Adelaide’s Gladiator Games

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Geoff Long (author), ABIS Sittichai Sakonpoonpol (photographer), ABIS Daniel Goodman (photographer)

Topic(s): Exercises, HMAS Adelaide (L01), Health, Fitness and Wellbeing

Petty Officer Aircrewman Rhys Withers takes part in the Gladiator Games 2020 on HMAS Adelaide while transiting to Townsville for Exercise SEA WADER 2020. (photo: ABIS Sittichai Sakonpoonpol)
Petty Officer Aircrewman Rhys Withers takes part in the Gladiator Games 2020 on HMAS Adelaide while transiting to Townsville for Exercise SEA WADER 2020.

HMAS Adelaide’s Marine Technicians have won bragging rights by taking out the top two team positions in the ship’s Gladiator Games 2020.

Adelaide has been conducting a range of amphibious and aviation training exercises off the coast of Queensland.

Sixteen four-person teams, which included Navy and Army personnel from ship’s company and embarked forces, competed in a series of challenges designed to test both fitness and strategy.

Petty Officer Physical Training Instructor Simon Horner said the two teams of Navy Marine Technicians, commonly known as ‘Stokers’, had clearly outpointed their rivals, including a highly-fancied team from the embarked Amphibious Task Group (ATG).

“The Stokers who won the overall team prize were obviously fit, but strategy also plays a part in making sure the right individual takes on the right exercise discipline,” Petty Officer Horner said.

“This is the second time we’ve held the Gladiator Games in the ship and it’s a great way to build teamwork, camaraderie and fitness,” he said.

The team that completed the most repetitions in a series of four exercises - burpees, kettlebell swings, torsion bar thrusters and assault bike - in the allotted time was crowned the winner.

Petty Officer Horner and his three referees, Chief Petty Officer Physical Training Instructor Brian Garrety; Leading Seaman Physical Training Instructor Scott Ruthven; and Petty Officer Electronics Technician Robert Boyle-Allardice were on hand to make sure the repetitions were completed correctly.

Marine Engineer Lieutenant Calvin Andersen, currently on a placement from the Royal New Zealand Navy, said the four members of the winning ‘MT Kiwi’ team had only decided to enter together on the morning of the competition.

“We all enjoy going to the gym each day, so we had a good level of fitness and were happy to prove that Stokers are the most capable on the ship. And as I like to say, every team needs a Kiwi,” Lieutenant Andersen said.

The other three members of the winning team were Marine Technicians Leading Seaman Thomas Anderson; Leading Seaman Jason Armit; and Leading Seaman Daniel Sigmund.

Sport within the Australian Defence Force is an important element for the development of team and individual skills, and is an important part of maintaining physical and mental wellbeing.

As well as the winning team, individual prize winners on the day were Leading Seaman MT Thomas Anderson, who won the most valuable individual men’s award, and Army Lance Corporal Melissa Bowman, who won the most valuable female team member award.