Teen com­pletes Bris­bane team

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

WHIT­SUN­DAY teenager Tyson Joyce scored a spot with the Bris­bane open men’s team in Sun­day’s Hamil­ton Is­land Ga­torade Clash of the Pad­dles 42km changeover race.

Tyson, who re­cently turned 17, was orig­i­nally sched­uled to pad­dle with the Mooloolaba team, but at the last minute his place fell through. The Mooloolaba team had one pad­dler too many, but the Bris­bane team had one pad­dler too few and Bris­bane steerer Ver­non Seeto was only too happy to give Tyson a place.

Sun­day’s gru­elling race marked Tyson’s sec­ond year of com­pet­ing in the event, which would have to rank as one of the most phys­i­cally chal­leng­ing com­pe­ti­tions on the Aus­tralian out­rig­ging cal­en­dar each year.

“It’s an awe­some ex­pe­ri­ence,” he said, once back on dry land at Cat­s­eye Beach. “The fin­ish is al­ways the best.” Seeto was full of praise for his newly re­cruited crew-mem­ber, say­ing Tyson “did re­ally well”.

“He did ev­ery­thing we asked of him. He was a good team player and it was pretty amaz­ing to have some­one come in unan­nounced and just blend in with the rest of our crew,” he said.

Tyson and his team-mates came 13th over­all and eighth in the open men’s di­vi­sion, com­plet­ing the race in a time of three hours, 33 min­utes and 47 sec­onds.

TEAM­WORK: Whit­sun­day pad­dler Tyson Joyce (third from right) with his Bris­bane team-mates Owen Fer­gu­son, Ken Git­tens, Ol­lie Oller­ton, Ver­non Seeto (left) and Ben Kapa and Brad Ha­gan (right), af­ter Sun­day's 42km changeover race.

TRI­UMPHANT TEEN: Whit­sun­day teenager Tyson Joyce com­pleted the 42km Clash of the Pad­dles race with the Bris­bane open men's team on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

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