Noosa’s golden harvest at Masters
ALISON Pegg attributes the Noosa Heads women's team's golden haul at the Aussies yesterday to the chilly conditions and a desire to get out of the water as soon as possible.
The Noosa girls dominated the final day of Masters competition at Scarborough Beach in Western Australia, picking up a swag of gold.
Pegg, 51, Alison Olander, 40, and Julie Stanton, 47, starred for the club, making the 130-years combined division their own, winning the ski, surf board and taplin relays.
Pegg and Olander then combined with Georgina Lynch to win the 130-years combined surf team event.
Lynch won another two gold when she teamed up with Julie Fidler and Alison Fisk in the 150-years combined ski relay and taplin.
When asked about the secret to the squad's success, Pegg gave a surprising answer ... the cold.
She said her teammates failed to acclimatise to the unexpected cold conditions at Scarborough and joked that they went into each race with a strong desire to spend as little time as possible in the water.
"We just didn't adjust at all," said Pegg, who ended the competition with five gold. "Even though they've had three months of sunshine, since we've arrived there's been cloud all around, plus there's a wind-chill - that's what makes it cold, the wind. It's nothing like the Sunshine Coast.
"We were cold all day. You're in your swimming gear all day. It's hard to warm up again."
Not to be outdone by the fairer sex, the Noosa Heads men had their share of success. Jeff Lemarseny and Grant Kenny took gold in the 45-99 years double ski before teaming with Alan Rogers to win the 150-years single ski relay.
The pair nearly won a third gold, alongside Darren Mercer in the 130-years taplin, but had to settle for silver when they were beaten by the Maroochydore team of Dale Massie, Kirk Jarrott and Wade Lee.
Noosa was last night second on the Masters pointscore with a handful of board riding events today.
Gold Coast powerhouse Northcliffe was on 180 points just ahead of Noosa (177), Queenscliffe (171) and City of Perth (170).
Sunshine Coast winners at the Aussies yesterday.
70 yrs and over beach flags - Glen Wilson (Mooloolaba)
40-44 male beach flags - Todd McSwan (Mudjimba)
110 yrs min female single ski relay - Alexandra Headland
170 yrs min male beach relay - Mudjimba
U17 mixed patrol - Sunshine Beach
45-99 male double ski - Noosa Heads .
150 yrs min male single ski relay - Noosa Heads
130 yrs min male taplin relay - Maroochydore
130 yrs female surf team - Noosa Heads
130 yrs female single ski relay - Noosa Heads
130 yrs female surf board relay - Noosa Heads
130 yrs female taplin relay - Noosa Heads
150 yrs female taplin relay - Noosa Heads
150 yrs female single ski relay - Noosa Heads
140 yrs female surf boat - Maroochydore
120 yrs female surf boat - Mooloolaba