HAMO HOSTS TO­DAY SHOW

To­day hosts en­joy Hamo

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE - Peter Car­ruthers Peter.Car­ruthers@ news­re­gional­me­dia.com.au

HOL­I­DAY mak­ers flocked to Cat­s­eye Beach on Hamilton Is­land to see the To­day Show broad­cast live to the na­tion on Mon­day.

Karl Ste­fanovic, Richard Wilkins, Sylvia Jef­freys, Lisa Wilkinson and Tim Gil­bert set up at the Bougainvil­lea Pool as part of a 35th an­niver­sary tour of the na­tion.

On the beach Sylvia and Carl chal­lenged lo­cal kids Jack Sy­des and Kirra Sin­clair to a opti-tacker (sail boat) rig­ging com­pe­ti­tion after an in­ter­view with a teacher at Hamilton Is­land’s State School.

Richard Wilkins climbed in­side a gi­ant in­flat­able sphere and plunged into the pool while the crowd chal­lenged him to stand up.

He tried, the crowd erupted with laugh­ter when he failed, twice.

Dur­ing the show the host threw to pre-recorded vi­sion of Sylvia at the Hardy Reef pon­toon.

Sylvia said it was great to be in North Queens­land for a “win­ter es­cape”.

“I went out to the reef a week ago to see how things are re­cov­er­ing after Cy­clone Deb­bie,” she said.

“It’s re­ally great to get back to the area and see the re­gion bounc­ing back so quickly.”

“Within a few weeks you guys were bounc­ing back and that is largely thanks to the ded­i­ca­tion of peo­ple who are so proud of this re­gion.

“The Marine Park Au­thor­ity, the Na­tional Parks rangers are re­ally get­ting in there and mak­ing sure things are re­cov­er­ing as quickly as pos­si­ble,” Sylvia said.

“The reef and the whole re­gion is open for busi­ness again and that is won­der­ful to see.”

Sylvia said the per­fect weather and the hos­pi­tal­ity of the staff on Hamilton Is­land had made the trip for the en­tire crew a wel­come win­ter respite from the chill of win­ter down south.

❝Within a few weeks you guys were bounc­ing back and that is largely thanks to the ded­i­ca­tion of peo­ple who are so proud of this re­gion. The reef and the whole re­gion is open for busi­ness again and that is won­der­ful to see. — Sylvia Jef­freys

PHOTO: PETER CAR­RUTHERS

IS­LAND FUN: Sylvia Jef­feries with team­mate Jack Sy­des face off against Karl Ste­fanovic and Kirra Sin­clair in a sail boat rig­ging com­pe­ti­tion.

IS­LAND ES­CAPE: To­day Show pre­sen­ters Sylvia Jef­feries, Karl Ste­fanovic, Lisa Wilkinson and Richard Wilkins on Hamilton Is.

PHO­TOS: PETER CAR­RUTHERS

The To­day Show on Hamilton Is­land in the Whit­sun­days.

Sylvia Jef­feries and team mate Jack Sy­des com­pete in a sail boat rig­ging con­test.

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