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NAME: Si­mon Dobbs CLUB: Port Dou­glas Out­rig­gers Club

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

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.

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