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September 29, 2011
Under the water and top of
the world: our new champ
Why are these
guys so happy?
PASSION: RAAFCOL players run through the banner at the
start of the game.
SUPPORTING THEIR TEAM: With one eye on
the scoreboard, 1RTU recruits watch the game
at RAAF Base Wagga.
CAN'T KEEP A GOOD
MAN DOWN: Ground
Training Wing ruckman
Dan Potts (No. 20)
usually plays reserves
in the West Australian
FLTLT Stewart Parkinson has
returned from Portugal with
a world championship gold
medal. He was a member
of the Australian elite men's
team which won the under-
water hockey world cham-
pionships in Coimbra from
August 17-27. After finishing
second in the round-robin,
Australia came up against
top team South Africa in
the final. But it saved the
best till last, winning 6-1 --
including four unanswered
goals in the second half.
FLTLT Parkinson works for
and Response Group at RAAF
Full story, next edition.
Photo: LACW Jessica
Medic nod clears the way
HAVING secured a medic, the Australian Defence
Cycle Club (ADCC) will hold the ADO Mountain Bike
Championships at Stromlo Forest Park, Canberra from
November 7-10. The titles were in some jeopardy last
month because organisers had been unable to secure
a medic. But one has now been promised from 3
Expeditionary Health Squadron at RAAF Base Richmond.
The championships will be open to ADF and Defence
public service members, with sections for downhill, cross
country, four cross, cyclocross and short course cross-
country. Register at the ADCC website at www.adcc.asn.
au or get more information from event director FLTLT
Brendon Mulloy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mountain runners get set
THE Australian Defence Mountain Running
Championships will be held in conjunction with the Mt
Majura Vineyard Two Peaks event in Canberra on October
22. The 20km event course is over Mt Majura and Mt
Ainslie and is open to all ADF personnel in the open,
veteran and masters categories. CPL Jessica Robson,
of the Directorate of Personnel-Air Force, is coordinat-
ing the championships. For more information, follow
the links at the Australian Defence Running and Athletic
Association website, www.adf.coolrunning.com.au or see
the Australian Mountain Running Association website at
FINISH IN SIGHT:
FSGT Marie Dwiar,
above left, and
LACW Vicky Parry
were among more
than 100 members
of the International
who competed in the
First Lady Cup in Dili
in East Timor in late
Photos: SGT Bill Guthrie
Fun run test
in the west
from RAAF Base Pearce
competed in four events
in the Perth City-to-Surf
on August 28. Team man-
ager CPL David Slowiak,
who ran in the marathon,
said the event was a
great success. "Although
we had a small team
everyone completed their
runs," CPL Slowiak said.
"Next year I hope we will
get more support and
even more competitors."
They helped raise
money for charity
LAC Bill Solomou
THE wind might have caused a few
problems for the players but it did not
stop more than 600 spectators from
enjoying an Australian Rules foot-
ball match between Ground Training
Wing (GTW) and RAAF College on
In fact, RAAF Base Wagga was a
swirl of colour as the respective sup-
porters cheered on.
GTW won by 38 points, after a
sterling second quarter in which it
kicked six goals against the wind.
But the win was very much sec-
ondary to the real goal of the game.
That aim was to raise money
for the National Breast Cancer
Foundation and the Cancer Council
Call To Arms, and on that score both
of the teams were successful.
More than $5000 was raised
through mufti donations, sale of food
and raffles, bringing the yearly fund-
raising total to over $10,000.
Best player for GTW was AC
Daniel Potts, who played reserves
grade last year for Swan Districts
in the West Australian Football
League. CPL Gene Wills was named
RAAFCOL's best on ground.
WINNERS: The victorious Ground
Training Wing team with their
Photos: LAC Bill Solomou
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