Cerberus swimmers compete for title

This article has photo gallery Published on CPL Mark Doran (author), LSIS Dove Smithett (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Cerberus, VIC

Topic(s): HMAS Cerberus, Swimming

The men's 100 metre freestyle heat starts during the HMAS Cerberus Swimming Carnival held at the Cerberus Gymnasium Aquatic Centre, Victoria. (photo: LSIS Dove Smithett)
The men's 100 metre freestyle heat starts during the HMAS Cerberus Swimming Carnival held at the Cerberus Gymnasium Aquatic Centre, Victoria.

Sailors, soldiers and airmen and women competed in the HMAS Cerberus annual swimming carnival in early August.

Close to 400 spectators from the base cheered on the six teams who represented the different departments of Cerberus.

The Maritime Logistics Health Department won the championship cup which was accepted by Flight Sargeant Lance Rennie of the Australian Defence Force School of Catering.

The Defence Force School of Signals finished a close second, as only one point separated them from the winners.

Maritime Logistics Health Department sports representative Flight Sargeant Rennie said he coordinated the team’s trials before the carnival and organised the swimmers into their races.

“Our results were a great team effort,” Flight Sargeant Rennie said.

“I wasn’t short of volunteers for any of the events.

Aircraftman Ben Martin competes in the 50 meter backstroke heat of the HMAS Cerberus Swimming Carnival held at the Cerberus Gymnasium Aquatic Centre, Victoria.

Aircraftman Ben Martin competes in the 50 meter backstroke heat of the HMAS Cerberus Swimming Carnival held at the Cerberus Gymnasium Aquatic Centre, Victoria.

“There was also a lot enthusiasm and team spirit in the cheer squads which encouraged all the swimmers to cross the finish line.

“Seaman Maritime Logistics - Chef Katherine Langendyk entered all the female masters’ events to help us get across the line and Lieutenant Commander Kim Leong, of the Australian Defence Force Dental School, also volunteered to help us out and gave it her best effort.”

A race with a difference was the run-swim event which involved a 200m run followed by a 100m swim.

Seaman Maritime Logistics - Supply Chain Jack Fraser, who is now posted to HMAS Stirling, won the Cerberus Cup as champion male swimmer and Seaman Amylee Bonsey, of the Defence Force School of Signals, won the Catterall Cup as champion female.

Seaman Fraser cleaned up the competitors in the 50m backstroke with a time of about 33sec and won the 50m freestyle event in just over 27sec.

“I started competitive swimming when I began going to school, though I have not been doing any since Year 10,” he said.

“I didn’t do a lot of preparation for my races and only managed to really train on a couple of afternoons.

“The carnival had a good vibe, there was a lot of competition and the spectators gave us plenty of support.”

Future submariner Seaman Bonsey came second in the 50m freestyle and won the 50m backstroke event with times of around 34sec and 37sec and was also in the 200m medley relay team (backstroke) and the 200m freestyle relay team.

She said it was a great carnival because faculty and students were all keen to be involved.

“We dressed up in the School of Signals colours with painted faces and there was a lot of cheering and carrying on,” Seaman Bonsey said.

“I am a bit of a swimmer.

“When I was at school I played water polo for north Queensland and was involved with Surf Life Saving as well as the swimming club when I was younger.

“I’m enjoying being at Cerberus, but I can’t wait until summer so I can go back to the beach.”