Carnival on the beach
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.