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School Holiday Time

School Holiday Time

School holidays are here again. Yippee, I LOVE school holidays! (what are you talking about, there is no sarcasm in my voice!) Thankfully our cold snap finished after the first weekend and we were able to hit the beach and soak up the sun. We took advantage of the low tide to do some exploring [...]

Surf Skis and SUP Join the Fun

Surf Skis and SUP Join the Fun

Stand up paddlers had two races to choose from this year at the Gatorade Hamilton Island Paddling Event – 250 sprints and a 5km race. The cameras from Channel 10’s The Living Room might have provided a little extra incentive to turn in a good performance (or at least look good while doing it)! A new [...]

Early Morning Sprints on Catseye Bay

Early Morning Sprints on Catseye Bay

With a 6.30am race briefing there was no sleeping in for paddlers on the first day of racing for the OC6 class of outrigger canoes in the 2012 Gatorade Hamilton Island Paddling Event. Short sprints are just what you need to get the blood flowing (especially if you’ve been lazing around in bed for the [...]

Marathon Time at Hamilton Island Paddling Event

Marathon Time at Hamilton Island Paddling Event

Like Lisa Curry said “This is what we do for fun!!” Conditions could not have been more perfect for the final day of the Gatorade Hamilton Island Paddling Event.  With little wind and only a 1m swell, it was a day that would threaten the race records.  Rough conditions, such as we saw during last [...]

Paddles Up!

Paddles Up!

Wow – it’s June again and the island is swarming with paddlers, here for the Gatorade Hamilton Island Paddling Event. The Hamilton Island Outrigger Canoe Club (HIOCC) spent the weekend finalising plans in the club rooms, dusting off the lane markers and polishing the trophies. The weather has come out to play and conditions are [...]

Go-Kart Crazy

Go-Kart Crazy

The most requested activity in our house is go-karts. Yesterday we finally gave in and took the kids out to Go-Kart Racing at Palm Valley. As the single carts can’t be driven by people under the age of 11, it was up to Mum and Dad to do some doubling (or dinking, if you are [...]

PGA Pro Championship Final for Hamilton Island Golf Club

PGA Pro Championship Final for Hamilton Island Golf Club

Glenn Bourke, CEO of Hamilton Island, has announced today that the 2012 PGA Professionals Championship Final will be contested at Hamilton Island Golf Club from 12th – 16th November, 2012. The PGA announced the new venue this morning, with participants from across Australia working to earn a place in the field via a series of [...]

Perfect Day

Perfect Day

How lucky am I? So far today I have been out for a 5.30am paddle with my outrigger crew and watched the sun rise over the Whitsundays. Then I got the kids off to Hamilton Island State School with their tennis and basketball gear so they can head to the Sports Club after school. Then [...]

Hilly Half Done and Won

Hilly Half Done and Won

There was a massive turnout in glorious weather conditions for the 2012 Stamford Financial Hilly Half Marathon. The race began with a record number of 66 individuals and 44 team members, with a large contingent of Mackay Road Runners and Townsville athletes taking on the local Hamilton Island Tri and Run clubbers and a sprinkling [...]

Hitting the Water – Dinghy Style

Hitting the Water – Dinghy Style

Over the last year I have been cruising around the Whitsunday Islands in an outrigger canoe for a year and zooming over the waters to Airlie Beach on the Fantasea ferries. It was time for a more leisurely approach, so we took ourselves down to the marina and visited Dinghy Hire. Hamilton Island Dinghy Hire [...]

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