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June 21, 2012
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In the short term, LAC Stokes
has his sights set on World Cup
events being held in Mexico, the
United Arab Emirates, Cyprus,
Spain and Peru next year.
LAC Stokes has already com-
peted in two world cup rounds
this year -- in Tucson in the US
in April and then Lonato in Italy
He finished in a tie for 16th
out of around 120 competitors in
Tucson and finished 56th out of
200 competitors in Lonato.
"I was fairly happy with the
result in Tucson; however, the
result in Italy was a little bit disap-
The bonus was that he got to
spend two weeks on holiday in Italy.
He visited Venice, Florence, Milan
and Rome: proof there's more to
this man than clay targets (go on --
ask him about the Duomo or gondo-
las or the Colosseum.)
LAC Stokes has just come off
a three-week break which -- aside
from a three-month hiatus while he
was deployed in the Middle East
sport he's had since he was 12.
By the time this paper goes
to press, he will be back into it:
going to the range at least once a
week and to the gym three times
"I can't wait until 2013."
That's my Olympic team
TWO adventure race competitors
(plus two back-up members)
from Air Force are being sought
to contest the five-day Mark
Webber Tasmania Challenge
being held from November 28 to
The race will cover 350km of
terrain and involves mountain
bikes, kayaks and trekking.
As part of a safety promo-
tion project, the Directorate of
Defence Aviation and Air Force
Safety (DDAAFS) will fund two
competitors in the challenge.
Expressions of interest are now
open for adventure athletes with
a proven track record. DDAAFS
will fund entry fees, travel and
The safety promotion project
will include a DVD launched in
early 2013 to improve the man-
agement of stress, fatigue and
workplace distractions. The DVD
will feature aerobatics pilot and
former RAAF pilot WGCDR Matt
Hall and F1 driver Mark Webber.
Although two athletes will be
selected, the directorate wants a
final list of four so that there are
two reserves ready to step in if
DDAAFS is also offering mer-
chandise signed by Mark Webber
for the person who comes up
with a suitable name for the Air
For further information, including
an application form, go to: http://
ra.af/TASChall2012. To nominate
a team name and be eligible to
win merchandise signed by Mark
Webber, email trevor.scholl@
AS FLTLT Melissa Hill looks
ahead to the world crossfit
games in Carson, California,
she can't help feeling proud.
FLTLT Hill is one of four ADF
people in the six-person Crossfit
Townsville Tropic Thunder team
which qualified for the world games,
from July 13 to 15, by placing third
in the Australian regional games in
Wollongong in May.
"Crossfit as a workout is becom-
ing more popular within Defence,
and the fact that the third-best team
in Australia has so many Defence
members really says something,"
says FLTLT Hill, who works for the
Combat Survival Training School.
Her teammates are CAPT Ally
Muller, PTE Scott MacKenzie and
PTE Trent Shannon, and civilians
Natalie Thus and Daniel Strickland.
They will be competing in
California for the title of the fittest
team on earth.
Crossfit contestants might be
asked to attempt all manner of events,
from Olympic weightlifting and
gymnastics-based movements to run-
Want to see Tropic Thunder
in action in Wollongong?
Scan this QR code or go
ning, rowing and swimming. But they
might also get some less conventional
At Wollongong, the buddy carry
event was a curly one.
CAPT Muller, who met FLTLT
Hill in the gym, as did the others,
says: "Nat and Mel, and Scott and
Trent had to carry each other in what-
ever way they could."
To make it harder, the men also
had to carry a 45kg dumbbell and the
women had to carry a 31kg dumbbell.
But Wollongong was compara-
tively easy, CAPT Muller says.
"The workouts that we had to
compete in were released four to five
weeks in advance and so we tailored
our training to those specific events.
"For the worlds games our work-
outs will only be released a couple of
days before so we need to be prepared
CAPT Muller says all the mem-
bers brought a different set of skills
to the team. Strickland used to play
for the Cowboys, which will equip
him well for the glare of big crowds.
When this paper went to press,
FLTLT Hill was overseas on holiday.
Who knows what new skills she'll
bring back from Europe?
The countdown to the games is
"Due to such a small timeframe
there isn't a great deal we can change
within our own abilities so we are
just concentrating on consistency and
intensity in our movements, working
on our weaknesses without neglecting
our strengths," CAPT Muller says.
"We are generally training twice a
day, with some short practice pieces
dotted throughout the day when we
have a spare 10 or 15 minutes at work."
CAPT Muller, while excited, plays
down the complexity of the sport.
"Anyone can do this. The crossfit
games just showcase what people can
potentially do," she says.
"This is obviously an unbelievable
opportunity for us to go overseas and
represent our gym and the Australia
"We hope that this inspires peo-
ple to just give crossfit a go if they
haven't tried before, and for those
that currently do crossfit workouts,
maybe give the opens a crack next
"You never know where it can take
you. All of a sudden you might be
heading across to LA."
The countdown begins
for the world crossfit
games. John Martin
THRILLED: Above, FLTLT Melissa Hill, right, with
CAPT Ally Muller; left, FLTLT Hill puts her back
into a challenge.
Photos: Andi Back
Sprinter picked for
FLTLT Spencer Cox will com-
pete in the Oceania Area
Championships in Cairns from
June 27 to 29.
FLTLT Cox, of HQ Air Combat
Group, is one of nine ADF per-
sonnel selected to compete in
the Athletes North Queensland
and Athletes Northern Territory
FLTLT Cox will compete in the
men's 200m event.
More than 200 Australians
will compete against athletes
from 22 countries, including Fiji,
Samoa, Solomon Islands, the
Cook Islands, New Zealand and
the Marshall Islands.
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