Good show lifesavers
TWENTY of the Port Douglas surf lifesaving crew travelled down to the North Aussie Championships in Mackay to finish off the season.
This is a big carnival with clubs from Bundaberg right up to and including Darwin competing not only in surf events, but also pool rescue, which is becoming very big on the international stage.
Port had a small but very successful team, with two under-12s, five under- 13s, two under- 14s, three under-15s and eight masters competing.
First up on the Friday was the pool rescue competition.
Mitchell Knight and Joshua Lukin came through to take silver in the patient tow. Not a bad effort seeing they had never seen this event before.
Sophie O’Gorman Petrack had an amazing time of it. Again, never having been involved is this before, she looked like a seasoned professional carrying manikins like she had been doing it all her life.
Harry Goodman collected gold in manikin tow and silver in manikin carry and 100 metre obstacles.
Eliza Markham took gold in manikin carry and bronze in 100 metre obstacles, and Finn Devine Cameron achieved silver in 100 metre obstacles, with bronze in manikin tow, and both 50 and 100 metre manikin carry.
With the weekend came the surf events, two days of beach and water.
In the under-12s Derek Sorrenson continued his water achievements going, taking out second in the ironman, and third in both the board race and surf race, and then teaming up with Jai Hackett to get fourth in the board rescue. Jai also claimed the silver medal in sprints.The under-13s probably had the biggest number of competitors of any age group with heats and finals in just about all events. Mia Devine Cameron got a tenth in ironwoman, and fourth in both board and surf race, beating girls that usually have the wood on her.
Che Innes Collins also got tenth in ironman, ninth on the board and twelfth in the surf race. Mitchell Knight came eighth on the board, seventh in ironman and fifth in the surf race. He also teamed up with Josh Lukin to take fifth in board rescue.
Finn Stanaway got through to the semis in the sprints, and also teamed up with Mia, Che and Mitchell to take out the bronze medal in the Cameron relay.
Under-14s saw a huge effort again by Sophie O’Gorman Petrack finishing fifth in the sprint and sixth in the flags. She also teamed up with Eliza in the under-15s board rescue to take out fourth place.
Under-15s saw Eliza come away with gold in the sprint, silver in the board, bronze in the rescue tube. Nice to get the full set!
She also was part of the team for the board relay and beach relay medals.
Simon Kramer was another outstanding team member in the beach relay and board relay medal winning teams and also achieved a silver in board rescue.This then brings us to the mighty masters.
The girls from this day forth shall always be known as the ‘‘Golden Girls’’. Their effort in teams events was amazing. Lynn Butterss, Kelly McNamara and Nicky Innes combined to take gold in all events.
This included Taplin, board relay, surf team, ski relay and board rescue. Nicky also ended up with gold in tube rescue, surf race, ironwoman and board. Silver came in 2km beach run and beach flags. Kelly scored the silver in board and bronze in sprints and flags with Lynn getting the bronze in surf race, fourth on the board and fifth in flags.
The men also did exceptionally well with a large field of competitors. Ed Lukin, John Goodman and Grant Knight teamed up to take gold in the surf teams event.
This is the first time that Port Douglas has taken this event out. Ed and John then teamed up with Colin Cameron to take silver in the taplin, bronze in the board relay, and Grant joined them for a bronze in the beach relay.
Grant and Ed also teamed up for a silver in the board rescue, an event that they used to be hopeless in, now just everybody else is! Grant continued his unbeaten run in water events at Mackay with gold in the surf race, tube rescue and board race. Silver in the 2km run, bronze in flags and fourth in the sprint. John got the gold in board and ironman and silver in the surf race. Steve Pollard, club president collected a full set of medals with gold in board, silver in ironman and bronze in the ski and flags.
READY TO RACE:
PDSLC’s Mia Devine Cameron (center)