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SPIT POLISHED PRESENTATIONS
March 1, 2012
CPL Mark Doran
HER busy work schedule keeps
FLTLT Danielle Jolly from row-
ing for Australia anymore -- but
her bad news is good news for
the newly formed Australian
Defence Rowing Association
ADRA is looking for full
and part-time ADF members
and Defence civilians to join
the association, as well as team
members to compete in the
Australian Masters Rowing
The Masters regatta will be
held from May 24 to 27 on Lake
Wendouree in Ballarat and is
for competitors in age groups
from 27 to 80+ where the teams
of rowers will compete in races
FLTLT Jolly, of 2
Expeditionary Health Squadron,
who has mixed it with elite over-
seas rowers, is a prime candi-
FLTLT Jolly has made her
mark as a single sculler but she
regards rowing as the ultimate
sport for teamwork.
LAC Bill Solomou
TWO RAAFies will embark on a 400km four-day ride
in Victoria on March 25 as part of a five-person team
which will represent the ADF in the inaugural Tour of
Duty fundraising recreational road cycling event.
CPL Gavin McMahon, of 1 Recruit Training
Unit, and LAC Stanislaw Filipek, of 81SQN, will
join fellow Australian Defence Cycling Club
(ADCC) members W02 Neil McCallum, SGT
Daniel Ferguson and LS Susanne Peterson, along
with 45 other cyclists from all over Australia, for the
ride.The race starts at Echuca and will ride via
Bendigo, Castlemaine, Maryborough and Ballarat.
It is due to finish at Melton on March 28 to raise
money for the National Vietnam Veterans Museum at
Phillip Island in Victoria.
CPL McMahon said his best friend, former WO2
Peter Renshaw, was a Vietnam veteran who had also
registered to ride.
LAC Filipek joined the ADCC two years ago
when he was 48. He said he had a deep admiration
for veterans so when the opportunity arose he jumped
"To get involved in a worthy cause like this was
too good to let go," LAC Filipek said. "I have been
involved with the ADCC for two years, but I only com-
peted in last year's championships for the first time."
Tour of Duty organiser Peter Liefman said he and
a few of his West Gippsland cycling group mates
came up with the idea for the event, inspired by a
similar event in America.
"It's based on the Soldier Ride, which is an initia-
tive of the Wounded Warrior Project," Mr Liefman
said.He said 20 Vietnam veterans would make up
the bulk of the 50 riders and it was hoped $15,000
would be raised.
More information on the ride can be found at vetride.org/.
To support ADF members go to the ADCC website at www.
"For me the best thing about
rowing is it is a beautiful way
to start the day by getting some
personal time out on the water
with health and fitness benefits,"
FLTLT Jolly said.
"Rowing is not like other
teams sports as every single
rower has to work as hard as
everyone else, which also gives
you the camaraderie from being
a member of the crew.
"I think it is one of the most
physically challenging sports
you can do as you need to work
to your maximum when racing
so as not to let down the other
members of your team.
"It is a very technical sport
-- you need to think about every
stroke being the best it can be."
You don't have to be an elite
rower to succeed in a sport that
caters to all fitness levels and
offers competition in a range
of boats from single or double
sculls, quad sculls through to the
eight-man sweep-oared boats
with a coxswain.
ADRA is looking for peo-
ple of all ages and is encour-
aging members who competed
at school or university or who
were with the junior programs at
ADFA or RMC Duntroon, to get
back into the sport.
Most ADRA members have
been rowing at local clubs across
Australia and the Masters team
will be selected based mainly on
results of club regattas and inter-
Masters rowers compete in
1000m races and the juniors
(under 27) compete in races over
2000m with finish times close to
Plans for ADRA include ena-
bling Defence members with disa-
bilities to be involved in the sport,
especially for those with limited
lower limb or torso movement.
For more information on ADRA con-
TIMEOUT ON THE WATER:
With Black Mountain tower
as their backdrop, an ADRA
Association quad sculls crew
trains on Lake Burley Griffith
Photo: CPL Mark Doran
up for Tour
of Duty ride OARSOME:
the line at
up for the
to let go,"
Death March ultra marathon
ADF runners are gearing up for the Borneo Death March
ultra marathon in Malaysia from April 28 to May 2. The
200km event from Sandakan to Ranau, in Sabah province,
is designed to honour the Australian and British service-
men who perished during the infamous Borneo Death
marches in WWII. For further information visit www.saba-
BIG YEAR AHEAD
THE Australian Defence Cycling Club, with the
assistance of the Defence Sports Council, has
embarked this year upon its biggest venture to
support and promote cycling in the Defence com-
This support will:
raise awareness and participation of cycling as
sport within Defence, and
support members to compete at a higher level
at national events.
The support is for a wide range of events
including road racing, mountain bike races, track
racing and sportive events such as the Around
the Bay ride in Melbourne.
It is hoped the ADCC can help develop new
cyclists at the grassroots level into future cham-
Full details on the supported events and how to apply
are available on the ADCC website www.adcc.asn.au
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