Jacob Yarrow, Dave Quaile, Josh Garden and gym manager Damian Evans inside the Improvements Fitness Centre where the 12-hour challenge, which raised $1000 for the Cancer Council, took place.
Jacob Yarrow, Dave Quaile, Josh Garden and gym manager Damian Evans inside the Improvements Fitness Centre where the 12-hour challenge, which raised $1000 for the Cancer Council, took place. Mike Knott

Cowan all powerful in challenge

DAVID Quaile's team, competing under the unusual name of “Beach Chafers”, certainly proved up to the task.

Quaile, together with Jareb Cowan, Josh Garden, Jacob Yarrow, Scott Pershouse, Corey Hay, Kevin Hill and Danielle Florens, sweated it out in the Improvements Fitness Centre's inaugural Cardio-athon for Cancer 12 Hour Teams Challenge in aid of Cancer Council Queensland.

Groups of four to eight people battled it out for six hours on the treadmill and three each on the bike and rowing machines, with the team clocking up the most kilometres taking out the first prize of $2000 worth of Centre memberships.

Quaile's crew chalked up 221.68km to be a clear winner from Rechenbergs 214.02km, Feel The Burn 201.38km, Bundy Dragons 156.31km and Hard Knox Boxing 138.42km.

Cowan, one of Bundaberg's top AFL players, played a leading hand, including along the way winning the 1000m rowing competition with a time of 3:11.0, the bench press competition with a huge 147.5kg at a ratio of 1.532%, and the 5km sprint on the bike.

But Garden, one of Bundaberg's finest rugby league players who finished third in the bench press with 112.5kg at a ratio of 1.368%, lauded a robust team effort.

“There is little doubt that pound for pound, Jareb is probably the strongest man in Bundaberg,” Garden said.

“But we all do boot camp together with Dave (Quaile) on Wednesday mornings and everyone really put in.

“Also we couldn't have done it without our sponsors, Oasis on Bourbong Cafe and Takeaway, Bundaberg Clothing Factory Shawline Embroidery, Integrated Family Youth Services and Trakka Screen Prints.”

Centre manager Damian Evans said competition was fierce with only 10 metres separating Rechenbergs and Feel the Burn at the 11-hour mark, but Beach Chafers ultimately flexed their muscle.

Evans said $1000 was presented to Challenge for Cancer entrant Emily Moller.

“It was great to help out such a good cause and it is a big thank you to event sponsors McDonalds, Subway and Blockbuster Video, and another of the managers here, Nathan Adamski, who organised the day.

“We are very keen to do it again next year,” Evans said.



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