Great turnout for outrigger challenge
MORE than 150 people were involved in the third annual Act as 1 Community Outrigger Challenge put on by Whitsunday Crisis and Counselling (WCCS) and Outrigger Whitsunday on Sunday.
The outrigging event was held at the Lagoon Beach on Broadwater Avenue where 20 teams took to the water to battle it out while raising awareness for domestic violence in the Whitsundays.
WCCS CEO Carmen Bekker said the event was always special for the community and she thanked all the sponsors, volunteers and supporters.
“What’s so special about the day is it’s all about raising awareness for domestic, family and sexual violence. It also allows Outrigger Whitsunday to showcase their sport to everyone who comes along,” she said. “We had a full complement of teams and it was a real community event that brought together business owners and people from right across the Whitsundays.”
Team Vanuatau, made up of local firefighters, were crowned the overall challenge winners and the Whitsunday Police’s team, the Po Po Smurfs, took out the bestdressed award.
TOP TEAM: Rotary president Roger Boast and councillor Jan Clifford present Nick Ballinger, Bree Horewood, Scott and Melissa Tellegan, Blair Mitchell and Regina Ballinger from Team Vanuatu (firefighters team) with the shield after they won the Act as 1 Community Outrigger Challenge on Sunday.
PADDLE POWER: 20 teams competed in Whitsunday Crisis and Counselling and Outrigger Whitsunday's Act as 1 Community Challenge on Sunday in Airlie Beach.