Creswell crew doing it for the kids

Published on LEUT Damien Hansen (author), LEUT Ben Sweetenham (photographer)

Location(s): Nowra, NSW

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

Sub Lieutenant Asara takes part in the 2014 Noah’s Challenge Adventure Race in Nowra, NSW. (photo: LEUT Ben Sweetenham)
Sub Lieutenant Asara takes part in the 2014 Noah’s Challenge Adventure Race in Nowra, NSW.

On 6 September personnel from HMAS Creswell and the New Entry Officers’ Course (NEOC) participated in the Noah’s Challenge adventure race in and around the Nowra area.

Nine teams from NEOC and the Officer Initial Entry Faculty staff, and two teams from the ship’s company ran, rode and paddled around the 27km course, raising money for the Noah’s Shoalhaven children’s services which assists children with special needs in the Shoalhaven, Jervis Bay and Gerringong areas.

Creswell Physical Training and medical personnel also assisted in making the day run smoothly.

Midshipman Fiddis takes part in the cycle leg of the 2014 Noah’s Challenge Adventure Race in Nowra.

Midshipman Fiddis takes part in the cycle leg of the 2014 Noah’s Challenge Adventure Race in Nowra.

During an adventure race, teams are required to demonstrate high levels of teamwork to finish the race as a group, as well as have the core navigation skills and base fitness to complete the route. This was the first opportunity for the NEOC members to be part of a community event representing Navy and Creswell, racing alongside members of the local community and interstate athletes visiting for the event.

“It's been a great day and I’ve seen smiles across the faces of all the teams,” said Midshipman Jared Willans when asked about the event.

“It's been great to be able to represent Navy, pushing ourselves both physically and mentally, yet still enjoying ourselves.”

Members of New Entry Officers’ Course 51 prepare for the 2014 Noah’s Challenge Adventure Race.

Members of New Entry Officers’ Course 51 prepare for the 2014 Noah’s Challenge Adventure Race.

“The Noah’s Shoalhaven service provides fantastic and vital support to the local community and everyone here has really focussed on the reason for our entry,” he said.

Further information regarding the Noah’s Challenge and the cause can be found at http://www.noahschallenge.com.au.