Great turnout for out­rig­ger chal­lenge

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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