Gladiator Games provides tough test of fitness

This article has photo gallery Published on PO Luke Ettridge (author)

Location(s): HMAS Waterhen, Sydney

Topic(s): Sport, HMAS Waterhen

Competitors in HMAS Waterhen’s Gladiator Games prepare for a punishing test of fitness. Who doesn’t love burpees? (photo: )
Competitors in HMAS Waterhen’s Gladiator Games prepare for a punishing test of fitness. Who doesn’t love burpees?

Sport, especially at the establishment and unit level, is a key contributor to the Navy’s ability to ‘Fight and Win at Sea’.

Every Navy establishment has its own approach to maintaining readiness of its personnel, and HMAS Waterhen on Sydney’s north shore is no exception. Wednesday 19 September saw HMAS Waterhen host the third Gladiator Games.

The Games are a part of the Eastern Australian Area sports competition and is based around cross modal fitness. Competitors battle against themselves and each other to find the fittest in the RAN. Participants are tested over a range of functional movements and don’t find out the details of the work out until the day of competition. This element of surprise allows a true test of fitness as competitors cannot train specifically for the event. 

This year’s Games consisted of five males and six females competing in the individual events and four teams in the newly added team’s event.

The workout was ‘Gallagher/McDonald’ a hero WOD dedicated to fallen Australian soldiers which comprised of front squats, burpees, kettle bell swings and a running component.

“The competition has come a long way and continues to get bigger every year,” said Gladiator Games creator and event manager Leading Seaman PTI Luke Martin.

First time competitor Able Seaman Trent Bowman said the event was fun and well organised.

“There was an awesome atmosphere and competitive spirit with all the participants cheering and encouraging each other even though we were competing against one another.” 

Waterhen Sports Officer and facility manager Petty Officer PTI Luke Ettridge said “I very impressed with the effort the competitors put in today.”

“Although it was a tough workout, no one quit, which is a great display of mental toughness and resilience”

Congratulations to the following winners:

  • First Place Male – ABET Matthew Jesaveluk (HMAS Brisbane)
  • First Place Female – LSMED Imogen Clements (HMAS Waterhen)
  • First Place Team – Free Maccas Wifi (Defence Sigint Cyber Command)

The games are held annually in September at HMAS Waterhen. Personnel who are interested in the 2019 event are encouraged to contact base PTIs for further details.