NAVY NEWS, SEPTEMBER 2011
AET Matt Wild (824 NAS) propels himself to victory in the RN decathalon
Picture: LA(Phot) Jenny Lodge, FRPU East
Ollie’s (s)miles ahead on C2
THE inaugural RN and RM Concept 2 (C2) Indoor Rowing Online Challenge Series took place between September 2010 and May 11.
It is a league, ranking and monthly challenge all rolled into one, with the emphasis on participation rather than competition. More than 110 personnel
from across the Naval Service participated in various parts of the globe in this series. In total the combined effort of all 110 rowers covered 1,747,893 metres (1,747km or 1,085 miles).
“It does not matter where individuals are deployed or based in order to take part,” explains contest organiser Lt Doug Wylie of HMS Temeraire. “All that is required is a C2
rowing machine and access to the World Wide Web for registration and recording monthly results. “We have even made
provision for submariners where personnel can still record their results if they have missed the monthly deadline if experiencing connectivity problems.” The top three were:
1st L/Cpl Ollie Osborne (CTCRM) 897.08 points; 2nd PO Rob Brown (HMS St Albans) 893.98 points; 3rd Lt Cdr Jim Thomson (HMS Manchester) 879.95 points.
With sheer grit and determination and a huge amount of hard work, L/ Cpl Osborne (pictured above in action at the world championships in Boston, USA) won five of the nine monthly challenges. HMS Montrose made a significant contribution to the series with 16 personnel participating. The ship’s top rower was Lt Cdr Rory West with 836.32 points, who finished in 12th place overall.
Big medal haul – but no victory
The Royal Navy Men’s and Women’s Track and Field teams performed with great credit and to the best of their ability at the 2011 Inter- Services Championships at Portsmouth’s Victory
Stadium. Both teams finished third in
a closely-fought contest against strong opposition; the two rival Services having a spread of international athletes to call on, including previous Olympians, some of whom were medallists, writes Paul Winton. All RN team members
The frigate also possesses the top female rower in LET(WE) Emily Dawn Atkins with 693.05 points, who finished in 41st place overall. The top rower serving
onboard a submarine was CPO Colin Leiba (HMS Talent) with 850.07 points, who finished in 8th place overall.
The 2011/12 series begins this month. Personnel can enter their details (free of charge) at concept2.co.uk
, then carry out the monthly challenge by the specified date. Thereafter, personal performance can be gauged across the Naval Service by comparing data. See your PT staff for the ‘Step by Step Guide’ on how to register and enter monthly results. Feedback or suggestions for future challenge series should be forwarded to Lt Wylie (9380 27701) or Paul Winton (9380 23644).
displayed grit, determination and a high degree of moral and physical courage within a strong team ethos, best exemplified by NA(SE) Dan Tarrant (Culdrose) and NA(AH) Rhian Phillips (Yeovilton) who both competed in six individual events and shared three bronze medals. The total of 20 medals (men
eight, women 12) was the best return for more than 20 years, with many of the recipients reaping the rewards of sound preparation and commitment to a long-term training regime. Most notable performances amongst medallists were the throwing performances of LS (MW) Andy Dawkins (Collingwood) and LLogs Anna Waldron (Culdrose/Raleigh), who both won three medals. Andy has been a regular medallist and the highest UK ranked Royal Navy athlete for the past five years; he won his beloved shot putt and took silver in both the hammer and discus. Anna’s first Inter-Services saw
her win gold in the shot, silver in javelin and bronze in discus. No team member dug deeper
than LPT Regaina Cawley (Neptune) as her determination
saw her narrowly win the women’s 400m, with a second-place finish in the 100m. Perennial medallist, coach
and motivator Lt Neal Edwards (Diamond/Raleigh) delivered his fastest 400m hurdles performance of the season – as always, when it mattered most, winning silver. Lt Emma Bakewell (Sultan)
overcame the disappointment to take silver in the 200m. Daryn knows he gets better as the distance increases, but dreads the inevitable move up to become a 200m/400m runner rather than pure sprinter. The remaining women’s medals
was determined to win middle- distance medals after two fourth- placed finishes in 2010. The aim was achieved with
Another double bronze medallist was the redoubtable multi-eventer Rhian Phillips with third-place finishes in triple jump and 100m hurdles. Rhian’s inherently good technique in a wide range of events was developed during her schooldays, underpinning her ability to achieve success despite a lack of training opportunities over the past year. She remains disappointed that
her best event (pole vault) is not yet a standard feature of women’s Inter-Services competition. Lt Cdr Julie Robin (RCDM
bronze in the 800m and 1500m, with the added bonus of a personal best time in a very competitive 800m.
were won by Logs Ria Mugglestone (Drake), a comfortable third in the 5,000m and AB Kenisha Asquith (Nelson), an uncomfortable third in the 200m. The latter was just reward in probably her final Inter-Services, after a number of previous close finishes over 100m/200m in which she had finished 4th … including the 2011 100m. Std Sol Marong (Severn) is
Fiercely determined, he
a non-medal position in the 400m, despite setting a personal best time.
Musn Lucy Chappell (RM
Band Portsmouth) committed to compete in three events and was close to a medal in the long jump – her wide range of abilities later bore greater success in the heptathlon alongside sprint relay team member NA(SE) Nicole Lindo (FOST). Wtr Amy Slater (Neptune) was
another sprint relay team member who will be hoping to gain an individual team slot in 2012, building on training opportunities in WO2 Rupert William’s sprint group in Faslane. CPOET(WE) Ian Walker
another athlete blessed with outstanding natural ability and a graceful, flowing running style that has brought 400m medals at Inter-Services. Finishing second this year to
Birmingham) is another who made the most of training and competitive opportunities through her formative years. She has long been a very good discus thrower, including her first Inter-Services title win in 2000. The anaesthetist breathed life into the event, finishing second – just in front of Anna Waldron; it was the only event in which the Royal Navy won two medals. ET(ME) Daryn Jackson
(Illustrious) exploded on to the sprinting scene last year to win unprecedented double bronze medals over 100m and 200m. A poor start left him with a lot
to do in this year’s 100m, although another 10m and he would have finished better than fourth.
an Olympic 4x400 gold medallist (upgraded post-event from silver) from the Sydney 2000 Olympics, was no disgrace. Mne chef Ramsay Kechaka (CTCRM) served up a storming sprint finish to take third in the men’s 800m; he has obvious potential to further develop performance over both 800m and 1500m. NA Dan Tarrant came third in
the javelin and narrowly missed out on similar in the 400m hurdles, pole vault and high jump, proving particularly unlucky in the latter where he cleared the same height as second and third-place finishers.
put in by previous medallist Maj Jamie Summers (JSU Northwood) in the hammer and AET Tim Kemp (848 NAS) in the 1,500m, the latter has progressed personal bests over 800m and 1,500m through the season. Cpl Charlotte Stuss (RM Band Plymouth) was disappointed with
Near-medal performances were
(Victorious Port) never quite expected to match his submarine’s name, but was valiant in the face of strong opposition in the 3,000m steeplechase, as was AET Matt Wild (824 NAS) in the 100m and shot.
The latter later went on to win
the RN decathlon although he will have to develop his performances in a range of events to repeat that win next year against the undoubted potential of NA Tarrant. LPT Luke Stewart (Yeovilton)
is blessed with good all-round ability; both he and Musn Will Thurston (RM School of Music) were last-minute additions in the long jump. LPT Lee Carrie (Raleigh) could
not quite match his fourth place Javelin throw of the previous year. Mne Andy Stay (CLR) posted solid performances in the 5,000m and 1,500m, with indications that his impressive basic speed may be better rewarded over shorter distances including 800m. ET(ME)s Stuart Williams and
Paul Wareing (both Sultan) also made Inter-Service debuts, the former finishing fifth in a strong 400m and the latter joining him as
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Just an ordinary, everyday scene in the Temeraire gym...
Kendo spirit at Temeraire
THIS year’s Royal Navy and Royal Marines Martial Arts Association Championships were held at HMS Temeraire. The aim of the championships is to select the best possible Royal Navy squad to compete against the Army and RAF at the annual Inter-Services. The first event was the individual kata with good performances from all competitors.
grade categories the standard was so high that the judges commented on the difficulty they had in scoring the displays. With very little difference in the scores the results were as follows:
Dan Grade Kata – 1st AB(WS) Arran Lakeman; 2nd PO Richard McHugh Junior Grade Kata – 1st PO Steve Crewdson; 2nd WO1 Trevor Starkey
Next came the individual kumite (sparring); again all competitors gave very good accounts of themselves in some very fierce bouts, all showing dogged determination and excellent fighting spirit. The scoring in all bouts reflected the closeness of the contests with the results as follows:
Dan Grade Kumite – 1st AB Lakeman; 2nd Maj Graham Adcock RM
Junior Grade Kumite – 1st AET Paul Moorcroft; 2nd PO Crewdson
The final karate event was the team kumite and after some very spirited performances throughout the event the eventual outcome was: 1st Maj Adcock, AB and AET Moorcroft; 2nd POs McHugh and Crewdson The overall karate champions for 2011 are the Royal Navy. The weapons kata event saw
two excellent displays of kendo no kata by C/Sgt Mark Anderson and PO Taff Howells, where the competitors carry out a series of strikes and defences using the bokken (a wooden version of the Samurai sword). This was followed by a superb display with the Jo (Japanese
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