Rescue 2012 World Title results - Board and Ski

The Coogee Marlin Masters took to the beaches of Adelaide for the World Rescue 2012 Masters competition 7th -11th November.


Beach Events - Glenelg Beach

To a cheering Rona Macviven was on a blistering run to a Gold Medal  in the 2km beach run. She outran the British competitor who started flat out, but our Rona caught her fairly quickly and won by at least 200m!


For the Men's 2km run, the dazzling Roger Moresi and Damian Martin had a cold, windy starts, running in their 2km races for respective 6thand 10th placings. Well done! Sarah Bellenger’s highly commendable result in the 2km run - hitting 4th position in her first ever 2km event – was impressive.


Bronze-medallist performances from Sharon Deans, Allison Roberts and Helen Begg in our Women’s Beach Relay team (so close it went to the video referee to determine placings, but Silver is definitely in our hearts!). Baton changes were clean and fast, girls were on fire, but couldn’t catch those Queenscliff girls.


There were some well-fought individual sprinting events with the field very competitive, mainly from the Australian inter-clubs; however, a sprinkling of some international competitors only spurred the girls on. On her maiden World Master’s tournament, Sarah Bellenger left the sprinters in her wake easily winning her quarter and semi-finals of the 70m sprint - only to be heartbreakingly disqualified in controversial circumstances in the final with a guaranteed gold awaiting her at the finish line. Montpellier 2014 will be the destination for her revenge.


Also sprinting for Team Coogee: Phil Pettit (into the semi), Allison Roberts,  Sharon Deans (into the semi), Helen Begg (heat)


Water Events - Christies Beach

After nurturing his troops into battle over the past 3 months, assisted by alliances forged with Maroubra (transport) and Bronte (accommodation), Commander and Chief 'Iron Andy' Bargenda embarked on his own events. After completing a gruelling heat and final in the paddle boards Andy then proceeded straight into the iron man contest. On a borrowed ski, he made it through a tough heat. In great need of some rest and recuperation Andy was delighted to hear that the final would be commencing in “15 minutes”. Andy dug deep into his mammoth fuel tank and commenced the race with half of the finalists having had an additional 45 minutes rest. A disastrous leg on his waxless borrowed ski left Andy in 14thplace, he places clawed back 3 places with a brilliant paddle. How much had he left though? Andy lifted again and gained another 3 places in the swim leg with the Coogee crowd roaring him proudly over the line. On his own ski and some proper rest who knows what could have happened??


The Bargenda Boards and Ski squad was in full flow as the championships progressed. Petite by name but not by nature Phil paddled her way bravely into the final of the ladies board race with a brilliant second place overcoming the psychological scars of a training accident only two weeks prior. After a wind-impacted ski race on Day 1, Damian  Martin bounced back in fine style on Day 2 with a strong leg in the board relay and a powerful 2k run. Last but not least, the mighty Paul 'Pod' Jefferson paddled, swam, sprinted, and rescued - and even found time to wave to his adoring female fans - in an impressive overall display of athleticism.


Another Bronze Medal went to Allison Roberts, this time in the water on an 18.2km ocean ski paddle from Glenelg to Christies Beach. Team Coogee watched with 5 minutes to spare to see her paddle in for a Bronze medal finish. What guts and determination this chick has. Superb result Allison! Allison also achieved 5th in her Single Ski Race, although she was disappointed, she managed a very strong performance and is a real contender for State and Aussies coming up, watch this girl.


Bec Lehman,in her first ski appearance at any carnival courageously represented her team in a heat where the internationals didn’t even make it past the break zone.


A smoking board-rescue with Paul Jefferson and Andy Bargenda, ended with a gallant 4th place.


In the Ocean women's Relay, the gals put in a gutsy effort, crawling back several places in the event – Allison Roberts was on the ski, Sarah Bellenger paddles the board (moving the team up to 7th) and Phil Petit brought the team home in the swim (moving up to 5th). Our Danish Katrina competed for her maiden country – lifting her game with each “Go Coogee” cheer for the legs on her Oceanwoman!


Team photographers - John Brady looked almost paparazzish with his long lens, capturing some beautiful moments, particularly water events. He even managed to pick up a few random competitors, some of whom were Irish (can’t let go of that heritage, can you?).


In the champion wine-tasting event on the Saturday, all competitors got an honourable mention. The award for best venue went to Woodstock, best view for D’arenberg, best beer tasting to Echidna and best bubbles went to Leconfield (nothing like a bit of Syn to round off a wonderful few days of team camaraderie and bonding, like none other).


Special mentions to Damian Martin for being the team chauffeur and delivering safely home the wine cargo from the McLaren Vale and to Roger Moresi, for being a wonderful driver for some of the sprinters in the snazzy convertible trips back and forth from Glenleg to Christies Beach; the girls are forever grateful. 



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