Rowing to take win

TRans-tas­man sees best from across the wa­ters

Maroochy Weekly - - SPORT - Grant Stock­well

LAKE Kawana will this week­end host a Tran­sTas­man test of sorts when the Aus­tralian Out­rig­ger Ca­noe Racing As­so­ci­a­tion hosts back-to-back events over five days.

Start­ing on Septem­ber 30, the cham­pi­onships will fea­ture pad­dlers from Aus­tralia, New Zealand, Cook Is­lands and Pa­pua New Guinea.

In an event first, the Gubbi Gubbi Waka Ama Cham­pi­onships will fol­low the 2017 Na­tional Ju­nior Out­rig­ger Ca­noe Racing Cham­pi­onships held over two days and fea­tur­ing pad­dlers from all Aus­tralian states and ter­ri­to­ries.

“We have ju­niors aged 7–19 who are com­ing from West­ern Aus­tralia, Tas­ma­nia, Vic­to­ria, NSW and as far north as Cairns – many of who are com­ing for the first time,” the as­so­ci­a­tion’s op­er­a­tions man­ager Emma Hard­ing said.

“We have ap­prox­i­mately 120 for the na­tional ju­nior ti­tles and ap­prox­i­mately 250 for the Trans-Tas­man Gubbi Gubbi – there are ap­prox­i­mately 40 ju­niors com­ing from New Zealand also.”

Mrs Hard­ing said the de­ci­sion was made to host both events con­junc­tively for the first time to en­tice more par­tic­i­pants.

“It made more sense for the peo­ple who were trav­el­ling from WA or New Zealand to have them to­gether,” she said.

“It al­lows them to stay around for a few days as well rather than fly­ing home and hav­ing to come back again in a few months.”

Mrs Hard­ing praised the Lake Kawana’s rep­u­ta­tion as a world class fa­cil­ity and said the as­so­ci­a­tion’s de­ci­sion in where to host the events straight­for­ward.

“It’s pur­pose-built with the lanes and it has a fin­ish tower as well,” she said.

“Plus the con­tes­tants can stay at the ac­com­mo­da­tion on­site and it’s just a re­ally ex­cel­lent fa­cil­ity. Some are in teams that are tri­alling for the 2018 world sprint ti­tles be­ing held in Tahiti and may also qual­ify to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia at the 2019 world marathon’s 2019 be­ing held on the Sun­shine Coast.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

GAME ON: The Trans-Tas­man will row into the Sun­shine Coast this week­end.

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