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port remains one of Defence’s
greatest traditions, and
an important element
in developing team and
individual skills, while
keeping bodies in shape.
Signifying the beginning of an integrated
sporting environment which members from the
APS and three Services now enjoy, all references
to the word “Force” were removed from the title of
Defence sporting associations in 2006.
The name change was also adopted by the ADF
Sports Council, now known as the Australian Defence
Sports Council (ADSC), headed by the Director General
Defence Education, Training and Development.
Other members include representatives from
the Services, and the Assistant Director of Sport and
Adventurous Training, Robert Todkill—the APS member
responsible for the Council’s secretariat needs.
“Defence sport provides an avenue for greater
interaction across the organisation,” Robert said.
“It encourages both serving and APS members
to join together and compete at various levels
from local, interstate and national carnivals, to
international events against foreign defence forces
and civilian sides.”
ADSC also provides financial support and
endorsement to 23 affiliated sporting associations.
events of interest
Held in Darwin every second year, the Arafura
Games (aka the Games) is the biggest event on the
Defence sporting calendar, with about 200 Defence
members competing across 14 sports listed in the
table on the following page.
The Games began in 1991 as the Arafura
Sports Festival with 1500 participants from seven
countries competing in 13 sports. This year the
Games will be held from 9–17 May.
Coordinated by the Northern Territory
Government, Robert said the Games are the leading
international sporting competition for developing
athletes from the Asia Pacific region, with tens
of thousands of athletes, spectators, officials and
volunteers involved throughout its history.
“They are billed as a meeting of our sporting
neighbours, attracting competitors from all parts of
Australia and nations throughout the Asia Pacific
region,” Robert said.
“By the time the ninth Games were held in
2007, participation had soared to more than 3,000
athletes representing 42 nations, from regional
countries as well as the United States, Japan,
China and the United Kingdom with competition in
For the first time in 2007, the combined ADF and
APS teams competed under the one Defence banner
in 13 sports, with our contingent of 188 athletes
wining 20 gold, 21 silver and 18 bronze medals.
Other sporting events
All ADSC affiliated associations schedule
activities throughout the year achieving excellent
results. Some of these are highlighted below.
australian Defence nordic Biathlon association
The Australian Defence Nordic Biathlon
Association competes annually at Mt Hotham in
Victoria, conducting National Inter-Service biathlon
patrols and relays, and has recently conducted a
tour in Autrans, France for the Masters World Cup.
australian Defence Running & athletics
This association of keen runners and athletes
compete in marathons, cross-country, track and
field, both locally and internationally. In August
2008 they represented Defence when competing
in the annual City to Surf in Sydney during which
their premier runner finished eighth outright. In
September the premier female distance runner
finished second in the Sydney marathon. In July
2007 the team also went on a tour of Vanuatu,
with the women’s team winning the event outright
as well as setting a new record time.
The Alpine Snow Sports Association (ASSA)
Australian Defence Basketball Association (ADBA)
Australian Services Cricket Association (ASCA)
Australian Defence Golf Association (ADGA)
Australian Service Bowls Association (ASBA)
Australian Defence Nordic Biathlon Association (ADNBA),
Australian Services Rugby Union (ASRU)
Australian Defence Sailing Association (ADSA)
Australian Defence Softball Association (ADSA)
Australian Defence Tenpin Bowls Association (ADTBA)
Australian Defence Services Triathlon Association (ADSTA)
Australian Defence Water Polo Association (ADWPA).
Australian Services Australian Football Association (ASAFA)
Australian Defence Clay Target Association (ADCTA)
Australian Defence Cycling Association (ADCA)
Australian Defence Hockey Association (ADHA)
Australian Defence Netball Association (ADNA)
Combined Australian Services Rugby League (CASRL),
Australian Defence Running & Athletics Association (ADRAA)
Australian Defence Football Federation (ADFF)
Australian Defence Squash Racquets Association (ADSRA),
Australian Defence Touch Association (ADTA)
Australian Defence Volleyball Association (ADVA)
australian Defence sports council
affiliated sporting associations
AuSTRALIAN DEFENCE SPoRTS ASSoCIATIoN
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