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250 in the swim
at Cowes Classic
TWO hundred and fifty entrants compet-
ed in this year’s Cowes Classic with great
weather conditions prevailing all day.
The event, staged annually as a fund-
raiser by the Phillip Island Football Club
and the Woolamai Beach Surf Life Saving
Club, was won by Mornington biathlete Ja-
mie Rhodes, with Mark Rowe the first local
Nerice Smith stunned onlookers by beat-
ing all the men out of the water bar one, in
the swimming leg of the race, and was just
metres behind Jamie Rhode, who went on
to win the race.
A feature of the race this year was the
number of young locals who participated.
Competitors swam 500 metres before
taking off on a four kilometre run around
Cowes, with the finish line on the Espla-
nade outside Hotel
Event organisers said numbers were up
on last year, which was pleasing.
“It was a great day, weather wise and a
great day competition wise,” said Simon
Manning, on Monday.
Funds raised through this event are
shared between both Clubs, and are used
for the promotion and provision of junior
sporting opportunities locally.
Many of those involved will be back in
the water soon for the San Remo Channel
Challenge, which will be staged on Febru-
Fastest swimmer: male Jamie Rhodes,
female Nerice Smith.
Senior male (18-39): 1st Jamie Rhodes,
2nd Mark Rowe, 3rd Jamie Meyer.
Senior female (18-39): 1st Emma Arm-
strong, 2nd Kara Landells, 3rd Deb Mahon.
Local senior male (18-39): 1st Mark
Rowe, 2nd Luke Plant.
Local senior female (18-39): 1st Kara
Landells, 2nd Deb Mahon.
Junior male: 1st Linus Mayes, 2nd
Junior female: 1st Bec Henderson, 2nd
Local junior male: 1st Brodie Anderson,
2nd Bailey Sutherland.
Local junior female: 1st Olivia Hughes,
2nd Ella Hughes.
Male (40-49): 1st Paul Taylor, 2nd Clin-
Female (40-49): 1st Natasha Vasey-Ellis,
2nd Kara Gilbert.
Local male (40-49): 1st Geoff Garrett,
2nd Marcus Bond.
Local female (40-49): 1st Emma Moore,
2nd Sarah Marshall.
Oldest male: Oscar Carlson.
Oldest female: Earlene Kontogouris.
Male over 50: 1st Rob Fleisner, 2nd Au-
Female over 50: 1st Janice Stephens,
2nd Pam Kiss.
Local male over 50: 1st Rob Fleisner, 2nd
Local female over 50: 1st Bhavani Rooks.
Male relay: 1st Dean Hewett and partner,
2nd Justin Tilley and partner.
Female relay: 1st Sarah Tyrrell and Bec
Bruhn, 2nd Kelly O’Neill and partner.
Mixed relay: 1st Nicki MacFarlane and
partner, 2nd Emmylou MacCarthy and
Local relay: 1st Dean Hewett and partner,
2nd Justin Tilley and partner.
Local junior relay: Jude Grace and Jack
The familiar faces that have manned the registration table at the annual Cowes
Classic biathlon event were on the job again this year, and doing the same great
job as always. From left they are Barb Weston, Marion Quigley, Kaye Beaton, Jan
Farrington, Debbie Wright, Robyn Thom and Deb Robinson.
At least 40 young members from the Woolamai
Beach Surf Life Saving Club kept watch over swim-
mers in the Cowes Classic biathlon, from vantage
points along the 500 metre route from Erehwon
Point to Mussel Rock. Volunteers (from left) Alanna
Broderick, Brodie Thomas and Kayla Evelyn Lindet
are pictured prior to the event.
Members of Hotel’s waiter’s team were pipped on the post this year, in the annual
Cowes Classic waiter’s race, and reluctantly handed the shield they have held for
the last 12 months back. As they say, there is always next time. Team members
pictured are Mikey Miller, David Williams, Jordan Garwood and James Caunter.
Pino’s Trattoria won the Cowes Classic Shield back this year from Hotel, who took
out the annual waiter’s race in 2015. And Rosa Scalato (left) could not have been
happier. Rosa is pictured congratulating Pino’s happy and victorious team members
from left Diego Mussom Romina Scalato, Marco Chiampo and Manveer Singh.
Member for Bass Brian Paynter took time out on
his way to the starting line at the Cowes Classic to
sign up at the Phillip Island Progress Association
table, which was also selling fundraising sun screen
as a fundraiser. Mr Paynter swam in the 500 metre
swim leg of the annual race.
There was not much between the first two swimmers out of the water on Saturday, with Jamie Rhodes,
who also took out the overall biathlon race, just a few metres ahead of Nerise Smith, hot on his heels and
well ahead of the rest of the field, in second place. The pair are pictured leaving the beach and about to
embark on the 4 kilometre run around Cowes.
Michael Cleeland looked as fit as a fiddle as he
completed the 500 metre swim from Erehwon Point
to Mussell Rock and headed to the Jetty triangle for
the next leg of the Cowes Classic event on Saturday.
Winners and placegetters in the 2016 Cowes Clas-
sic biathlon event are pictured at the end of the
race. From left they are Jamie Myer, who hails from
Richmond and was third place getter, the winner Ja-
mie Rhodes from Mornington, second place getter
Mark Rowe from Kernot, and Luke Plant fourth from
Rob Fleisner (right) was first overall in the over 50 open and the local over 50 sections of the Cowes Clas-
sic event on Saturday. The local electrician is congratulated after the race by fellow competitors from left
Andrew Heteberg, Jack Matthews, Justin Tilley, and Tom Onley.
Brodie Anderson (left) was the first junior local
home in the local section of the Cowes Classic on
Saturday. Brodie is pictured with fellow local com-
petitors Dylan Wilson Brown and Bailey Sutherland
(second junior local home).
Cowes Classic competitors Kelie McDonald and
Natalie Vanderheyden look just at fresh at the finish
line as they did at the start of the race.
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