New mem­bers ex­cel in re­gatta

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

OUTRIG­GER Whit­sun­day trav­elled to Yep­poon on the weekend to com­pete in the sec­ond re­gatta of the sea­son.

The first re­gatta was to be held in the Whit­sun­days, how­ever Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Hadi forced the com­mit­tee to can­cel the event.

For many pad­dlers, this was their first com­pe­ti­tion.

Katie Pick­ford and Cas­san­dra Doblo came third in the open women 6km OC2.

Nick Bellinger and Blair Mitchell came sec­ond in open men 6km OC2 and Ash­leigh Suchanek and Nathan Pon­moon came an im­pres­sive sec­ond in the un­der-19’s 6km OC2.

The club was well rep­re­sented with three OC6 teams, with the se­nior mas­ter men, mas­ter women and open men com­pet­ing in the 20km OC6 marathon.

Ju­nior crews wowed the crowd with their achieve­ments.

In the un­der-14, Molly Lynes, Ashlee Coyte, Ashton Joyce, Casey Norder, Sa­har­rah Tyler-Crane and Va­nia Erhnst came third in the OC6 2km marathon and 500m sprint, while Court­ney and Tyson Joyce came first in the un­der-19 6km OC2.

The newly formed un­der-16 girls crew, con­sist­ing of Ash­leigh Suchanek, Court­ney Joyce, Holly Coyte, Tyler Hu­son, Yemi Ehrnst, and Brooke Draper had a great re­sult, com­ing third in the 6km OC6 marathon.

Sea­soned pad­dlers Michelle Lynes and Car­men Bekker did the club proud, com­ing first and sec­ond in the se­nior mas­ter women 5km OC1.

With the ar­rival of a new OC6 Ka­manu, a lighter weight ca­noe, the club has been able to re­main com­pet­i­tive and re­cently it was an­nounced that Abell Point Ma­rina would be a ma­jor spon­sor.

Coach Adam Joyce was thrilled with the re­sults.

“Over­all, it was an ex­cel­lent weekend. It was good to see ev­ery­one giv­ing it their best and it was ter­rific to see the new pad­dlers com­pet­ing in their first races”.

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