Jana helps the outrig­gers

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE Port Dou­glas Outrig­gers Ca­noe Club will have a very spe­cial guest next Satur­day March 23, when Olympic star Jana Pittman comes along for a pad­dle.

The Outrig­gers wanted to help Pittman in her cam­paign to get a new bob­sled, which is sim­i­lar to their cam­paign this year to get two new ca­noes to help ad­vance in com­pe­ti­tions.

Outrig­ger Liz Ryan said their cur­rent ca­noes are ‘‘100-odd ki­los heav­ier’’ than ev­ery­one elses and if they had a light­weight ca­noe they would be win­ning gold.

‘‘We’re the old­est con­tin­u­ing outrig­gers in Aus­tralia, our orig­i­nal ca­noe was brought up from Hamil­ton Is­land 21 years ago and be­ing our 21st we want a new ca­noe, which will cost us $20-25,000,’’ she said.

‘‘We have world-class paddlers here in Port Dou­glas and with a light­weight ca­noe we would be get­ting gold. We were 100th of a sec­ond off the world cham­pi­ons last week­end at the re­gatta.’’

The Outrig­gers will be pick­ing Jana up from Four Mile Beach from the Sher­a­ton around 3pm and go­ing for a pad­dle along Four Mile, to check out the scenery.

‘‘Come and say hi to Jana, give her a cheer, it’s not of­ten we get an Olympian come visit,’’ Ryan said.

The Outrig­gers are look­ing for spon­sor­ship for new ca­noes and also wel­come peo­ple to come along on Mon­day from 5pm on­wards and try out outrigging. For more in­fo­con­tact Liz Ryan on 0414 362 346.

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