FISH FIGHT: A bent straw let fish racer Keisha Wilson down at the El Grande fish race on Saturday night.
FISH FIGHT: A bent straw let fish racer Keisha Wilson down at the El Grande fish race on Saturday night. Paul Braven

Teacher pipped at post by rock star in goldfish race

TEACHER Keisha Wilson was determined to win her first goldfish race at the El Grande music festival on Saturday night.

She chose the best fish and even had a strategy.

But it wasn't meant to be.

A faulty straw had her pipped by the lead singer of Gladstone band Strictly Ballroom, Alex Matheson-Brown, by just 10 centimetres.

"I was blowing the fish in a zigzag because someone told me that's the fastest way to get the fish to the end,' she said.

"But my straw was old and it bent - it was definitely the cause of my demise."

Goldfish racing involves two perspex lanes and two competitors equipped with straws which are used to encourage the fish to reach the end of their lane first.

She said a big crowd had gathered to watch the race and everyone was rooting for her.

"I was definitely the underdog," she said.

"I thought my zigzag style would have gotten me over the line.

"My boyfriend said I didn't blow hard enough, but I am sure it was the straw."

The organisers of El Grande Festival ensured no harm or undue stress came to the goldfish during the race.



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