Gift glory for Gemmell and Hogan

Above: Alkimos Gift competitors with local MPs and Quinns Mindarie Surf Life Saving Club president Neil Rigby. Right: First female competitor home was Lynda Hogan. Pictures: Bruce Westerman
Above: Alkimos Gift competitors with local MPs and Quinns Mindarie Surf Life Saving Club president Neil Rigby. Right: First female competitor home was Lynda Hogan. Pictures: Bruce Westerman

Quinns Mindarie Surf Life Saving Club (QMSLSC) hosted the annual competition on February 16, which Duncan Gemmell won overall.

He was followed by Trevor Warland and Taylor Kendall, then fourth-placed Lynda Hogan, who was the first female to finish.

Club’s vice-president Des Choake said the Gift had become a tradition and a priority in the three-decade-old club’s calendar.

‘This gruelling event is 5km of running and swimming stages starting at the clubhouse working its way to the dog beach and back over two circuits, he said.

‘The early seabreeze and rough conditions tested the mettle of competitors, all of whom are patrolling members of the QMSLSC.’

Environment Minister and Ocean Reef MLA Albert Jacob started the race and Butler MLA John Quigley and Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts presented awards afterwards.