HMAS Cerberus Swimming Carnival is a model of participation

Published on SBLT Kat Mulheron (author), LSIS Dove Smithett (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Cerberus, Vic

Topic(s): HMAS Cerberus, Swimming

Competitors in the 50m freestyle event race during the HMAS Cerberus Swimming Carnival held at HMAS Cerberus Sports and Aquatic Centre, Victoria. (photo: ABIS Dove Smithett)
Competitors in the 50m freestyle event race during the HMAS Cerberus Swimming Carnival held at HMAS Cerberus Sports and Aquatic Centre, Victoria.

The 2013 Annual HMAS Cerberus Swimming Carnival was a huge success with approximately 200 swimmers competing to the enthusiastic encouragement of more than 600 spectators. With 2013 being declared ‘The Year of Participation’ by Executive Officer, Commander Mike Oborn, RAN, the event was a resounding success.

In January HMAS Cerberus challenged its ships company and trainees to be active and take the opportunity to participate in one of more than 20 sporting clubs on offer, regardless of age, rank or capability.

“The concept of ‘The Year of Participation’ is getting all our people involved, providing positive interaction and building relationships that make better sailors. It’s not about you the individual, but all of us as a team,” CMDR Oborn said.

“The men and women here today, Navy, Army and Air Force, are here to participate. Not everyone is in the water competing, but they’re all here to cheer their colleagues and mates on, to support and encourage each other. Everyone here is part of the much bigger HMAS Cerberus team.”

The swimming carnival is held at the establishment's impressive Sport and Recreation Aquatic Centre which houses a 50 metre, 8 lane heated pool allowing year round aquatic fitness sessions. The event fosters inter-departmental competition, identifies individual achievements and determines a 2013 Team Champion. It is passionately contested between six teams representing training faculties located at Cerberus.

Competitors strive for victory in a combination of individual and relay events in an effort to have their team named the 2013 Swimming Champions. After 18 separate intense events, this years Team Champion title was won by the Maritime Warfare - South Department who are currently scouting a prominent location to feature the trophy.

Imagery is available on the Royal Australian Navy Media Library at http://images.navy.gov.au/S20131060.

HMAS Cerberus Ship's WO Simon Haben (left) and XO HMAS Cerberus, CMDR Michael Oborn (right), present SMN Elizabeth Williams and SMN Nathan A'Bell of Training Authority Maritime Warfare with the overall winner's trophy.

HMAS Cerberus Ship's WO Simon Haben (left) and XO HMAS Cerberus, CMDR Michael Oborn (right), present SMN Elizabeth Williams and SMN Nathan A'Bell of Training Authority Maritime Warfare with the overall winner's trophy.