Keeping fit at sea is vitally important for morale, safety and health, but sometimes another workout in the ship's gym can be less than inspiring.
So on 4 October, the crew of HMAS Sirius enjoyed a friendly, but hotly contested mini-Olympics event. The Engineering Department were favourites to take out the event, having won the last two Sirius Sports Days and with two teams in the running. It was up to teams from the Executive Department, Maritime Logistics Department and Wardroom to attempt to halt the Engineers’ recent run of form.
The competition took place on the flight deck and involved teams competing in seven different events: shot-put toss of a 5kg medicine ball, tunnel ball, throwing a wet mop javelin-style, three-legged relay race with teams donning fire fighting pants before commencing their sprint and a dummy spit showcasing competitor’s ability to launch a dim sim from their mouths. The competition culminated in 'The Not so Amazing Race', a relay contest which involved competing in a wide variety of single events, from push-ups and ‘burpees’ to a meat-pie eating competition.
Team 'Stokers' took an early lead with an impressive display of muscle power by Seaman Marine Technician Michael William’s record breaking shot-put throw.
In the ‘dummy spit’, Leading Seaman Marine Technician Eathen Telford, an avid free diver, spear-fisherman and part-time male model, delighted the crowds with a magnificent launch for the win, keeping team 'Stokers' in the running for the overall title.
"I was amazed at my effort as I haven't been training at all," Leading Seaman Telford said.
Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Peter Day, runner-up in the shot-put, claimed top honours for his ability to throw a wet mop javelin-style and team 'Extreme Executive', comprised of Boatswains Mates and Communicators, took the lead.
Not going down without a fight, team 'Squeak and the Others' brought the engineers back into contention by winning the Three Legged Race.
“The key to success was conducting a fast hand-over of fire-fighting trousers between each pair of runners, so we removed our shoes to facilitate the change-over,” said Seaman Marine Technician Mitchell Davis after celebrating a robust win with his team-mates.
'Extreme Executive' proved too strong at the end of the day, placing first in 'The Not So Amazing Race' with standout performances from Seaman Boatswains Mate Aaron Fox on the pie eating competition and Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Candice Mackenzie on the ‘burpees’ and sealing the overall mini-Olympics win.
HMAS Sirius has been transiting the South China Sea with HMAS Arunta after the inaugural AUSINDEX, bilateral maritime exercise in India, and a port visit in Malaysia. The ships will be in Subic Bay, the Philippines for a few days in October.