Hamo boat takes win in epic battle

BATTLE: Airlie Beach boat High Tide on the water.

Local boats took on the Hamilton Island Race Week

Prems and ladies to take on semi-finals

GAME ON: James McEvoy-Bowe plays the ball at the weekend.

Whitsunday FC Premier Men's and Ladies sides go through to semis.

Zafir wants answers

IN DOUBT: UFC welterweights Anton Zafir (right) and Li Jingliang.

UFC opponent tests positive for drugs

Our top tips for tackling the Airlie Beach Triathlon

READY TO RACE: Max Neumann will contest the Airlie Beach Triathlon this weekend. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle

Our top tips for tackling the 2016 Airlie Beach Triathlon.

Fight Night hits PCYC

HAND RAISED: Uriel Pearson will be featuring in the main senior bout at Whitsunday PCYC Fight Night.

A new amateur boxing Fight Night will hit Whitsunday PCYC.

Wind arrives for day four of Hamo Race Week

Hamilton Island Race Week 2016, day 4. Photo Peter Carruthers / Whitsunday Times

Mother Nature turns on the wind for day three of racing at Hammo.

Sailing champs receive heroes' welcome at Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island welcomes the Australian Oylimpic sailing team on Friday afternoon.Photo Peter Carruthers / Whitsunday Times

Hammo welcomes Olympic team with cheer and streamers

Plenty of fun for our triathlon fans

HELPING OUT: Jono and Lisa Moir, owners of GJ Gardner, have made the special Airlie Beach Triathlon mugs.

Plenty of fun for our Airlie Beach Triathlon fans.

Frantic search comes to an end

FOUND: The yacht Frantic being towed back to Airlie Beach by Edge Marine Salvage earlier today. 
Photo contributed.

The yacht Frantic has been found.

Postecoglou keeping cards close to chest

Massimo Luongo says he wants to start for the Socceroos against Iraq but will do whatever job Ange Postecoglou asks of him.

All that glitters is gold for Fox

GREAT MOMENT: Australia's Daniel Fox celebrates his world record-breaking swim in the 200m freestyle S14 at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Paralympian says he's been "trying to cover myself in gold”.

Recycled Wallace gives Panthers a sharper edge

NO COMPLAINTS: Peter Wallace of the Panthers has found a new lease on life as a hooker.

Panthers junior has rolled with the punches.

Durko's Dissections for round 26

DANGER MAN: Ben Barba of the Sharks will be a key figure as his side seeks to secure the minor premiership against the Storm on Saturday night.

Tony Durkin analyses this weekend's final round of NRL matches.

Bennett unearths another star in Opacic

STOCKS RISING: Tom Opacic of the Broncos runs in to score during the round 25 NRL match against the Storm.

Coach's knack of spotting a talented footballer hasn't dimmed.

Tomic says sorry after fan balls-up

EARLY EXIT: Australian Bernard Tomic returns a shot to Damir Dzumhur during their first-round clash at the US Open.

Australian has been forced to apologise for more bad behaviour.

Whitfield probe findings set to be handed down

YOUNG GUN: Lachie Whitfield of the Giants is under investigation for allegedly seeking to avoid drug testers.

League boss expects probe to be completed "in the coming days”.

Prince's hoop dreams

FINE TUNING: Danielle Prince competes in the rhythmic gymnastics at the 2016 national titles.

Rhythmic gymnast leaving no stone unturned in her preparation.

Former gymnast dives in at the deep end

MAKING A SPLASH: Domonic Bedggood is making his Olympic debut in Rio.

Bedggood lining up in the 10m platform.

Mary Hanna set to Boogie at fifth Olympic Games

DISTINGUISHED CAREER: Mary Hanna with Boogie Woogie 6 and Umbro, which are both qualified to compete at Rio. Hanna, 61, will be competing in her fifth Olympics and is Australia's oldest competitor at the Games.

Hanna is already planning to compete at the Tokyo 2020

Worth aiming high in archery competition

ALL FOCUS: Australia's Taylor Worth at the 2012 Games.

Selection bitter-sweet after great mate missed out.

Denny takes the long road to Rio

WINDING UP: Queenslander Matthew Denny competes in the men's discus throw during the Australian Athletics Championships in April.

Queenslander claimed national title in April.

Rayner fighting fit for Rio

POWER-PACKED: Chloe Rayner in action during competition at the national titles.

Teen tore hamstring tendon off her pelvic bone in lead-up.

An open letter to Mr Sam Thaiday

Sam Thaiday will play his 250th game.

HEY Sam, I want to set the record straight.

Sam jokes his way to major landmark

Tony Durkin and Sam Thaiday at the 2006 NRL grand final.

Endearing trait was that he never took himself seriously.

Half as many reasons for Gus to be excited

Nathan Cleary in action for the Panthers.

Gould suggests the NRL establish an academy for emerging halfbacks

Contenders suddenly have big holes to fill

Nic Naitanui limbs from Domain Stadium in Perth.

Jack Fitzpatrick and Jonathan Giles come on down.

Players and fans left to bemoan NRL judiciary

NASTY INCIDENT: Blood pours from Brisbane Broncos player Corey Parker's mouth during their round 24 NRL game against the Canterbury Bulldogs at Suncorp Stadium.

Brisbane forward Sam Thaiday admits he is totally confused.

Morris puts club before cash in rare selfless act

CLUB FIRST: Brett Morris will leave a decision on his participation in the Four Nations up to his Bulldogs coach Des Hasler.

Decision on Four Nations availability to be left to coach.

Titans counting on Hayne to deliver

SUPERSTAR SIGNING: Jarryd Hayne of the Gold Coast Titans.

Win and the Titans are in the finals for the first time since 2010.

Storm stars agree to new contracts

POWERHOUSE: Kenny Bromwich of the Storm offloads a pass against the Sea Eagles.

Club delighted to secure five players' signatures

Stuart may rest players ahead of Raiders' finals campaign

KEY PLAYER: Aidan Sezer of the Raiders is nursing a shoulder injury.

Canberra coach could risk losing a potential home final.

'Good vibe' at Broncos ahead of Parker's farewell

LAST SEASON: Corey Parker of the Broncos is tackled against the Storm.

About 40,000 expected to turn out on Thursday night.

Could Benji be blowing up Storm down south?

IMMINENT SWITCH: Benji Marshall of the Dragons takes to the field in round 24.

Whispers of Marshall joining the Storm becoming a southerly buster.

Warriors suffer collapse to fall out of finals race

TRY: Kevin Naiqama of the Wests Tigers beats Manu Vatuvei of the Warriors to score.

Warriors miss out on finals spot.

Hilariously sad Richmond fan pours heart out on radio

Richmond Tigers players walk off the pitch after the Round 23 AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the Richmond Tigers at the SCG in Sydney, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016.

RICHMOND fans have had to put up with a lot.

Rockliff admits players partly to blame for Leppitsch's exit

STAYING PUT: Tom Rockliff of the Lions in action.

Lions captain has said he won't walk out on the club.

Brisbane Lions part ways with Justin Leppitsch

FINAL INSULT: A disappointed Brisbane Lions coach Justin Leppitsch walks off the ground after being beaten by St Kilda by 58 points on the weekend.

Mark Thompson and Brett Ratten could head the list of replacements.

Sainsbury glad to have defensive partner back for Iraq clash

COMPOSED DEFENDER: Trent Sainsbury of the Socceroos controls the ball during the international friendly match between against Greece in June.

Socceroos set out on path to 2018 World Cup.

Mariners name Okon as new coach

NEW JOB: Paul Okon coaching the Australian under-20s team.

The 44-year-old was chosen to replace Tony Walmsley.

Spurs say Sadio is main concern

IN FORM: Sadio Mane.

Spurs focusing on the main man.

Tight win for Whitsunday FC

BATTLE: Ben Smith winning the ball for Whitsunday FC on Saturday. Photo: Alison Langevad

It was a tight 1-0 win for Whitsunday FC.

Taipans call junior canival success

UNDER-7s: Coach Mark O’Connor with his charges.

The Taipans travelled to Mackay for a junior carnival on Sunday.

Cahill ready to link with Bruno at Melbourne City

Melbourne City FC new signing Tim Cahill is seen at the club's training facility at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Monday, Aug. 15, 2016. (AAP Image/Julian Smith) NO ARCHIVING

Star to fit in wherever coach John van't Schip wants him

Marsh and Coulter-Nile to miss remainder of tour

INJURY CONCERNS: Australia's Nathan Coulter-Nile in action.

Bowler facing another lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Warner guides Aussies to narrow win in first game in charge

TAKING CHARGE: Australia's stand-in captain David Warner sets the field against Sri Lanka.

Australians now lead the five-match series 2-1.

Smith spell gives Warner experience

RESTING: Australian captain Steve Smith.

David Warner to benefit from Smith's spell.

Starc reality of facing Aussie paceman first-up

Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc during a practice session in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Aaron Finch is glad to have Mitchell Starc on his side

ODIs a chance for Aussies to save face

WORK TO DO: Australian cricket captain Steven Smith and coach Darren Lehmann chat during a practice session in Colombo.

Five-match series set to get under way.

Burns or Khawaja faces chop for Test

NET GAIN: Shaun Marsh (left) and Steve Smith look on during an Australian cricket team training session.

Marsh in line to play in third Test.

Junior netball special winner

While it was a tough weekend for our netballers at the Bartec Cup on the weekend, one local girl did the Whitsunday Netball Association proud.

Netballers undefeated in Charters Towers

TOP SHOTS: (Back) Takeisha Graham, Jessie Pegg, Pearl Giles, Zali Hinschen, (front) Madi Parker, Tayla Goody, Rain Smith and Danae Scothern.

Whitsunday netballers go undefeated in Charters Towers.

Geitz focused on grand final, not what future may hold

STRONG DEFENCE: Laura Geitz will hope to lead her Firebirds to a second-straight ANZ Championship title.

Firebirds and Swifts to play in decider for second year in a row.

Fun, skills take centre stage at netball carnival

SCORE: Sasha Taha shoots for goal against Bowen Cyclones.

Fun, skills take centre stage at Whitsunday netball carnival.

Firebirds recover from jitters to make grand final

SUPER INTENSE: The pressure got to the Firebirds Romelda Aiken, but she recovered to get the Queenslanders into next week’s final.

The Firebirds are the first team through to next Sunday’s final

‘White-line fever’ gives Aiken the edge

HARD TO HANDLE: Queensland Firebirds goal-shooter Romelda Aiken lines up a shot.

Firebirds shooting for another grand final.

Firebird standing tall among illustrious teammates

TOUGH DEFENCE: Queensland Firebirds player Gabi Simpson (right) and Melbourne Vixens player Madi Robinson in action during the 2014 grand final.

Queensland side to face Steel in semi.

Can Winx make it 10 straight in the Warwick Stakes?

There is no doubt that Winx is the star attraction at Royal Randwick and she will start the Warwick Stakes as a very short-priced favourite.

Equestrian group riders claim showjumping ribbons

BIG RIDE: WEG members Georgina Lee riding Monster, Tori Mansfield riding Lilly, Kendell Davies riding Chino and Charlie Lee riding Bella.

Whitsunday equestrian group riders take home showjumping ribbons.

Amber a star at Brisbane show

LEADING THE PACK: Proserpine’s Amber Greenhalgh and Su-Am Uncovered Mr Bentley at the Royal Queensland Show.

Amber a star at Brisbane show

First-up horses have edge in PB Lawrence Stakes

The PB Lawrence Stakes is set to be an extremely intriguing affair.

Payne loses ride on Prince of Penzance

Prince of Penzance, ridden by Michelle Payne, after winning the Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse.

Concerns over the jockey's fitness have prompted the move

RIO 2016: Aussie riders take bronze medal

Shane Rose, Stuart Tinney, Sam Griffiths and Christopher Burton of Australia celebrate winning a bronze in Rio.

Aussies win bronze in the Rio Olympics team eventing.

Day driven to despair after horror run off the tee

World No.1 Jason Day was left to rue some poor drives as American Patrick Reed won the first of the four FedEx Cup play-off events at Bethpage Black.

Men's winner vows to return next year

HITTING OUT: Virginia Urmston from Melbourne at the final round of the Tropic of Capricorn Vetrans Golf Carnival at the Rockhampton Golf Club.

Brisbane golfer Trevor Box has shot to victory this week

RIO 2016: Aussie pair starts well in golf

Australia's Su Oh carded a level par opening round in Rio.

Aussies off to a steady start.

Robert Allenby cops late-night arrest outside US casino

Robert Allenby, pictured here on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, walking past Clive Palmer's dinosaur at the Palmer Coolum Resort.

In early 2015, Allenby was caught up in a bizarre kidnapping saga