From left, Red Rock’s open men’s crew of Mitchell Wright, Damien McSkimming, Jye Reardon, Kallam Laskaj and Jon Kahler.
From left, Red Rock’s open men’s crew of Mitchell Wright, Damien McSkimming, Jye Reardon, Kallam Laskaj and Jon Kahler.

Drawing strength from adversity

RED Rock-Corindi Surf Life Saving Club has vowed to not let vandals tarnish their medal bid at the 2011 Allphones NSW State Surf Life Saving Championships at Kingscliff over the next three days.

No, this club is stronger than that.

On Monday, vandals broke into the club’s storage shed in South Grafton and dragged vital equipment into the Clarence River.

“We are definitely not curling up and saying, ‘Poor us’,” club secretary Leane McLachlan said.

“It is feeling like we have been kicked in the guts. But we are just going to be positive.

“We have nothing to prove and this may push them a bit.”

Seven members of the club will take to the water for the event, with the open men’s crew, current Far North Coast Boat Series leaders, the main medal hope.

Two under-17s will also contest the beach sprints and flags, “which is not bad considering we have less than 40 patrolling members”. It’s also not bad considering the crucial equipment lost and damaged on Monday when vandals broke into the club’s South Grafton storage shed.

This left the open men knowing any potential damage to their remaining boat could cruel the club’s Boat Series chances in the final round at Coffs Harbour on March 26.

“The guys are looking forward to it but we are on a bit of a downer,” McLachlan said.

“What is in the back of our minds at the moment is if anything happens to the boat we have nothing to replace it.

“But there is no pressure on our crews to win.

“We are just proud that members will go away.

“They know it doesn’t matter where they finish.”



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