Home' Air Force News : May 26th 2011 Contents Arafura Games
May 26, 2011
CPL Zenith King
LAC Matthew Stokes has again show-
cased his talents by taking the bronze
medal in clay target shooting at the
His performance has boosted
his ranking in Australia to number
five and comes just weeks after he
was named in Australia's 25-man
Mackintosh team which will be whit-
tled down to five shooters who will
compete in international competition.
LAC Stokes, of 10SQN, shot 118
out of 125 in the Olympic Trap at
Arafura to secure himself a place in
the final, where he was up against
Olympic medallist Adam Vella.
Olympic trap requires competitors
to shoot five rounds of 25 shots at
three different traps (targets) per lane.
LAC Stokes said he went into the
finals with a few nerves but main-
tained his focus.
"To shoot against the likes of
Adam [Vella], who is ranked number
two in Australia, was a good feeling,"
"I dropped a few targets at the very
start, which was disappointing but
once I got into a rythym I started to
turn things around.
"In the end I was tied for second
and had to shoot off to decide who
LAC Matthew Stokes secured a place in
Australia's 25-man Mackintosh team in
April when he contested the national trap
championships along with seven team-
mates representing the Defence Clay Target
The team is named after one of Australia's
best shooters, Donald Mackintosh.
During the week-long competition at the
nationals, LAC Stokes competed in six events
and found himself in a number of shoot offs.
LAC Stokes competes in two disciplines
of shooting: down the line (DTL) and Olympic
"Over the last six months or so I have
been concentrating on trap so I only had one
weekend of practice for this DTL event, which
makes me even happier with the results," he
said.LAC Stokes said he felt great making it
into the Mackintosh team.
"You are shooting against 600 of the best
shooters in the country, so to make it into
that team is a great effort," he said.
"I have made the under-21 Mackintosh
team three times before this, but to make the
open team is a massive step up."
The Mackintosh team was selected from
the highest aggregate score of events three,
four and five. LAC Stokes scored 447/450.
Finger on the trigger
LAC Stokes said he always
became a bit nervous before going
into a final. "Sometimes I can feel
the pressure but try to block it out and
concentrate on what I am doing.
"I have shot in a few finals so I
would like to think I have got my
head around it.
Olympics but they only take the top
two in Australia so I still have a little
way to go," he said.
won in clay
Zenith King and
CPL Zenith King
SQNLDR Richard Gardiner outran the
competition to take gold in the men's
half-marathon at the Arafura Games.
"I didn't expect to be up with the
leaders let alone win the event so this
is a brilliant result for me," he said.
"I felt OK going into the race but
I must be in a bit better form than I
thought I was because this win was a
SQNLDR Gardiner, of RAAF
Base Williamtown, said there wasn't
a stage during the race when he didn't
think he could make it but there were
times when he thought he was going
to get caught.
"I managed to stay at the front
throughout the race but by the 14km
mark I didn't feel like I had much left
in me," he said.
"At one stage a competitor from
the Philippines broke away and,
although I thought I was done,
I decided to give it one last go and
managed to stick with him."
Despite managing to break away
himself around the 18km mark
SQNLDR Gardiner was not sure he
would have the energy to do it again.
"Once I was out in front, with only
a few kilometres to go I noticed they
were gaining on me," he said.
"I didn't want them to catch me
and tried to give it everything I had
left but I was hurting a lot by then and
just managed to hold them off."
This is the third time SQNLDR
Gardiner has competed in the Arafura
"The first year I came second, the
next I placed fourth so I'm stoked to
come back and get the gold, espe-
cially because I didn't think I was in
with a chance beforehand."
Earlier in the week, SQNLDR
Gardiner placed third for bronze in
the 10km run.
CPL Zenith King
WITH a bundle of medals around his
neck, Air Force golf champion SGT
Peter Reinke was well satisfied after
the golf titles.
SGT Peter Reinke, of 452SQN,
finished two over par after four
rounds to claim second and an indi-
vidual silver medal at the Arafura
Games golf tournament.
He also won a gold medal for the
winning gross score as part of a four-
man Australian Defence Organisation
team and a silver medal for his part in
the team net score.
SGT Reinke said it was his best
four-round tournament since he
started playing golf.
"We have a lot of good players
in our team, let alone all the national
and international competition, so I
am certainly very happy to finish
where I have," he said.
"When I came at the start of the
tournament I wanted to shoot one
round under par for the week, at
least, and I did that on the final day
so I'm pretty pleased.
"I finished two over par for the
week for four rounds so I have been
averaging close to par all week."
Competitors played four rounds
in the heat of Darwin.
"It was a long week and men-
tally draining to concentrate for that
amount of time," he said.
"I'm used to playing in
Townsville so the heat didn't bother
me too much but four rounds of 18
holes was very draining."
SGT Reinke said the conditions
at the Darwin Golf Club were chal-
lenging because the greens were dif-
"I have played this course quite a
lot because I have had two postings
to Katherine in the past, but it took
time to get reacquainted with those
difficult shots that we don't play in
"Although I have played the
course about 30 times, I tried to get
out and practice as much as I could
SGT Reinke won the Air Force
title in December after finishing sec-
ond a number of times.
"The service champions are
invited to the Arafura Games so to
come and represent Defence is an
honour," he said.
comes as a
ON THE ROAD: SQNLDR
Richard Gardiner on his way
to victory. Photo: CPL Zenith King
Four almost-perfect rounds
gives golfer a trio of medals
BEATING THE HEAT:
Above, SGT Peter Reinke
on the course and, right,
at the medal ceremony.
Photos: CPL Zenith King
Links Archive May 12th 2011 June 9th 2011 Navigation Previous Page Next Page