HMAS Stirling enjoys a bit of friendly competition

Published on CPOIS David Connolly (author), ABIS Chris Beerens (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Stirling, WA

Topic(s): HMAS Stirling, Beach Volleyball

Leading Seaman Physical Trainer Steve McWilliams referees one of the volleyball games during the HMAS Stirling Monthly Sports Challenge.
 (photo: ABIS Chris Beerens)
Leading Seaman Physical Trainer Steve McWilliams referees one of the volleyball games during the HMAS Stirling Monthly Sports Challenge.

The first round of the inaugural monthly sports challenge competition was held last week at HMAS Stirling. In order to bring together people from the many lodger units at the Navy’s large West Australian base, the physical training instructors at Stirling designed a competition comprising of a different sporting event each month.

“The monthly sports challenge gets everybody, regardless of sporting ability, to compete each month in a fun and social team environment,” said Leading Seaman Physical Training Instructor (LSPTI) Paul Heard.

Each team participating this year will be fighting to have the largest point tally at the end of 2014, thereby earning the right to have their name engraved on the trophy as the first ever Stirling monthly sports challenge champions.

The first round of the competition was held on Stirling's beach volleyball courts, with eight teams from various lodger units, including two teams from Stirling based Anzac class frigate, HMAS Arunta.

Participating in a ‘round robin’ format, each team faced-off in hard fought ten minute games of beach volleyball. The competition in this first round was tough for all teams involved, but ultimately one of Arunta's teams took out the day with 187 points. They were closely followed by the Submarine Training and Systems Centre’s team, who accrued 141 points.

Sailors get their feet accustomed to the grass field after just playing on the beach courts during HMAS Stirling's Monthly Sports Challenge.

Sailors get their feet accustomed to the grass field after just playing on the beach courts during HMAS Stirling's Monthly Sports Challenge.

A post game barbeque lunch was a chance for the participants to meet the other teams and topped off what proved to be an outstanding success for the competitors and the Stirling physical training department.

Chief Petty Officer Physical Training Instructor (CPOPTI) Roger Roy and his staff will be kept busy this year with a few other events coming up soon, such as the Navy Surf Riders and Malibu Golf Competitions.

Imagery is available on the Royal Australian Navy Media Library at http://images.navy.gov.au/S20140269.