Lisa McLaughlin (left) and Janine Davey tackle the tyre flip challenge at the Lismore Samson Fitness Challenge at Mortimer Oval in Lismore yesterday.
Lisa McLaughlin (left) and Janine Davey tackle the tyre flip challenge at the Lismore Samson Fitness Challenge at Mortimer Oval in Lismore yesterday. Jerad Williams

Samsons in show of strength

THE Samson challenge brought out the region’s fittest in sweltering summer heat yesterday – a challenging combination for any competitor.

But when it is in the name of charity, anything is possible.

Seventeen teams of four members turned out for the inaugural Samson Fitness Challenge at Mortimer Oval in Lismore to raise money for the Our Kids charity.

Teams were required to complete eight legs in a range of activities,including running with sandbags, swimming, an obstacle course and flipping huge heavy tyres for 50 metres.

Money raised went towards new paediatric equipment at the Lismore Base and surrounding hospitals.

The Richmond River Rats, which comprised four employees from the Richmond Hotel in Woodlark Street, Lismore, were modestly confident in their ability to take out the charity competition.

“I’m sweet with the running bit, but the swim I’m not so good at,” Fiona Carroll, 19, said.

Nick Quilkey, 18, said: “We are just hoping to finish it.”

Nick’s mother, Carol Quilkey, was there for moral and cheer squad support.

“Our Kids is a great cause and today’s event brings a bit of excitement to Lismore,” she said.

Our Kids fundraising co-ordinator Rebekka Battista said the organisation hoped to raise $5000 to $8000 from the event.

“It’s a wonderful way of gathering all the fitness people in our community, getting them together, putting on a competition and raising money for Our Kids,” she said.

“The ones who win are the ones who actually work as a team and have the endurance and strength behind them.”

While most participants are from the Northern Rivers, two teams came from Ipswich in Queensland to compete.

Ms Battista said part of the proceeds would go to the Queensland Premier’s Flood Relief Appeal.


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