Locals excel in extreme sport

Catherine Paterson in her Blowkart racing along Conway Beach.
Catherine Paterson in her Blowkart racing along Conway Beach.


TWO Airlie Beach locals competed in the annual Central Queensland Blokart Club Regatta in Cape Hillsborough earlier this month and were among a record turn out of 60 competitors taking part in the event.

Whitsunday Blowcarts owners Ivan and Catherine Paterson spent the weekend of October 15-17 racing in their divisions with each achieving fantastic results.

The first day of competition saw light winds testing the sailing techniques and ability of even the lightest competitors, while day two saw winds of up to 20 knots creating a recipe of speed and adrenalin for all involved.

Ivan excelled in his division winning the performance heavyweight class, while Catherine achieved a second place in her production lightweight division.

Also known as land-sailing, blokarting is a sport that continues to gain a following around the country.

The Paterson family said they enjoyed blokarting on a regular basis.

Like sailing on water, ideal conditions for blokarting are steady winds on a hard, compact surface with Cape Hillsborough and Conway Beach being popular blokarting spots in the Whitsundays.

The Blokart World Championships were recently hosted in Belgium and despite missing the chance to travel overseas for the event, Ivan and Catherine are now gearing up for their next race to be held in Yeppoon in April next year.

For anyone interested in the sport, contact Ivan Paterson 0429 060 272.

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