Home' Air Force News : July 7th 2011 Contents APPLICATIONS are open for positions in
the 2011 Air Force Nordic and biathlon team
which will participate in the Air Force and
inter-service championships from August 1
The event -- at Mt Hotham in Victoria --
is open to all full-time Air Force members,
reserves and Defence APS.
Club president SQNLDR Andrew Scholten
said the first week would be dedicated to
skills development, coaching and selection of
the Air Force inter-service team.
"A strong field of Air Force competitors
will once again be expertly coached from
beginner to advanced level, ready to battle it
out against the Army and Navy in the second
week at the inter-service competition," he
For more information, visit http://intranet.
asp?page=48303 or contact SQNLDR Andrew
Scholten on (02) 626 53369 or at andrew.
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July 7, 2011
Bill blogs on ...
CA Lawn bowlers
to defend title
CPL Zenith King
AFTER winning the Australian Services Bowls As-
sociation (ASBA) national championships in a cliff-
hanger last year, Air Force team manager SQNLDR
Ian Lane is under no illusions of the difficulty of going
back-to-back this year.
"As defending champions, the pressure is on to
retain the trophy," he said.
SQNLDR Lane said, however, he felt his
team was well prepared for the competition from
September 19 to 23.
"Regardless of who we have available, Air Force
always puts up a very competitive side. Last year we
had some of our best players unavailable and still
won," he said.
SQNLDR Lane said Defence members who are
registered bowlers in Australia can participate at the
New and novice bowlers were encouraged to par-
After the championships, the ASBA will select a
national side of 16 players to represent Defence next
year and a tour of South Africa to take on the South
African National Defence Force.
For further information, visit http://intranet.defence.gov.
CPL Cassie Fien has no idea how she will
go in this year's City2Surf -- if indeed she
enters at all.
CPL Fien, who finished a close sec-
ond in last year's 14km fun run, has been
sidelined with an injury to her left leg
and hopes to test the waters with come-
back 10km and 11km races at club level
in coming weeks.
She will see how she pulls up before
deciding whether to tackle City2Surf
again on August 14.
Last year CPL Fien was only 58sec
adrift of women's winner Lara Tamset.
She finished 52nd overall in a field of
about 80,000 starters in Sydney.
CPL Fien said then her slow start cost
her any chance of victory.
"Lara got away from me at the start-
ing line and maintained that lead all the
way to the finish," she said. "If I could run
the race again tomorrow, I would make a
much faster and stronger start."
Alas, her time out this year presents a
bit of a hurdle.
Injury has interrupted the momentum
she had built up with a string of fine per-
formances, including an emphatic win
in the Sydney half-marathon in May last
year, and representing Australia for two
years in a row at the world half-marathon
She injured her leg in mid-May.
This year CPL Fien, a PTI, has moved
from RAAF Base East Sale to RAAF
Base Richmond, and resumed some
weeks ago her punishing before-work
training regime that starts at 4.50am.
She had hoped to make her debut in
a full-marathon at in the Gold Coast on
July 3 but has had to put that on hold.
She now hopes to do a marathon later
this year; if not, next year.
"I've dreamed of representing
Australia in the marathon since I was
12," she said last year.
UNCERTAIN STARTER: CPL Cassie Fien is
ready to test the waters. Photo: CPL Steve Duncan
in City2Surf race
Snow-time for Nordic
and biathlon team
AFTER three weeks of pain, the gain is
starting to show.
PTI SGT Shane Duncan put me
through my paces one morning recently and,
on completion of the session, it was time for a
I knew my fitness level had improved, but
this was the moment of truth.
The good news is that I have lost just over
2kg. Even better news is that my measurements
have changed significantly. I have lost a whop-
ping 6cm off my waist and chest. It just goes to
show the importance of taking your measure-
In some circumstances you may find you
have lost size, but you may weigh the same
or actually have put on weight. As fat cells get
smaller, heavier muscle replaces them.
I will limit myself to a weigh-in only once a
month. I don't trust scales: they always seem
Again, thank you to members for your sup-
port. The journey continues.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Bill will consult nutrition-
ists and explore food-related issues relevant
to his campaign in a coming edition. If you
have any questions he can put to the experts,
email him at vasilis.solomou@defencenews.
gov.au and we will publish reponses. Here is
a recent message of support:
Bill, here are some key points to help you on
your weight-loss journey: 1) You have to set your
SMART goal and set the strategy (the how); 2)
Your diet will make or break you no matter how
hard you train. Remember to have the right
foods, right amounts, the right combos and at
the right times; 3) Consider meal replacement
supplements; 4) Train in moderation. No need to
spend hours in the gym -- 45min max; 5) Drink
plenty of water throughout the day; 6) Surround
yourself by like-minded people; 7) Most impor-
tantly, have fun.
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