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AIR FORCE February 18, 2010
IT IS shaping up as a big
year for CPL Dean Cook,
our newest columnist.
CPL Cook, who has
been a PTI since 2002
and is in the final year of
a sports science degree,
gives readers the ben-
efit of his experience in a
health column in today's
He has another string to
his bow, too.
For the past three years
CPL Cook has represented
Australia as a runner in the
100km ultra-marathon World
Cup -- in Holland, Italy and
Belgium. He was captain of
the team last year.
This year's World Cup
will be held in Gibraltar in
November and CPL Cook, a
PTI based at Russell Offices
in Canberra, hopes to quali-
fy for the team again.
There are two selec-
tion races: in Melbourne in
March and the Gold Coast
CPL Cook started began
his Bachelor of Human
Movement Science degree
externally with the Central
Queensland University in
Rockhampton in 2005.
He was posted to the
Middle East for six months
in 2006 which delayed
things -- but he hopes to
complete it in November.
Over coming editions,
CPL Cook will be just one
of the contributors to our
In today's column, CPL
Cook writes about the
importance of not rushing
into training like a bull at a
See his column on Page 20.
Advice from somebody who knows
ON TRACK: CPL Dean Cook gets
ready to run. Photo: LAC Aaron Curran
The ACT and Southern NSW
inter-service tenpin bowling
championships will be held
in Canberra on Friday, March
5. Team selection is open to
all permanent, active reserve
and public service members.
The championship starts at
9.30am and will comprise of
nine games. Total pinfall for
each service will determine the
winner. The top two bowlers
from each of the three services
and APS will automatically
be chosen in the ACT-SNSW
Combined Services team
which will compete in the
ADO National Tenpin Bowling
Championships in Adelaide
from June 7 to 12. The rest of
the team will be selected via
order of merit. Nominations
for the ACT and Southern NSW
close COB Tuesday, March 2.
For more information, con-
tact SGT Keiran Wyllie at
au or (02) 6266 1632.
Planning is under way for
a reunion for the former
Sale and District Amateur
Waterpolo Association. The
association -- originally formed
by two Air Force members
-- ran local waterpolo competi-
tions for 30 years before fold-
ing 10 years ago.
Any Air Force personnel
who were involved in the
association are encour-
aged to contact the reunion
organiser, Michael Kent,
to register their interest in
attending. Email Michael at
The ADFA Rams Australian
Football Club is seeking
Rules players to join the club
for season 2010.
Any interested players
should contact CAPT
Rodney Davis at rodney.
By LTCOL Adam Boyd
TEAMS from New Zealand, Tonga,
Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia
and possibly Japan will take on the
senior Australian Services Rugby
Union (ASRU) team in the biennial
Pacific Nations Military (PACMIL)
Cup in Canberra during October.
The tournament, from October 10
to 23, will be one of the highlights
of the 2010 program unveiled by the
ASRU in partnership with the single
service rugby unions from Air Force,
Navy and Army.
The chairman of ASRU, CDRE
Grant Ferguson, said he was delighted
with the match and tour opportunities
ASRU and the three single service
unions have developed a new four-
year playing cycle which will enable
matches and tour opportunities to be
planned well in advance, taking into
account limitations on time away from
CDRE Ferguson said the new cycle
would help provide greater domes-
tic and international opportunities for
those aspiring to represent Australian
In the lead-up to the annual men's
and women's ASRU in May, the sen-
ior men's teams from each of the
three single service unions will play
a match against their New Zealand
In early June, the ASRU Women's
team will compete at the annual ARU
Women's Nationals in Canberra.
Selection for this tournament will
occur at the Services Carnival in May.
For ASRU men, the focus is twofold.
The US Combined Services team
will travel to Australia in mid-July
for a five-match tour, including two
games against the "Emerging ASRU"
In October, the senior ASRU team
will contest the 2010 PACMIL Cup.
ASRU hopes to field the strong-
est possible team to claim the trophy
from the reigning champions, New
More detailed information on the
2010 program will be available soon
via ASRU's website at www.services-
May 8-15: Single service unions
May 16-22: Services
Championship in Canberra
June 3-7: ARU Women's
National Championships in
Canberra, preceded by one-
week ASRU camp
July 17-31: US Combined
Services tour, including
Emerging ASRU matches
October 10-23: PACMIL Cup
in Canberra, preceded by one-
week ASRU camp
KEY RUGBY DATES
JUST when rain threatened to
dash hopes, it was Army which
reigned on Air Force's parade in
the final of the TOUCHing Haiti
touch football match in Canberra
on February 5.
In the dying minutes, the score
was locked at one try apiece.
It is not for this newspaper to
reveal the name of the Air Force
player who gave up an intercept
pass which was gobbled up for a
winning Army try (though the throng
of spectators at Blamey Square at
Russell said it looked an awful lot
like FSGT Adam Robinson).
The tournament was not terribly
serious. It was organised to provide
some entertainment for people
munching snags at a fundraising
sausage sizzle and as such was
played in the spirit of the day.
With donations and the sale of
the food, about $2500 was raised
for the Red Cross Haiti earthquake
The event was organised by
the PTIs at the R3 Gymnasium at
Russell, the prime mover being CPL
CPL Harris, his wife CPL Renae
Harris and his Air Force PTI col-
league, CPL Dean Cook, were
among those who took buckets
around Russell to collect donations.
CPL Brett Harris, father to a
toddler, said he was moved to get
the organising ball rolling when he
saw the images of the earthquake
in the media. His heart particularly
went out to the children orphaned
by the earthquake.
There were four teams in the
touch tournament -- Army, Air
Force, Navy and a composite
team comprising Australian Public
Service members and members
from the services, and things didn't
look too bright for a while.
Air Force beat the composite
side 5-1 in the rain to qualify for the
After weeks of hot and dry
weather in Canberra, it bucketed
down during the preliminary games,
resulting in few spectators and
it seemed likely that the sizzling
sausages would have to be sold
But then, joy: the sun came out,
the spectators came from every-
where, the 250 donated sausages,
expertly cooked by WOFF Brett
Nichols and CPL Renae Harris,
were sold out and CPL Brett Harris,
who refereed the decider, said he
Hearts go out to Haiti
CAN'T TOUCH THIS: WOFF Clark Hancock makes a dash at Blamey
Square in Canberra.
Photo: LS Paul McCallum
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