COMTRAIN joins trainees on the footy field

Published on LEUT Sarah Mills (author), SBLT Karl Hooper (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Creswell

Commodore Training, Commodore Michael Rothwell, RAN gets passed the ball during a friendly Touch Football game at HMAS Creswell. (photo: SBLT Karl Hoopman)
Commodore Training, Commodore Michael Rothwell, RAN gets passed the ball during a friendly Touch Football game at HMAS Creswell.

Junior officer trainees at the Royal Australian Naval College recently had the chance to toss the ball to Commodore Training, Commodore Michael Rothwell when Navy's Senior Leadership Group met at HMAS Creswell last month.
 
Following the formal proceedings the Naval Officer Leadership Course 1 trainees invited the head of Navy training to 'pull on the boots' and join them for a game of touch football for 'dog watch' sport.
 
Commodore Rothwell, a seasoned rugby player and involved in the Australian Services Rugby Union, commented that it had been a 12 year hiatus since he had last played on Creswell’s magnificent Quarterdeck, or grassed parade-ground.
 
What the game lacked in technique, it made up for in friendly spirit and the Commodore showed he had lost none of his own rugby skills on the field.
 
“It was a fabulous opportunity for me to engage with the trainees over a friendly game of touch footy. I hope it also served to emphasise the importance of sport in a healthy life, development of team skills, and also as a component in developing our warfighting culture. It was extremely enjoyable. I’ll be doing it again,” he said.
 
The trainees appreciated the opportunity to play against and talk to a member of Navy's senior leadership.
 
The course is the second phase of the Leadership, Management and Professional Development continuum for officers run at the College. Sport and wellbeing are significant components of training across courses within Navy.