Yamba's finest athletes will compete.
Yamba's finest athletes will compete.

In search of Yamba's best

AT the Yamba Sports Centre tomorrow the hunt is on to find the Clarence Valley’s best all-round athlete.

Twelve of the regions finest from across all different sporting spectrums will compete in the The Daily Examiner and FM104.7 Clarence Valley Sportsperson Challenge.

Competitors from surfing to indoor soccer will take part in the two-day event.

The idea is the brainchild of Yamba Sports Centre management duo Steve Smith and Regan Pullen and follows a similar format to the successful Rexona Greatest Athlete competition.

But the Clarence edition will include females and business development officer Pullen believes it will be an even contest.

Points will be allocated to each athlete based on how they rank in an individual competition.

For example, first place is awarded 12 points and last place one point across each of the 10 legs.

“We were just trying to figure out a group of athletes. We had to come up with exercises that are an even spread across the athletes,” Pullen said.

“Firstly we thought about getting as many local people as possible.”

Both female and male prizes will be handed out at the competition’s conclusion and Pullen said there will be no shortage of effort trying to win the top gong.

“I think some of them are taking it quite seriously. There will be quite a bit of banter going on,” she said.

“All the exercises are designed to make them really work up a sweat.

“I really think they will push themselves.

“I think they are all just looking forward to a little bit of competition.”

Organisers plan on making the competition an annual event with hope that more than 50 fans will come to ‘watch and have a laugh’.

The overall winner will be awarded the Clarence Valley Sportsperson of the Year title but they could have their work cut out to retain the crown in 2011.

“This year it’s pretty much based on people we know but hopefully next year people will know about it and step up,” Pullen said.

“We will plan to do it closer to Christmas next year so Luke Douglas and Donna Urquhart could compete.”

Pullen nominated Shaun Adamson as the best bet in an event sure to toss up some shock results.

The winner will be presented at 11.30am on Saturday.

Sportsperson Challenge Schedule

Friday

Event 1 (Push-ups) – As many full range push-ups as possible in one minute.

Event 2 (Chin-ups) – As many full range chin-ups as possible in a row.

Event 3 (Dips) – As many full range dips as possible in a row.

Event 4 (Burpees) – As many burpees as possible in one minute.

Event 5 (2km row) – Row the distance as quickly as possible.

Saturday

Event 1 (500m row) – Row the distance as quickly as possible.

Event 2 (Bounding) – Six jumps as far as possible with the total distance tallied.

Event 3 (Sit-ups) – As many full range sit-ups as possible in a row.

Event 4 (Wall hold) – Bend your knees at 90 degrees and lean against the wall as long as possible.

Event 5 (Mixed strength endurance) – Six laps of bear crawls and four laps of frog leaps, done three times.



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