Russell Armstrong, Paul fatty Vautin, George Doniger. Coolangatta SLC.
Russell Armstrong, Paul fatty Vautin, George Doniger. Coolangatta SLC. John Gass

Coolangatta sporting greats gather

NEARLY 150 people packed into Coolangatta Surf Life Saving Club's restaurant today to attend one of the club's major fundraisers for the year - the Gatta Greats Sportsman Lunch.

Special guests on the day were new Gold Coast Titans recruit, the fleet-footed and silver tongued Beau Champion, and two of the best loved characters in sport, league legend Paul "Fatty" Vautin and racing's controversial jockey, Alan "Robbo" Robinson.

The luncheon is one of the fundraising events for the hostess with the mostest, Miss Coolangatta Surf Girl, Carly Flood.

Miss Flood will represent Cooly SLSC in the Jupiters Summer Surf Girl competition, which will be judged next May and the winner announced at a gala ball at Jupiters on May 12. The big winner of the competition is the miss who hasn't missed raising a lot of money for her surf life saving club.

There's little doubt yesterday's lunch would have put a lot of pelf into Miss Flood's coffers.

Cooly's PR man extraordinaire, Danny Hoyland OAM, ensured everyone at the lunch had a memorable time and also dug deep to help raise funds which will be used to purchase much needed equipment for the club and fund training programs.

There was an auction in which some sensational items went under the hammer and brought big money when being knocked down to successful bidders. There was a phantom call of a Racetrack Greats Cup in which the 10 tables bought runners - half the proceeds went to the diners at the table which drew the winning horse and half went to the cause.

Champion, Fatty and Robbo were highly entertaining behind the microphones and had diners enthralled as they each recounted anecdotes about their time in big-time sport.



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