Local paddlers win pile of medals at Airlie Beach Regatta

Junior medal winners, Billy Gaia, James Friel, and Max Belbin with Coconuts senior club members at the Dam Regatta Tinaroo.

EARLIER this month, members of Coconuts Outrigger Canoe Club travelled to Airlie Beach to compete in a Regatta hosted by Club Outrigger Whitsunday and achieved great success bringing home a swag of medals.

This was the third NQ Zone Grand Prix event hosted by the club this year.

Windy conditions at Boathaven Beach made for challenging paddling, however the Coconuts Club celebrated the next generation of paddlers with wins in the Junior races, which was an exciting experience for the youngsters who hit the water to be part of such a big race event.

Coconuts Outrigger Canoe Club results were as follows:

OC6 Open Men’s 13km – 2nd: Adrian Darveniza, Matthew Abbott, Andrew Portelli, Miles Darveniza, Luke Portelli, and Brett Gaia – 1:11mins

OC6 Open Women’s – 1st: Vicki Hall, Nicola Hoey, Catharina Cook, Ute Holzrichter, Kate Eli, and Nicole Lutton – 1:28mins

OC6 Open Men’s 6km – 2nd  – 30:47.9

OC6 Open Mixed 6km – 1st – 32:26.8

OC6 Open Mixed 500m sprint – 2nd – 4:09.3

OC1 Open Men’s 4km -1st:  Matthew Abbott – 37:39.3 

OC1 Master Men’s 4km – 3rd:  Adrian Darveniza – 39:21.4

OC1 Master Women’s 4km – 1st:  Nicola Hoey – 26:00.0

OC2 Open Men’s 4km – 2nd:  Matthew Abbott and Luke Portelli – 21:13.9

OC2 Mixed 4km – 1st:  Matthew Abbott and Nicola Hoey – 20:55.7

OC1 Juniors Under 12 – 2kms – 1st:  James Friel and 2nd:  Max Belbin

OC2 Juniors Under 12 – 2kms – 1st:  James Friel and Max Belbin

OC6 Juniors Under 12 – 500m sprint – 2nd:  Billy Gaia, James Friel and Max Belbin

OC6 Under 16 – 4km – 2nd: Billy Gaia and James Friel

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