MEMBER for Leichhardt Warren Entsch MP has congratulated six young Cairns women after they placed in second position at last week’s World Rafting Championships in Indonesia.
The ‘Downunder Thunder’ Under-19 women’s team, representing Australia, were only just beaten by the Russian team ? 888 points to 892 ? across the 3-day event.
“Congratulations to Steph Seed, Maddi Brittain, Layla Bitolkoski, Gabriella Binks, Carina Nixon and Lucy Edington-Chapman,” said Mr Entsch, “they performed outstandingly against some serious international competition.
“On day one they came fourth in the time trial after beating Great Britain, Brazil and Russia, on day two they picked up silver in the Slalom event, and on day three’s 12km downhill race they again came second ? just eight seconds behind Indonesia’s home team.
“To see this talent being produced here in Cairns is incredible. For these girls to have won gold last year in Brazil and now silver at this year’s event in Indonesia should make all of us, and the rest of Australia, proud.”
Australia’s other teams at the World Rafting Championships, the Open Men’s team and Open Women’s team, came in 12th and 9th place respectively.