Riding to work to keep fighting fit

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Location(s): Cairns, Queensland

The HMAS Cairns team during the recent 332km Cairns to Cooktown Cardiac Challenge (photo: Unknown)
The HMAS Cairns team during the recent 332km Cairns to Cooktown Cardiac Challenge

Navy personnel from HMAS Cairns swapped hydro for helmets and boats for bikes in October in support of the Cairns Regional Council Ride2Work Day.
Commanding Officer Cairns, Commander Carl Capper, led a contingent of 25 registered riders, while six more volunteers from the establishment cooked and served breakfast for all participants from the community.
The event proved to be very successful, with hundreds of riders from the local community taking part. 
Riders left their cars for the day to participate in the event, which aims to promote riding to work as a regular habit.
“We were part of a great turn out for the event this year,” Commander Capper said.
“I believe there were around 400 participants, which is up by about 100 from last year’s event."
“I make an effort to ride to work about three or four times a week, so I feel like a had a head start on the event this year."
Navy personnel are required to keep fit as part of developing the resilience, endurance and strength required to serve at sea.
The breakfast prepared by Navy personnel was free for all participants, with food provided by Cairns Regional Council.
Breakfast was a healthier version this year, comprising of spinach wraps as opposed to the usual bacon and egg roll, much to the riders' delight.
“Events like this help us to promote safety, the well-being and development of all Navy people."
“It’s great to get the uniform out there to help us to build trust with the community, by creating strong relationships,” Commander Capper said.