The conditions could not have been better for a hotly contested game of soccer between HMA Ship’s Melbourne and Sirius, during a recent port visit in Singapore.
The sport of soccer is currently undergoing a resurgence at Fleet Base West, in Rockingham, after a busy 18 month period that has seen the team based at HMAS Stirling creating a strong impression in the local competition as well as against visiting ship’s teams.
Members of the Australian women’s cricket team were taken out of their comfort zone during a military training session with players from the Australian Defence Force women’s cricket team at Gallipoli Barracks on 14 September.
A first-game loss against Army dashed Navy’s lawn bowlers the chance to contest the champion service trophy at the Australian Defence Force bowls championships, held in Sydney, in September.
Navy’s squash players were unable to repeat the success they had last year at this year’s Australian Defence Force National Squash Carnival held at Williamtown in late August.
Motivation and encouragement from fellow competitors inspired a sailor to be representing Australia in the 2017 Invictus Games.
Energetic batting and high-scoring cricket will now be on the Navy Cricket calendar, with the introduction of the Super 6s format.
As one of the biggest crowd-pullers at the Invictus Games, wheelchair rugby will provide a unique opportunity for people to celebrate and honour ill, wounded and injured servicemen and women and a Navy Warrant Officer is one of the driving forces behind the Australian team.
Australia’s Invictus Games swimming coach is Navy’s own Lieutenant Amy Beal, who is in Toronto, Canada with the Australian team putting the ‘unconquered’ into the adaptive sports competition concept.
It’s not just the vast waters of the high seas Navy is fighting and winning on.