HMAS Anzac’s ships company would drag themselves through mud to help those in need, and that's what 43 members of the crew did on 13-14 September at the 'Tough Mudder' event held in the Darling Ranges on the outskirts of Perth.
Personnel completed a 20 km off-road course with 18 military-style obstacles testing strength, agility, grit and camaraderie. If that wasn't enough, they followed that with volunteering their time to assist in the running of the event the next day, whilst collecting donations for the 'Sodlier on' charity.
Commanding Officer of HMAS Anzac, Commander Matt Doornbos, said that the activity was a chance for his team to help each other through challenges and bond as a group.
"Events such as these promote the values of teamwork, confidence, motivation and cooperation which align with Navy's ethos and the ship's motto ‘United We Stand", Commander Doornbos said.
The 'Tough Mudder' course involves plenty of mud and is designed to present a physical and mental challenge where participants to overcome common fears of water, the cold, electricity, heights and fire. One particularly popular obstacles involved wading and duck diving through a waist deep ice bath.
Leading Seaman Physical Training Instructor Amy Carpenter described the event as a fun way to keep fit.
"This is exactly the opportunity we needed to test our physical fitness, help each other rise to the challenge--all while getting covered in mud!" she said.
The team efforts also raised over $10,000 for 'Soldier On', a charity focused on supporting physically and psychologically wounded ADF veterans. See: www.soldieron.org.au for more information.