Base to Base keeps Bombers in form

Killarney Vale AFL Team during pre-season training


What do you get when you combine an AFL club with a cancelled season due to COVID?

If you’re the Killarney Vale Bombers you enter a virtual fitness challenge and double the distance goal.

First Grade coach, Corey Shackleton, entered the club into the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Base to Base Challenge to give players a combined sense of purpose and a chance to give back to the community.

Registered to go the 1,386kms, the distance between all four helicopter bases, the team decided to up the ante and double the distance to 2,772kms.

“Our club has a strong sense of community; we’ve filled sandbags in storms and supported local causes in the past.

“With the footy season cancelled the Base to Base was a great opportunity to get the whole club involved, players, families, coaching staff, the lot,” Shackleton said.

The club also understands the importance of the Rescue Helicopter, with the women’s Assistant Coach a Paramedic and Corey himself experienced in the Rural Fire Service.

“The role of First Responders in our community is so important, so we are happy to do anything we can to raise funds for such a worthwhile charity,” Shackleton said.

Base to Base is a virtual fundraiser which will see participants walk, run, ride or roll the distance between any of the four Westpac Rescue Helicopter bases, located at Belmont, Broadmeadow, Tamworth and Lismore.

Participants can engage individually or gather a team to complete a mission together.

The event will appeal to people of all ages and fitness levels with distances ranging from 42km through to a challenging 1,386km to cover the distance between all four bases.

The challenge is free to enter with participants encouraged to raise funds for the Service by sharing their mission with family, friends and colleagues.

Participants can register at

Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service