MEMORIES of last year’s big surf conditions may well have trimmed numbers competing in the Cape Aquathon last Sunday but, as it turned out, conditions were great and the 125 people who competed enjoyed both the swim and the run.
Vice President of the Venus Bay Surf Lifesaving Club, Dean Manns was nonetheless delighted with the turnout by competitors and the support by club members and the general community.
“Once again we had many return competitors,” said Dean.
“Of special note was Dean Carter who had competed in every Aquathon ever held – 20 in fact. He was presented with a medal and gift by CPSLSC Life Member, Mark (Doogs) Legge.
The longevity awards were as follows: 20 years consecutive Dean Carter, 10 years consecutive Kirrily Zimmerman, 5 years consecutive Steven Hamms, Aiden Lindsay, Jack Matthews, Kellie McDonald, Thomas Onley, Fred Pezzimenti, Peter Turner and Natalie Van Der Heyden.
“There was also the return of one of the crowd’s favourites, Earlene Kontogouris, now 81 years old, who completed the course in just over 60 minutes. She was ecstatic to once again be there on the day and participate in our event – both the swim and the run.”
The event was won in thrilling style by former Australian triathlete, Monty Frankish, in what is believed to be a record time, although results have not yet been confirmed.
First across the line was his partner, Alice Baquie, whose family has a holiday house at Cape Paterson.
Locals figured strongly at the top of the list, however, with Rob Fleisner of Phillip Island the best veteran, Luke Plant of the Woolamai SLSC 2nd overall and previous winner, Mark Rowe of the Bass Coast Barracudas in 3rd overall. Kara Landells was the first local woman over the line
But Frankish was the clear winner.
Overall winners: male Monty Frankish, female Alice Baquie.
Overall local winners: male Luke Plant, female Kara Landells.
Junior winners: male Mitchell Diston, female Imigen Langford.
Masters: male Anthony Bibby, female Emma Moore.
Veterans: male Rob Fleisner, female Janice Stephens.
Team winners: Male swim Beau Van Agmaal / runner Ben Turner.
Female swim Ashlee Grieve / runner Ava Scapin.
Mixed swim Natalie Morris / runner Tom Morris.