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September 1, 2011
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SQNLDR Wiseman is no stranger
to the ADF component of the upcoming
event in Darwin.
For some years the Combined
Services Natural Physique titles were
an annual fixture at HMAS Cerberus in
Victoria, and SQNLDR Wiseman was a
four-time entrant, winning the Defence
female title in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
SQNLDR Wiseman, who posted to
RAAF Base Darwin in January, was
at first asked to organise the Northern
Territory titles and had the process well
under way until she was asked to incor-
porate the services titles, too.
It's a busy job. Her initial tasks
were finding a suitable venue (Darwin
Entertainment Centre is climate con-
trolled so once competitors are down to
their bikini/posing trunks, those used to
the chills of the south should adjust fairly
seamlessly to the tropics), deciding on a
date and finding sponsors for the event.
Just getting the word out to bases
around the country has been challeng-
"There is still a lot to do, from
organising judges, trophies, stage sig-
nage, prizes (I hope), helpers for the
day, coordinating the technical side
of things ... and the list goes on,"
SQNLDR Wiseman said.
"There will be a lot of little things to
do in the days leading up to the titles,
too. Registration only closes a week
before the show, so I will not know
exactly how many entrants I will have
"I will have to make the final deci-
sion on what categories will run,
dependant on entries, then organise
the finishing of trophies for each cat-
egory, putting together competitor
bags for everyone with t-shirts, sam-
ples etc, organising back stage refresh-
ments, registration the day before,
including downloading music for com-
petitor routines, setting the venue up on
the day and clean up after."
The event will feature a number of
classes specifically for Defence full-
time and reserve members as well as
Defence civilians. Defence personnel
are also eligible to enter the INBA cat-
For more information, contact SQNLDR
or (08) 8923 5440.
WITH the ADF national soccer cham-
pionships on the horizon, the Air Force
Football Association (AFFA) is calling
for nominations for players.
The AFFA will hold a training camp at
RAAF Base Richmond from October 23
to 27. Players selected to represent the Air
Force will then move into camp for the
ADF nationals in Sydney from October
28 to November 5.
Expressions of interest close on
Nominations are sought for open
men's, over 35 men's and open wom-
More information is available on the AFFA
website at http://intranet.defence.gov.au/
raafweb/sites/RAAFNSA or from FLTLT Ben
Calling players for soccer teams
With one eye
on Reno, Kay
has new role
LAC Bill Solomou
RUNNING an extra 170 metres dashed AC
Shaun Ton's goal of finishing the City2Surf fun
run in less than an hour.
AC Ton, who is based in Canberra, complet-
ed the 14km event in 1hr 1 sec. Yes, 1 sec.
He blames weaving around other competi-
tors as a key factor for not breaking the hour
And he has proof. After the race, he
checked his sports watch which tracked his
"It indicated I ran 14.170km," he said.
AC Ton was in awe of the spectacle in
Sydney on August 14.
"It was an amazing experience, spectators
were playing musical instruments, and the
volunteers were fantastic," said AC Ton, who
came in 1560th place, putting him in the top
2.2 per cent of finishers.
The tyranny of
ne of the
o head the
CFN Max Bree
THE Air Force women have again
dominated the City2Surf fun run in
Sydney, taking first and second among
the ADF women on August 14.
CPL Cassie Fien finished the
14km event in 50min and 35sec while
CPL Jessica Robson finished third in
CPL Fien also finished sixth over-
all among women's competitors but
was disappointed not to come close
to her overall second place from last
"I just had a bad day," CPL Fien
"And I was expecting the disap-
pointment because I hadn't done the
In fairness, she was returning from
an injury to her left leg.
Second placed CPL Jessica
Robson considered missing the
City2Surf for a 100km race in
But CPL Robson eventually went
with the Sydney event and took four
minutes off her last run in 2009.
In the men's category, SGT Lance
Purdon took third place for the Air
Force in 56:16.
Seven Air Force personnel ran the
event as part of the ADF running team
from Sydney city to Bondi Beach
against 85,000 other entrants.
SGT Debbie Zigmantas raised
$1003 for cancer research organisa-
tion Cure for Cancer before she ran
ROUNDABOUT ROUTE: AC
Shaun Ton does some stretches.
Photo: LAC Bill Solomou
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