Teen completes Brisbane team
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.