Navy sent a signal to the selectors when two HMAS Stirling-based sailors represented Western Australia in the recent Australian Defence Force Netball Championships held in Darwin.
Able Seaman Marine Maritime Logistics - Chef Kristie Bryden and Able Seaman Communication and Information Systems Stacy Creamer, were ‘on their game’ during the tournament and have now been selected in the Australian Defence Force Netball team to play in New Zealand next year.
The competition’s ‘Most Valuable Player’ - Able Seaman Bryden said that Western Australian teams played 14 games of netball against combined services teams from other states.
“We had team selections and training months before leading up to the competition in Darwin,” Able Seaman Bryden said.
“There were six teams in the woman’s competition in which I was selected into the Navy women’s team that played against the best of the Army and Air Force women.
“During that week, selectors watched each game and I was selected out of the teams into the Australian team who will play in New Zealand.
“There were 12 people selected from the competition with only two Navy players – myself and Able Seaman Creamer, the rest are Army.
“Netball has improved my leadership skills by stepping up and teaching team members new skills and being the best they can be and of course having fun.
“Being a chef means that you don’t have a lot of spare time and you work long hours being at sea and ashore.
“Cooking is my passion and I am always up for new ideas and improvements for a better workplace.
“I missed out on training while deployed to the Middle East in HMAS Melbourne including the Australian netball championships but it was also very rewarding.
“We seized millions of dollars of drugs coming into our country and had the opportunity to visit countries I would never have visited if it wasn’t for the deployment,” she said.
Able Seaman Creamer started playing netball 11 years ago after playing basketball most of her childhood.
“I only started playing netball for a bit of fun with some friends at a later in life,” Able Seaman Creamer said.
Outside of netball, Able Seaman Creamer’s challenging job at the Defence Communications Station involves efficient messaging services to the units at sea.
“I play netball because I love the competitiveness and the fitness aspect.
“Position-wise I can generally play either end of the court but I love to get out to Wing Defence whenever I can.
“My biggest goal will be realised when I am posted in HMAS Toowoomba next year.
“I believe it is going to be a very different environment and I’m sure there will be a whole lot of new things to learn,” she said.