Sirius about fitness

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Topic(s): HMAS Sirius (A266), Australian Rules Football, Cycling, Lawn Bowls, Weightlifting

HMAS Sirius crew members take part in a fitness class that also combined baton training in the ultimate Battle Physical Training session. (photo: Unknown)
HMAS Sirius crew members take part in a fitness class that also combined baton training in the ultimate Battle Physical Training session.

A focus on fitness is paying dividends for HMAS Sirius with eight crew members chosen to represent the Royal Australian Navy in various sports, including lawn bowls and weightlifting.

Commanding Officer of Sirius Commander Mike Oborn said the fit-to-fight culture onboard had also delivered a more professional, tenacious and resilient crew.

"While we are all proud of those who compete, our culture is one of participation. We aim to build the morale and teamwork that is influenced from the sporting culture onboard," Commander Oborn said.

Leading Seaman Tamara Prins is the Physical Training Instructor aboard Sirius. She is tasked with ensuring the crew is fit to fight and win at sea.

Leading Seaman Prins runs daily fitness classes to help officers and sailors achieve their individual goals and to foster camaraderie among the crew.

Most recently, Leading Seaman Prins organised a day of white water rafting, and has also combined a fitness circuit with baton training to produce a battle physical training session.

She said she loves her job because it helps not only the individual but also the ship.

"My aim is to foster fitness and therefore sport on a more personal level," Leading Seaman Prins said.

"I work to develop personal plans to achieve goals and cater for all levels of fitness so as to maintain the drive for fitness onboard. It is my job, but I love seeing ships company improve and achieve their goals."

The eight members selected to represent Navy were: Petty Officer Marine Technician Stephenson Patterson (lawn bowls); Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics - Chef Wallis Beresford (weightlifting); Able Seaman Communication and Information Systems Bonnie Foster, Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Steph Hourigan and Leading Seaman Prins (AFL); and Lieutenant Samuel Jackson-Mayer and Leading Seaman Communication and Information Systems Garnett New (mountain biking).

Leading Seaman Prins has been nominated to train the women's ADF Australian Rules Football team in April and Lieutenant Matt Cavedon coaches the men's Navy and ADF Australian Rules Football teams.