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"All the time I was thinking, 'please
don't confiscate my bronze ladies.' I
just wanted to take them home. I wasn't
going to leave them," CPL Watts said.
The trophies are mainly wood-
en. With the bronze ladies attached,
the larger trophies weigh around 5.5kg
and are about 90cm tall and the smaller
ones are around 4kg and 65cm.
She did get them home and was
able to show off one of the trophies
at her workplace, Defence Materiel
Organisation at Victoria Barracks in
This was CPL Watts's second trip to
AFTER finishing runner-up five times,
SGT Peter Reinke has shaken the mon-
key off his back to win the Air Force golf
SGT Reinke posted a final-round
one-under-par score to clinch the title
as part of the ADF championships at
the Federal Golf Club in Canberra on
That gave him a four-round total of
299 (74, 77, 77, 71), three strokes adrift
of Army's BDR David Schwartz who
won the overall ADF title. Runner-up
for the Air Force section was SGT Greg
SGT Reinke's first taste of the ADF
titles was in 1996 and he said he had
contested the titles 10 or 11 times since.
He could not recall exactly where he
had finished -- except the previous three
years he was runner-up.
If that preyed on his mind, though, it
did not show.
"I had a lot of people mention it but
I've always believed that I could win
it and after a pretty successful year in
amateur golf it helped to get used to
playing under pressure," he said.
In fact, he did it easily.
He started the final round four strokes
clear of his Air Force rivals. At the end he
was 12 strokes ahead of SGT Fraser.
One hundred and eighty players
took part in the tournament, with Air
Force leading the charge with 67 play-
ers. The rest of the field was made up
of 55 Army players, 37 Navy players,
nine APS players and 12 New Zealand
Defence Force golfers whose scores
counted towards the Trans Tasman Cup.
The Kiwis had already completed
five matches in Sydney and Canberra
and the series came down to a cliff-
hanger at the ADF titles, which were
played in trying weather conditions on
the heels of several weeks of rain.
With three matches out on the
course, NZDF held a slender lead, but
the final ADF scores resulted in a narrow
victory to the home team.
In other Air Force successes:
SQNLDR Deb Baker comfortably
won the ADF Women's title.
WOFF John King had one of his bet-
ter tournaments for a while to take out
the seniors; and
FLTLT Stuart Curwood won the Air
Force nett event.
Tournament director (for the 12th con-
secutive year) WGCDR Trevor Owens
said that the long period of previous wet
weather and the ongoing wet during the
event had made course preparations a
challenge for Federal's course superin-
tendent, Steve Lording.
"After some long and nervous discus-
sions at various stages, the event was
able to be completed with only one rain
delay with the course awash; and it is a
credit to all at Federal for the work put in
to keep the course playable throughout,"
WGCDR Owens announced that the
ADF championship for 2011-2015 will
again be held at Federal Golf Club.
ON TARGET: SGT Peter Reinke.
Photo: Graham McBean
[his string of
but I've always
believed that I
could win it.
Don't take away
my bronze ladies
the US to compete.
In 2009 she
finished second in
the Figure section
and third in the Fit
During the year,
CPL Watts contact-
ed the chief judge
by email to find out
where she needed
to improve -- so she
was well satisfied
with her winning
"It was unfinished business."
CPL Watts is a comparative new-
comer to the sport. She made her start
in the sport by winning the women's
overall class at the 2009 ADF natural
physique titles at HMAS Cerberus.
Until four months before that com-
petition, she had not graced the body-
When she set her sights on the ADF
titles, she attended a body sculpting
gymnasium, Muscle and Body Shape
Gymnasium, where she was put on
a special diet and given a cardio and
weights program. She trained for two
hours each day, six days a week and
Titles followed at the 2009 World
Natural Bodybuilding Federation
(WNBF) Asia Pacific titles in Sydney,
which qualified her for her first tilt in
After winning Victorian titles in
three different bodybuilding federations
last year, she repeated her success at the
WNBF Asia Pacific titles at Dee Why,
NSW, by winning the Overall Figure
title and first place in the Fit Body
(Short Class), and once again won her
way to New York.
The New York competition was an
eye-opener. There were 256 competi-
tors.The USA Figure category had 29 ath-
letes broken into three divisions: Short,
Medium and Tall. The winners from each
of these divisions then had to compete
against each other to determine the over-
all winner. CPL Watts won the Medium
division and then the Overall.
The Fit Body category had 20 com-
petitors split into two divisions: Short
and Tall. CPL Watts won the Tall divi-
sion and then beat the winner of the
Short division to win the overall title.
It was a long, arduous contest for
CPL Watts. She arrived at the competi-
tion at 9.30am on November 13 and did
not get off the stage until after 1am on
As a reward for winning the
world titles, CPL Watts has earned a
professional card which will allow her
to compete on the lucrative professional
circuit in the US.
This year's WNBF titles in New
York is on her radar.
Until then, there is more work to be
done "working hard in the gym for the
next six months building and refining
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