National ti­tle for our Whit­sun­day out­rig­gers

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

AIR­LIE Beach-based pad­dlers from the Out­rig­ger Whit­sun­day club were rewarded for their per­for­mance at the 30th an­niver­sary Ga­torade Clash of the Pad­dles, with a sec­ond place in the national ti­tles for se­nior mas­ter men.

With an aver­age age of 57, the nine Whit­sun­day pad­dlers were 43rd over the fin­ish line in Sun­day’s gru­elling 42km race, but fourth in the se­nior masters men’s di­vi­sion and sec­ond on a national level.

“National ti­tles can only be given to a team that has all its mem­bers from the one club,” team steerer Peter Cham­ber­lain ex­plained.

“Sore but sat­is­fied” was how the team de­scribed them­selves at the end of Sun­day’s epic pad­dle, when they ar­rived back on Hamil­ton Is­land at Cat­s­eye Beach.

“I keep for­get­ting what it’s like,” said Cham­ber­lain, who has 10 of th­ese phys­i­cally de­mand­ing sport­ing chal­lenges un­der his belt.

Out­rig­ger Whit­sun­day team mem­ber Terry Kemp said con­di­tions on the day were “tough”.

“It was bed­lam at the start and the first changeover at the Dent Is­land light was pretty wild, but it set­tled down af­ter that,” he said.

“Then of course the en­durance kicks in af­ter you get around Pen­te­cost [Is­land].”

Back on dry land, the pad­dlers were op­ti­mistic about scor­ing a ma­jor place and Cham­ber­lain said they were de­lighted when the fi­nal an­nounce­ment was made.

“We just do it mainly for the fun of it,” he said.

“If we don’t win any­thing we’re happy with that but if we do it’s a bonus.”

For all the re­sults from the 2013 Clash of the Pad­dles visit www.aocra.com.au.

MAS­TER MEN: Out­rig­ger Whit­sun­day's se­nior masters men, Peter Cham­ber­lain, Mark Bell, Ash­ley Kennedy, Colin Lewis, John Seg­ula, Stephen Lynes, Terry Kemp, Nick Lid­sey and Chris O'Reilly at the end of Sun­day's gru­elling 42km changeover race. The lo­cal pad­dlers were 43rd over­all but fourth in their di­vi­sion and sec­ond in the national ti­tles.

IN AC­TION: The Air­lie Beach-based Out­rig­ger Whit­sun­day se­nior masters men team in ac­tion dur­ing Sun­day's 42km changeover race.

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