Out­rig­gers im­press in the Cook Is­lands

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OUTRIGGING

MEM­BERS from Out­rig­ger Whit­sun­day re­cently trav­elled to the Cook Is­lands to com­pete with pad­dlers from across the Pa­cific.

In one of the first races of the event, Tyson Joyce steered his un­der-19 Mooloolaba men’s crew to vic­tory, tak­ing some brave lines close to the reef break, mak­ing the most of the swell and suc­cess­fully bring­ing the team home from fourth to first to win the chal­lenge event.

Ju­nior pad­dlers Court­ney Joyce and Yemi Ehrnst joined Adam and Ali­son Joyce in a 12km open mixed event, fin­ish­ing mid field out of 20 teams in a strong race.

Both Court­ney and Yemi also bought home a bronze medal for their un­der-16 marathon race with the Mooloolaba un­der-16 team.

Va­nia Ehrnst in the un­der-12 marathon event re­turned with sil­ver and Ash­ton Joyce in the un­der-12 sprints re­turned with bronze.

The Vaka Eiva event for the ju­niors was a great op­por­tu­nity to com­pete against other Pa­cific na­tions.

Adam, Ali­son and Tyson Joyce joined forces with Mooloolaba ju­niors to pad­dle the Round Raro­tonga 36km changeover event in the open mixed cat­e­gory.

Car­men Bekker joined the Maia Out­rig­ger Club from Syd­ney, pad­dling the 18km marathon, sprints and 36km changeover event.

She con­tin­ued to Ai­tu­taki for the Motu 2 Motu 36km changeover fun event to bring home a first place tro­phy as part of an in­ter­na­tional team from Ai­tu­taki, US, New Zealand and Aus­tralia.

Ash­ley Kennedy com­peted at the se­nior mas­ters cat­e­gory across marathons, sprints and the 36km changeover events, bring­ing home a first place medal for the Around raro event with the Mudcrabs Townsville out­rig­gers crew.

Whit­sun­day Out­rig­ger held their an­nual pre­sen­ta­tion at Shin­g­ley Beach on Sun­day with a bar­be­cue and fun day in the wa­ter.

The best pad­dlers for 2013 were all hon­oured and the club is al­ready look­ing for­ward to a big year ahead in 2014.

POW­ER­FUL PAD­DLERS: Ash­ton Joyce, Va­nia and Yemi Ehrnst and Tyson and Court­ney Joyce pro­duced some great re­sults at a re­cent outrigging event in the Cook Is­lands.

MAS­SIVE EVENT: A team of pad­dlers from Out­rig­ger Whit­sun­day were among hun­dreds of ju­niors com­pet­ing at the Muri La­goon in the Cook Is­lands.

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