EXTRACTS from the Sunshine Coast Daily 30 years ago today:
Hyatt winds up fun: The Hyatt Regency Coolum’s fortnight of festivities comes to a close this weekend. Ita Butrose, Stefan, Olympians Julie McDonald and Tracy Wickham, fashion designer Prue Acton, artist Clifton Pugh and comedian Graham Bond will be among the guests at the gala finale dinner tonight. The dinner will move between the resort’s restaurants and will feature entertainment from Don Burrows, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, wandering minstrels and synchronised swimmers. On the golf course, celebrities will take on Sunshine Coast professionals in an Ambrose competition.
Beach fun pulls the crowds: Hundreds of beachgoers gathered at Caloundra’s Kings Beach yesterday to enjoy a number of outdoor activities organised by Life. Be In It. for the summer school holidays. The tug of war proved one of the most popular events.
Teacher toughs it out in ultimate contests: A former Maroochydore teacher has completed one of the toughest endurance races in the world which would leave most of Australia’s top athletes gasping in his wake. In the past six months Tony Smith has run up steep mountains in England, ridden mountain bikes over some of the most treacherous slopes in Switzerland, taken part in the World Cup in Italy, and competed in the gruelling Survival of the Fittest in Canada’s Rocky Mountains. The 25-year-old former Stella Maris school teacher’s first sporting challenge was a race up the stairs of Brisbane’s tallest building, Central Plaza.