Navy gets physical for monthly sports challenge

Published on LEUT Gary McHugh (author), ABIS Chris Beerens (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Stirling, WA

Topic(s): HMAS Stirling, HMAS Arunta (F151), Touch football

Leading Seaman Physical Trainer Mitchell Bryan breaks through the HMAS Arunta defence during the final of the touch football held at HMAS Stirling, WA. (photo: ABIS Chris Beerens)
Leading Seaman Physical Trainer Mitchell Bryan breaks through the HMAS Arunta defence during the final of the touch football held at HMAS Stirling, WA.

For the second month in a row, the touch football team from HMAS Arunta has taken top points in the HMAS Stirling Monthly Sports Challenge.

The event, organised by the Physical Training Department, brings teams from units across the establishment, as well as ships alongside Fleet Base West, together to compete for the challenge trophy, which is awarded at the end of the year.

The competition, held on 12 March, consisted of seven teams competing for maximum points - which go towards their final tally at the end of the year.

Chief Petty Officer Roger Roy said the aim of the competition was to have Stirling and Fleet Base West personnel engage with each other in a team environment, while enjoying the benefits of physical activity.

“It’s a great way to get people out of the working environment, build new relationships and develop teamwork by using fun, competitive sporting activities,” he said.

The teams compete in a different sport every month, which CPO Roy said should allow for a ‘level playing field’ over the course of the year.

Imagery is available on the Royal Australian Navy Media Library at http://images.navy.gov.au/S20140595.