Ellis Beach sets scene for carnival
NIPPERS and senior surf lifesavers from Mackay to Port Douglas converged at Ellis Beach for the fourth surf sports carnival of the 2013 season on the weekend. Carnival champions were Cairns on 1509, Ellis Beach second on 1473 and Port Douglas third in 503 points. Competition started early on the Saturday with the title of Champion Lifesaver in each age group up for grabs. Port entered three competitors, Under 15s Finn Devine Cameron and Eliza Markham and U14 Harry Goodman. The competition tested knowledge of surf lifesaving, rescue and resuscitation skills as well as fitness and surf skills. Markham and Goodman both came away victors in their categories while Devine Cameron secured second place.
Jonte Revell again took out gold position in the under 9 surf race, second in the beach sprint and flags as well as earning points in the wade and board races. Hunta Langley finished fourth on the board just behind Jesse Smith in third place. Revell’s efforts paid off when he also finished second in both beach events while Smith earned fourth place in the sprint. Sophie Knight continued her fine form finishing second in the surf and wade races and fourth in the board race and in flags. Oliver Lukin was similarly impressive, earning second in the flags event, third in the sprint fourth in the wade race and fifth in both the board and surf race. Indeed it was Port’s day for flags with both Yolanda Passlow, fifth and Zane Collins, sixth, also earning points. Collins also finished fourth in the sprint and with the assistance of U9 competitors Revell and Smith, the team earned additional points in the board, wade and beach relays.
Under 11s Darci Maunder, Harrison OGorman-Petrack Tilly Lalor and Kai Smith put in an awesome effort as they finished fourth in the board relay and sixth in the wade and cameron relays. In the Under 12 division, Port’s Derek Sorensen was sensational with three first places in the surf race, board race and ironperson. Sorensen teamed up with Ryan Stanaway to win another first place in the board rescue before earning fourth in the sprint and sixth in flags. Jai Hackett proved he is still king of the beach with a win in the sprint and second in flags, but Stanaway was hot on his heels in second and third place respectively.
In the highly contested Under 13s division, Mitchell Knight was ousted from gold position for the first time this season into second spot in the surf race but improved to second in the board race and was sixth in the ironperson. Che Innes-Collins continued his rise up the ranks finishing third in the board race. Mia DevineCameron had her best overall results to date finishing in fifth place in the board and ironperson, third in the sprint and sixth in flags. Finn Stanaway teamed up with Collins to finish third in the board rescue before earning fourth in the sprint. Up against stiff opposition from Arcadian nippers, Under 14 representatives Sophie O’Gorman-Petrack and Harry Goodman secured points in almost all their individual events.
In Port’s under 15 team Finn DevineCameron rallied from his efforts in Saturday morning’s Champion Lifesaver competition to finish second in the tube race, third in the surf race and ironperson and fourth in the sprint and flags event. Similarly, Eliza Markham was second in the tube, fourth in the board race, first in the sprint and fourth in flags. Simon Kramer finished third in the board race and flags.Port’s only Open category competitor Irene Cats was impressive finishing in points position in all water events including for Cats, her inaugural ski race and ironperson. In the Masters arena Nikki Innes and John Goodman were ironperson champions, with Kelly McNamara and Ed Lukin earning second in the same event. Innes was impressive overall with second in the ski, third on the board and fourth in the surf and tube races. McNamara finished first in the ski, third in the surf race and fourth in the board event. Louise Devine was sixth in both the tube and surf races. Goodman first in the surf race, second in the tube, third in the ski and fourth on the board, while Lukin finished second in the surf and tube races and sixth in the ski. Brian Markham secured fourth in the tube and ironperson and fifth in the surf race while Grant Knight, Col Cameron and Steve Pollard also contributed with points.