It might still feel like an icy winter in Victoria, but that didn’t stop the HMAS Cerberus ship’s company from hitting the pool for the annual whole-of-base swimming carnival.
Seven teams representing the various training faculties, Command and Recruit School tried to best each other in 15 separate race events, including individual races and relays.
The competition was held in accordance with International Swimming Federation rules to ensure swimmers were adequately challenged. The end result for top Faculty/School went to Maritime Warfare South who beat the Electronic Technicians component of the Technical Trades Faculty (TTF) for the top position by just four points. Last year’s winners, Maritime Logistics and Health (MLH) ended up third.
Five major trophies were awarded:
Championship Cup – Maritime Warfare South
Catterall Cup Open Male – SMN Jandre Van Der Walt
Cerberus Cup Open Female – SMN Kassidee Smith
Veteran Cup Male – CAPT Mike Oborn
Veteran Cup Female – PO Sabrina Nitsche
Petty Officer Physical Trainer Joe Carroll said the swimming carnival gave the training faculties a chance for students and staff to come together in a different setting.
“Everyone can voice their support for their teammates, regardless of their rank or standing within their normal training environments,” he said.
“An event like this is a great equaliser, when the best swimmers from each faculty just compete.”
“A base-wide sporting event proves everyone must be fighting fit and able to perform and win in a competitive environment, even if it’s just in the confines of a swimming carnival.”