Jacob's race draws big names
SIX-TIME Australian ironman champion Trevor Hendy is expected to compete in the third annual Jacob Lollback Memorial Board Race at Yamba's Main Beach on September 22.
Hendy will join locally-bred ironman competitor, and defending champion Hugh Dougherty in Lollback's memorial race.
Lollback tragically drowned on September 22, 2009, while diving in the waters off Gladstone in Queensland. He was just 20 years of age.
At the time of his death he was widely regarded in surf lifesaving circles as the fastest board paddler in Australia.
Now the best board riders in Australia will compete for more than $10,000 in cash and prizes in his honour.
"Gold Coast surf clubs Northcliffe, Surfers Paradise, Burleigh Heads, North Burleigh, Tugun, Kurrawa and Currumbin and NSW clubs Cronulla, Redhead and Swansea Belmont will have strong teams of male and female paddlers,'' Yamba surf lifesaving's Mike Harvey said.
"Last year's placegetters in the open men's division Hugh Dougherty, Corey Hill and James Stewart will again contest the 4km race.
"Trevor Hendy and his son TJ are expected to be in a 20-strong Surfers Paradise team in Yamba."
Hendy, who is the assistant coach at Surfers Paradise club to former Grafton resident Zayne Hamill, made a comeback to board paddling last season, and at the age of 42 made the open board final at the Australian titles won by Dougherty.
"In the open women's division, last year's placegetters Krystal Smith and Alyce Bennett, will face strong opposition from the Hancock sisters Courtney and Bonnie who will be making their first appearance at the Jacob Lollback day paddle,'' Harvey said.
The Hancock girls, who now compete for Northcliffe club on the Gold Coast but are former members of the Sawtell club, came through the junior ranks with Lollback and were teammates at the North Coast Academy of Sport.