Fitness focuses on foundation

Published on CMDR Fenn Kemp (author)

Location(s): Pitt Town, NSW

Topic(s): Sport, Charities and Fundraising, Sir David Martin Foundation, Health, Fitness and Wellbeing, Golf

Leading Seaman Combat Systems Operator Mine Warfare Christopher Moran from HMAS Waterhen (Mine Warfare Faculty) contemplates a winning putt during the Sir David Martin Foundation Charity Golf Day at Pitt Town in NSW. (photo: Unknown)
Leading Seaman Combat Systems Operator Mine Warfare Christopher Moran from HMAS Waterhen (Mine Warfare Faculty) contemplates a winning putt during the Sir David Martin Foundation Charity Golf Day at Pitt Town in NSW.

A group of keen Navy golfers have taken advantage of the Navy's focus on fitness to raise money for a worthy cause.

The annual Sir David Martin Foundation Charity Golf Day was held at Pitt Town in New South Wales to help the foundation raise badly needed funds to help young people in crisis.

Among the group was a team of two members from the Next Generation Navy team based in Sydney.

Warrant Officer Electronics Technician Michael Hogan said it provided all involved with the chance to keep up their fitness as well as their golf skills.

"The average golf course is between five and eight miles, so just getting out there improves your wellbeing," Warrant Officer Hogan said.

"The interaction with others after a long week is also good for your mental health and resilience in general."

The aim was to end the day with as low a score as possible and take out the trophy. Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics - Support Operations Marc James conceded that this proved more challenging for some than for others.

"For many of us, our game at times threatened to become more of a bushwalk with the odd lake thrown in! But none of us ever claimed to be world champions," Leading Seaman James said.

Sir David Martin Foundation Ambassador Lieutenant Mark Klopper says the benefits of such events are often overlooked.

"Sometimes a day out of the office is the best circuit breaker after a stressful week," he said.

"Charity events like this not only challenge individuals, they also provide opportunities for team engagements, networking and more, all of this while also supporting a worthy cause, which has always been closely linked to our organisation."

The winning team on the day with a net score of 53.7 was Warrant Officer Combat Systems Manager Mine Warfare Alan Hart, Chief Petty Officer Combat Systems Manager Mine Warfare Raymond Macey and Leading Seaman Combat Systems Operator Mine Warfare Chris Moran, who were presented the perpetual trophy by Lady Susie Martin.

For more information on Sir David Martin Foundation, visit http://www.sdmf.org.au.