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FLTLT Shane Taylor joined forces
with Army's CPL Michael Hernan
to finish second in the male pairs
category at the Scott Australian 24-
hour mountainbike (MTB) champi-
onships in Canberra on October 8
Both men are better known as
solo riders and it took them a while
to get used to riding together.
But it was well worth the effort,
FLTLT Taylor said.
"Racing a pair certainly isn't
as tough as a solo but it does bring
with it a whole new set of chal-
lenges," FLTLT Taylor said.
"Getting out of the chair when
you are all rugged up and warm
is pretty tough at 5am when the
mountain is at its coldest but the
ability to smash down a bacon-
and-egg roll in between stints is
FLTLT Taylor and CPL Hernan
were the most successful of a big
ADF roll-up at the event, which
attracted 2500 competitors to Mt
The ADF had riders in solo,
teams in pairs, sporty 4s and teams
of mixed 6s.
CPO Mark Astley finished 10th
in the open men's solo category
and ADFA A finished 24th in the
male team of four section.
The best-performed Air Force
endurance bike rider, CPL Michael
Crummy, got a very different view
of the race.
He chose not to ride because
his focus is on a 24-hour race
in Sydney in December so he
came to help out a 37SQN team
of four (CPL Matthew Spriggs,
CPL Robert Schneider, LAC
Allan Dawson and a ring-in from
37SQN, CPL Brad Clearwater).
CPL Crummy also provided
support for a range of ADF teams
and in particular CPO Astley in
the solo category (CPL Crummy's
ex-Navy himself) and lent his
extensive experience in the tech-
nical, psychological, nutritional
and physiological aspects of ultra
"There was a great turnout of
ADF MTBers, with many mem-
bers travelling interstate to com-
pete," CPL Crummy said.
"From the transition and event
centre you didn't have to look hard
to see either a couple of green
11x11 tents or an ADCC marquee
in the multiple camping areas."
Attention at Mt Stromlo
now turns to the ADF MTB
Championships which will be held
there from November 7 to 10.
SGT Dale Canning has
been recognised for his
surf life saver skills and
dedication, reports FLTLT
SGT Dale Canning calls it just
another day at the office. But
the two tourists he helped
rescue last year might have a
different perspective on it.
SGT Canning, of 81WG, has
been named Surf Life Saver of the
Year for the Fingal Beach Surf Life
Saving Club (SLSC) in Newcastle
where he is IRB (inflatable rescue
boat) captain, patrol captain and a
senior life saver.
His final patrol of last year still
sticks in his mind. He was called
in to help a couple of tourists from
overseas who were attempting to
cross a headland and got caught by
the rising tide.
"The danger for them was that
they weren't strong swimmers, the
swell was rising and the danger of
being pushed back or slipping onto
the rocks could have caused some
real damage," he recalls.
SGT Canning helped them off the
rocks while standing in chest deep
water with incoming surf hitting him.
"I had to move them to the res-
cue jet ski that would make a run in
between swells and put them on the
skid before taking them to the safety
of the beach."
That's obviously the dramatic
side to his contribution to the club,
but the award goes much deeper
SGT Canning did 22 additional
voluntary patrol hours to his rostered
patrol during the year and as IRB
captain helped improve and maintain
equipment, got himself involved in
fundraising and social events, and was
integral in providing water safety for
Nippers and carnivals held at Fingal.
This is SGT Canning's fourth
season with the Fingal Beach SLSC,
having joined in 2008.
He started surf life saving about 24
years ago at Soldiers Beach Surf Life
Saving Club on the Central NSW Coast
before joining the Air Force in 1990.
SGT Canning was drawn to surf
in the sun
life saving for the chance to do
something totally different and to
row surf boats with his mates.
He was humbled to receive the
Fingal Beach SLSC award.
was just doing what I thought need-
ed to be done and helped out where
and when I could.
"To be recognised and thought
of in that manner by people I've
only known for such a relatively
short period of time in such a way
blew me away. I don't do things
for trophies, awards or recogni-
tion; I just like being part of the
SGT Canning is posted to RAAF
READY TO RESPOND: SGT Dale Canning at the beach where he does his tireless work. Photo: LAC Craig Barrett
Base Richmond next year, but is
looking forward to coming home to
Newcastle and continuing his role
within the club.
"It'll be harder this season with
the posting to Richmond, but I will
still fulfil the same roles as the pre-
vious seasons within the club as I
will travel home on weekends."
CPL Angela Wiseman, of
RAAF Base Williamtown,
won the ADF bodybuilding
women's title in Darwin,
on October 2. SGT Diane
Beningfield, of RAAF Base
Darwin, finished second
and SGT Greg Brown,
of RAAF Base Tindal,
finished second in the
men's championship. CPL
Wiseman also won the
Miss Northern Territory
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