Yamba surf club set for Gallipoli
RED and yellow hats and Speedos on the beach in Gallipoli?
It may be unusual, but training is already under way for selected members of the Yamba Surf Life Saving Club, as it prepares to send a crew to Turkey in August.
A team of 12 will represent the Yamba Surf Life Saving Club and Australia in the first of a series of annual events, leading up to the centenary of Gallipoli in 2015.
The Yamba crew is one of only three teams chosen from Australia, plus one from New Zealand.
“It’s a tremendous thrill for a little club,” said publicity officer Mike Harvey.
“It’s unbelievable. We are very excited.”
The demonstration surf carnivals, at Burc Beach in Istanbul and Kum Beach at Gallipoli, will include beach sprints, flag races, board paddling, swimming, surf races, as well as a boat race, which will require a boat to be transported from Yamba.
Mr Harvey said that the Turkey-bound crew had already started to train on Main Beach and would continue training every week leading up to the big event.
There was even a hint that some of the team had intentionally entered a gym in a bid to increase their fitness.
When the club received the news earlier in the year that its bid had been accepted, an overwhelming number of team applications was received, however, not all could be accepted.
“We received 30 applications from club members and each was considered at great depth,” Mr Harvey said.
“It was a stringent process to select 12.”
Mr Harvey said the team of ‘all-rounders’ was looking forward to the chance to show off skills.
“It’s a demonstration carnival,” he said.
“It’s not meant to be competitive, but we’re Aussies. We’ll get into it.”
The Yamba team comprises team manager Alan Schofield, assistant manager/competition official Jim Saunders, boat rowers Rod McSkimming, Steve Wiblen, Brendan O’Mahony, Andrew Cumberland, Karlen Holloway, Morgan Bramwell-Baker and all-rounders Phil Kelly, Joe Fahey, Ray O’Brien and Steve Herbert.
The team will depart on August 17 and return September 3.
While many of the major expenses will be taken care of, anyone wishing to assist with financial assistance should contact the club.
Yamba surf club was founded on September 9, 1908 and is one of the oldest surf clubs in the world.