Fun on the beach at sand sculpt­ing event

Whitsunday Times - - 2014 WHITSUNDAY REEF FESTIVAL -

A TUR­TLE, a mother white whale and her calf and an un­der­wa­ter reef scene, were just some of the cre­ations re­sult­ing from Satur­day’s Regatta Wa­ters sand sculpt­ing com­pe­ti­tion in Air­lie Beach.

There were nine en­trants in this year’s event, judged by the Whit­sun­day Reef Fes­ti­val’s com­mit­tee mem­ber Lisa Stockow and artist in res­i­dence Boyd Ash­ton.

Mr Ash­ton said judg­ing each of the three cat­e­gories – fam­ily, tech­ni­cal and un­der 12’s – was very dif­fi­cult be­cause “every­one had dif­fer­ent qual­i­ties”.

“And they were all very imag­i­na­tive,” he said.

The win­ners of the tech­ni­cal cat­e­gory were broth­ers Jaspa and Zan­der Hope, aged 12 and eight, who im­pressed the judges with their sculpt­ing abil­ity in cre­at­ing the two white whales.

The boys’ mum Tara Hope, said they chose to sculpt the whales be­cause they thought it was the per­fect way “to show­case what lives in our wa­ters”.

“Whales are such beau­ti­ful, ma­jes­tic creatures and they’ll be swim­ming in our wa­ters right now so it’s very fit­ting,” she said.

Regatta Wa­ters rep­re­sen­ta­tive Steve Marks, was meant to be a by­stander at the event, but com­peted in the fam­ily cat­e­gory at the in­sis­tence of his sons, Alex, 5 and Ja­cob, 9.

Mr Marks said ‘Team Ja­cob’ had a ball and he praised the Reef Fes­ti­val com­mit­tee for or­gan­is­ing the event.

“I’ve got to say, the peo­ple on the Reef Fes­ti­val com­mit­tee have done so much work and all un­paid, so a big thanks to those guys – the whole thing, from the sand sculpt­ing to the fam­ily fun day, was just flaw­less,” he said.

SKILLED SCULP­TORS: Tara Hope with her sons Jaspa and Zan­der, who won the tech­ni­cal cat­e­gory of this year's Regatta Wa­ters sand sculpt­ing com­pe­ti­tion, with their white whale mother and calf.

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