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June 10, 2010
OFF TO WORK WE GO: Above, the
triumphant team from RAAF Base
Townsville, back from left, CPL Scott
Keleher, LAC Christopher Bell, LAC
Asher Spaccavento, LAC Nathan
Eremenco, LAC Mathew Van Der Aa,
SGT Warwick Leven, LAC Adrian
Hales and LAC Drew Miller, and, front,
CPL Peter Hughes. Right: LAC Asher
Spaccavento does one of his stints.
SHOOTING STARS: Air Force players figured in
two teams that contested the South Australian
Police and Emergency Services Games in Adelaide
on May 6 and 7. Above, representing 11SQN
Techos is CPL Mathieu Matteucci. Left is CPL
Adam Ingall, also from 11SQN but representing
South Australian Defence Basketball Squadron, a
combined Air Force/Army team that finished fourth.
Photo: ACW Nichola Freeman
Raising funds on the run
IT'S official, finally. FLGOFF Lisa
Flint is off to the Commonwealth
Games in India to contest the women's
She got the call from Athletics
Australia on the morning of May 27 --
more than two weeks later than she had
expected them to announce a decision.
"I am really happy," she said,
though she admits a certain amount of
trepidation has suddenly replaced the
anxiety of not knowing.
The women's marathon will be
raced in Delhi on October 14.
FLGOFF Flint, a pharmaceutical
officer with 2 Expeditionary Health
Squadron at RAAF Base Williamtown,
ran a qualifying time for the Games
last October with a crushing win in
the Melbourne marathon.
She was widely regarded as a shoe-
in for the team for India -- provided
she kept up her workload.
Well, she did that. Under the eye of
coach Scott Westcott, who ran the men's
Commonwealth Games marathon for
Australia in 2006 and just missed out
this year, she even did high-altitude
training at Falls Creek over Christmas.
She's been working with a dieti-
cian the past few months in a bid to
make sure she's eating the right food
to fit in with her training schedule (at
only 43kg, it's important).
By the time this paper goes to
press, FLGOFF Flint will have
already contested the half-marathon
in Christchurch, New Zealand, and in
early July she plans to run in the half-
marathon on the Gold Coast, along-
side (well, perhaps that's the wrong
word), her good friend and great rival,
another of Air Force's leading ath-
letes, CPL Cassie Fien.
When the first names of athletes
for the Games were named in April,
her name was not on the list.
It was no cause for worry
though, FLGOFF Flint told us. She
was expecting a second wave to be
included on May 10.
Well, May 10 came and there
The longer no phone call came,
the more worried she became.
She had niggling fears at the
back of her mind. Funding cuts. At
24, perhaps she was regarded as too
young and inexperienced?
"People were asking me about
the Games and I had to tell them I
hadn't been picked yet."
Well, she has now. The Athletic
Australia person who called her on
May 27 offered his congratulations,
and said she'd hear from him again.
"I hadn't even been thinking
beyond being picked," she said.
Now she realises there is
research to be done. What will the
weather be like? What the terrain
will be like? And probably all kinds
of things that haven't even occurred
to her yet.
TREPIDATION NOW: FLGOFF
Lisa Flint. Photo: LAC Aaron Curran
THEY were determined to win, but
this team of novice wheelbarrow ath-
letes from RAAF Base Townsville were
in for a shock when they entered the
147km Great Wheelbarrow Race near
Cairns from May 14 to 16.
The Wheel Sparrows, from the
323ECSS Mechanical Equipment
Operational Maintenance Section,
quickly discovered that they were not
only underprepared for the style of rac-
ing, but had also underestimated their
The annual fundraiser event, run
by the Tablelands Regional Council,
involved pushing a 22kg empty wheel-
barrow from Mareeba to Chillagoe in
designated legs over three days. The
race commemorates the miners of past
generations who would load their pos-
sessions into a wheelbarrow and head
off into the bush in search of gold and a
better life for their families.
Wheel Sparrows team leader LAC
Drew Miller said on arrival the team
members quickly realised they had to
change their strategy.
"Our training involved the team
pushing a wheelbarrow for 1km inter-
vals, but after arriving for the race we
realised that other teams would be run-
ning 100m sprints or shorter," he said.
"When we were overtaken by teams
that started a long way behind us we
knew it was going to be a tough race.
What made it even tougher was the fact
that four of the eight members of our
team were unable to take part on the
first day due to work commitments.
"Had we known before the race
what we know now, training would
have been a lot different. But despite
everything working against us, the team
never gave up and put in a fantastic
That effort earned the Wheel
Sparrows second place in the services
category, ahead of an Army team, and
11th place overall in a time of 9hrs
Supported by a mini bus and one-
man crew, the Wheel Sparrows took
turns in sprinting at the helm in 30sec
LAC Asher Spaccavento said the
continuous sprinting and stopping made
it gruelling work.
"It was really hard to keep warm
after a sprint because you got back on
the bus and there wasn't much room to
stretch so a lot of us cramped up," he
said. "We were doing 100m sprints 60+
times a day for three days; it was an
extremely challenging race."
LAC Miller said the course was
long, hot and dusty with some "mam-
"The event was far more gruelling
than anyone on the team had prepared
for and was both mentally and physi-
cally demanding, but it was a fantastic
team exercise and in the end we were
just happy to finish the race," he said.
The Wheel Sparrows raised $500 for
the Arcadian Surf Life Saving Club.
APART from a lot of stiff and
sore legs the following week, the
Wheel Sparrows only had one
LAC Mat 'Wally' Van Der Aa
(pictured below) was pushing
the barrow when he decided to
pose for the team photographer
who was on the side of the road.
Forgetting all his training,
and the laws of physics, he took
a hand off the wheelbarrow to
wave to the camera.
The barrow lost balance and
tipped over, followed by LAC Van
Der Aa, who then fell down an
He had minor grazing to his
arm but severe bruising to his ego.
The photographer was too
busy laughing to take the photo,
but the incident did not go unno-
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