Moreton embraces resilience development

Published on ABML-P Caitlyn Motum (author)

Location(s): Kondalilla National Park, Qld

Topic(s): HMAS Moreton, Health, Fitness and Wellbeing, Physical Training (PT)

Members from HMAS Moreton enjoy a breather after a hike through Kondalilla National Park in south east Queensland. (photo: Unknown)
Members from HMAS Moreton enjoy a breather after a hike through Kondalilla National Park in south east Queensland.

Team building and resilience was the theme for Navy members from HMAS Moreton and surrounding outstations as they recently participated in a range of outdoor activities.

Chief Petty Officer Physical Training Instructor June Cunningham led team Moreton through a number of activities over three days, including, bush walking, camping and communal living, sport, PT sessions and evening campfire activities.

“The purpose of the resilience training was to challenge the team and aid them in overcoming setbacks and changes to routine. That definitely occurred numerous times throughout the activity,” said Chief Cunningham.

From the outset, Mother Nature decided to test the resilience of each individual. Due to unforeseen weather conditions, team Moreton spent most of their time in the rain.

The weather closed in and stayed constant for day one. Hiking up Mt Ngungun in the Glasshouse Mountains, just inland from Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, became a little more slippery than anticipated..

“Everyone pushed through and the view from the top was worth it,” said Leading Seaman Christie Piper. 

After the three kilometre return walk on Mt Ngungun, the team headed off to the next activity, a hike down to Kondalilla Falls. The circuit delivered a two and a half kilometre return walk through the Kondalilla National Park, down many stairs to the rock pools. The rain was at its heaviest during this walk and the Moreton team looked a little like they had been swimming fully clothed.

Day two took the Moreton team to Dicky Beach for a surfing lesson before a very wet night at the camp site.

“The difficulty of the Moreton resilience training was heavily influenced by the challenging weather conditions,” said Chief Petty Officer Craig Grundy.

“On return to camp, the team had to improvise to keep themselves and their fire dry. To their credit, the team worked together and overcame a significant challenge to ensure everyone was fed and kept dry.

“All participants returned to HMAS Moreton tired and in desperate need of a shower but it was an extremely successful endeavour where everyone enjoyed themselves.”