Outrigger earns national selection
TALENTED Whitsunday outrigger Tyson Joyce has earned the ultimate sporting honour after being selected to represent Australia at the Outrigging World Titles in August.
Joyce has earned selection for the V1 and V6 races in under-16 and under-19, and will travel to Canada in August with the Aussie team to take on the best paddlers in the world. There is plenty of hard work ahead of Joyce, who has already spent a week at Mooloolaba training with fellow paddlers and will have another week later this month.
He has also bee given a strict training regime to follow to ensure he is in the best possible shape for his upcoming shot at international glory.
Tyson's father Adam Joyce said his son had worked extremely hard to get where he is today and that he was excited about wearing the green and gold.
"He earned selection after attending different qualifying events across the last year and he is absolutely stoked about representing his country," Joyce said.
"This is his first Aussie team and he will be training hard over the next few months to prepare."
Tyson is still looking for sponsors to help him with equipment costs and anyone interested in sponsoring him should contact his father Adam on 0417 471 426.
Outrigger Whitsunday in conjunction with the Airlie Beach Firefighters will be holding a Christmas in July on Saturday, July 21 fund raiser to help get Tyson to Canada and other club members heading to the Cook Islands in November, 2012. Family and friends of Outrigger Whitsunday are invited to attend an Aussie Christmas barbecue, with lots of fun planned and there will be an auction so you can start Christmas shopping with vouchers for scenic flight, dinner vouchers for the Airlie Beach Hotel, fishing trips, sun glasses and a stunning gold necklace.
The event will be held at the Airlie Beach Fire Station in Jubilee Pocket, costing $10 for Adults and kids under-12 are free. RSVP to Renee on 0412 448 805 by July 18. Social paddling is still on every Sunday from 7am with Outrigger Whitsunday head coach Michelle Lyons inviting everyone to come along and join the fun.