Big crowds at Echuca's Victoria Park for the Southern 80 made for a great atmosphere over the weekend.TRENT HORNEMAN February 12, 2013 4:56am
Moama Water Sports Club president Steve Robson said water ski fans turned out in force at Victoria Park on Saturday.
While numbers were down at the Victoria Park finish line on Sunday, Mr Robson said a bumper crowd made for an excellent atmosphere on Saturday.
‘‘There was a massive crowd on the Saturday. It would be easily the biggest we have had for quite a few years,’’ he said.
Mr Robson said despite a one-hour break in the competition yesterday, there were plenty of family activities to keep the family entertained during the delay.
‘‘There was freestyle motocross in action during the break, as well as the Apsen playpark for children with a jumping castle and other entertainment,’’ he said.
Mr Robson acknowledged accidents marred the weekend, particularly yesterday after several incidents in a short space of time.
‘‘It is a high-risk sport and while we want to make racing as safe as possible, competitors are aware that accidents like this can happen,’’ he said.
Mr Robson said crowds were mostly well behaved, although a social boat with skiers on the river held up the start of racing on Saturday.
‘‘We had to move a boat out on the water after the river was closed
‘‘Overall the crews were telling me that people on the banks of the river were well behaved and not creeping out in the water too much.’’
Mr Robson praised the efforts of Moama Water Sports Club’s 15 directors and hordes of volunteers who helped to run the event.
‘‘We have an army of volunteers who work hard to make the event. Overall I would say we easily had a couple of hundred community members give up their time to make sure the event runs well,’’ he said.
Mr Robson said the lead-up to the event was a success, highlighted by Breakfast with the Stars at Moama’s Kerrabee Soundshell on Friday morning, as well as a static display in Hare St, Echuca, on Saturday morning.
‘‘We had a massive turn-out for the brekky at Moama. It was great. We encouraged the teams to sign autographs for kids as we handed out Southern 80 posters. People could also get up close and have a look at the machines,’’ he said.
‘‘I was at the finish line on Saturday morning, but I was told that the display in Hare St was a huge success.’’
Dementia does not stop Shepparton couple feeling happy and positive.
Yarrawonga’s Bre Elliott played the most “consistent golf of her life” over three days to win the Fuccillo Kia Championship at Capital Hills by carding a 2-under 69 on the final day.
Heather Donaldson was re-elected president of Tatura Hospital Ladies Auxiliary at the annual general meeting on Thursday, which was attended by 33 people.
Detectives from the Sexual Crimes Squad have taken over the investigation into a female jogger who went missing in the One Tree Hill area on Wednesday.
THE 2015 National Blood Donor Week festivities will make the Rochester region Victoria’s new red light district.
Community workshop to consider issues to help form Campaspe digital strategy
Heather Stamp brings a long experience of the Salvation Army to Seymour.
Berrigan Shire Council have approved a development application for six more independent living units to add to Berrigan’s Amaroo Self Care Unit block.
THEY may be a familiar sight across the Heathcote district, but some of the much-loved birds in the region are in decline.
It was a field of emerald at the Soroptimist International of Cobram Barooga’s annual lunch on Friday, where diners enjoyed the craic at the Irish-themed event.
Deniliquin and district boasted two major winners at the Australian Sheep and Wool Expo at Bendigo from July 17 to 19.
Riverine Plains is set to hold the first in its series of farm walks for the 2015 season as part of its research into stubble retained cropping systems.
The News magazines are online - read the high quality magazines in your time. Check in regularly for latest editions.
Riverine Herald's well regarded locally produced magazines. They're now online, so you can read them whenever and wherever you like.
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.