Whit­sun­day third at Mackay re­gatta

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -


OUTRIG­GER Whit­sun­day has fin­ished top three at the Zone Cham­pi­onships ear­lier this month.

The club fin­ished third in the North Queens­land zone against nine other com­pet­ing clubs in Mackay.

Con­di­tions proved ideal for pad­dlers at Har­bour Beach a fort­night ago, with suc­cess en­joyed among ju­nior and se­nior ranks.

The club had pad­dlers in OC6, OC2 and OC1 events, while some se­nior com­peti­tors bravely backed up to per­form con­sec­u­tive events.

The un­der-16 ju­nior girls claimed sil­ver in the 4km marathon and bronze in the 500m sprint, tak­ing on the well equipped boys of Malanuka.

The club claimed gold in the un­der-14 2km event, sil­ver in the un­der-14 OC2 2km race and bronze in the un­der-16 OC1 4km.

Outrig­ger Whit­sun­day pres­i­dent Re­nee Martin con­grat­u­lated all the ju­niors for their ef­forts, es­pe­cially those pad­dling above age.

Se­nior mem­bers achieved bronze in the open men and master women’s 500m sprints, while Dale Mitchell, in his maiden OC1 race, claimed bronze in the 12km marathon.

OC1 pad­dlers Nick Bellinger and Blair Mitchell were awarded sil­ver for their ef­forts.

The re­gatta fi­nalises the OC6 se­ries for Outrig­ger Whit­sun­day in 2014.

Club mem­bers will con­tinue train­ing for the Mar­lin Coast Chal­lenge (42km OC1 and OC2) later this month.

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