Mike snags title at Australian Masters Spearfishing Comp
COMPETING against a field of legendary divers, Yeppoon's Mike Greinke didn't expect to claim victory in the Australian Masters Spearfishing Championship.
Mike, who has been spearfishing for more than 35 years, said the sport was something he couldn't give up now.
While Mike has continued to challenge himself in various competitions over the years, he was pleased to beat a talented group for the Masters title.
The competition was held from November 16 to 23 in Lucinda, north Queensland, with speed boats taking divers to different reef locations.
Competitors were allowed to capture their weight in a select group of fish species.
"The problem of being in the Masters is that every other diver in that group is a legend who's represented their country or has some outstanding credentials," Mike said.
"I guess everyone likes to test themselves regardless of their age.
"There's nothing better than being able to catch some quality seafood for yourself.
"If you love what you do and it's in your blood, you can't give it up."
While Mike has seen plenty of big sharks during his time diving, he said he had never felt overly threatened by them.
He said the danger of blackouts when resurfacing was a bigger threat.
Mike said he was lucky to survive blacking out while representing Australia in a competition in Tahiti.
"Luckily we dived in pairs and I was fortunate to have one of the greatest divers in Australia ... with me," he said.
Mike said protection from sunburn and stingers was also important, particularly when diving in warm, tropical waters.
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