Plenty of medals to add to tall tales for lo­cal outrig­ger crews

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

PAD­DLERS from the Port Dou­glas Out­rig­gers Club came home from two dif­fer­ent re­gat­tas with a to­tal of seven medals and plenty of great sto­ries to tell last week­end.

At the 40km Gold Coast Cup at Coolan­gatta, Faye Lil­ley won gold in the se­nior mas­ter di­vi­sion and joined Wendy Mor­ris in team­ing up with crews from North­cliffe and Bur­ley Heights.

Mean­while in Townsville, 18 more pad­dlers at­tended Round 2 of the Grand Prix se­ries.

Danielle Bellereo, Mia Messinger, Cecily Rid­der­hof, Lili Jensen Jacky Cooke and Monique John­ston won sil­ver in the Mas­ter Women’s 18km race and gold in the sprint.

Glen Thorp col­lected a bronze medal in the open men’s and Bill Rid­der­hof landed a sil­ver medal in the golden mas­ter men’s OC1 cat­e­gory, with Justin Whyte plac­ing fifth in the mas­ter men’s.

An­other sil­ver medal went to Mia and Monique in the Mas­ter Women’s OC2 class.

At their first ever re­gatta, Jen­nifer Pate, Kelly King, Win­nie Shi­mona and Kim St Pierre to­gether with Sonja Jor­dan and Steere In­grid Juchem placed sev­enth in the open 18km race and fifth in the sprint.

“The girls did a great job. The first re­gatta is al­ways hard but now we can build on this,” club coach In­grid Juchem said.

The open men’s crew of Bill Rid­der­hof, Glen Thorp, Justin Whyte, Tim El­lis and novice Lee Foster and Mick Bo­tom­sky had a fan­tas­tic fifth place in the sprint and com­pleted the 18km race with a strong fin­ish.

Luke Si­mons then joined up with five other pad­dlers to form the open-mixed crew com­pet­ing in a 6km and 500m sprint race.

The club is now look­ing for­ward to com­pete at the up­com­ing Great Bar­rier Reef Chal­lenge on May 26, a 40km down­wind race from Palm Cove to Port Dou­glas.

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