Outrig­gers clean up

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

IF THE Port Dou­glas Outrig­gers Club keeps win­ning medals, they may have to con­sider build­ing a tro­phy cabi­net.

The club sent its biggest con­tin­gent of the year to the fifth AOCRA North Queens­land Zone re­gatta, held in blus­tery con­di­tions at El­lis Beach re­cently and brought home five medals.

Fac­ing the choppy surf, ex­pe­ri­enced pad­dler Bec Brooks had some ad­vice for the new pad­dlers, in­clud­ing re­gatta first­timers Tim El­lis and Chris­tine Gueril­lot.

“Feel the fear, but do it any­way,” she told them.

De­spite a few spills and cap­sizes, the team of 23 rose to the chal­lenge and snagged three gold and two bronze medals.

How­ever, the club has nowhere to dis­play their medals.

“I sup­pose it would be nice to be able to see all the medals in one spot,” club stal­wart Deb May­nard said.

“I know Faye (Lil­ley) has a room­ful.

“I’ve got my (world cham­pi­onship V12 gold) medal hang­ing off the rear-view mir­ror in my car.”

Faye brought home an­other two gold medals from the week­end re­gatta, one in­di­vid­ual and a V6, af­ter team­ing up with Denise Lee Long, Ce­cily Rider­hof, Jan Ward, Leanne Banks and Deb in the se­nior masters’ women’s 8km marathon race.

The same team scored a bronze in the 300m sprint.

Jess Arm­brust steered the open women’s team in her first marathon, with Bec Brooks, Denise Lee Long, Jan Ward, Faye Lil­ley and Deb May­nard.

The Port Dou­glas club dom­i­nated the masters women’s marathon, with In­grid Juchem and Sher­a­lyn Bush tak­ing gold and Lily Jansen and Danielle Bellero pick­ing up the bronze.

In a sign the club is get­ting stronger, Port Dou­glas had enough com­peti­tors at the event to field two mixed teams in the sprints and marathons.

The club will throw it­self back into train­ing now for the next re­gatta at Fly­ing Fish Point in late Au­gust.

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