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April 28, 2011
Inaugural golf winner
WITH a score of 45 points, WGCDR Rod Smallwood won
the inaugural Air Commander's Cup at Penrith Golf Club
on March 11. The pins awards went to FLTLT Stu Curwood
and GPCAPT Glen Toscan; longest drives went to GPCAPT
Toscan and WGCDR Olaf Thiel.
In memory of SGT Jones
AC SHAUN Ton and CPL Trudi Lines were the men's and
women's winners in the fifth annual 5km Sergeant Wendy
Jones Memorial Fun Run on April 1. AC Ton recorded 20min
8sec and CPL Lines finished in 23min 49sec. SGT Jones
was the senior medical assistant posted to RAAF Base
Darwin in 2004. In April 2005 she was conducting humani-
tarian aid operations as a part of Operation Sumatra Assist II
when she and eight fellow ADF members were killed in a Sea
King helicopter crash on the Indonesian Island of Nias.
WHEN good friends CPLs Owen
Yabsley and Pete Hughes set their
training schedule for this year's
triathlon calendar, their number
one goal was the Defence Iron-
man distance championship in
Cairns on June 5.
But to freshen up for that gru-
elling event of a 3.8km swim,
180km ride and 42.2km run, they
entered the National Olympic-
distance Triathlon championships
in Sydney on April 10.
Remarkably, CPL Yabsley,
of 38SQN at RAAF Base
Townsville, crossed the line in
first place alongside Navy's LS
But just as remarkably, the
next finisher was CPL Hughes,
of 22SQN at RAAF Base
Richmond, just over two minutes
"I was just doing this race
in Sydney to see where I was at
compared to the rest of the ADF,"
CPL Yabsley said.
"I am very happy with the
result even though it was a draw.
I can't say I have had one before.
Pretty random, I guess."
Thirty members of the
Australian Defence Sports
Triathlon Association (ADSTA)
contested the triathlon, which
was part of a civilian event
involving 2500 triathletes.
The Sydney Opera House was
the backdrop for the start as com-
petitors entered the water for the
1.5km swim across the harbour,
followed by a 40km bike leg and
The ADSTA competitors
set off at different times, mixed
through their respective age
This made it difficult to clear-
ly identify the leaders so each
competitor was forced to dig
deep for the whole race and put
up their best performance.
LS Wilkinson, the 2010
ADSTA champion and compet-
ing in the open division, and CPL
Yabsley, competing in the age
25-29 division, both finished in
2hr 8min 58sec.
Neither knew this was the
case as they crossed the line
at different times. In fact, CPL
Yabsley had to wait until the day
after the race to read the official
results on a website.
Next was CPL Hughes with
2hr 10min 49sec, and then CAPT
Henry Stimson, 2hr 12min 3sec.
Ms Christina Thorne won the
female category, followed by
FSGT Sharyn Kerr and LTCOL
CPL Yabsley did not have to
look too far behind him to find
someone to thank.
He has known CPL Hughes
for about four years and until the
middle of last year, they worked
together in Townsville.
"He was the one who per-
suaded me to have a go at triath-
lons," CPL Yabsley said.
OFFCDT Carrie Fettes is
excited about the coming
Australian country water polo
championships in Newcastle,
LAC Bill Solomou reports.
ASK any athlete, and they
will tell you that dedica-
tion is the utmost require-
ment to success. OFFCDT
Carrie Fettes has it in spades. She
lives for water polo. Just talking
to her you can see the passion in
It started when she was 14 and
was asked by a school friend if
she could swim.
replied. Since then her career
has blossomed. She made the
Queensland state team at 16 and
played in the national league at 17.
OFFCDT Fettes is the play-
ing coach of the Australian
Defence Force Academy water
polo team and a member of the
ADF and Australian Country
water polo teams.
"Coaching has taught me a
lot about life ... you have to deal
with different people as they
come," she said.
She credits her sporting career
to one of her first coaches and
mentors, Brett Adams from the
Sunshine Coast, who taught her
to respect players' abilities and
OFFCDT Fettes is preparing
for the Australian country cham-
pionships in Newcastle from May
11 to 14.
Her training routine includes
three mornings of swimming,
four evenings of water polo and a
couple of days in the gym.
Her nutritional regime com-
prises meat and vegetables.
"You don't realise how much
you sweat in the pool ... you lose a
lot of nutrients," she said.
She is philosophical about
aspects of the game.
"Whatever happens in the
pool stays in the pool. Water polo
is a social game. I have made
good friends playing water polo
and it can get a bit heated during
the game; so when the game is
finished, it's finished."
Her water polo passion
OFFCDT Carrie Fettes
in her role as the ADFA
water polo coach.
Photo: LAC Bill Solomou
Well done, mate
WOMEN'S RUNNER-UP: FSGT Sharyn
Kerr runs up to the top of Mrs Macquarie's
Photo: AB Alan Lancaster
MEN'S QUINELLA: Left, CPLs Owen
Yabsley, left, and Pete Hughes.
his way to
Photo: LAC Bill
Bound for tenpin nationals
SGT Keiran Wyllie, of 462SQN, will lead a team of five Air
Force players from the ACT and southern NSW selected
for the ADO National Tenpin Bowling Championships in
Brisbane from June 20 to 24. The team was selected after
SGT Wyllie won the ACT-SNSW Inter-Service Tenpin Bowling
Championships at Canberra International Bowl on March 25.
The team is: SGT Keiran Wyllie (Air Force), FSGT Brett Byers (Air Force),
Mark Jordan (APS), AB Derek Adams (Navy), Jan Nordin (APS), Maria
Haw (APS), AB Brad Carter (Navy), CPL Robert King (Air Force), WO2
Steve Ritchie (Army), CPL Aaron Kellett (Air Force), SGT Adrian Bennett
(Air Force), Toni Hogan (APS), LCDR Tracey Petrass (Navy) and FLGOFF
Dee Cherry (Air Force).
Ride for cancer research
FIFTY cyclists will ride 1600km from Brisbane to Townsville
in support of cancer research from September 3 to 10.
Smiling for Smiddy will be held over eight days in memory
of Adam Smiddy, who died from an aggressive cancer,
aged 26. Mater Foundation is the major beneficiary where
funds support research into melanoma, prostate cancer and
complementary therapies for cancer patients. Funds are also
distributed to PA Research Foundation, Melanoma Patients
Australia and Livestrong Cancer Research Centre at Flinders
Medical Centre Foundation, South Australia. For further
information or to get involved, visit www.smiddy.org.au or
to donate to the cause, visit http://www.smiddyfundraising.
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