Our mas­ters haul in medals

Outrig­gers in win­ning form in NZ

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT - Dane Lillingstone dane.lillingstone@ whit­sun­day­times.com.au

OUTRIGGING: An eight­mem­ber team of Whit­sun­day outrig­gers has re­turned home with two medals at the World Mas­ters Games.

Com­pet­ing in 11 races at the Auck­land in­ter­na­tional event, the team man­aged to snag a sil­ver medal in the 500m sprint and a bronze in the 1000m sprint in the golden mas­ters divi­sion (60-70 years).

Train­ing hard for 18 months in the lead up to the games, team mem­ber Terry Kemp said it was the tough­est com­pe­ti­tion they had ever par­tic­i­pated in.

“It was a lot more in­tense and en­joy­able than I an­tic­i­pated,” he said.

“Mainly be­cause of the level of com­pe­ti­tion and the ca­ma­raderie amongst all the com­peti­tors.

“We were very happy and we were happy just to get in the fi­nals but to get in the plac­ings was just a bit of a bonus.”

The 1000m sprint race had three turns dur­ing the race which Kemp said made it quite tech­ni­cal.

“You’ve got to man­age to get the turn spot on oth­er­wise you lose valu­able sec­onds every time there’s a turn,” he said.

“At the start of the race we knew we had a a good chance (but) the turns let us down a bit. We trained heav­ily for them but the ca­noes we used were quite a bit dif­fer­ent to ours.

“We weren’t pre­pared for that par­tic­u­lar ca­noe and it was hard to turn.

“Over­all it was a pretty good haul and a good ex­pe­ri­ence. Some of the crew did race in the one man events as well and it was a good ex­pe­ri­ence for them.”

It’s not over yet for the outrig­gers. They will now have a team com­pet­ing in the world marathon races in Tahiti in July.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

CHAM­PI­ONS: The win­ning sil­ver medal team in outrigging at the World Mas­ters Games in Auck­land.

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