Beaut day at Broom
By JENNIFER HUXLEY
BROOMS HEAD Family Sports Day organiser Ken Crampton was swept away by the enthusiasm of entrants in the broom throwing competition and other events at the coastal village's annual program of fun on the beach.
Hundreds of holidaymakers and others recovering from New Year's Eve celebrations packed the main beach and park reserve to watch or try out their throwing techniques.
While no records were broken in the broom throwing event due to rule changes ? people were restricted to the underarm throwing technique, as the usual roundarm method was too dangerous for spectators ? Mr Crampton declared the program a 'tremendous success'.
"We had a crowd of around 1500 and everyone really got into it," Mr Crampton said.
"Conditions couldn't have been better, we've had blue skies and as it was high tide at 10am, the tide was receding all day."
All ages and tastes were catered for across a range of events, which included popular beach novelty games, a Brooms Beach boat race, and the ever-challenging sandbag throwing and tug-'o-war.
Standout performances came from Matthew Thompson, of Gulmarrad, who took out the open men's ironman and relay ironman events, and the Lower Clarence Football Club tug-'owar team, which won the open men's event.
The family sports day is organised by the Lions Club of Maclean.
Money raised is spent on event prizes and to help fund community projects.