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Northern NSW : Summer 2011
A team of six of the Service’s Crewmen competed for a second time in the teams section of the grueling Coolangatta Gold Ironman race in September. They had trained to improve their time and placing from their inaugural appearance in 2009. The team was sponsored by Coal Ser vices and comprised of Graham Nickisson (Team Manager / Suppor t Paddler), Heath Aland (Chief Handler), David Wells (Ski Paddler / Medic), Michael Legge (Swimmer), Todd Mulville (Runner), and Brian Foster (Board Paddler). A record 600 competitors from around the world contested this year’s event over the 47 km course. The team finished 22nd out of 58 teams in a time of 5 hours and 49 minutes, a great improvement on the 2009 performance. At the height of the race conditions deteriorated whereby 30 competitors were pulled or rescued from the race, 2 needing resuscitation and hospitalisation. In addition to major sponsor Coal Services other support came from Garaty Murnane Insurance and Kracka Surf Craft from Redhead. The team couldn’t have competed without their fantastic support. Denman’s Volunteer Extraordinaire Eileen Mepham joined the Denman Volunteer Support Group 23 years ago when it was first initiated. Denman was the Service’s first Support Group so that makes Eileen close to our longest serving volunteer. Eileen has always lived in Denman or district and has had a number of jobs including nur sing at Denman and Muswellbrook hospitals where she quickly learnt the value of the helicopter. She celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary in November with her family. She has three boys and a girl, 5 grandchildren and 1 great grandson. Eileen is best known as Denman’s raffle ticket selling maestro. No-one gets past her without buying a ticket. The locals have their money ready when Eileen is approaching at the Denman Group’s fundraising events such as their annual horse ride. She loves selling tickets and the most amount she has sold in one raffle is approximately three thousand dollars. This year the Denman group donated $25,000 to the Ser vice. We salute you Eileen. Eileen Mepham at work selling tickets Denman Support Group’s youngest rider 4 yr old Rowdy Walters, who rode ‘Jigsaw’ 16km of the 22km trek in the 2011 Horse Ride event. Pictured on the beach at the Gold Coast are from left: Health Aland, Todd Mulville, Dave Wells, Brian Foster, Michael Legge and Graham Nickisson Crew’s Ironman challenge Our community Page 12 Westpac Rescue Helicopter Ser vice - Rescue Summer 2011
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