Sand Storm to hit Swan­bourne for sol­diers

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page -

MORE women may do the heavy lift­ing at the sec­ond an­nual Great West­ern Sand Storm of runs and ex­er­cise through en­ergy-sap­ping soft sand at Swan­bourne Beach to raise money for the char­ity Sol­dier On next month.

“Last year, 70 per cent of those who en­tered were women, and their most popular event was the Sand Storm Cir­cuit,” event or­gan­iser Mark Famil­ton said.

The 500m cir­cuit through sand near the Spe­cial Air Ser­vice’s Camp­bell Bar­racks is punc­tu­ated with de­mand­ing sets of pushups, sit-ups, squats and lift­ing sand­bags.

“It beats a run on the beach be­cause it’s more of a chal­lenge,” Cap­tain Lyn­dal Day (26) said.

En­trants can also tackle 50km, 42km marathon, a half-marathon, a 10km race or the 5km “fun run” or 2.5km legs up and down the beach.

The runs at­tract civil­ian fit­ness fans, in­clud­ing nurse and mother-of-two Emma Bent­ley (35) who will tackle 10km.

“I’m do­ing it to sup­port a good cause with friends,” Ms Bent­ley said.

Founded in 2012, Sol­dier On was formed to as­sist with the fi­nan­cial, phys­i­cal and emo­tional needs of de­fence per­son­nel who served in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Sol­dier On’s events and ac­tiv­i­ties aim to steer vet­er­ans away from post-ser­vice iso­la­tion.

For­mer navy com­mu­ni­ca­tions spe­cial­ist Sue Kings­ley (50) is us­ing the Sand Storm event as a goal to get back to her job as a St John Am­bu­lance dis­patcher, af­ter she was treated for can­cer for the past 14 months.

A fort­night ago, she took part in her first Swan River sculls row­ing les­son, which was or­gan­ised by Sol­dier On.

“My friends say they have no­ticed a change in my mind­set af­ter be­ing around ser­vice peo­ple and their de­ter­mi­na­tion,” Ms Kings­ley said.

For­mer and cur­rent ADF per­son­nel and their fam­i­lies can en­ter Sand Storm free.

Visit www.greatwest­ern­sand­storm.com.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d434609

Or­gan­iser Mark Famil­ton with Lyn­dal Day, Emma Bent­ley, Sue Kings­ley and El­iz­a­beth Wool­lard.

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