Dane helps Mooloolaba win gold

THERE was no prouder paddler on the beach this week than former Coolangatta surf club junior Dane Windshuttle when Mooloolaba claimed their very first victory in the prestigious open men’s board relay.

Windshuttle, just 19 and in his first season in the senior ranks with Mooloolaba, joined Cam Cole and Matt Poole to hold off the Tugun team of Sam Hamilton, Hugh Dougherty and Ky Hawkins with Northcliffe trio Shannon Eckstein, Pierce Leonard and Mark Bint taking bronze.

Cole gave Mooloolaba a gun start before Windshuttle took over and maintained the lead before handing over to the Ironman Poole, who held off the fast finishing fellow Nutri-Grain Series star Dougherty.

After the high fives and hugging died down, Windshuttle told how proud he was to win his first ever “Aussies” gold and how he would dedicate the win to his former coach, the late Terry Buck.

Buck, a Clovelly surf lifesaving and Olympic swimming legend, was Windshuttle’s first coach at Coolangatta SLSC and played a major part in his development as a surf sports paddler.

The former Australian Olympic swimmer and open surf teams and belt race champion died in a tragic farming accident six years ago on his Karool property, just south of Tweed Heads.

“I want to dedicate this win to Terry, he was a great guy and a great coach, I owe him so much,” said young Dane.

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