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September 16, 2010
IF YOU want any tips on snow-
boarding, you'd be hard pressed to
look past FLTLT Amanda Gosling.
FLTLT Gosling even showed
the men how at the RAAF Alpine
Sports Association championships
at Mt Hotham from July 26 to
She won the women's giant sla-
lom in a faster time than the men
recorded in the same event.
She also won the women's
snowboarder cross and was award-
ed the title for the overall women's
FLTLT Gosling was select-
ed to represent Air Force at the
Australian Defence Alpine Sports
Association Championships at
Mt Hotham from August 2 to 6 --
where her sparkling form contin-
ued.She won the Defence giant sla-
lom against six Army snowboard-
ers, two from Navy and two other
Air Force competitors.
"It was a pretty tight competi-
tion," she said.
She led narrowly after the first
of two runs, so she was pretty
chuffed to hang on.
As if that wasn't enough,
she also combined with FLTLT
Rachael Webb and ACW Katrina
Black to beat Army and Navy in
the inaugural snowboard women's
Army won the competition
overall, but Air Force had some
other high achievers.
FLTLT Ewan Reid and FLTLT
Justin Carstairs were second and
third respectively in the over-
all men's combined ski individual,
posting very competitive times in
the slalom and giant slalom races.
At the earlier Air Force titles,
FLTLT Reid held off FLTLT
Carstairs to win the advanced male
Skiers and snowboarders came
from all over for the Air Force
titles, with teams from RAAF
Bases Richmond, Williams, East
Sale, Williamtown, Edinburgh and
Amberley as well as competitors
from Canberra, Townsville and
The advanced snowboarder
cross men's race was tightly con-
The top three qualifying times
were all within one second with
SQNLDR Des Meacham qualify-
But CPL Timothy Burrows sur-
vived all the knockout rounds to
finish first, his pace in the bottom
half of the course making for some
exciting finishes as he repeatedly
overtook riders on the last turns.
The Canberra 2 team of
SQNLDR Greg Mathams, SGT
Peter Hohn, GPCAPT Karon Millet
and Ms Peta-Anne Garrett won the
advanced ski team championship.
LAC Rhyan Bassett had an
excellent performance in the giant
slalom and snowboarder cross to
take out the overall male champion.
Combining with LAC Benjamin
Sharpe and CPL James Banks, he
also led the Williamtown 1 team to
victory in the advanced snowboard
The Air Force Snowsports
championship is held annually at Mt
Hotham. The competition caters for
all levels of skiers and snowboarders.
At a cost of about $1200 including
lift pass, meals, accommodation,
transport, lessons and racing, it is
a great week. If you are interested
in coming along next year or would
like more information, check out
the RAAF Alpine Sports Association
website on the Intranet: http://
or for more information, contact
PLTOFF Katarina Babic at: katarina.
NIMBLE AND QUICK: FLTLT
Amanda Gosling who recorded a
better time than the men.
FLTLT Ewan Reid,
above, who was
second in the overall
men's combined ski
individual at the ADF
titles and, right, CPL
whose pace in the
bottom half of the
course helped him
to victory in the Air
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