Lennox athlete joins field for Jacob Lollback memorial comp
LENNOX Head athlete Tanyn Lyndon is among entries for the fifth annual Jacob Lollback Memorial Board Race Day at Yamba next weekend.
Yamba's two-time winner Hugh Dougherty, representing Tugun, will be joined by Currumbin's Jackson Maynard, Burleigh Heads' Wes Berg and Lyndon in the men's event, which should be a cracker.
Maynard, Berg and Lyndon, who now represents Northcliffe, have all qualified for this season's Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Iron Man Series, so a fast pace can be expected as they fine-tune their preparations among the 30-strong field.
The open women's 4km race will have a new champion with 2012-13 winner Courtney Hancock missing this year.
Hancock will be in France for the world championships but sister Bonnie is expected to compete.
Organiser Jim Dougherty said numbers may be affected by the event being brought forward to the long weekend.
"We wanted to avoid a clash with a few events so I'm not sure if we'll have as many overall as last year," Dougherty said.
"We still should have pretty strong numbers. The winners of all four years will be there for the men's race and while the women's isn't as strong it should pick up."
This will be the fifth time the event has been held.
It is organised in memory of local champion board paddler Jacob Lollback, who drowned in a diving accident in September 2009.
Lollback won three consecutive national board race championships from 2006 to 2008.
In-form ironwoman Jordan Mercer has said she will compete but the 2010 winner is yet to confirm.
In a strong indication of the importance of the event, four board manufacturers who sponsored last year's race day are back again.
Dolphin, Kracka, Infront and XCEL Surf Craft have each donated a board, which will be distributed as lucky draw prizes.
"There's about $1800 worth of boards and they could be won by anyone taking part on the day," Dougherty said.
The Pacific Hotel Yamba, FINZ Swimwear and Clarence Valley Council are sponsoring the event.