Car­ni­val on the beach

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

AL­MOST 300 surf life­savers and nip­pers con­verged on Four Mile Beach on the week­end to con­test Port’s 2013 car­ni­val hon­ours.

With windy con­di­tions pro­duc­ing a chal­leng­ing swell, those with com­pe­tent surf skills were at an ad­van­tage and it took sheer de­ter­mi­na­tion from our youngest com­peti­tors sim­ply to ne­go­ti­ate the break.

Boast­ing al­most half of the com­peti­tors in the car­ni­val, Cairns club reigned supreme on 1966 points. El­lis fin­ished in sec­ond with 1284 points and Port was third with 732 points.

Supreme per­for­mances were recorded by a num­ber of Port’s en­trants. Most no­table among the win­ners were Finn Devine-Cameron, win­ner of the elite Un­der-15 male cat­e­gory and Sofia Cullen was age cham­pion for the Un­der-8 girls. In Masters Nikki Innes, Col Cameron, John Good­man and Brian Markham were all win­ners in their re­spec­tive age groups and de­spite plac­ing first in the iron­woman event, Lynn But­terss placed in third place over­all be­hind Kelly McNa­mara who fin­ished in sec­ond place with win­ning per­for­mances in craft events.

Michael Bolt won the swim, ski and Iron­man events and placed third in his age group, while Steve Pol­lard (60+) made a dra­matic exit se­verely in­jur­ing his calf mus­cle in the first sprint event of the car­ni­val. New club­bie Steve Pol­lard (40+) fin­ished fourth over­all in his cat­e­gory in his first car­ni­val while Grant Knight was third. Ed Lukin shared sec­ond in the 45+ age group just one point be­hind Cameron.

Com­pet­ing along­side Un­der-8 fe­male cham­pion Cullen, Reef Ward earned sev­eral points with fourth in three events and fifth in an­other. Jasper Maun­der just missed out on first place due to a slip­pery flag and Ge­orgie Rock­ley was sixth in her sprint race. Ja­cob Ped­er­son, Sam Hack­ett, Tay­lor West and Zara Soltwedel were out­stand­ing ad­di­tions to the Un­der-8 re­lay teams.

Un­der-9 com­peti­tor Jonte Rev­ell faced stiff op­po­si­tion just miss­ing out on age cham­pion hav­ing fin­ished first in flags, sec­ond in the sprint and wade races, third in the surf race and fifth in the board race. Hunta Lan­g­ley fin­ished third in the board race as well as earn­ing points in the flags event and in the sprint.

Jesse Smith was con­sis­tent, fin­ish­ing fourth in three events while Mercedes Ram­sey con­tin­ued her rise up the ranks with third place in the board race, and points in both beach events.

Corey Bick­ford was sixth in his first at­tempt at flags and nar­rowly missed out on points in other in­di­vid­ual events. Poppy Maun­der and Phoebe Brown were both sen­sa­tional, con­tribut­ing to the club’s tally in team events.

In the Un­der-10s arena So­phie Knight con­tin­ued her fine form, fin­ish­ing first in the wade, sec­ond in the surf race and sixth in the board race.

Oliver Lukin was sim­i­larly ad­mirable, fin­ish­ing first in flags and in points po­si­tion in three other events. Kade Bick­ford was ter­rific at his first car­ni­val fin­ish­ing first in sprints and sec­ond in flags while Harper Woods was fifth in the wade.

Zane Innes-Collins joined forces with Lukin, Woods and Knight to win the wade re­lay and Yolanda Pass­low and Lu­cas Pol­lard teamed up for more points in the beach re­lay.

Ethan Pede­may was Port’s best on beach in the Un­der-11 age group fin­ish­ing first in flags and third in the sprint. Darci Maun­der and Kai Smith also fared well, with Maun­der fin­ish­ing fourth in flags and fifth on the board. Smith was fourth in his board race and was joined by Liam Sands and Har­ri­son OGor­man-Pe­track to fin­ish well in re­lay events.

Port’s in­trepid trio in the Un­der-12 di­vi­sion were Derek Sorensen, Jai Hack­ett and Ryan Stan­away. Sore­ne­sen was es­pe­cially un­lucky not to be age cham­pion hav­ing won all wa­ter events, in­clud­ing the gru­elling iron­man. Hack­ett and Stan­away fought head to head in their events with Hack­ett claim­ing fist and sec­ond on the beach and sixth in the surf race while Stan­away was third in both beach events and sixth in both the board race and iron­man event.

In Un­der-13s, Mitchell Knight se­cured gold po­si­tion for the third time this sea­son in the surf race and third in the board while Che In­nesCollins con­tin­ued to rise up the ranks with su­perb re­sults in­clud­ing third in the iron­man, fourth in the board race and sixth in the swim. Finn Stan­away had his best mo­ment on the beach fin­ish­ing sec­ond in the sprint while Kalani Rev­ell fin­ished sec­ond in flags.

Neisha Elkins in her first ever car­ni­val put in what was prob­a­bly the best ef­fort of the day to com­plete the iron­man event and also fin­ished sixth in the sprint. Josh Lukin and Toniesha Phillips helped se­cure sec­ond place in the cameron re­lay while Mia Devine-Cameron as­sisted Knight, Lukin and Phillips to third in the beach re­lay, Moses Han­net Wade, Sam Pol­lard and Raine Ward were awe­some in team events adding to the club’s tally.

Still in con­tention for North Qld Branch ju­nior team places, Un­der14 com­peti­tors So­phie OGor­man-Pe­track and Harry Good­man both fared well se­cur­ing points in all their in­di­vid­ual events.

Port fielded a ca­pa­ble Un­der-15 team in­clud­ing along­side cham­pion Devine- Cameron, Si­mon Kramer, Eliza Markham, Sab­rina Uhlmann, and Hugo Walker.

For the first time this sea­son DevineCameron fin­ished first in the pres­ti­gious iron­men event. Markham took out gold po­si­tion in the board race and ac­cu­mu­lated more points in the surf race and iron­woman. Kramer con­trib­uted ad­mirably in point po­si­tion in four events while Uhlmann was sen­sa­tional fin­ish­ing third in flags. Walker, in his first ever car­ni­val, as­sisted Devine-Cameron, Markham and Kramer to fur­ther points in team events. Open cat­e­gory com­peti­tor Irene Cats was sim­i­larly im­pres­sive in the wa­ter fin­ish­ing strongly in the open surf and the board race.

Club mem­bers were grate­ful for the sup­port of lo­cal busi­nesses. Hog’s Breath Cafe, Bel Cibo and Chilly’s Pizza and Trat­to­ria gen­er­ously do­nated the food. The club also thanked the busi­nesses that do­nated prizes and ac­com­mo­dated or­gan­i­sa­tional needs for the surf car­ni­val, in­clud­ing IGA, Salsa Bar & Grill, Se­abean, The Kitchen at the Surf Club, Mocka’s Pies, Dain­tree Chai Tea,Port Dou­glas Cater­ing, Port Party Hire and Port Pro­duce.

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