El­lis Beach sets scene for car­ni­val

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

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.

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