Rivalry builds relationships

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Mick Wheeler (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Topic(s): HMAS Stirling, Sport, Australian Clearance Diving Team Four, HMAS Adelaide (L01), HMAS Stuart (F153), HMAS Toowoomba (F156), HMAS Darwin (F04), Soccer, Running, Volleyball, Netball, Touch football, Swimming

HMAS Stuart takes on Armada Espanola (ESPS) Cristobal Colon in a soccer match during the Fleet Concentration Period (FCP) Sports Day held at HMAS Stirling. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)
HMAS Stuart takes on Armada Espanola (ESPS) Cristobal Colon in a soccer match during the Fleet Concentration Period (FCP) Sports Day held at HMAS Stirling.

Seven different sports were on the menu during a friendly competition between the Royal New Zealand Navy, Australian Navy and the Spanish Armada as part of Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER in Western Australia.

Sporting competitions are a routine part of many international exercises, building rapport and understanding that can enhance the outcomes of the training at sea.

Participants from HMA Ships Adelaide, Darwin, Toowoomba, Stuart and Stirling, the Submarine Force and Clearance Diving Team 4, HMNZ Ships Te Kaha and Endeavour and the Armada’s ESPS Christobal Colon competed in a round robin format in touch football, netball, soccer, volleyball, water polo and an adventure race whilst the tug-o-war was contested on a straight knock out.
 
The adventure race proved to be a favourite with many of the participants with the race being conducted in a team relay event consisting of a run, a mountain bike ride, stand up paddle boarding race and a swim.
 
Leading Seaman Physical Training Instructor Mark Vesey organised the adventure race and said there were many benefits of such an event.
 
“Adventure racing because of its different skills and the need for endurance is a great event for all various types of participants. It needs swimmers, runners, bikers and paddlers and requires teamwork and helps build resilience,” he said.
 
Chief Petty Officer Physical Training Instructor Paul Williams thanked the staff who assisted in both organising and running the sports day
 
“It’s not too often that we see a large number of the Physical Training Instructor staff from across the Fleet combine. It was great to catch up with them all and I would like to thank them for their efforts," he said.

"A sports day is all about strengthening the team.”
 
The overall results on the day reflected the international representation with Te Kaha taking out first place overall on the day after coming first in touch football, netball, volleyball and the tug-o-war. 

Christobal Colon took out the soccer displaying great skill despite coming off a long ocean transit to get to Fleet Base West. Adelaide took out line honours in the adventure race.