Outrig­gers in mighty ef­fort

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

ROUND 4 of the Na­tional Out­rig­ger Grand Prix se­ries was held in In­n­is­fail at Fly­ing Fish point at the week­end.

Port Dou­glas Outrig­gers Ce­cily Rid­der­hof, Faye Lil­ley, Mia Messinger, Jan Ward, Kim St Piere and steerer In­grid Juchem com­pet­ing in the open division were third in the 15km marathon.

With four of the five top teams pad­dling in new light­weight ca­noes, the lo­cal girls showed the com­pe­ti­tion that ex­pe­ri­ence and strength some­times can beat mod­ern tech­nol­ogy.

They were sit­ting in sec­ond po­si­tion be­hind Out­rig­ger Whit­sun­days for two-thirds of the race, pad­dling in a ca­noe more than 80kg heav­ier, when the crew from Magnetic Is­land passed them.

“Five of us stepped down an age group or two to com­pete with Kim in this divison so we re­ally wanted to come home with a good re­sult for her,” In­grid said.

“I could hear the crew from Malanuka be­hind us get­ting closer, so I de­cided to cut across the sand­bank two kilo­me­tres from the fin­ish line rather than go around it - it was a bit of a gam­ble but it paid off.”

The team also fin­ished fourth in the 500m sprint.

Rac­ing con­tin­ued in the af­ter­noon with the sin­gle (OC1) and dou­ble (OC2) ca­noes.

Faye Lil­ley dom­i­nated the Women’s OC1 race and won the over­all and se­nior mas­ter division way ahead of the mas­ter and open class.

Mia Messinger, in her first ever OC1 race placed fourth over­all and third in the mas­ter division.

In­grid Juchem and Kim St Piere in her first OC2 race fin­ished fourth in the open women’s OC2 race.

Bill Rid­der­hof won gold in the golden mas­ter men OC1 race and to­gether with wife Ce­cily com­peted in the mixed OC2. A strong fin­ish se­cured them a place in the mid­dle of the field.

The club is now gear­ing up for its 20th birthday party in Septem­ber.

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