HMA Ships Canberra, Choules and Newcastle recently battled it in a Netball Challenge at the Fleet gymnasium at Garden Island, Sydney.
Each ship fielded a mixed gender team for the friendly competition, which saw HMAS Canberra eventually claim victory, defeating Newcastle 15-1 and Choules 14-7. In the race for second place, Newcastle beat Choules with a closer score line of 9-6.
Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Georgia Clark said all of the teams enjoyed the morning competition.
“It was fun participating in a friendly sporting event between us and a ship we’ve worked closely with in the last few weeks,” she said.
Newcastle Able Seaman Communication and Information Systems operator Sean Crilley said the mixed game was competitive but fun.
“I really enjoyed the opportunity to play sport in a friendly and competitive manner with a diverse group of people,” he said
The netball challenge was initiated by Petty Officer Physical Training Instructor David Macleod to support ‘100 Days For Change’.
“Everyone enjoys a competition and this was a good opportunity for us to support the 100 Days For Change program.
“It is a small way that we can show our commitment to equality and equity in a fun and competitive environment.” Petty Officer Macleod said.
Navy is participating in the national 100 Days For Change program, which runs from 1 July−8 October to highlight the importance of diversity within our ranks.