Gympie’s Lee Baines proved his liking of ice cream at this year’s Gympie Show, taking out the Cold Rock ice cream eating competition.
Gympie’s Lee Baines proved his liking of ice cream at this year’s Gympie Show, taking out the Cold Rock ice cream eating competition. Renee Pilcher

Ice cream champ risks brain freeze

THE risk of a brain freeze didn’t stop James Nash student Lee Baines from winning the ice cream eating competition at the Gympie Show.

Lee, 16, showed up competitors older than himself to take out the Cold Rock sponsored competition by eating half a litre of ice cream in an incredible 37 seconds.

The ice cream eating champion was presented his prize at Cold Rock on Friday afternoon – a voucher entitling him to one regular serving of ice cream with two mix-ins a week for an entire year.

Cold Rock owner Nickie Couling was on hand to congratulate Lee on his efforts.

“He did extremely well,” she said.

“Competitors weren’t allowed to use spoons, so they got stuck into it with their hands.”

Lee didn’t have a particular plan in mind before filling up on the ice cream.

“I didn’t have a brain freeze at all,” he said.

“I felt fine.”

Amazingly, Lee proved his stomach was made of iron by tackling some of the rides at the Show immediately after his win in the competition.

“I went on the rides afterwards and had a good time,” he said. “My stomach handled it.”

It was a far cry from some of Lee’s competitors who limped away from the heat of battle to let their bodies recover from the over-indulgence.

Lee is a cross country runner at James Nash State High School and the half-a-litre of ice cream won’t sit well with his training program.

“I will have to run it off,” he said.

As for his weekly treat free of charge at Cold Rock, Lee said he was happy to share his good fortune around.

“I think his friends will be enjoying the prize too,” Ms Couling said of her soon-to-be regular customer.

Lee said he was prepared to defend his title at next year’s Gympie Show where more people will be lining up and risking a dreaded brain freeze all in the name of glory.

And will he risk going on rides again? “Of course,” he said.

Gympie Times


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