Set to master outrigger rivals
THE new-look Coffs Coast senior master men's outrigging crew will have one colour on their minds at this weekend's national titles in Sydney ? gold.
With four new paddlers bolstering the six-man crew this year, hopes are high the Coffs Coast lads will be prominent when the medals are handed out.
The Coffs Coast crew ? Jock Moore, Morgan Chubb, Simon Currie, Kim Smith, Ron Walker and Gary Thompson ? are confident of their chances.
Chubb and Walker remain from last year, with Moore, Smith and Thompson returning after paddling in the harder senior men's division last year, while Currie has had plenty of success in one-man outriggers.
"Yeah, we should have a good nationals," Chubb said.
"We want gold, we're aiming high and we will be competitive.
"We have a solid crew and the four changes have been a big boost.
"We have worked very hard this year and (coach) Mike Mills-Thom has been very good."
Under the guidance of the experienced Mills-Thom, the Coffs Coast crews have trained their tails off in preparation for the nationals.
"We have tapered in the last eight or nine days, but before that we were doing four training sessions on the water and three in the gym every week," Chubb says.
"Most sessions have gone for longer than an hour and a quarter.
"Mike has been coaching us for a few years and he has gradually increased our training.
"But it's not just us, the whole club ? women, men, young and old ? have trained very hard."
The senior master men's crew will compete in three races, the 500m (straight), 1000m (4x250 legs) and the marathon.
Four members ? Moore, Chubb, Walker and Thompson ? have tasted success together in the 1000m, claiming national silver two years ago.
But it is the marathon they want.
Chubb expects Coffs' toughest competition will come from perennial favourites Mooloolaba, last year's marathon champions Northcliffe, Noosa and Northern Beaches.