Home' Air Force News : December 8th 2011 Contents PLTOFF Rowan Beggs-French originally
started out training and competing in
triathlons to give himself a break from
study at ADFA in late 2006. For this event
his training routine was dependant on his
hectic pilot training schedule.
"I aimed to give myself one rest day a
week and the other days I was putting in
an average of two to three hours training,"
PLTOFF Beggs-French said.
"My training mainly consisted of put-
ting in a lot of kilometres on the mountain
bike and running.
"I didn't do much water training, as
I'm a keen surfer and I figured it would be
enough swimming conditioning for me."
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December 8, 2011
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MOST athletes who punish their bodies
training for and competing in triathlons are
relieved after they finish the final leg of a
swim, cycle and run event.
Imagine what one Air Force trainee pilot's
reaction was when he crossed the finish line
in first place after completing three triathlons
back-to-back on one day.
PLTOFF Rowan Beggs-French, of 2FTS,
said it was an amazing feeling after he won
his first solo 150km Sri Chinmoy Triple
Triathlon in Canberra on November 20.
"It felt like ecstasy after I finished," he
PLTOFF Beggs-French, who will graduate
from his advanced pilot training course early
this month, decided to enter because this year
his fiancée, SBLT Amy Hyatt, was not able to
enter the team event.
"Amy couldn't enter as she's at sea
as an officer of the watch aboard HMAS
Warramunga," PLTOFF Beggs-French said.
"The last two years we were a part of
a team of three with another mate [LEUT]
Scott [Baxter]. Amy was the swimmer, Scott
ran and I rode.
"Last year we came second and the year
before we came third.
"I thought I'd give the solo race a go
for the first time and I began training in
December last year."
PLTOFF Beggs-French finished the race
in 11hr 56min 23sec -- 19min 23sec ahead of
the second placegetter.
"I felt good going into the race and I'd
had a lot of fun with my training, which kept
me sane while I was working through pilots'
course in Perth," he said.
"The race began at 5.30am with the first
of the nine legs being a 1.5km swim in Lake
"I came out of the water in second place
and went out on the first bike leg lasting
34km, initially putting some distance on
the rest of the solo competitors until I had a
puncture at the base of Black Mountain."
This put him back four places but he
regained the solo lead
towards the end of the
French said he took the
last leg of the race run-
ning up Red Hill quite
slowly and during the
downhill section started to feel the fatigue in
"I also began to feel sick in the stomach
due to the food I ate during the race, which
included carbohydrate gels, caffeine and energy
With 5km to go before the end of the race
his support crew provided him with some
valuable and encouraging information.
track to finish under 12 hours.
"This flicked a switch for me and all of a
sudden my stomach was feeling great and I
managed to pick up the pace.
"I always thought I'd finish the race and
my plan was to not push too hard, too early."
SQNLDR Jeroen Ruardij, of DP-AF, also
competed in the solo event, finishing seventh
in 13hr 51min.
In 2007 and 2008, SQNLDR Ruardij was
on the staff at ADFA and trained with the
then OFFCDT Beggs-French.
But this was his first Sri Chimnoy Triple
Triathlon. "I watched it last year and really
wanted to do it," he said.
For information on the Canberra Sri Chinmoy Triple
Triathlon, visit http://au.srichinmoyraces.org/
All in a day's work
closing in on
top, and with
Ruardij at the
LCPL Mark Doran
AFTER being named player of the
series at the Defence touch nation-
als, LAC John Andreou has high
hopes for three representative teams
which will tour New Zealand for
10 days in January.
LAC Andreou is one of 20 Air
Force players in men's, women's
and men's 30s teams which will
play New Zealand Defence Force
The Defence touch nationals
at RAAF Base Williamtown in
October attracted 290 players from
the ADF and APS.
LAC Andreou, of 37SQN, was
the sole Air Force player on the
North Queensland men's open team
which went though undefeated to
win the inaugural David McIntyre
LAC Andreou said the North
Queensland team bonded and
played together well.
"It felt awesome because our
team's morale never dropped -- we
never dropped our heads, we sup-
ported each other and kept a posi-
tive attitude throughout the whole
tournament," LAC Andreou said.
"The standard of play in this
year's tournament was very high
and playing in New Zealand will
be a good stepping-stone for the
Nationals [at Port Macquarie in
March] as our side is now one of
the strongest Defence has ever had."
In a dramatic finish in the wom-
en's competition, the undefeated
South Queensland women played
ACT/Country and won the match
5-4 in a three-on-three drop-off.
CPL Debbie Grylls, of
382ECSS, was named player of the
ACT/Country won the men's
30s against Sydney Metro region
team 6-4 and the men's 40s was
won by South Queensland 5-3 in
the final against North Queensland.
Air Force players chosen for the New
Zealand tour are:
Men's team: LAC John Andreou, LAC
Clayton Brown, PLTOFF Joel Pollock and
CPL David Murray.
Women's team: CPL Debbie Grylls, LACW
Michaela Harris, LACW Abigail Murray,
LACW Amy Richardson, FLGOFF Tarnya
Sykes, LACW Kayla Woods, CPL Brooke
Saunders, FLTLT Sonya Beyer and SGT
Men's 30s team: FSGT Sean Bell, FSGT
Danny Bretherton, SGT Chad Crawford, SGT
Pete Owens, CPL Bradley Sainsbury, LAC
Ryan Whelan and FLTLT Derrick Cant.
tour of NZ
Paintballers on target
PAINTBALLERS LACs Stephen Wadwell and Alex
Weston had reason to celebrate after contesting the Su-
per 7 series in Sydney on November 26 and 27.
LAC Waddell's team, Thundercats, won the semi-
And LAC Weston's team, TAG Relentless, finished
second in the amateur division.
The Super 7 series, whose finals are called the
Masters, is generally the biggest event on the paintball
This year teams came from New Zealand, Western
Australia, Victoria, NSW, ACT and Queensland.
Adding to the international flavour, there were also
two American professional players -- one of whom is
considered to be one of the best players in the world.
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