Chas­ing C'gatta gold

Quentin takes on new sport in big way with Coolan­gatta Gold:

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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.

PHOTO: JOHN MCCUTCHEON

BRING IT ON: Quentin Poulsen will com­pete in the up­com­ing Coolan­gatta Gold.

PHOTO: JOHN MCCUTCHEON

BRING IT ON: Quentin Poulsen will com­pete in the Coolan­gatta Gold.

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