New Entry Officers rise to the challenge

Published on LCDR Chloe Wootten (author), MIDN Dean Ryan (photographer)

Location(s): Nowra, NSW

Topic(s): HMAS Albatross, HMAS Creswell, Charities, Fundraising & Community

MIDN Robert McRae, SBLT Denis Oshaliee, MIDN Michael Benjamin and SBLT Phillip Qin of Jervis Division, NEOC 49, at the Noah’s Challenge in Nowra. (photo: MIDN Dean Ryan)
MIDN Robert McRae, SBLT Denis Oshaliee, MIDN Michael Benjamin and SBLT Phillip Qin of Jervis Division, NEOC 49, at the Noah’s Challenge in Nowra.

Officer training is an adventure for some, but not often do trainees get to participate in an adventure race during course.

On 7 September, members of New Entry Officers’ Course (NEOC) 49 from HMAS Creswell had a chance to support the local community through participating in the annual ‘Noah’s Challenge’.

The event raises money for Noah’s Shoalhaven, a not-for-profit centre that supports children with special needs.

Midshipman Dean Ryan, a member of the team entered by Phillip Division, described how a day off from the rigours of officer training was time well spent, “It was a great opportunity to engage with the community and support such a great cause in a fun and challenging way,” he said.

Competitors undertook a cross country run, mountain bike leg, and canoe paddle, plus a road bike leg over two hours.

Jervis Division came out on top from the teams entered from Creswell.

The charity has operated in the region since 1981 and is the official charity for HMAS Albatross, with many willing and helpful personnel from Albatross helping and officiating on the day.