Despite the forecast of rain all week then the threat of thunderstorms on the weekend the 2014 Mulwala Water Ski Club Splash 'n' Dash attracted a near record number of entries over the two day event.JARED LOUGHNAN March 18, 2014 3:59pm
On Saturday 117 swimmers competed in State to State swim over a revised course due to high winds. On Sunday 556 runners competed in the 5km and 10km distance event and the 1km and 3km junior events.
Young gun Jason Forbes of Melton backed up his record breaking win last year by again winning the swim event this time over the revised 1km swim from the Ski Club around Cypress Gardens Island and back to the Ski Club in 14 minutes flat.
Fastest female and third overall was previous female winner Hannah Hobson in an impressive time of 15 minutes and 58 seconds in tough choppy conditions.
Swim committee member Anna Dickie said the conditions were too rough to swim across the lake.
"Everything went really well despite the change of course and we only had several swimmers pull out," she said.
"Congratulations to all swimmers and a big thank you to all the volunteers, Action Bike and Ski for the Canoes, SES and all our valued sponsors."
The annual Yarrawonga Foreshore Fun Run started in perfect cooler conditions and bright sunshine with the 10km event for the first time being more popular than the 5km. A total of 177 runners competed in the 5km event, 166 in the 10km event and 213 keen junior runners in the 1km and 3km events.
Finley runner Charlie White ran a slick 17 minutes and 56 seconds in the 5km event while young local runner Matt DeOliveira, aged 13, ran an impressive 22 minutes and 9 seconds to come second in the under 18 event.
In the 10km event Deniliquin Arnold Bartlett won the overall male fastest time for the third time in 34 minutes and 47seconds, just 4 seconds slower than last year’s winner Jarrod Mullarvey.
Fastest female was Rachael Glasson in a time of 37 minutes and 41 seconds. Local runner Olivia Elliot ,aged 14, finished second in the junior female event in 44 minutes and 8 seconds.
Foreshore Run Committee member Andrew MacPherson said the event went well with runners providing glowing praise for the course.
“It was pleasing to see all age groups compete especially the young children. It is our event charter to help promote healthy lifestyles in the community and it was evident on the weekend that we achieved this aim,” he said.
“I would like to thank all the sponsors and volunteers without their assistance the event would simply not take place.
“A special thanks also to Silverwoods and the SES for their assistance and co-operation on allowing this important community event to take place.”
For Shepparton mother Kathy Van Oosten, the mainstream schooling system has provided her son Reiley with a positive and inclusive experience.
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