Jana helps the outriggers
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.