Navy spins for Ocsober

Published on LEUT Samantha Dudley (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Stirling, WA

Topic(s): HMAS Stirling, Fleet Base West, Ocsober

Teams from HMAS Stirling complete a 24 hour spin bike challenge for the Ocsober charity. (photo: LSIS Brad Darvill)
Teams from HMAS Stirling complete a 24 hour spin bike challenge for the Ocsober charity.

Personnel from HMAS Stirling and Fleet Base West ported ships showed their support for Life Education’s ‘Ocsober’ by participating in a 24 hour spin bike marathon at the Fleet Base West gymnasium over 19-20 September.

The aim of the ‘spin-a-thon’ was to raise awareness of Ocsober and commence fundraising for the important Life Education initiative that encourages people to give up alcohol for the entire month of October.

Despite tired legs and excruciating glutes, the gym was buzzing with a sense of pride and accomplishment on completion of the marathon ride.

“The seven teams of ten who conducted the spin-a-thon achieved a very impressive 5887.5 kilometres over the 24 hour period,” said Commanding Officer HMAS Stirling, Captain Angela Bond.

“With the teams challenging each other along the way and a few funny costumes, there was never a dull moment,” she said.

Competition between the teams was stiff, but it was ultimately the Physical Training staff who took pride of place on the winner’s podium, achieving a very admirable 906.7km.

Submarine Force came in a close second achieving 901km and HMAS Toowoomba showed they were no push over coming third with 871km.

CAPT Bond, who kicked off the race for the Command Team with a notable 17km in 30 minutes, gave credit to the Joint Health Centre - West.

“For a significant period of the spin-a-thon, three junior sailors carried the Health Centre team, riding 630km of their teams total 812km.”

“Their effort was very inspiring,” she said.

On completion of the marathon, Mr Bernie Foley, Executive Officer Life Education Western Australia addressed the participants and supporters, thanking them for their efforts and reiterating the importance of Ocsober.

“Ocsober raises funds for Life Education’s drug and health education programs that support and strengthen primary and secondary schools drug and health initiatives,” said Mr Foley.

“The money raised goes directly to Life Education to teach more children the skills and the knowledge to say “no” to drugs and alcohol.”

“Many children are missing out on this vital program, and that is where this support can make such a difference,” he said.

The Royal Australian Navy remains a long time supporter of Life Education’s Ocsober and are proud to help promote awareness and fund raise for this worthy objective.

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