PDSLC put in great per­for­mance at first carnival for sea­son

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

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.

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