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AIR FORCE September 17, 2009
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In an exacting sport where
millimetres separate placeget-
ters, the "fats" have advantages,
the most obvious being that their
bigger circumference gives an
archer a much better chance of
"breaking the line", the circular
dividers on the target that deter-
mine scores. An arrow that breaks
the line gives the archer the higher
"At the ACT event the fat arrows
went reasonably well but were lean-
ing to one side. It was trial and error
"I am not used to using the fat
arrows all the time. I used them and
it did not work out. On day two in
Canberra I returned to the 'thins'
and they shot a lot nicer."
Overcoming some distractions
and the challenges of indoor tar-
get archery -- humidity, temperature
and lighting -- CPL Da Pozzo beat
a field of 38 with a score of 1031
out of 1200.
That qualified him for the
nationals in Sydney, where he fin-
ished ninth in a field of 711 with a
score of 1030.
While not entirely happy with
his 1031 in Canberra, in all cir-
cumstances, the ACT title gave him
some confidence for Sydney.
"Seeing I had a pretty ordinary
shoot, the score was not too bad and
Archer goes through thick and thin
I still won, so that was even better,"
CPL Da Pozzo said.
The two results have made him
optimistic about making the world
titles in August-October next year,
especially now he's settled on the
thinner arrows. "That ninth puts me
in good stead but I have to do anoth-
er shoot to qualify," he said.
Taking into account his age and
his score at the nationals, CPL Da
Pozzo has to find another 30 points
but he does not expect that it will be
difficult. He thinks a record score is
not beyond him at his next indoor
"The way I am shooting at the
moment, qualifying should not be
a problem. I am looking forward to
the next ACT and national indoor
Adding to his confidence is
the addition of the legendary Hoyt
bow, along with its carbon fibre
and wood laminate limbs, to his
arsenal. "It's supposed to be one
of the best bows in the world and
I fell in love with it after just one
shot," CPL Da Pozzo said.
"It was close to $900 for the
handle itself. It was a big decision
but I went for it.
"The scores have been coming
so I was delighted with it.
"To have confidence in my
equipment was a factor in my ACT
win and doing well at the nation-
als. It's more comfortable to hold
in the hand and you have to want
to enjoy getting it out of the case,
assembling it and shooting up to
six to eight hours a day."
IN ON THE
Crowley collars Lake Attack
THIRTY SIX minutes after Australian Football
League legend Ron Barassi fired the starter's gun,
LTCOL Nathan Crowley led all his Defence col-
leagues home in the 10km event at Melbourne's
Defence Lake Attack on August 30. About 2800 peo-
ple ran or walked around scenic Albert Park Lake
for worthy causes in the Defence Lake Attack 2009.
For further information visit: www.lakeattack.com
Bonshaw Cup a tradition
IT'S A well-worn path, covered and conquered
by some of the great names in Australian athlet-
ics in the past, and organisers of HMAS Harman's
Bonshaw Cup on October 30 hope that this year's
event will be no exception. It marks the 46th run-
ning of the annual event, begun in 1963 and said
to be one of the oldest running events in Canberra.
The 6.4km fun run/walk will be held at HMAS
Harman, with the walk from 11am and the run at
11.30am. Registrations close at 10.30am on the
day. A pre-race brief for walkers will be conducted
at 10.55am at the start/finish line. The pre-race
brief for runners will take place there at 11.25am.
Bonshaw Cup day aims to provide an enjoyable
event, while developing physical fitness, determina-
tion, fostering friendly competition between Service
personnel and participating civilians, and engaging
the local community. The point of contact for all
inquires is POPT Andrew Corbett on (02) 6266 6709
CrossFit for charity
ABOUT 50 fit and intrepid members of the ADF will
take part in a Sydney fundraiser that has the poten-
tial to raise up to $20,000 for charity. About 30 of
them will be flying the colours of 2CDO Regt at
Holsworthy in the event on October 3 from 8am
at Kogarah. They will be joined by 10 members
of 1CDO Regt, three from 6Avn Regt, four from
Air Force, three from Navy and a lone representa-
tive from 145 Sig Sqn. All funds raised will go to
the soldiers of 2CDO Regt (through the Colin East
Trust) who have been injured, are in need of finan-
cial aid or are the families of those who have fallen.
Organisers expect about 100 people to do two ses-
sions of the CrossFit program, a training method
that combines gymnastic, weightlifting and meta-
bolic conditioning elements, resulting in all-round
strength and conditioning.
IT'S ALL DOWNHILL FROM HERE: SQNLDR Paul Whitaker dispatches an athlete.
Officiating in the NZ snow
SQNLDR Paul Whitaker was one of
three ADF personnel invited to officiate at
the recent New Zealand Winter Games in
The others were CMDR Neill Bell and
CAPT Geoff Cole and they were deeply
involved in establishing and running the race
courses for super-G, giant slalom and slalom
The New Zealand Winter Games, billed
as the largest winter sports event outside of
the Winter Olympics, provided the world's
elite winter sports athletes a unique sports
competition where they could experiment and
explore their limits against world class com-
petition and qualify for next year's Canadian
Winter Olympics. More than 800 athletes
from 40 countries and 400 volunteers partici-
pated in 37 events over 10 days.
SQNLDR Whitaker was also the official
race starter for the alpine events.
"It was a great 10 days but bloody hard
work in the worst weather conditions I've
experienced in 10 years of ski racing," he
"Together with the Coronet Peak Race
Department and a team of 13 Canadian vol-
unteers from the Lake Louise World Cup
Team, we spent three days preparing the
Super-G course surface, erecting safety net-
ting and establishing the timing equipment
to International Ski Federation standards ...
only to see our efforts destroyed by a huge
southerly storm front, that smashed into the
mountain on the morning of the first event
with 120kph winds and five inches of fresh
"The Super-G was delayed a day, and the
course crew spent 13 hours re-establishing
the track and timing equipment in time for
the rescheduled race on the following morn-
CANBERRA'S capricious weather may
have been testing for his out-of-town rivals
but Air Force's OFFCDT Rowan Beggs-
French was right at home in finishing sec-
ond in the Defence Duathlon Champion-
ships on August 16.
OFFCDT Beggs-French, from the
Australian Defence Force Academy, finished
in 2:05.31 and pushed last year's champion,
Navy's SBLT Scott Baxter hard throughout.
But SBLT Baxter was too strong for his
other Service rivals again and took the title in
2:03:57. Because it was held in conjunction
with the Australian titles, competition was of
the highest standard for the 10km run, 40km
cycle and 5km run in variable conditions,
which challenged competitors.
"It was a faster course from last year's
race at Newcastle and was a good race to lead
into the triathlon season for this year," SBLT
"For me the focus is now on the world tria-
Competition in the women's field was
tough and Jodie Barker (APS) was the first
Defence female home in 2:17:15, 7min ahead
of SGT Penelope O'Regan (Army), who came
through and pipped Christina Thorn (APS) at
the finish line.
Interstate and Canberra competitors were
among the mix of Defence athletes who par-
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