison said in the first
three hours the Darwin team recorded
9km, with each swimmer in the pool
for 15-20 minutes.
"The CN's Swim Challenge is all
about kicking-off the Ocsober cam-
paign, but for us it is also about pro-
moting healthy lifestyles as much as
it is raising awareness among young
people of the dangers of alcohol," he
"It is through events like Ocsober
that we can improve our healthy life-
style and culture."
LSIS Helen Frank
IT WA S all hands to swimming sta-
tions at the official launch of the Life
Education Ocsober campaign on
CN VADM Ray Griggs and
CEO of Life Education NSW Jay
Bacik launched the national Ocsober
Awareness campaign at the ADFA
pool by conducting a 24-hour team
This is the fourth year Navy has
supported Life Education's Ocsober
campaign, which encourages Aussies
to "lose the booze to help Aussie kids"
to raise money for Life Education
Navy was the top corporate fun-
draiser in 2012 raising a total of
$45,203 for Life Education and has a
goal of $50,000 this year.
"We are well on the way to our
goal," CN said.
"And it's not even October.
"Events like this send the message
that Navy is serious about changing
public perception and that we are
responsible about the way we use alco-
Mr Bacik thanked Navy for its
contribution last year and spoke about
the benefits of being involved with
"This gives us a chance not only
to raise money but to talk about the
responsible use of alcohol," he said.
The swim relay saw 82 people in
seven teams swim for 24 hours con-
tinuously. The only rule was that each
team had to have at least one member
in the pool at all times.
LSBM Lucy Ricketts, of HMAS
Success, swam for a total of two hours
for her 12-person team, starting at 7pm.
"The first hour I split with anoth-
er team member into two 30-minute
swims," she said.
"I swam for a second time at six
the next morning."
When asked what she thought
about while swimming for such long
periods she said everything from
Christmas leave to the drive back to
The Success team has already
raised $2200 and plans to raise more
when members participate in Ocsober.
At the time of printing, Navy as a
whole had raised $15,422.
Life Education is the largest non-
government provider of drug and
health education to Australian kids.
The not-for-profit organisation vis-
its primary schools to teach students
about the dangers of excessive alco-
hol and drug use through their lovable
giraffe mascot, Healthy Harold, who
has been a favourite with kids for 30
Funds raised help Life Education
and Healthy Harold reach even more
Australian schoolchildren across the
Launch makes a splash
Sydney teams take on CN's
challenge at HMAS Watson
TEAM EFFORT: Nigel Doyle, of HMAS Watson's technical training
support section, dives in while the Thin Ice Swimmers team cheer him on
as LEUT Kylie McNamara touches the wall.
Photo: ABIS Richard Cordell
Above, CEO Life
Jay Bacik, Healthy
Harold and CN
VADM Ray Griggs,
centre front, are
joined by Navy
swimmers at the
ADFA pool for the
24-hour team relay
swim. Eight hours
in to the relay, Navy
to swim laps (left).
Photos: POIS Paul Berry
and Pup Elliot
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