Fitness - Now and Into the Future

Published on SBLT Katherine Mulheron (author), LSIS Nina Fogliani (photographer)

Executive Officer of HMAS Cerberus Commander Melanie Verho presents Chief Petty Officer Physical Trainer Dion McCrabb with a Navy Silver Commendation. (photo: LSIS Nina Fogliani)
Executive Officer of HMAS Cerberus Commander Melanie Verho presents Chief Petty Officer Physical Trainer Dion McCrabb with a Navy Silver Commendation.

The life of a Navy Physical Trainer isn’t all about weight lifting, mirrors and cardio workouts, there’s a lot of work that goes into how to improve not just a person’s quality of life through fitness, but also in making sure facilities and training are top line.
 
Chief Petty Officer Physical Trainer Dion McCrabb, at HMAS Cerberus in Victoria, was awarded a Navy Silver Commendation recently for his tireless work in ensuring the facilities at the Navy’s largest training base are the best they can be.
 
TheCerberus population averages around 1,800 personnel from all parts of Defence as they attend various training courses. With that many users it’s important that the equipment, facilities and staff are ready and suited to the unique needs of Defence men and women.
 
Chief Petty Officer McCrabb says that being a leader doesn’t guarantee success without the support of a great team. He insists his success is only a result of the efforts of his staff; both past and present. 
 
“I’m originally from Warrnambool, but I have to say the most challenging aspect of this position can be planning and coordinating events around Melbourne weather," he said.

"Trying to plan around four seasons in a day, for over 500 people at a time, means considering everything and really relying on your staff to adapt along with you."
 
Since taking charge as the Cerberus Sports Officer, Chief Petty Officer McCrabb feels the most important milestone his department has achieved so far has been the complete refit of the weights room, including an outstanding audio visual upgrade. However, the most memorable may be about to occur; the opening of the Cerberus Obstacle Course.

“My most rewarding experiences here have been seeing major infrastructure developments achieved, and purchasing high end training equipment for all of Cerberus to use - now and long into the future,” he said.
 
Chief Petty Officer McCrabb’s Commendation acknowledged his outstanding mentoring and leadership of staff, his contributions toward ensuring improvements to new facilities, as well as initiating and planning community engagement programs for organisations such as the Victoria Police, the Australian Football League, and a wide range of youth and indigenous groups.