NAME: Simon Dobbs CLUB: Port Douglas Outriggers Club
How long have you been involved with the club? It’s been about 14 months now so I’m still pretty new to it. How did you get involved with the club? I am a personal trainer and I was training some of them. They kind of started mentoring me. It is something different for me. What are the benefits? While out on the canoes you get the opportunity to see a lot more of the local area. It is a great way to get fit and be outdoors. I have also met a whole different group of people. What do you like most about it? I have gotten involved in something totally different. It is nice to start from scratch and be new at something. It is a whole different way of training for me and I love it. Why is the club here mostly dominated by females? It’s just the way the cards have fallen. Maybe it is because women were getting together and enjoying a team sport. I think once the men see how physical it is they will want to get involved. What are your notable achieve- ments as an individual? Probably finishing the 40km Marlin Coast Challange last year. Who would be your favourite teammate? Steve Johnson who has been mentoring me. He pushes me every weekend and keeps me enthusiastic about it. Any embarassing moments? No terrible ones, falling off a few times. The worst is probably when I first started I was actually using my paddle backwards. It took about a week for anyone to tell me. I was pretty embarassed about it. What is the next major competition for the club? The Great Barrier Reef Ocean Challange. I am in training for it now. I can’t wait, it’s part of the Cairns Adventure Festival so there will be three different races finishing on Four Mile Beach at once. Why should men join the club? Because it is a fantastic group and physique building exercise. It is definitely not a female sport. I have mainly be doing the OC1, oneman canoe. It would be fantastic to get enough guys in and create a champion OC6 team.