Cooks Hill Surf Club members to paddle at Gallipoli: photos

Cooks Hill Surf Club members to paddle at Gallipoli: photos Cooks Hill Surf Club are sending a surf boat crew to Gallipoli to compete in the 100 year anniversary race. From left, Phillip Garroway, Allan McKeown, Mick Eager, Ian Buster Byrnes, Gavin Leigh. Picture: Jonathan Carroll
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Cooks Hill Surf Club are sending a surf boat crew to Gallipoli to compete in the 100 year anniversary race. From left, Ian Buster Byrnes, Gavin Leigh, Phillip Garroway, Allan McKeown, Michael Eagar.Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Cooks Hill Surf Club are sending a surf boat crew to Gallipoli to compete in the 100 year anniversary race. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Cooks Hill Surf Club are sending a surf boat crew to Gallipoli to compete in the 100 year anniversary race. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Cooks Hill Surf Club are sending a surf boat crew to Gallipoli to compete in the 100 year anniversary race. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Cooks Hill Surf Club are sending a surf boat crew to Gallipoli to compete in the 100 year anniversary race. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Cooks Hill Surf Club are sending a surf boat crew to Gallipoli to compete in the 100 year anniversary race. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Cooks Hill Surf Club are sending a surf boat crew to Gallipoli to compete in the 100 year anniversary race. From left, Michael Eager, Gavin Leigh, Phillip Garroway, Allan McKeown, Ian Buster Byrnes. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Cooks Hill Surf Club are sending a surf boat crew to Gallipoli to compete in the 100 year anniversary race. From left, Michael Eager, Gavin Leigh, Phillip Garroway, Allan McKeown, Ian Buster Byrnes. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Cooks Hill Surf Club are sending a surf boat crew to Gallipoli to compete in the 100 year anniversary race. From left, Michael Eager, Gavin Leigh, Phillip Garroway, Allan McKeown, Ian Buster Byrnes. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

TweetFacebookIT has been nearly 100 years since Australian soldiers arrived at Anzac Cove as part of World War I. To mark the centenary of that famous landing, five members of the Cooks Hill Surf Club will paddle around the same legendary peninsula on April 22 and 23.

Many of the club’s members have relatives who were Diggers while others are current members of the Australian Defence Force, making the paddle an especially emotional experience.

The club, established in 1911, even had two members who fought in – and survived – the Gallipoli campaign.

‘‘To experience the conditions that the Anzacs Experienced a century ago is an absolute privilege’’, crew member Allan McKeown said.

The Gallipoli 100 Surf Boat Race promises harsh and unpredictable conditions for the crew, who will carry the names of all Gallipoli Diggers from the Hunter with them.

The team is still seeking financial support and is urging the Hunter community to help them out.

Visit the Cooks Hill Surf Club Facebook page here.

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