Golden feel­ing for Outrig­ger Whit­sun­day mem­bers in chal­lenge

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

OUTRIGGING: Outrig­ger Whit­sun­day mem­bers had that win­ning feel­ing as they took home four gold medals and a sil­ver at an event from Cairns to Port Dou­glas on the week­end.

The lo­cal mem­bers won medals in all but one of the events they en­tered in the 46km Mar­lin Coast Chal­lenge on Satur­day.

With both in­di­vid­ual and re­lay events, the chal­lenge saw com­peti­tors race from Yorkeys Knob beach in Cairns and ended at Four Mile beach in Port Dou­glas.

Club pres­i­dent Nick Bellinger and Terry Kemp took home gold in the OC1 re­lay cat­e­gory, while Mark Bell took gold and Henri Mauri won sil­ver in the OC1 marathon event.

Hus­band and wife team, Steve and Michelle Lynes took out the se­nior mas­ter mixed OC1 re­lay event, while Angie Cor­co­ran and Dar­rell Thor­ough­good came through with the goods to take gold in the open mixed OC2 marathon.

Whit­sun­day Outrig­ger head coach Blair Mitchell also took part in the OC1 open men marathon, but had to pull out of the com­pe­ti­tion af­ter the first leg due to an ex­ist­ing back in­jury.

Bellinger was pleased with the ef­forts of club mem­bers in con­di­tions he la­belled as not ideal.

“There were very light winds, flat con­di­tions and it was very hot. You want gusty down­winds and big surf con­di­tions,” he said.

How­ever, he was con­fi­dent in the club’s chances be­fore the race.

“We’ve had a pretty good year,” he said.

“We’ve been a very com­pet­i­tive club this year, so it was no sur­prise we did so well at this event.”

The com­peti­tors were on the wa­ter be­tween four and six hours dur­ing the chal­lenge.

Among the four stops dur­ing the race was Wangetti Beach, the site where mur­dered woman Toyah Cord­ing­ley’s body was found on Oc­to­ber 22.

Af­ter all pad­dlers ar­rived at the beach, pad­dlers paused for one minute’s si­lence to pay trib­ute to her.

Satur­day’s event was the fourth in a five-race Wai Puhi Se­ries.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

CHAL­LENGE AC­CEPTED: Outrig­ger Whit­sun­day mem­bers at the Mar­lin Coast Chal­lenge on Satur­day.

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