We had a sausage stall at the Nga Hau e wha league festival a couple of weeks ago..but unfortunately made a loss..blame it on the crap weather man...is good though..we dont need to go to coles to buy bread, eggs or steak for months now ha ha (just kidding)!..you win some..you lose some but it was awesome hanging out with the Maia whanau during the event :)
On a sad note we farewell Paora and Cheyden..theyre heading up to the Gold Coast to live and have pretty much been with us almost from the start..travelling (from far out western Sydney) most weekends to come out on the one man and six man canoes..you guys will be missed! :( Whos flash video will I show now Paora ha ha? (we'll have to make our own aye Maia... one day)..safe travels and we'll see you at a regatta one day ay ..waaaa..heres the video again one last time lol :)
Heading into summer we have had an increase in interest in our club and people wanting to either get back into waka ama or those wanting to give it a try for the first time..special mention goes to Tira, Binty and their kids, Hatoa and his rugby teams..we should be signing some of them up soon for regular training sessions within the next couple of weeks..we've also been approached by the local PCYC..training times will be tweaked and changed over the next couple of weeks once we have solid numbers and coach availability confirmed.
As a continuance of the Gunnamatta Bay event we held in April we will be restarting workshops with Endeavour sports high kids (under the Island time project) in conjunction with Debbie from PCYC Miranda this Friday 26th October for a couple of hours..taking kids out from Darook Park with the use of Port Hackings canoes..thanks to all that are involved..will be good to see the kids again :)
Our first race is coming up at the 5 islands regatta in Wollongong on November 12th..we have a novice team made up of 5 first time paddlers and myself (novice steerer sort of !)..we're not 100% sure whether we will be doing the 4km or 8km yet. Steven Dawes and Newcastle OCC have kindly offered us use of one of their waka..thank you thank you thank you Newcastle OCC!! Good luck Maia paddlers!!!