PDSLC put in great performance at first carnival for season
THE Port Douglas Surf Lifesaving Club put in a mighty performance at the first carnival of the season at Mission Beach last weekend. The cool, windy conditions didn’t deter competitors from Under-8s through to Masters 55-plus as they vied for points in both beach and water events.
Despite depleted numbers due to illness and injury, Port’s contingent of 40 competitors generated some impressive results finishing third overall behind Ellis Beach and winners Cairns.
Under-8 competitor Jonte Revell was outstanding as he reigned supreme winning all of his events in his first ever carnival. Troy McNeil also fared well finishing fourth in the wade race and fifth in beach events. Revell and McNeil were joined by first timers Phoebe Brown, Jazmin Edmondson and Poppy Maunder to claim third place in both the beach relay and wade relay.
In the Under-9s, Oliver Lukin put in a fine performance on the beach finishing second and third in the flags and beach sprint respectively. Lukin also fared well in water events finishing fifth in both the board and wade race. Guy Edmondson ran close behind Lukin claiming fourth in the beach sprint while Seth Gray was unconcerned by the swell to complete the surf swim in fourth place. Zane Collins, Harper Woods, Kai Ilbery joined Lukin, Edmondson and Gray to finish third in the Beach Relay and second in the cameron relay.
Under-10s competitor Ethan Pedemay was fourth in his wade race and fifth in both the board race and beach sprint. Tilly Lalor, Harrison O’Gorman-Petrack and Darci Maunder also contributed valuable points and alongside Pedemay finished fourth in the beach relay and fifth in the wade relay.
Port’s sole Under-11 competitor Ryan Stanaway recorded excellent results including third in the flags, sprint and board race and fifth in the ironperson and surf race.
The benefit of off-season training was evident among the Under-12 and Under-14s. Mitchell Knight was sensational in the water finishing second in the surf swim, third in the board race and fourth in the ironman event. Finn Stanaway finished comfortably in second place in the beach sprint while Mia Devine-Cameron completed the ironwoman course in a commendable sixth place as well as finishing third in the board race and beach sprint. Joshua Lukin’s preference for beach events were reflected in his third place in the flags event and fourth in the beach sprint. Kalani Revell, Che Innes-Collins and Connor McNeil ably assisted Knight, Devine-Cameron, Stanaway and Lukin to accrue further points in team events.
In the Under-13s Harry Goodman scored points for the club across five events after finishing second in the surf swim, third in beach sprint, fourth in flags, fifth in ironman and board race. BJ McLeod had his best result to date finishing fourth in the board race and Hamish Doye earned points after taking out sixth in the flags.
Despite a recurring problem with a painful foot condition, Under-14 competitor Eliza Markham didn’t disappoint finishing a convincing first in the beach sprint, third in the ironwoman event, second in the board race and third in the surf race. Finn Devine-Cameron also proved too strong for much of the opposition after earning victory in the ironman, second in both the surf swim and board race and third in the beach sprint. Alison Munro also featured well across all events including second in flags, fourth in the sprint, fifth in the surf Swim and sixth in the ironwoman and board race. Simon Kramer was third in both his board race and flags. Together, Markham, DevineCameron, Munro and Kramer finished second in the board relay and fourth in the cameron relay.
Under-15 competitors Matthew Quinn and Daniel Walsh teamed up to claim fourth in the board rescue event while Walsh added to the club’s tally with fourth in the flags.
In the Masters arena Sara McLeod cleaned up in the 50-plus women’s category, winning every event. Nikki Innes won four events including the ironwoman, earning her age champion in the 40-plus category. Similarly, John Goodman claimed victory in three events to win the 50-plus male category. Ed Lukin and Kelly McNamara featured strongly in their age groups. Lukin was too strong for most of opposition finishing second in three events including the surf swim, tube race and flags. McNamara who claimed first place in the ski race also finished second in three events, the surf swim, board race and ironwoman. Brian Markham continued his annihilation of the opposition in the beach sprint while Grant Knight, Steve Pollard and Col Cameron were consistent performers placing in point positions across all their events.
The team is already making preparations for the next Carnival to be held at Port Douglas on August 11-12.