Re­gatta suc­cess for pad­dlers

Strong start to year for Outrig­gers

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

OUTRIGGING: Outrig­ger Whit­sun­day got off to a flying start to the year as the club com­peted in its first re­gatta for the 2017 sea­son and took home a mul­ti­tude of rib­bons.

The event was held on the Ti­na­roo Dam at Ather­ton Table­lands and re­sults from the 0C6 Marathons had the Golden Master Men take gold and the Se­nior Master Mixed also win against a field of 25 crews.

In the sprints, the Open Men con­tin­ued their win­ning streak, tak­ing first place, while the Golden Master Men were pipped at the post and had to set­tle for sil­ver.

In the Mixed V12 Sprint, Outrig­ger Whit­sun­day was the fastest club again, win­ning another gold medal.

The OC2 races were highly con­tested, with Blair Mitchell and Ash­ley Suchanek com­ing sec­ond in the Open Mixed, and another gold medal went to Mark Bell and Terry Kemp in the Golden Mas­ters di­vi­sion.

The OC1 Golden Mas­ters marathon was dom­i­nated by Outrig­ger Whit­sun­day, with gold, sil­ver and bronze go­ing to Henri Mauri, Mark Bell and Terry Kemp re­spec­tively.

“This year the club has set a goal to be­come the top club in the North Queens­land zone and the strong show­ing at the dam over the week­end goes a long way to achiev­ing that goal,” Outrig­ger Whit­sun­day com­mit­tee mem­ber Blake Broad­wood said.

“It was pretty good in most di­vi­sions. Al­most ev­ery­one picked up a medal and it was def­i­nitely a good start to the year. We just need to keep do­ing that all the time to be the top club in the re­gion. There are 18 clubs in our di­vi­sion and to be the top was our goal at the start of the year.

“These good re­sults are at­trib­uted to the hard work and ded­i­ca­tion shown by the coaches Blair Mitchell and Mark Bell.”

Club pres­i­dent Nick Bellinger praised all the mem­bers for their ef­forts and would like to in­vite any new pad­dlers to join the club for train­ing on Tues­days at 4.15pm and Sun­days at 8.45am.

Outrig­ger Whit­sun­day is also hold­ing a four-week chal­lenge for any new pad­dlers, start­ing May 7.

If you have any queries or would like to join, visit the Face­book page or phone Gina Bellinger 0448 984 646.


PADDLING OUT: Outrig­ger Whit­sun­day mem­bers got off to a flying start to the year in their first re­gatta for 2017 at the week­end.

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