Cerberus Spartan spirit on display

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), POIS Nina Fogliani (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Cerberus, VIC

Topic(s): HMAS Cerberus, Physical Training (PT)

Personnel from HMAS Cerberus compete in the Spartan Warrior Challenge 2018 at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria. (photo: POIS Nina Fogliani)
Personnel from HMAS Cerberus compete in the Spartan Warrior Challenge 2018 at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria.

HMAS Cerberus’ ship’s company embraced their fighting spirit recently for the 2018 base Spartan Challenge.

The mixed-challenge event included running, wading, jumping, crawling and heaving. Tough activities, but they were just designed to get competitors to the two major activities. The obstacle course and iconic Cerberus mud run tested everyone’s tenacity, regardless of rank or service.

Six teams representing the various Command elements and training faculties took on the gruelling challenge with the Defence Force School of Signals team presented with the Spartan Helmet at the end of the day.

Leading Seaman PTI Scott Ruthven designed the course to provide a multi-faceted challenge for the competitors.

“We wanted to create an arduous course that combined a variety of elements to test participants’ cardio fitness as well as their overall endurance,” he said.

“This kind of event can be contested by all ranks across the three services we have at Cerberus but on the day only one team can rise above the mud and claim the Spartan Helmet.” 

The Spartan Challenge was the final interdepartmental sports event for this year with the results to be combined with those from the earlier cross country and swimming events to determine the winners of the 2018 McCarthy Cup.

 

Commanding Officer HMAS Cerberus, Captain Mike Oborn, CSM, RAN (left), presents Royal Australian Air Force member Flight Sergeant Lance Renie with the HMAS Cerberus Sports Council Award for the Sportsman of the Year.

Commanding Officer HMAS Cerberus, Captain Mike Oborn, CSM, RAN (left), presents Royal Australian Air Force member Flight Sergeant Lance Renie with the HMAS Cerberus Sports Council Award for the Sportsman of the Year.

Cerberus Commanding Officer, Captain Mike Oborn, said the event fostered healthy rivalry between teams and provided a novel change to normal the physical training regimen.

“The size and layout of Cerberus gives us a unique opportunity to conduct a large-scale and unique fitness challenge in the outdoors,” he said.

Cerberus, the cradle of the Navy, has a new sub-motto of ‘Creating Warriors’, and this event definitely lives up to that, so it was fitting to challenge ourselves with a Spartan-themed challenge.”