Women paddle to bronze
COFFS Coast paddlers recently represented Australia in the World outrigger sprint titles in New Zealand and are officially some of the best paddlers in the world.
The Golden Master and Master women (1) teams have bronze medals to prove it.
Competitors from the Pacific nations, Europe, Asia, Canada and the USA met on Lake Kapiro near Hamilton in New Zealand's north island to determine the fastest crews over 500, 1000 and 1500 metres.
Outrigger canoes, known as waaka amas in New Zealand, are a way of life in the Pacific so it was an outstanding achievement for Australia to finish fourth overall in the medal tally behind Tahiti, New Zealand and Hawaii.
The crews from Coffs Coast showed some fine performances with all paddlers making it through their heats while a number of teams and individuals progressed to the finals (full results below).
Special mention should go to Karyn O'Reilly's orthopaedic surgeon and physiotherapist.
Karyn shattered her wrist in a fall only four months ago and was able to paddle in the senior master team that reached the finals in two events.
Golden Master Women - Bronze Medal V12 500m; 5th V6 1000m; 6th V6 500m.
Senior Master Women - 4th V12 500m; 5th V6 1000m; Semifinals V6 500m.
Master Women (#1) - Bronze Medal V12 500m; 4th V6 1000m; 6th V6 500m.
Master Women (#2) - Repercharge V6 (500m and 1000m).
Open Women - 4th V12 500m, Semifinals V6 (500m and 1500m).
Senior Master Men - Semi-finals V6 (500m and 1000m).
Master Men - Finals V12 500m; Semifinals V6 (500m and 1000m).
Open Men - Repercharge V6 (500m and 1500m).
Andrea Polkinghorne -V1 500m - Finalist Master Women; ReperchargeOpen Women;Karen Clarke - V1 500m Repercharge; Gail Mills-Thom - V1 500m Repercharge; Shona Walker - V1 500m Repercharge;Mike Mills-Thom - V1 500m Semifinals.
Mat O'Geary - V1 500mfinals.