Sport

Sheil wins race to pub

Olympic swimming hopeful Michael Sheil won the open men’s race in style.
Olympic swimming hopeful Michael Sheil won the open men’s race in style.

OLYMPIC swimming hopeful Michael Sheil showed his class in the 13th annual Hervey Bay Surf Lifesaving Club Pier to Pub ocean swim in Hervey Bay yesterday.

The 23-year-old Brisbane resident left his rivals in his wake as he powered his way to winning the 3.4km race from Urangan Pier to the Torquay jetty.

Sheil completed the race in a time of 35 minutes and 22 seconds, some three-and-a-half minutes ahead of the chasing pack.

It was the first time Sheil had taken the plunge in the event and he said he had thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

“I've been trying to have a go in it for a couple of years now but commitments haven't allowed it,” said Sheil, who won the King of the Coast Ocean Swim at Caloundra last year.

“This year I made sure I had time and I'm glad I did.

“It was a great race in a beautiful setting – conditions were perfect as well which always helps.

“We even had the current behind us.”

But will Sheil, who also won the 18km Fiji Ocean Swim last year, be back to defend his title 12 months down the road?

“I'd love to – I've just got to see how my schedule is with getting to the Olympics,” he said.

Despite having the current behind him, Sheil wasn't able to break the record for the event which was set by three-time race winner Maryborough's Bradley Byrne in 2008.

The former state and national swimming champion completed the race in a time of 33 minutes and 29 seconds.

Maryborough teacher and champion triathlete Cassie Percival emerged victorious from the water in the open women's race.

She finished in a time of 41 minutes and two seconds.

There were 126 competitors who took the plunge on the day which also included a 1.6km Splash 4 Cash trek.

Topics:  hervey bay surf life saving



Foodies' scavenger hunt: are you up for it?

IF YOU want to give your tastebuds the flavour sensations of a lifetime, here is the ultimate foodie’s scavenger hunt through Brisbane.

5 minutes with Israel Folau on footy, life and love

Israel Folau and Silver Fern netballer Maria Tutaia announced their engagement last last year.

WE CAUGHT up with football star and Brisbane ex-pat Israel Folau.

10 reasons to head to South Bank this summer

Head to the only inner-city beach in Australia!

South Bank has a ridiculous amount of fun things to do.

Five mammoth events you need in your life

No Caption

BRISBANE isn’t known for doing things by halves…

How to make your child's every dream come true...

Take a dip at South Bank in the inner-city beach.

‘I DON’T want to do fun things, Mum and Dad’… said no child ever!

How to do Eat Street the right way

Know where to start and where to end to avoid a huge food coma before you get to experience all the goodies!

EVERY Friday and Saturday night, Hamilton comes alive.

You can do WHAT in Brisbane?!

Talk about arriving in style! Take your pub crawl to the next level with a helicopter!

BET you didn't know you could do these things in Brisbane...

Man convicted of street stabbing, back in Bay court

The man pleaded guilty to new charges.

Tattooing impletements, drugs found in Maryborough prison

Maryborough Correctional Centre.

"Charges against a number of prisoners could be laid as a result."

First home buyers the "lifeblood” of Fraser Coast market

CoreLogic property statistics reveal the region's median house price of $300,000 did not change in the September quarter.

Median house price of $300,000 remains steady in September quarter

Local Partners

Daniel MacPherson: acting’s a bit like channel surfing

Australian actor Daniel MacPherson in a scene from the American TV series APB.

THE Aussie export talks about making his mark in the US.

Buderim man strips off for speed dating with a twist

RAW AMBITION: Buderim local Jackson pictured with his blind date Candice in a scene from SBS's new dating show Undressed.

People have done stranger things for love

Sports gods answer your summer prayers with this line-up

The Brisbane Roar are on track for an entertaining season.

SO MUCH live action is happening in Brisbane this summer!

Matthew McConaughey wrongly used as medical example

Doctor tried to steal credit for McConaughey's hair treatment

J.K. Rowling writes through severe back pain

An aching back couldn't stop J.K. Rowling catching inspiration

Elsa voice actor's son hates Frozen

Idina Menzel's son "hates" his mother's most famous film 'Frozen'

First home buyers the "lifeblood” of Fraser Coast market

CoreLogic property statistics reveal the region's median house price of $300,000 did not change in the September quarter.

Median house price of $300,000 remains steady in September quarter

By the water's edge

Secure your seachange

HOT PROPERTY: Money to spend on land, buildings

File picture.

Sale, leasing of industrial real estate picks up in Mackay

Collapsed Coast company could owe up to $5 million

Staff, ATO, landlords among those out of pocket.

Ipswich block of dirt sells for $582 a square metre

JUST SOLD: A property on the Brookwater golf course sold for a record-breaking $612,000.

Property smashed 2007 record by close to $100,000

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!