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LAC Bill Solomou and
CFN Max Bree
FRESH from starring at the Australian
Country Water polo Championships in
Newcastle last month, OFFCDT Carrie
Fettes will soon be packing her bags
OFFCDT Fettes, of ADFA, has been
selected for the Australian Country
Team which will compete in Holland
against about 150 other international
teams in August.
It will be the fourth time she has
represented her country in the sport.
But whereas the sport in the past has
taken her to places such as Singapore
and Hawaii, this will her first time in
the bright lights of Europe.
Aside from Holland, the team may
also compete in France, Germany and
"We are travelling to different coun-
tries and we will play about 10 games,"
OFFCDT Fettes said.
Although the games will be just
"friendlies", she is excited.
"Having the ability to compete at
such a high level and play elite water
polo will be an amazing opportunity
OFFCDT Fettes scored 11 goals for
the women's ADF team at the Australian
country titles from May 11 to 14.
LCPL Mark Doran
A FLTLT and six OFFCDTs will be
part of a team of 11 from ADFA who
will take their racing car to England to
contest the Formula Student UK com-
petition from July 14 to 17.
The cadets are among 25 Navy,
Army and Air Force personnel from
the Australian Defence Force Academy
who form the University of NSW
Academy Racing team, formerly
known as ADFA Racing.
Student members of the Society
of Automotive Engineers design and
build small custom-built high-perfor-
mance cars which they then race.
In past years, ADFA Racing has
had great success in domestic competi-
Now it wants to test itself on the
Academy Racing team captain
and 2011 project manager OFFCDT
Alistair Weir said every member was
relied upon. "We are taking second-
year officer cadets . . . and will expect
them to compete in the design, cost
and presentation events, so they will
need to know every facet of the car and
how it works," OFFCDT Weir said.
"The biggest challenge of preparing
for the trip has been the logistics exer-
her bags for
The women's team placed fifth from
the field of seven teams.
OFFCDT Fettes said that this year's
championships were on a more even
playing field than previous years.
"We lost our first game. It was a
very disappointing loss and it made
it difficult for the rest of the comp,"
A highlight of the championships
was when the women's team beat
Queensland, whom they later played
for the bronze medal.
FLTLT Selina Bruce, 79SQN, sin-
gled out her teammate OFFCDT Fettes.
"She was amazing," she said.
The men's ADF team finished sixth
to Europe to
cise -- understanding shipping, liaising
with overseas agents and understand-
ing their rules, gaining sponsorship
and budgeting money and time."
Members of the team recently went
to Melbourne for a three-day extracur-
ricular course to learn more about the
Engine Control Unit (ECU) and data-
logging programs of the car.
The ECU is the brains of the car,
which sends the signals to the fuel-
injectors and the ignition while the
data-logging hardware monitors the
sensors on the car as well as record-
ing wheel-speed and engine, brake
and tyre temperatures to allow a bet-
ter understanding of the car's perfor-
OFFCDT Weir said it was good
to learn about stressing and project
management in a classroom, but to
actually manage a project and analyse
a structure or make a design was a gap
the project had helped him bridge.
"The project is a real-world situ-
ation -- I have met people and have
spoken to representatives from dif-
ferent companies in situations which
wouldn't normally happen during a
The team members are responsible
for their own airfares and accommoda-
tion while the Academy Racing budg-
et and the sponsors will cover costs
related to freight, parts, tools and the
CAF AIRMSHL Mark Binksin said
it was a great project for ADFA, not
just the engineering side, but the pro-
ject management, administration and
planning that helped the cadets as they
went through training.
"There is a lot of teamwork and
cooperation across the three servic-
es as well as working with external
companies so it is the whole package
which can set them up for their future
careers," AIRMSHL Binksin said.
The UK team: CAPT Matthew Grieshaber
(supervising officer), FLTLT Michael Olsen,
Dr Warren Smith (faculty adviser), OFFCDT
Alistair Weir (team leader and project
manager), OFFCDT Paul Gardner, OCDT Ben
Bonnell, OFFCDT Brodie Kilkenny, OFFCDT
Max Jeffries, OFFCDT Piotr Gluchowski,
OFFCDT Ash Waight, Lorin Coutts-Smith.
BOSS'S APPROVAL: Air Force members of the Academy Racing
Team and the CAF during a drivers day at ADFA on May 21. From left,
back: OFFCDTs Sam Stockdale, Ethan Tencati, Brodie Kilkenny, Piotr
Gluchowski, Zachary Pearse, Paul Gardner, Alistair Weir, Max Jeffries and
Ariel White. Front: OFFCDT Kelly Francis, CAF AIRMSHL Mark Binskin
and OFFCDT Ash Waight.
Photos: LCPL Mark Doran
HELPFUL TIPS: OFFCDT Paul Gardner gives Mike Riley from
sponsor Rheinmetal MAN some tips for handling the Academy Racing
car during the drivers' day at ADFA.
TYRELESS: OFFCDT Zachary
Pearse changes a tyre during
the Academy Racing team's
The students will be asked
to assume a manufacturing
firm has engaged them to
produce a prototype car for
evaluation as a production
The intended sales market
is the non-professional
weekend autocross racer.
The car must have very
high performance in terms
of its acceleration, braking,
and handling qualities. It
must be low in cost, easy
to maintain and reliable.
The car's marketability is
enhanced by other factors
such as aesthetics, com-
fort and use of common
The manufacturing firm is
planning to produce 1000
cars a year at a cost less
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