A wrap up of the clubs results at Aussies, well it wasn’t the best year for medals, but there were a lot of promising signs from all aspects of our surf sports areas. New boat crews doing well, younger surf/craft athletes making finals. Unfortunately we had a few injuries with Michael Harris, onen of our Masters guys with the most serious (Torn Achilles right ankle 4-6 months of rehabilitation), Bridgette Lockhart with a torn calf muscle & Lincoln Costello with a sprained ankle (Sunday night accident!)
Firstly, as a club we must thank the following people for helping out with duties associated with surf sports during the year, but most importantly at the State & National Championships. If any names are missing from the below thankyou’s please accept the clubs apologies. As always we have a great bunch of people who continually put their hand up to assist the club with surf sports duties during the season. From all athletes & parents concerned it is greatly appreciated.
Thanks must go to our hard working officials namely Dennis Allen, Kevin Starling, John Meehan, Dave Greene, Peter Hammersley, Al Green & Leanne Taylor who between them worked at Junior State, Senior State & Aussies. Well done to our competition secretary’s Maria Caldwell (Senior’s) & Leanne Taylor (Juniors) for the hours in submitting entries.
Special mention to big Al Green who toiled for 6 days at Aussies from 5am-5pm each day in the IRB area.......big effort & noted by all surf sports athletes.....if we didn’t have Al there as our IRB representative the club would not have started in events!
Massive thanks to Lincoln Costello, Paul Jones, Ben Lowe, Russell Brinkworth, Keith Caldwell, Brett Wheeler, Dave O’Grady & Sean Taylor for the towing of craft & boat trailers to State/Aussies.
To our members who acted as Area Managers at both championships making sure athletes knew when events were on & marked off, a big thank-you to Keith Caldwell, Robyn Fagerstrom, Kris Crilley, Sean Minogue, Lisa O’Grady, Sandra Brinkworth, Peter Lord, Stu Brown, Debbie Brown, Paul Jones, Lincoln Costello & Leanne Taylor.
Approximately 80 people attended our post Aussies dinner at Broadbeach Bowling Club and a great night was had by everyone that attended. It was great to see our family atmosphere to the fore with athletes & parents mixing from both the surf/craft & boat sections. Big thank-you to Colleen Gilbert from Broadbeach Bowling Club for assisting on the night.
Congratulations to our 2 Australian medallists, huge efforts & richly deserved;
3rd U23 Female Boat Crew (Shane Geloven, Olivia Krowka, Sheree Gallagher, Melanie Ireland & Elizabeth Walker).....first year of rowing with Olivia, Sheree & Melanie gaining their bronze medallion only this year!
3rd U17 Male Belt (Lachlan O’Grady & belt team Dave O’Grady, Oscar Bradley, Emma Lockhart & Jake Hogarth)
Outstanding achievements by the following members to make an Australian Final;
110yrs Male Ski Relay – Michael Locke/Peter Lord/Ian Timbrell
40-44yrs Female Ski – Kimberley Fleming
40-44yrs Female Board – Kimberley Fleming
40-44yrs Female Surf – Kimberley Fleming
40-44yrs Iron-woman – Kimberley Fleming
45-49yrs Male 2km Beach Run – Peter Richards
40-44yrs Male Double Ski – Michael Locke/Ian Timbrell
130yrs Male Taplin Relay – Peter Lord/Brett Wheeler/Michael Locke
Open Surf – Mitchell Fagerstrom
Open Iron-woman – Hannah Minogue
Open Female Ski – Hannah Minogue
Open Male Surf Teams – Mitchell Fagerstrom/Beau Wheeler/Sean White/Matthew Crilley
Open Male Ski – Downie Langthorne
Open Lifesaver Relay – Paul Jones/Ben Lowe/Heath Mercer/Daniel Porra/Dean Roberts (A Boat Crew), Downie Langthorne (Open Ski), Beau Wheeler (U19 Board), Lachlan O’Grady (U17 Surf) & Hannah Minogue (Female Sprint)
Open Male Boat – Paul Jones/Ben Lowe/Heath Mercer/Daniel Porra/Dean Roberts
U19 Iron-man – Beau Wheeler
U19 Male Surf – Beau Wheeler
U17 Male Surf – Lachlan O’Grady
U17 Female Surf – Jamie Brinkworth
U17 Iron-man – Lachlan O’Grady
U17 Male Taplin Relay – Lachlan O’Grady/Dale Dawson/Calvin Richards
U15 Female Surf Teams – Abbey Dawson/Kiah Taylor/Emma Brown/Bridgette Lockhart
U15 Female Surf – Abbey Dawson
U15 Female Rescue Tube – Kiah Taylor
U15 Female Board Relay – Kiah Taylor/Emma Brown/Abbey Dawson * Bridgette Lockhart injured & replaced by Abbey in final.