Ju­niors blitz last round of NQ out­rig­ger re­gatta

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

OUT­RIG­GERS from across the state con­verged on the Whit­sun­days on Satur­day for the last round of the 2013 North Queens­land Zone Grand Prix Re­gatta Se­ries.

While se­niors from the host Club Out­rig­ger Whit­sun­day spent much of the day on­shore en­sur­ing the event ran smoothly, club pres­i­dent Adam Joyce praised the Whit­sun­day ju­niors for their on-wa­ter per­for­mance, with all of them win­ning medals.

“Our Ju­niors were ex­cep­tional,” he said.

Mr Joyce said he was very im­pressed with the turnout to the re­gatta which at­tracted about 200 com­peti­tors from 11 clubs. About 30 races across ju­nior and se­nior di­vi­sions were held in Pi­o­neer Bay off the Broad­wa­ter Av­enue la­goon beach.

“Our re­gatta was the last of the year so peo­ple are nor­mally a lit­tle bit over the com­pe­ti­tion but Air­lie Beach is the come-to place for a lot of com­peti­tors,” he said.

“A lot of other clubs were happily us­ing our gear and to me that’s what pad­dling is all about - friend­ship.”

Mr Joyce said over­all, con­di­tions for the com­pe­ti­tion were great.

“There was a few strong winds to con­tend with early on in the day, which was quite chal­leng­ing but the sea con­di­tions were quite flat,” he said.

No­table re­sults for the Whit­sun­day club in­cluded a sec­ond place for Terry Kemp and Mark Bell in the Se­nior Mas­ter Men’s OC2 4km race, and an en­cour­age­ment award for 20-year-old Jeremy Lam­mens, who com­peted in the OC2 mixed di­vi­sion with club pres­i­dent Adam Joyce.

In the ju­nior di­vi­sions Mr Joyce said a very strong per­for­mance from Brook Draper in the un­der 14s saw her “blitz the field”.

“Also show­ing her strength and de­ter­mi­na­tion was 15-yearold Court­ney Joyce [who took] out gold in the 16s [and] also fin­ished amongst the top five Open and Mas­ter Women, back­ing it up later with her brother Tyson for an­other medal in the 19’s OC2 di­vi­sion,” he said.

“Our ju­niors also took out the North Queens­land Zone one and two man tro­phies for the year - a big year for the kids [and is] not over yet with a cou­ple of national events still to come.”

Air­lie Beach is set to host the first North Queens­land Zone Re­gatta of 2014 in March.

GREAT EF­FORT: Club Out­rig­ger Whit­sun­day mem­ber Re­nee Martin con­grat­u­lat­ing Jeremy Lam­mens who pad­dled in the OC2 mixed di­vi­sion with club pres­i­dent Adam Joyce and re­ceived an en­cour­age­ment award for his ef­forts on Satur­day night. Photo by Phill Gor­don HD X-po­sure.

GREAT CAMARADARIE: Grace from Mag­netic Is­land joined with Whit­sun­day Out­rig­ger mem­bers Vunga Ehrnst, Tyler Hu­son, Brook Draper and Sa­hara Tay­lor-Crane and came away with a win in the ju­nior di­vi­sion of round 6 of the Out­rig­ger Whit­sun­day full zone re­gatta. Photo by Phill Gor­don of HD-XPOSURE.

TOP PER­FOR­MANCE: Brooke and Tori Mans­field with their awards they re­ceived while com­pet­ing in the Mackay and Dis­trict Hack and Pony Club sin­gle day event and an­nual Gymkhana on the week­end.

MAS­TER MEN: Whit­sun­day pad­dlers Mark Bell and Terry Kemp came sec­ond in the Se­nior Mas­ter Mens 4km OC2 race. Photo by Phill Gor­don/HD X-po­sure.

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