by Aimee-Rose Burns, SV, La
As we dinghed ashore I could
see lots of other people heading in to the beach too. I was with
my mum Colleen, dad Les and my brothers Daniel and Jordan off
the ketch La Passarola.
A few seconds later I turned
around and saw a dinghy coming in with four people in it. They
all wore bright tropical matching shirts and crazy matching clown
hats. Straight away I could tell they were off the boat Court
Somewhere after nine o'clock
the march-past began led by a Scotsman, Michael, playing the
bagpipes. We even had a Lizard Island queen - it was my friend
Sarah off Rebekah. People from all the boats joined in and lots
of them were wearing teeshirts or hats with their boat names;
one couple wrapped themselves in nylon netting, Kristin was dressed
in bright orange long pants that looked as if they were made
of towels. My family lifted me up on my surf-ski and I held a
placard with La Passarola on it. I felt a bit silly, but everyone
seemed to think it was good.
The games began with a sea-boot
throwing competition and anyone could join in. I had a go and
even four-year old Matthew from Quoll II tried throwing the boot
twice. Some of the adults were showing off and it was just embarrassing
to see! Bernie on Ailzark wore bright pink underpants with matching
bra-top and Mark just hitched his undies right up! Thank goodness
it wasn't my Dad! After that was the line-casting competition
and lots of kids went in that too.
Some events were just for
the grown-ups like the dinghy swim and mount and the men's water
ballet (don't ask!!). I didn't see what happened but everyone
kept telling me how funny and silly it was. But we had special
events for the kids like the sand sculpture competition and a
treasure hunt. For the sand sculpture all the kids chose a partner
and then decided what to make and some of the ideas were great.
We had several lizards, a dinghy and outboard, whales, turtles,
fish, sand castles and so on. Matthew and I made a huge turtle
with a starfish and fish beneath it. We came third in the competition.
The treasure hunt was organised
by Donna from Imagine and Kristin on Rebakah and the clues looked
as if they really were old treasure maps. We had to get past
certain obstacles (like Trolls hiding under bridges and hangmen
at 'Deadman's Pass'), by answering questions or riddles. Just
like real pirates we had to dig in the sand for the treasure
box. Too bad in all the excitement we half pulled the lid off
and a lot of the lollies inside got covered in sand! But it was
good fun anyway and it was worth the walk to get it.
There was also a triathalon
relay and a lot of the kids were in that too. Events included
swimming, kayaking and running. The surf-ski I was on wasn't
my own and I found it hard to paddle, but it was all good fun
At the end of the Olympics
Mark from Rebekah and Lyn on Alice handed out awards to the winners.
First, second and third place getters had to stand on little
plastic stools while Lyn hung medals of empty beer cans on a
string around their necks and presented them with a branch of
leaves. The music-man Keith from Chilli Magic organised music
on the stereo as this was done. Matthew and I got third place
in the sand sculpture but after getting our 'awards' Lyn had
to take them back off us for the next lot of winners.
Bob and Kay from The Coastal
Passage had made up beautiful little silver medallions of lizards
and handed them out to everyone who competed. I put mine on a
chain and will treasure it as a souvenir of the Lizard Island
There's been lots of kids
up at Lizard and with all the fun we've been having on the beach
each day, the Olympics was still something really special and
just what I hoped it would be.