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March 29, 2012
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But when LAC Lipinski, in the open section, made
his nine competition jumps from a Cessna Caravan, they
made sure they were there to watch him land.
They had good reason to watch and learn, too.
Aside from his obvious practical expertise, LAC
Lipinski is the ADPA national coach for canopy piloting
and is charged with identifying talent and conducting
training camps for future competition.
LAC Lipinski was in a group of 30 competitors at
Canopy piloting, just one discipline in parachuting,
is conducted under specially designed parachutes.
It is judged in the categories of speed, distance and
The Defence canopy piloting team was the first to
represent Defence since sports parachuting became an
approved sport last year.
A number of ADPA teams will be representing
Defence in other parachute disciplines at national
championships being conducted at Toogoolawah,
Queensland, in April.
ADPA is quickly growing in membership.
If you would like information on Defence sports parachuting
and coming activities then contact the committee at sky.div-
NEW Air Force Hawks coach SGT Mick Rush knows
everyone will be in the same boat -- but that is of little
comfort to him after the Kapooka sports competition
had to be postponed on March 17.
SGT Rush, a reservist from RAAF Base Amberley,
had hoped to use the 12-a-side competition as a chance
to see prospective players in action ahead of the inter-
service Australian football titles in Melbourne in April.
The plan was to field a southern Air Force team and
a northern Air Force team at Kapooka and see how the
players performed in match conditions.
The rain and flooding that dogged Wagga ended that.
First, the rugby union competition planned for
March 10 was washed out. Then the Australian footy
12s and netball sevens planned for March 17 were
called off. The rugby union, AFL and netball competi-
tions will be held in September or October but no dates
have been set.
"We'll just have to make the best of what we can,"
SGT Rush said.
The Air Force players will come from all over
Australia and go into camp on April 10 before the start
of the inter-service competition, which culminates on
April 22. "We'll have trials the first couple of days of
the camp and select the players from that, taking into
account past performances."
SGT Rush, who comes into the job after a string of
successes coaching civilian teams, is still on the lookout
For more information on the men's team, contact SGT Rush at
firstname.lastname@example.org, or on (07) 5361 4942 or 0430
961940 or FSGT Matt Cribbes at email@example.com
or on (07) 5361 9445. For information on the women's team,
contact SQNLDR Mina Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
au or on (02) 6265 5246.
Jumping for joy
AIR Force Jets coach SGT Geoff
Britton lamented missed tackles that
let Army in for two match-winning
tries at the Combined Australian
Services Rugby League (CASRL)
championship at Port Stephens.
The Jets thrashed Navy 50-6 in
the opening match but lost 34-16 to
Army, which then beat Navy to win
the CASRL crown.
SGT Britton said Air Force could
have beaten Army if not for missed
tackles that enabled the soldiers to
score two unanswered tries in the last
"The boys did well but it seems
like a missed opportunity that we
didn't win the title because we had
such a strong team," he said.
"We missed a total of 40 tackles
and that cost us the game and the
The Jets' one-nil performance in
the competition, which was played
from March 11 to 16, was its best
result for some years.
SGT Britton said the players gained
invaluable experience from the compe-
tition but that success next year depend-
ed on the luck of who was available.
The Jets' best players were rugged
front-rowers LAC Ryan Phelan and
CPL Anthony Hopkin, lock LAC Dan
Halliday, hooker CPL Keiron Staub
and halves LAC Brent Steggell and
LAC Mitch Knowles.
LAC Phelan, a former Queensland
state-of-origin under-19 representa-
tive, played well despite some nig-
LAC Steggall's electrifying attack
and good cover defence was impres-
sive.After the inter-service tournament,
six Air Force players were selected in
the CASRL team that played the Port
Stephens Sharks in a torrid game of
The CASRL team lost 34-24 after
a tough week took its toll with a spate
of injuries and fatigue.
Next year a CASRL team will tour
It will be an opportunity to win
back the 'ashes' following CASRL's
defeat on home soil in 2009.
Jets left to rue
THE HEAT IS
tries to burst
Photos: SGT Ricky
Fuller and CPL
AN ARMY marches on its stom-
ach, right? That's probably why
the Air Force trainees sacrificed
their chances when the RAAF
School Technical Training
(RAAFSTT) entered four rafts
in the Wagga Wagga 'Gumi'
Raft Race on February 26.
The race, which raises
money for Apex, is run annu-
ally on the Murrumbidgee
River and covers 7km of
winding river before ending
on Wagga Wagga beach.
The rules are each raft must
be made up of at least 80 per
cent of inflated inner tubes for
flotation and this year there
were 110 rafts in different cat-
The RAAFSTT entries
comprised one raft from each
service built and manned by
trainees and one raft manned
But the Air Force train-
ees' entry comprised a raft
built with a barbecue and
provided an excellent service
to all competitors by feeding
them as they floated down
All eyes were on the
Defence contestants as they
neared the finish.
First home after 1½ hours
was Army (no doubt well
fed).Second was Navy (well,
they know boats, don't they?)
The staff entry came third
and the 'BBQ Boss' Air Force
trainee boat trailed in last.
CO RAAFSTT WGCDR
Neil Armstrong said all
involved contributed to a
wonderful effort in organising
the teams and he was looking
forward to excellent entries
again next year.
Lots at steak for Air Force rafters
SNAG ALERT: Air Force trainees provide a
barbecue aboard their entry in the race.
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