Juniors blitz last round of NQ outrigger regatta
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.