The Australian Defence Force has recognised martial arts as an approved sport allowing personnel to compete in five chosen disciplines.
The Australian Defence Force Hockey Masters put in some winning performances at the Pan Pacific Masters Games at Jupiters on the Gold Coast in November.
A Navy dominated Western Australian side romped to victory for the first time in memory at the Australian Defence Force Volleyball Combined Services Tournament at Gallipoli Barracks, Brisbane, in early December.
Rookies dominated the diamond when the 'Southern States' women’s team swept to victory in searing Brisbane heat at the Australian Defence Force interstate softball competition at the start of the month.
Cricketing all-rounder, Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Support Operations Sarah Beard, was in the thick of the pressure of international competition in the Governor-General’s XI recent defeat of a South African women’s cricket side at Drummoyne Oval, Sydney.
Navy had some individual stand-out performances at the Australian Defence Force Clay Target Association championships held at Wagga Wagga Gun Club in October.
Two Australian Defence Force Rugby Union men’s teams put in some fast-paced groundwork for the Australian Rugby Union nationals when they competed at the Noosa International and Byron Bay 7s tournaments in October.
Navy made a strong showing at the Australian Defence Force National Cycling Carnival in Canberra in October, winning events on the first day.
The Australian Defence Force Rugby Union women’s tour of the United States finished the way it started, with positive outcomes on and off the field.
Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Chad Poland has completed the gruelling Coolangatta Gold triathlon, originally won by Queensland legend Grant Kenny and made famous by the film of the same name.