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SPIT POLISHED PRESENTATIONS
September 12, 2013
WHEN FLTLT Melissa Hill was
asked to do a 10-metre hand-
stand walk at the Wellington Cup
CrossFit competition in New
Zealand on August 25, you could
say she took it in her stride.
It is something she practises
at training, never knowing what
organisers might ask of her from
competition to competition.
But this event also threw up
kayaking -- and that was a differ-
ent kettle of fish.
"I'm not sure I had even been
in a kayak before," FLTLT Hill
said. "Perhaps I did at a high
school camp about 15 years ago."
FLTLT Hill and her partner
had to paddle about 400 metres in
a marina near the main venue.
The good news is that they
completed the course. The even
better news is that FLTLT Hill,
the Executive Officer of the
Combat Survival Training School
in Townsville, finished the over-
all competition third out of 60
"I didn't expect to go that
well," she said, "so I was pleased."
She was especially chuffed
with one event in which she had
to row 1km then perform one
front squat. She squatted 100kg,
improving on her previous best
The handstand walk was the
last of seven events over a two-
FLTLT Hill completed the first
five metres to the turnaround with
no problems. The return journey
was a bit tougher, balance wise.
But she did it well enough to
clinch second in that workout.
Walking upside-down sure beats paddle skedaddle
HANDY SKILL: FLTLT Melissa Hill shows a clean
pair of heels.
Photo: Clare Willsher Photography
FOR one day, teams in the ADF net-
ball championships turned pink.
The day supported the McGrath
Foundation and was organised in
support of an Australian Defence
Netball Association member who
was recently diagnosed with breast
ACT ADF Netball Association
members PO Liz Saunders, LS Nick
Miller and fellow netballers organ-
ised fundraising events during the
The final day of competition was
dedicated to the fundraising effort
with players and supporters wearing
pink for a gold coin donation.
A knockout shooting competition
was held with first and second place
winners taking home a cash prize.
A raffle was run with 100 prizes
on offer. Every ticket won a prize,
which included DVD and Blu Ray
packs, signed sporting goods from
the Cronulla Sharks and Australian
Diamonds player Erin Bell, as well as
other donated items.
A total of $3500 was raised for
the McGrath Foundation.
Netballer shows her
versatility yet again
WO2 Andrew Hetherington
A TRISERVICE team from
Australia's Federation Guard
pedalled, ran and walked their
way through an eight-hour event
to raise funds for Legacy.
The 22 personnel travelled
from Canberra to the Army
Logistics Training Centre at
Albury-Wodonga on August 30
to compete against other ADF
and APS teams.
AFG entered one walking,
two running and three mountain
biking teams into the gruelling
Guardsman and fitness leader
LAC John Campbell was a mem-
ber of the winning mountain-bike
"I got involved because I've
done mountain biking before and
was asked to put a team togeth-
er," LAC Campbell said.
"Before the event I trained
on the bike up to three times a
week for a month, riding up the
hills around Mount Ainslie [in
The cycling competition was
run on a wet, dirt, rock, asphalt
and undulating 5km circuit.
"The competition began at
7am and my goal was to keep as
many people behind me during
the day," LAC Campbell said.
"The rock gardens, switch-
backs and pallet bridges were
challenging to ride on in the wet
conditions, especially if you
weren't in the right gear or if
your legs weren't feeling fresh.
"I rode a total of seven laps
(35km) during the day.
"I hit the wall physically
during my last lap, when my
quads began to cramp up, but I
The AFG team completed 27
laps to win
laps of their
paid as an
entry fee to
A total of $10,000 was raised
Assistant team manager and
winning mountain-bike team
competitor PO Don Blackley said
personnel volunteered their time
to compete in the event.
LONG ROAD: Australia's Federation
Guard member AC Jake MacDonald
pounds the track; inset, AC Karl Daley.
Photos: LACW Casey Gaul
LS Helen Frank
DESPITE the Air Force team drawing
a blank at the ADF netball champi-
onships, the tournament provided yet
another triumph for LACW Christine
Van De Werken.
LACW Van De Werken, who
has also excelled at basketball and
Australian football for Defence, was
judged by the umpires to be the tour-
nament's most valuable player (MVP).
LACW Van De Werken, of 2
Operational Conversion Unit at RAAF
Base Williamtown, was one of more
than 200 Defence personnel who
played in Canberra from August 26-30.
The competition started with the
state competition and ended with the
LACW Van De Werken played on
the winning NSW women's team and
for the Air Force mixed team.
"It was a great feeling being select-
ed for MVP," LACW Van De Werken
"I felt very honoured but I defi-
nitely couldn't have done it without
the support from the NSW mixed team
and squad both on and off the court.
"This was my fourth netball carni-
val with Defence and the second time
I've been selected for a national team."
Army won the men's and women's
divisions and Navy the mixed.
State grand finals -- Men: ACT def
SE Queensland 34-28. Mixed: NSW
def ACT 28-27. Women: NSW def
North Queensland 30-28.
Interservice -- Mixed: Navy def
RAAF 36-24, Navy def Army 36-27,
Army def Air Force 23-17. Winner:
Navy. Men: Navy def Air Force
30-24, Army def Air Force 29-14,
Army def Navy 37-19. Winner:
Army. Women: Navy def Air Force
31-17, Army def Navy 44-22, Air
Force 40 drew with Army 40-40.
Thinking pink for a good cause
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