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ride for charity
FLTLT Gavin Briggs
RECENT family bereavements
spurred RAF exchange officers
of 92WG, FLTLT Kev Ross and
SGT Stephen Barnes, to get on
their bikes and ride for a good
cause -- in memory of their
They took part in the Star 2
Remember Charity Bicycle Ride,
joined by LAC Andy Duncan.
The three pedalled about 1000km
over eight days from Adelaide to
Melbourne, with only one tyre
change during the entire journey.
They raised $6500 that will
be shared equally between the
South Australian branches of
the Heart Foundation and The
These charities were cho-
sen due to the recent deaths of
FLTLT Ross' and SGT Barnes'
fathers, whose illnesses are sup-
ported by the charities.
"A huge thank you on behalf
of the team for everyone's sup-
port, encouragement and dona-
tions to two special causes that
are close to both our families,"
FLTLT Ross said.
"The team received support
from the RAF Sport Lottery
Fund, the RAAF in the form of
support vehicles, and Transfield
Services for food and water."
CO 10SQN WGCDR David
Hombsch and OPSO 92WG HQ
FLTLT James Magnuson joined
the riders to Mount Gambier on
the first three days of the charity
As a UK exchange offic-
er with 292SQN, FLTLT Ross
said the physical challenge was
always going to be hard.
"As such, we started our train-
ing over six months ago, fitting
in training sessions between
deployments on Op Resolute,"
"No amount of training was
ever going to be enough, but with
such personal commitment to the
cause we were never going to
"We couldn't have done the
event without our support team
who were fundamental in pro-
tecting us along the route and
followed us tirelessly, warning
other vehicles of our position
The support crew comprised
FLGOFF Stuart Collett and SGT
Mihai Rotaru from 92WG.
"We would like to thank the
RAAF Base Edinburgh commu-
nity for their donations and for
getting involved with supporting
our two charities," SGT Barnes
"Special thanks must go to
LAC Andy 'Goggles' Duncan
for getting involved at such short
notice. He was an invaluable
asset and a major strength of the
"A huge thanks goes out to
our friends and families in the
UK and Australia for their con-
stant support and encouragement,
both in the training and planning
of this charity bike ride."
FLTLT Ross and SGT Barnes
intend to assist in the research
and education of both diseases
by raising awareness along with
vital funds to help other families.
SCENIC: From left, LAC Andy Duncan, FLTLT Kev Ross and SGT Stephen
Barnes took time out from the ride to take in the scenery of the 12 Apostles on
the Victorian coastline.
Advanced air for OCDT
WO1 Phil Thamm
TRAVELLING at 40km/hr under
canopy with the aim of docking
onto another canopy is one of the
most spectacular forms of skydiv-
ing and is exactly how OCDT Simon
Kube, of ADFA, spent the weekend
of June 15-16.
He attended a canopy formation
skills camp at Goulburn, under the
auspices of the Australian Defence
Parachute Association (ADPA).
OCDT Kube joined a small group
of Defence skydivers at the camp to
build skill in the sport of manoeu-
vring canopies together to create
He Kube was first introduced
to canopy formation last year at
an ADPA camp at Nagambie in
"It was awesome to be able to
build our confidence in canopy for-
mation. We were given the freedom
to organise and carry out our own
training under the watchful eye
of our highly experienced coach,"
OCDT Kube said.
"When I started, I really didn't
know much about canopy forma-
tion although I'd been told how
much fun it was by my instructor,
Jules McConnell, who recently
medalled at the World Canopy
"Now that I've become involved,
I've found it a close-knit and
friendly group where everyone just
wants to jump, have fun and do
cool things in the sky.
"It's quite unlike any other
parachuting discipline and really
sets itself apart with the teamwork
and communication needed as well
as being just a little bit wild."
ODCT Kube said he would like to
continue jumping canopy formation
under the ADPA, while an all-time
goal would be to represent the ADF
in national and overseas competi-
tion or be part of large canopy
He looks forward to building up
the discipline across Defence and
appreciates the support provided
Although Defence numbers are
small for this discipline, they are
steadily growing with a number
of teams competing at the last
Defence Parachute Championships
and it is hoped to have future repre-
sentative teams compete in national
and international competitions.
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Quadrangular cricketers set
LAC Kaleb Tymko entered the cricket
scene in a blaze of glory when he scored
two Twenty20 centuries in one day for Air
Force in 2011.
And the Australian Services Cricket
Association (ASCA) is hoping he can
repeat that form in Brisbane next month
when he comes up against some fine bowl-
ers at the International Cricket Council
(ICC) East Asia Pacific (EAP) quadrangu-
lar Twenty20 Tournament in Brisbane.
LAC Tymko, of 10SQN, is one of three
Air Force representatives chosen in the
ASCA team that answered an SOS to com-
pete in the tournament, from August 12-17
at venues across Brisbane.
FLTLT Jarrod Moxey and CPL Adam
Bosworth will also take part.
Team captain SGT Ian Roberts (Army),
who has led the team since 2011, has high
"This is possibly the best ASCA side
that has been selected on talent alone and
we will be up against some very, very good
opposition," SGT Roberts said.
That opposition will be a highly
regarded Australian indigenous devel-
opment squad, the Papua New Guinea
national team and a team from East Asia/
Pacific, which will draw on players from
Vanuatu, Fiji, Samoa, the Philippines,
Tonga, Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan and
PNG, which is ranked 19th in the world
and aspiring to climb higher, will use the
tournament as a warm-up before their
participation in a Twenty20 World Cup
Qualifier game in Dubai later this year.
The ASCA team members were picked
on the strength of their performances in the
International Defence Cricket Challenge
Originally, a New Zealand Maori XI
was invited to play in the tournament.
But when the Kiwis withdrew in late
April, the ASCA was invited to take their
place -- and they can hardly wait.
LAC Tymko, a swashbuckling left-hand
opening bat, first played service cricket at
the ADF titles in November 2011.
He was integral to Air Force winning
the services' Twenty20 title.
He first scored 114 off 54 balls in a pre-
liminary game against Army, then smashed
BIG HITTER: LAC Kaleb Tymko is
one of three Air Force cricketers
selected in an Australian Services
team for a quadrangular tournament
in Brisbane. Photo: LAC Bill Solomou
101 off 45 balls against Army in the final
of the ACM Angus Houston Cup.
His opening batting partner, CPL Ricky
Mace, said he had never seen such clean
"He's definitely going to play a major
part in the future of Air Force and Defence
cricket," CPL Mace said.
Although it's still winter, LAC Tymko
said he had already had a number of train-
ing sessions in Adelaide, including facing a
bowling machine in the nets.
The ASCA players will gather in
Brisbane on August 7 for pre-tournament
The other members in the team are:
Army -- SGT Roberts, MAJ Nic Griffith,
SIG Beau Wright, SGT Don Mander,
LCPL Al Ryder, CPL Corey Baker, SGT
Martin Blackman, TPR Craig Holmes and
SGT Mark Brown.
Navy -- WO Gary Fuss and AB Al
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