Paddlers put in a solid effort

Justin FrisSouth Western Times
James Duncan, Kelby Murray joined Bernice and Gary Butlion post-race following their solid efforts at Saturday's 2019 City of Bunbury Downwind Classic.
Camera IconJames Duncan, Kelby Murray joined Bernice and Gary Butlion post-race following their solid efforts at Saturday's 2019 City of Bunbury Downwind Classic. Credit: Justin Fris

Fatigue failed to deter the spirits of competitors in Saturday’s City of Bunbury Downwind Classic.

With flat conditions reigning supreme for the majority of the arduous 15km paddle between Stratham Beach and the City of Bunbury Surf Life Saving Club, all paddlers – particularly those in doubles – had their work cut out in reaching to the finish line.

James Duncan was victorious in the single component of the competition, completing the race in 1 hour 8 minutes and 23 seconds.

Finishing 75 seconds after Duncan was Kelby Murray – while Bernice and Gary Butlion were the first double entry across the finish line in 1:11.08.

Bassendean-based paddler Gareth Wright, who combined the event with visiting members of his family and friends, took out the over 50 male title – while talented Bunbury youngster Dylan Hansen won the under-19 male division.

City of Bunbury Surf Life Saving Club president Denise Duncan praised competitors for their involvement.

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