Rowing to take win
TRans-tasman sees best from across the waters
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.”
GAME ON: The Trans-Tasman will row into the Sunshine Coast this weekend.