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CPL Aaron Curran
TO AN athlete it can be ironic
to win one of the toughest
physical competitions around
but end up with one of the most
That is what LACW
Brimlea Smyth experienced
when she took out the Female
Advanced Individual category
in the Queanbeyan CrossFit
Judgement Day 2013 competi-
tion held on February 2.
LACW Smyth, a clerk at
34SQN, took home a glass
trophy and a sense of achieve-
ment after some tough com-
petition in a field with a range
of competitors including elite
After doing three workouts
of varying movements, skills,
rounds and repetitions, LACW
Smyth faced a fourth and final
round -- all the while carrying
a lower back injury incurred
earlier that day.
"In the final workout of
the day (WOD) I was up
against two extremely elite
CrossFitters," LACW Smyth
"As I had no opportunity
during the final WOD to see
how the other two athletes
were progressing, I had no idea
decided to just go all out."
"It was very tough," she
said.Although LACW Smyth
has only been focusing on
CrossFit for just over a year,
she has gained a lot of experi-
ence in that time.
"Last year I was fortunate
enough to make Regionals,
competed in various other com-
petitions throughout the year
and competed two weeks prior
to Judgement Day -- the start to
a busy Crossfit year," she said.
Titanic Gumi Race at Wagga
SGT Mathew Kean
RAAF Base Wagga fielded an impres-
sive armada of vessels in the now-
famous Wagga Wagga Gumi Race -- a
community event held on February 17.
The name Gumi (Goom-i) is a Pidgin
English word for 'rubber' as in Bilong
Taia or inner tube. The idea came from
a Central Lions Club member who had
spent some time in Papua New Guinea,
where they conducted a Gumi Race
down mountain rivers.
The ADF trainees and staff had
constructed their vessels in the relative
secrecy of the base's hobby hangar.
Air Force staff fielded a Hercules
aircraft vessel named Skyfall 007 and the
Air Force trainees named their catama-
ran Titanic -- which lived up to its name-
sake, sinking during the race.
However, a dedicated airman res-
cued what he could from the Titanic and
swam almost the entire 7km length of
the river to the finish line. Upon arriv-
BEST IN SHOW: Governor-
General Quentin Bryce speaks with
members of the Air Force's Skyfall
007 entry during the Gumi Race.
"It gave me great
experience coming into
CrossFit is described as 'a
regimen of constantly varied,
functional movements per-
formed at high intensity in a
communal environment that
leads to health and fitness -- a
drawcard that LACW Smyth
could not resist.
"The addictive nature of
CrossFit, its environment and
group mentality is one of the
main reasons I took up the
sport," she said.
"It ended up substituting
all the other sports and fitness
training I was into."
Next month LACW Smyth
is hoping to compete in the
Open competition and make
the top 40.
"If I make that I will then
progress to the Regionals in
Wollongong and hopefully
make the top 10."
Although, if she goes one
better and makes it into the top
three at Regionals, then the
World Games are next.
And despite the physical
nature of the sport, that fragile
glass trophy remains in one
CrossFit ... is
one of the main
reasons I took
up the sport.
-- LACW Brimlea Smyth
UP TO THE
LACW Brimlea Smyth
called the handstand
push-up after winning
an elite competition in
Photo CPL Aaron Curran
ing at the beach somewhat exhausted, a
little girl asked why they had not simply
given up 7km back. In true form, the
reply came, "we are the Air Force and
we never ever give up".
Navy took second place, with Army
a close third and Skyfall 007 in fourth
position. The Hercules proved popular
with the crowds, though, being selected
as the best boat in show after the race.
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