Whats the latest?
Our club assisted Stewart Wodger and the NSW junior development squad for outrigger canoeing in holding its first junior open day where 10-18 year old kids were invited to participate in outrigger canoeing. It was open to kids ranging from novice to experienced paddlers. The main aim is to hopefully raise the number of junior paddlers in NSW as the current numbers are low. Maia managed to scrape 5 together to paddle the boat from Kyeemagh to Dolls point and it was a nice paddle albeit tiring :) Was a fun day with a bunch of awesome people. One week later we managed to get enough experienced paddlers to paddle it back to Kyeemagh and we cut bout 7 minutes off our previous time..I reckon paddling to and from Dolls point will be a regular training run for us from now on. For more info on the NSW junior development initiative go to http://jocpnsw.weebly.com/
We've been active in other community initiatives with one coming up in April where we will be running a similar open day for youth that frequent Gunnamatta Bay in Cronulla..a three session workshop over three Saturdays ending with a mini sprint regatta during youth week.Its been alot of hard work but it should be a good one.
We also received a bunch of second hand paddles thanks to AOCRA. Already we have put them to good use with our crews. Thank you AOCRA.
As has been the case over summer..the number of people that have inquired about trying out outrigger canoeing with our club has remained consistent. We are getting there equipment wise, and we have alot of interested people wanting to join us..our main issue at the moment is finding enough coaches to take sessions. I guess once we get our second boat we can take two lots of people out at the same time...which will hopefully mean we wont have the issue with coaches and the time they need to give to training others (hopefully) Anyway our session training times are a work in progress..girls are meeting every Wed arvo for land training from Kyeemagh RSL. Paddling sessions times have been worked round who can make it and when...hopefully we will have a routine set up soon where we have set days and set time for the paddling sessions...please email or message us if you are wanting the latest info.
Also congratulations has to go to our friends from NZ that introduced some of our club members to outrigger canoeing back in the mid nineties, Rudolf Berking and Mark Malaki Williams who have over the weekend just gone, qualified for the Olympics in Canadian kayaking and will be representing Samoa..have any of you tried Canadian Kayaking its freekn hard! Go boys and we will be watching and right behind you all the way!
so proud :)
Have a good one ..till next time... K