Chasing C'gatta gold
Quentin takes on new sport in big way with Coolangatta Gold:
TWO years ago, the Mooloolaba Surf Club shocked the surf sport world when it announced it would be cutting its competitive program – but for Quentin Poulsen, 40, that was just the beginning of his journey into a new sport.
That decision resulted in a mass exodus of elite ironmen from the club, including the likes of Ali Day and Matt Poole, but a rag tag crew of amateurs is reigniting the club’s competitive spirit.
Poulsen is part of a core group in its final preparations for next month’s iconic Coolangatta Gold race.
Renowned for being one of the toughest endurance races in surf sport, it’ll be Poulsen’s first time entering the long course which covers 41.8km across five unique legs.
“I joined with my son (two years ago). I just wanted to participate as water safety and I wanted to be there and help with the kids,” he said.
“I got friendly with a couple of the guys in here with a pretty decent training program. I threw myself into it and just start paddling.”
Last year he competed in a team with Sam Hemsley and Brett Williams who will also compete individually for the first time.
“After that event, Sammy and I made a bit of a pact that we’d throw our efforts into doing it individually,” she said.
“When it came around this year she convinced me to do it... I was keen to do it on my own and last year gave us a good taste for it.
“Individually the legs are manageable, but throw them all together – I’ve never done anything this sort of length.”
Matt Stewart and Jared Pailthorpe round out the core group, who Hemsley said have bonded over sharing the load of training.
“We all bring a speciality to the group: one of the guys is a PT, so he takes us for gym sessions, another one of the athletes is board, so takes intense board sessions.”
The Coolangatta Gold starts on October 7.
BRING IT ON: Quentin Poulsen will compete in the upcoming Coolangatta Gold.
BRING IT ON: Quentin Poulsen will compete in the Coolangatta Gold.