Cerberus cross-country creates competition

This article has photo gallery Published on SBLT Katherine Mulheron (author), LSIS Dove Smithett (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Cerberus, Victoria

Members of HMAS Cerberus on the finishing straight during the 2016 HMAS Cerberus Cross Country Championships. (photo: LSIS Dove Smithett)
Members of HMAS Cerberus on the finishing straight during the 2016 HMAS Cerberus Cross Country Championships.

More than 400 Defence members laced up their running shoes to compete in the 2016 HMAS Cerberus Cross Country Championships on 23 March. 
Being Navy’s largest tri-service training establishment, the annual cross county event lets members from all services pit their fitness against colleagues with some friendly rivalry.
From serious athletes, to those just wanting a personal challenge, participants run a six kilometre course for individual placement in 12 divisions and to determine the winner of the Grey Smith Cup. 
Navy encourages members of all ranks and fitness to participate in physical activities to develop and improve individual resilience and confidence, helping to build a workforce culture that is active and promotes wellness and fitness.
Seaman Star Marine Technician Mathew Rose was surprised that he crossed the finish line first with a course time of 23 minutes 51 seconds. Seaman Rose explained that he likes to run as a way to relax and achieve an overall feeling of wellbeing.
“Running, or any sport that you enjoy, is a great way of staying fit, achieving goals and letting go of any stress you might feel," he said.
"Navy has helped me with my fitness goals in particular and I think it has changed my personality and made me improve in many areas.
“The fitness opportunities offered to Navy people have given me new goals and actually make me look forward to serving at sea and reaching more goals in my future career.”
Achieving the best female time of 27:40, Seaman Star Marine Technician Michaela Peck was very pleased with her results. Being a keen Rugby League player, fitness is important to her, but running is something new.
“I love sport and staying fit and I see it as an important part of our job,” Seaman Peck said.
"If you’re not fit you can’t give your job the best effort possible.
“I enjoy team sports the most, but any physical activity improves fitness, gives enjoyment and decreases stress.
"You can leave your phone behind and clear your head, and competing can help some people build confidence.” 
Navy holds regular sports and fitness challenges that build on the Fit to Fight program, fostering teamwork and improving mateship and community.