Powerboating a family affair

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au

SPORT is so often a family affair and the Mackays of Gladstone are certainly one right out of the box.

Brothers Rodney and Mick's sport of choice is the actionpacked powerboat racing, a sport that is rare around these parts.

Rodney is the owner/driver of 'Bad Intent', a powerboat that reaches speeds of up to 125 miles (200 kilometres) per hour, while crew chief Mick is the 'hands' of the operation.

Team Mackay isn't just these two though, with their parents, partners, children and best friends sharing a passion for powerboat racing.

'We haven't been involved in the sport for long, but as a family we have come together for this boat,' Mick said.

'The family are all Gladstone people and all of us support each other when we race. But we are lucky to have an extended group of mates who are like family including Rob Sweeney, Brian Parsloe, Matt Morrison, Aaron Stewart and Rex Medway.'

Rodney purchased Bad Intent earlier this year and in a just a short space of time he has progressed through the ranks.

This progression gets its toughest test at this weekend's Bundy Thunder meet which has drawn the best powerboats from across Australia, according to Mick.

'Everyone is really excited about this weekend, it is our first real major race and we are taking 70 supporters down to cheer us on,' he said.



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