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THE good news is that Air Force triathletes
filled the first three places in the ADF ironman
triathlon in Cairns on June 5.
The surprise, even to the winner, LAC
Simon Hunt, was that CPLs Pete Hughes and
Owen Yabsley -- who have attained a
bit of publicity for their friendly rivalry
leading up to a showdown in the iron-
man -- finished second and third respec-
CPL Hughes was not all that shocked,
He had rated LAC Hunt as a dark horse.
But he said: "We were too busy watch-
ing each other."
LAC Hunt, who is based at RAAF
Base Townsville, as is CPL Yabsley
(and CPL Hughes until he was posted to
RAAF Base Williamtown), had known
for a while that his colleagues had a rival-
Even readers of Air Force News knew.
CPL Yabsley had won the ADF Olympic-
distance triathon in Sydney in April. Then
CPL Hughes beat CPL Yabsley in a photo-
finish in the triathlon at the Arafura Games in
Darwin in May.
They made no secret that the big one -- the
race they had been training for -- was the iron-
man triathlon, with its 3.8km swim, 180km
bike ride and 42.2km run.
LAC Hunt said: "[Their rivalry] was prob-
ably an advantage for me.
"I was racing more against myself rather
than someone else. I had no pressure to try to
come first or beat another person."
He was stoked with Air Force's 1-2-3
Once more with feeling: winner's
special motivation, Page 25
TOUCH REFS: SQNLDR
Cliff Winnett, left, and
SQNLDR Ken Gilbert.
Seven ADF players
and referees are
in Scotland for the
world touch titles
DON'T worry. WOFF Andrew Giacomo does not wear this get-up when he's coaching
the Air Force women's Australian football team. He does wield a mean camera,
though, taking requests from his players -- and he's pretty well known in the Top End
for donning a silly hat, packing a water pistol and playing touch football with a team
of veterans who call themselves the Xmen. In recent years the Xmen have raised
$76,872 (and 39 cents) for breast cancer research -- and WOFF Giacomo has a plan to
make it $100,000.
FLASHBACK: Friendly rivals CPLs Pete
Hughes, left, and Owen Yabsley cross the
line almost locked together at the Arafura
Games in May.
Photo: CPL Zenith King
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