Golden moment for Nippers

Coolangatta Gold champions Lana Rogers and Courtney Bryant with yours truly.

On Sunday morning some 300 Noosa Nippers gathered in front of their clubhouse all excited.

They were there to meet the winners of the Coolangatta Gold Lana Rogers, who won the long course, and Courtney Bryant, who won the short course open womens.

It was the first time that both winners were from the same club.

After a brief speech during which the girls thanked the nippers for their support they were handed over to the Nippers Junior male captain Thomas Harmer and female captain Nelly Enderssen.

In keeping with the nipper policy of letting the youth conduct question and answer sessions, these two young captains took it in turn to do so. Their questions revolved around training programs and diet; in particular their breakfast on race day. All were well received and answered and the captains then thanked the girls for coming.

It is events such as these that add to the nipper training. A great concept – well done to all.

Pirates on track

On Sunday members of the Noosa Pirates Rugby League Club gathered at Pirate Park clubhouse for their annual general meeting and election of officers.

After his welcome speech president Greg Christensen tabled the annual report, which was then open for discussion. A major factor of discussion was the progress report tabled by Joe Cirello, regarding all aspects of the amalgamation of the junior and senior clubs.

“The successful completion of the amalgamation will have the club looking forward to a strategic plan that will ensure the survival of the club and have the members looking forward to the future with confidence,” it said.

With regard to key positions in the club, president Greg Christerson, secretary Kristie Hart and treasurer Tricia Acton were elected to office. Club general manager is Brett Winkler and, on the playing field, Brett Winkler is again head coach.

Barbell trio shines

A sport that gets little or no publicity is the Olympic sport of weightlifting. However in Noosa it is time to change, for some of our unsung athletes are beginning to draw attention at both state and national level.

As members of the Noosa Barbell Club a local Olympic weightlifting club which is part of the CrossFit 4566 gym, three young athletes Zac Schwitter, Alana Castle and Taj Marsh represented Queensland at the national titles last weekend.

Taj Marsh competing in the under 15 division came home with a silver medal and, despite not gaining a medal, Alana Castle also in under 15 (she is only 12) and Zac Schwitter in the senior division, performed in the highest order.

With these young people under coach Woggie Marsh and the CrossFit gym being run by Richard Kelly, a former professional athlete (dedicated to helping others and contributing to the community), we can rest assured that great results will be forthcoming.

With a mantra of Unbroken, Unconquered, displayed on the wall a very positive atmosphere is ever present. Good luck to all who enter.

Gone too soon

This week was indeed sad for members of the Noosa Tri fraternity and the Old Boys group of the Noosa Heads Surf Life Saving Club, with the news that Russell Harrop had passed away following a heart attack.

Russell, aged in early 70s, was the father and great supporter of Loretta (Olympic Tri silver medalist) and the late Luke Harrop, also a Tri athlete. For many years the young guns of the Noosa Tri competed for the Luke Harrop Memorial Trophy donated by Russell and family.

In the surf club Russell joined as a 13-year-old cadet, obtained his bronze, served a three term as secretary, competed for Noosa as a sprinter and was responsible for designing the club Seahorse Badge and the club flag. His brother Greg was also a member and both parents and sister Pam, made many contributions to the club.

Gone but not forgotten.

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