Outriggers to take on world
COFFS Coast Outriggers travelled to the calmer waters of the Kalang River at Urunga for a chance to test their sprint skills before flying to Hamilton, New Zealand for the World Sprint Championships.
They began theirm weekend with a two 2hour 'warm-up' around Newry Island at sunrise on Saturday.
The paddlers will take a well-earned break to refuel before commencing sprints practice under race conditions in a mini regatta.
Coffs Coast has four women's teams and two men's teams paddling for Australia in the World Championships as well as a number of junior paddlers teaming up with the Mooloolaba club from Queensland.
They also have a number of paddlers competing in the OC1 (one man canoe) sprints.
Outrigging is a sport that covers all age groups so we have a number of families competing:
n Gail and Mike Mills-Thom and their daughter Jessie. (Mike was World Champion Kayaker '91, '93).
n Andrea and Gordon Polkinghorne and their daughter Claire Robinson. (Andrea was part of Lisa Curry-Kenny's team that won the Molokai marathon in 2003.)
n Garry Thompson and daughter Sharni.
n Shona and Ron Walker.
n Wendy and Jock Moore.
Coffs Coast teams will be competing against teams from Hawaii, New Zealand, USA, France, Italy, Tahiti, Canada and many Pacific nations.
Racing commences on March 20 and finishes on March 26.