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March 17, 2011
CPL Aaron Curran
TWELVE dedicated -- or crazy -- Air Force
members took part in an extreme physical
challenge north of Sydney on February 12.
Warrior Dash Australia was held in the
Glenworth Valley about an hour north of
It was the first time the event had
been held outside of North America. In
its debut on Australian soil, FLTLT
Shane Jensen, from the Tactical Fighter
Project Management Unit at RAAF Base
Williamtown, took second place in the
men's 44-49 year division.
FSGT Adam Robinson, from Russell
Offices, was one of the mud-caked com-
petitors who rolled, ran and fell their way
through the 5.13km course.
"The course consisted of 10 obstacles
including arachnophobia, warrior wall,
cargo climb, junkyard jump, warrior roast
and muddy mayhem," FSGT Robinson
"Arachnophobia was a rope obstacle;
warrior wall was a group of muddied walls
that we were required to jump over; cargo
climb was a 3m cargo net climb; junkyard
jump was a junk yard of car wrecks that
we had to jump over or crawl through;
warrior roast was the leap of faith over a
fire pit; and muddy mayhem was the final
mud pit leading to the finish line."
FSGT Luke Sweeney had rivals scram-
bling when he launched a mighty swan
dive into the mud pit.
"Course officials had to top up the
mud pit after this occurred," FSGT
Robinson said with a laugh.
"The hardest part of the race was keep-
ing the mud out of your eyes."
FSGT Robinson's wife, LACW Emma
Robinson, first heard about Warrior Dash
on Facebook and that is how the 12 Air
Force members -- six each from Canberra
and Williamtown -- got involved.
In keeping with the spirit of the event,
FLTLT Jensen said he attributed his sec-
ond place to his "superior warrior ability
"Also to breeding German schnauzers
for most of my life," FLTLT Jensen said,
tongue in cheek.
"Now that I am an ultimate warrior,
I am willing to lay my title on the line
in 2012 for all those who think they are
When FSGT Robinson was asked if
they were going to subject themselves to
this punishment next year, he said,
"It's already in the calendar."
WITH THE ADF triathlon season upon
us, at least 22 personnel will be well
prepared for coming competitions.
The 22, who come from Defence
establishments across Australia, attend-
ed the first Australian Defence Sports
Triathlon Association (ADSTA) train-
ing camp in Adelaide from January 16
The season began on March
12 and 13 at Huskisson, NSW, with
the ADSTA national sprint distance
championships (750m swim/20km
ride/5km run) and then the ADSTA
national long-course champion-
ships (2km swim/83km ride/20km
run). Watch for results in an upcoming
edition of Air Force News.
The camp in January was designed
to develop individual knowledge and
skills required to train and race triath-
lons of any distance.
The event coincided with the Tour
Down Under cycling event, which was
the last international pro-cycling event
appearance of Lance Armstrong.
Triathletes were put through a num-
ber of fitness and diagnostic tests con-
ducted in the pool and on the track.
The triathlon transition training, in
particular the bike to the run, was use-
Still to come on the
Sunday, April 10: ADSTA national olym-
pic distance championships (1.5km/40km
ride/10km run) in conjunction with the
Sydney Triathlon -- International Triathlon
Union world championship in and around
Sydney Harbour and the CBD.
Sunday, June 5: ADSTA national ironman
distance championships (3.8km swim/180km
ride/42.2km run) in conjunction with the
22 triathletes gather
in SA for training
ful for all participants. The confidence
gained in training under the watchful
eye of a qualified coach, LS Michael
Baruch, in a non-competitive environ-
ment for novices was invaluable.
There were many opportunities to
link the bike training sessions with the
various stages of the Tour Down Under.
On the final day of the training camp,
the ADSTA group participated in the
TDU Mutual Community Challenge
FSGT Sharyn Kerr said being
there and seeing the Tour Down Under
cyclists riding along the same roads was
a real highlight.
"Especially on the last day
when we started the ride ear-
lier, knowing they were only
hours behind us," FSGT Kerr
said.A number of ADSTA
members got to ride along-
side some of the pros on train-
ing rides, including Robbie
McEwen, Stuart O'Grady,
Allan Davis and Graham
ADSTA membership and entry
in the national championships is
open to all Defence personnel.
Details can be obtained at
FSGT Mick Lo Proto
finds enough energy
to give a victory sign
as he struggles up
one of many hills
found throughout the
area during the
CPL Renee Nicholls
Memorial Triathlon at
Kokoda Barracks on
Photo: WO2 Wayne Ryan
Slogging through mud and jumping through fire
DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME: WGCDR Nathan Christie leaps over the fire pit.
Photo: Deb Sweeney
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