Senior master men win marathon
A GROUP of 13 Outrigger Whitsunday canoeists rolled into Cairns in their Winnebago on Friday to compete in the Yorkeys Knob Outrigger event over the weekend.
The Whitsunday team has had a powerful few months with excellent results in several regattas culminating in a podium position at the Hamilton Cup but the Open Men and Senior Master Men went to Cairns eager to prove that even without their female counterparts they could compete at a high level.
This was proven beyond a shadow of a doubt when the Senior Master Men captured second spot in the 500 metre sprint and followed that up with an excellent win in the 10 kilometre marathon.
The Open Men also flexed their muscle to replicate the Senior Master Men's result in the sprint and completed a clean sweep of podium finishes for the OC6 teams with a third placing in the 10 kilometre marathon.
Competing in the solo events for Outrigger Whitsunday were Phil Cornish and Glen Bray and they capped off the weekend's proceedings with podium finishes of their own.
Cornish was excellent to win the OC1 Master Men 5 kilometre event and Bray took second place in the Senior Master Men's event over the same distance.
Terry Kemp, who competed as part of the 50 plus brigade in the OC6 Senior Master Men's crew said the event was more successful than they could have hoped.
“This was the first real success for the Senior Master Men,” Kemp said.
“Outrigger is a great sport for older people to participate in and this shows that it's a sport that even at my age you can gain some reward from.”
Outrigger Whitsunday's next competition will be held at Mission Beach on August 22 and Kemp said that they'd be aiming to prove their success in Cairns “wasn't a fluke”.