Surf Lifesaving comp no mean feat
UNSEASONAL blustery conditions and ocean swell greeted competitors on the first day of competition at the Palm Cove Surf Lifesaving Carnival on Saturday.
Competitors were literally tossed from their surf craft while negotiating the break when, at its worst, also forced teams and individuals out of events.
The seas had calmed a little by the start of Sunday’s events which was a welcome relief for both water safety personnel and competitors.
Cairns Club was again victorious finishing on 2103 points overall, followed by Ellis Beach on 1593 and Port Douglas third, on 725 points ahead of Etty Bay and Mission Beach.
The Port Douglas club’s small contingent of Masters again shone, finishing convincingly in second on 282 points behind Cairns Club on 483 points with Ellis Beach Club in third place on 139 points.
Port’s juniors also fared well finishing third on 403 points behind Ellis Beach 787 points and Cairns 1008 points.
Champions from Port Douglas included Master competitors Sara McLeod, Nikki Innes and Kelly McNamara who finished top of their respective age groups while the men’s Masters contingent performed well but were unable to clinch overall top honours.
Grant Knight however, took home a sponsors prize with wins in the surf swim, tube race and beach sprint and second in the board race.
In the Masters’ arena the race of the day was awarded to Port’s three-man taplin relay team of John Goodman (ski), Ed Lukin (board) and Brian Markham (swim) with a stupendous win in tough conditions.
The club’s most senior competitor Steve Pollard was inspirational finishing first in the beach sprint and flags, second in the tube race and fourth in both the surf swim and board race.
Port’s only junior to be awarded age champion was Oliver Lukin for his outstanding performance in the Under-9s with his gold medal in flags, silver in the board race and sprint relay and bronze in the surf swim and wade relay.
Port athletes to receive special mentions were Under-9 competitor Sophie Knight, for the most outstanding board race, Under-14s’ Dylan Sorensen for fortitude and Under-12s’ Che Collins for improvement.
Local competitors chosen for the North Queensland branch team to compete at next year’s Queensland Junior State Championships at Hervey Bay were Derek Sorensen (Under-11s), Mitchell Knight and Mia Devine-Cameron (Under-12s), Harry Goodman (Under13s), Eliza Markham, Alison Munro and Finn Devine-Cameron (Under-14s). Jai Hackett (Under-11s) and Simon Kramer (Under-14s) were named as reserves.
Under 15 competitors Matthew Quinn, Jesse Hackett, Daniel Walsh and Cahil Rankin fought courageously in both water and beach events. Walsh won two medals, a silver in flags and bronze in the beach sprint while Rankin won bronze for the 2km beach run. Together the boys won bronze in the beach relay.
Under-19 competitors David Munro and Tom Richardson saved themselves for the final beach event, the flags with Munro claiming silver and Richardson the bronze.
Junior competitors brought home a well earned swag of medals in individual and team events.
Under-8s medal winners were Jonte Revell (flags and wade race) and Hunta Langley (flags).
Under-9 medal winners were Oliver Lukin (flags, board race, surf swim. sprint relay and board relay), Harper Woods (wade relay), Zane Collins (flags and beach relay), Seth Gray (wade re- lay), Guy Edmondson (beach relay), Kai Ilbury (beach relay) and Sophie Knight (wade race, surf race, beach sprint and wade relay).
Under-10s medal winner was Ethan Pedemay (board race and flags).
Under-11s medal winners were Derek Sorensen (surf swim, ironman, board race, board relay and board rescue), Jai Hackett (sprint, 1km run, flags, board relay and board rescue) and Ryan Stanaway (board relay).
Under-12s medal winners were Michell Knight (surf swim, board rescue and board relay), Che Collins (board race and board relay), Mia Devine-Cameron (board race and board relay) and Joshua Lukin (board rescue).
Under-13s medal winners were Harry Goodman (surf swim, ironman, board relay, board rescue, cameron relay, surf teams, beach relay and junior all-age relay), BJ McLeod (board rescue, surf teams and beach relay), Hamish Doye (beach sprint, beach relay, cameron relay, all-age relay and surf teams) and Sophie O’Gorman-Petrack (board rescue, surf teams and beach relay.
Under-14s medal winners were Alison Munro (ironwoman, surf swim, board race, beach sprint, flags, board relay, sprint relay and surf teams), Finn Devine-Cameron (surf swim, board race, ironman, beach sprint, board rescue, board relay, sprint relay, cameron relay and surf teams), Simon Kramer (junior all-age relay, board relay, sprint relay, cameron relay and board rescue), Dylan Sorensen (beach relay and cameron relay) and Sabrina Uhlman (beach relay and junior all-age relay).
Competitors in the Under-8s to Under-10s will now take a break while a small contingent Under-11 to Masters will continue to train in the lead up to the last carnival of 2012, the prestigious North Australian Titles in just a fortnight in Mackay.
Photos ED LUKIN