2021 Babinda NAIDOC Celebration
On Friday, September 10, the town of Babinda came together to ack
FOUR local athletes competed in the Great Barrier Reef Masters Games in Cairns and achieved success in their respective sports.
This year’s GBRMGs were held from May 20 – 23 and attracted 2,500 participants; a 22% increase on 2019.
Spectators were able to watch masters of their sports, aged 30-60+, who competed across 17 sports which included archery, athletics (track and field), baseball, basketball, beach volleyball, cricket, cycling, duathlon, golf, hockey, netball, rugby league, softball, swimming, target pistol shooting, tennis, as well as trail and road running.
The cycling competition included track racing, a 7.7kms road race around Gordonvale and Criterium at Bungalow was presented by Cairns Cycling Club and sanctioned by Cycling Australia.
Ken Dyson competed in the 40km road race at Gordonvale and claimed gold in the 60 – 64 Male age group with a time of 1:01:42. He also competed in the Criterium over 22kms and achieved gold in his age group.
Shane Rossi was first in 40 – 44 age group and overall winner on the day with a time of 1:24:13, six minutes ahead of second place getter in the 21.1kms Half Marathon.
Donna Curzon competed in the Sprint Duathlon at Yorkeys Knob which consisted of a 5km run, 20km bike ride and 2.5km run. Curzon finished first overall in the 40 – 49 Female age group and was third
female overall with a time of 01:15:20.
Peter Sullivan, formerly from Innisfail also competed in the Sprint Duathlon and took out gold in the 60 – 69 age group with a time of 1:15:38.
Natalie Cook, OAM was the official ambassador for this year’s GBRMG and delivered a keynote speech and secrets to success to a sell-out crowd of athletes and sports fans at the inaugural Sportsperson’s Dinner.
Cook was the first Australian woman to compete at five Olympic Games. She is also the only athlete to have competed in all five of the Olympic women’s beach volleyball tournament, since the sport was introduced in Atlanta in 1996.
Her sporting highlights include a 2000 Olympic Gold Medal, 1996 Olympic Bronze Medal, Order of Australia Medal, FIVB Team of the Decade, Volleyball Hall of Fame and Australian Sporting Hall of Fame.
The GBRMG was first held in Cairns in 2013, and since then it has been a biannual event. The next instalment is scheduled for May 25 – 28, 2023.
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