Beach volleyballers master game
ROCKHAMPTON beach volleyballers recently proved to be masters of the sport in every sense of the word.
Trent Clarke of the Indoor Sports Arena was one of a group of 11 local athletes who competed at the World Masters Games at Sydney in the beach volleyball events.
The medal haul by such a small group was fantastic with each participant returning with at least one medal
“Between us we won five gold, nine silver and two bronze,” an excited Clarke declared.
No wonder he was pleased with the effort as he was one of the athletes wearing gold.
Clarke was a member of the Men's Fours team in the 30 year plus age group along with team members Tony Patterson, Jarrod Cash and Paul Ede.
Remarkably after playing three group matches and then winning a semi-final battle it was another Rockhampton team they faced in the final.
The unfortunate runner-up, or silver medal team, consisted of Peter Luttrell, John Kuhn, Jace Sait and Mark Briggs.
Further gold returned to Rockhampton around the neck of Dan Goodman who appeared in a composite four that won the Men's 45 years plus division.
For good measure Goodman also collected silver as a part of another Four's team in the 40 years plus section.
The name Goodman was also prominent in the women's section with Marie Goodman collecting silver and bronze.
Goodman, along with Sharon Harris, took silver as a part of a Four in the Ladies 40 years plus group and then bronze in a Fours 45 year plus team.
In what Clarke described as possibly the best result of all, Tony Patterson teamed up with Paul Ede to collect silver in the Pairs for competitors aged 30 years plus.
Not only did the Rockhampton players overcome strong opposition, they also had to adapt to the environment as matches were on windswept beaches and not in a sheltered area like the Indoor Sports Arena.
The oldest group in the beach volleyball was the over-60s.