Staying fit Casey-style

Casey Health and Wellness Centre

On arriving at Casey in March this year, I was pleasantly surprised to find a well-established. health-conscious, sports-oriented community. Activity was already occurring on station in every available space and out and about in the Station Operating Area.

Examples of activity we have participated in so far include walking down and around the wharf combined with the Reeve’s Hill ascent, fat biking around station, walking the Bailey’s recreation area and skiing a half marathon to Wilkes Hut and back.

With the onset of inclement weather the focus on indoor activity has also increased, including good use of Casey’s well-established gyms as well as using every other suitable space that can host yoga, high intensity fitness (HIT) training classes and boxing.  For example, the bar alternates as a boxing facility before and sometimes after work as well and provides a good place to hold this professional style training.

Casey’s gyms have an array of sweat extracting to torturous machines. Amongst the cross trainers, bicycles and rowing machines sits the treadmill with speeds and distances increasing daily. It gives burning rubber a new meaning. It is certainly a station favourite. In fact, after learning a marathon was completed last season, the challenge is already on for this year, with one person having completed a winter marathon just this week. I’m sure there will be more to come. 


Getting to know a Casey expeditioner — Jason Rennie


Jason Rennie 




Dubbo NSW but born in Griffith NSW

Previous seasons?


Job title:

Station Communication Technical Officer (SCTO)

Describe your role in two sentences:  

As a SCTO I look after everything to do with electronic communications on station. This includes radios, phones, satellite link back to Australia and also GPS units just to name a few items.

What did you do before your joined the AAD?

Broadcast Technician for Broadcast Australia looking after ABC and SBS transmission sites and also NSW Government Radio Network (Emergency Services Radio network)

What is your favourite part of your job here at Casey?

The variety of work and also the views.

If you were not a Comms Tech what would be your dream job?

Paintball Field Operator

How does this season at Casey compare to your previous seasons down south?


What do you like to do in your spare time?

Watch movies, read, listen to music

What song sums up your Casey experience so far?

Comfortably Numb — Pink Floyd

What actor would play you in a film version of our 72nd ANARE season here at Casey?

Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool)

Favourite piece of Australian Antarctic Division kit?

Everything that keeps me warm

What is your favourite book / movie (or both) and why?

The Rift War Saga (Magician) by Raymond E. Feist

What is your typical ‘Slushy FM’ genre? Do you have a particular favourite?

No real genre, I enjoy anything upbeat

Describe your Casey experience with: a sight, a smell, a sound, a feeling and a taste.

Sight — ice forming on Newcomb Bay

Smell — the lack of smell

Sound — a cold porch door closing when there is an aurora

Feeling — the bite of the cold breeze on your face as you step outside

Taste — the very delicious food that Jordan cooks for us, especially the birthday cakes and desserts.

Do you have a favourite quote that you’d like to leave us with?

Live for today because tomorrow never comes (unknown)