Good sports chip in to fight floods

Sharon Jaenke lends a hand to Football Gympie to clean up the clubhouse.
Sharon Jaenke lends a hand to Football Gympie to clean up the clubhouse. Renee Pilcher

I THINK the one thing that lifts Gympie during the all too regular flooding is mateship.

There are countless stories of people simply lending a hand to flood victims because they can.

I've been fortunate enough to hear many of these stories over the past few days and it really reveals just how tight-knit our community is.

Our local sports clubs are a prime example.

Members rushed to help prepare their sports clubs before the flooding.

I've heard many stories of people racing the rising water level in a bid to not only protect their club but also to get back home again before access roads were cut.

Albert Bowls Club chairman Errol Frank and some helpers spent a sleep-deprived night at the club, with no power, as he was flooded out from his home after beginning the clear out.

People, right now, are providing safe and dry harbour in their own homes to tables, chairs and sporting equipment.

Many of these people have spent the past few days muddy and wet as they wash down club premises and deal with the flood aftermath.

They will likely give up their weekends to help move equipment back.

On Monday I was stuck out of town, making phone calls to local sporting leaders for updates on the welfare of the clubs.

They were all understandably under stress that day but still took the time to check in with me, my family and one person even went as far as finding me directions to make it back to Gympie.

The mateship shown by our local sporting communities in times of need is parallel to the sportsmanship they display on the field and at the club house after a game.

These are good people who love their clubs and have gone to exceptional lengths to take care of them.

Good week

Hockey stars Harrison Parker and Shanelle Adams represent the state at the under-13 Hockey National Championships.

Bad week

Flooding means Gympie's sporting clubs will be out of action, possibly for weeks.

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