Good show life­savers

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

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.


PDSLC’s Mia Devine Cameron (center)

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