Penguin personnel relay important message

This article has photo gallery Published on WO Ian Daley (author), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

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Competitors cross the finish line on completion of the 2016 Gate to Gate race held at HMAS Penguin in Mosman. (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)
Competitors cross the finish line on completion of the 2016 Gate to Gate race held at HMAS Penguin in Mosman.

For the 38th year in a row, HMAS Penguin held the 'Gate to Gate Fun Run and Walk' in 2016 but for the second year 'running' used it to bring attention to family and domestic violence.

What originally began as a physical training session on base, evolved into an iconic Navy event, which Commanding Officer Penguin, Commander Ian Campbell said was an also an opportunity to focus attention on an important social issue.

“This year we had nearly 200 competitors, which was 40 more than last year," he said.

Before the start of the race, White Ribbon Ambassador Captain Neville Teague addressed the participants on the importance of raising awareness of violence against women.

The group included representatives from Navy, Army, Air Force, public servants, Defence contractors, the Royal Navy and Royal Marines and the New South Wales Police.

“The event was a great success - as well as everyone taking time out to compete and get fit, importantly the competitors took an oath to speak out and act to prevent violence against women before the race,” Commander Campbell said.

“I hope that next year we can increase competitor numbers to 250. New South Wales Police have said they hope to field more of their members for the 2017 run.”

The Penguin Gate to Gare run starts and ends on Middle Head Rd oval. The 2016 event saw impressive performances in both the run and walk with Corporal Hamish Macdonald taking out the male run in 17:58 minutes and Leading Seaman Mikaela Millin winning the ladies run in 26:14 minutes.

Private Dylan Morrison won the male walk in 35:48 minutes and Lieutenant Commander Melissa Cowling won the ladies walk in 34:50 minutes.

The event was supported by a number of organisations this year, with the Navy rock band on hand to entertain the crowd, while Navy Canteens, Navy Health, Military Bank and ESS Support Services Worldwideassisted with lunch, shirts and prizes.