Sporting greats join forces for charity on Cup Day
IT WAS floral gowns aplenty at the Sunshine Coast Turf Club this Cup Day for a big day of racing.
Among the crowd of more than 300 supporting local charity Wishlist in their exclusive marquee were familiar faces from remarkable sporting careers.
The group of sporting greats included Sunshine Coast born and bred Rio Olympic kayaker, Alyssa Bull, Olympic champion swimmer Duncan Armstrong, Paralympian Michael Milton and Sunshine Coast Lightning netball coach Noeline Taurua.
Ms Taurua said being new to the Coast the day gave her a wonderful opportunity to connect with the community.
"This is a great cause to be involved with, Wishlist, and what they're doing supporting health issues in hospitals, I think that's brilliant,” she said.
"It's the first time I've ever been involved in something like this.
"It's a lovely event to be involved with.”
Ms Bull said, as a local, she was glad she could get involved with such a worthwhile local cause.
"I was born in Buderim and I trained at Alexandra Headland surf club before moving to the Gold Coast in 2015 for training,” she said.
"I've been home on the Sunshine Coast since Rio and I'll also be competing in the Wishlist Waterlife event at the end of the year.”
Mr Milton, who was also the master of ceremonies for the event, said on a personal level the work of Wishlist was very important to him.
"I am a two-time cancer survivor,” he said.
"The equipment that they're targeting the money for today is actually directly used for the type of cancer I had.
"So it's certainly something very close to my heart.”
The charity luncheon also allowed one lucky punter to drive home in a new LandCruiser Sahara.