Outriggers kept busy down south
LOCAL outrigger canoeists in the Far North Queensland Squad – Lili Jansen, Danielle Bellero, Kevin Bellero, Vernon Carpenter and Mike Schuck – competed successfully at the National Sprint Championship.
The event doubled up as a Qualifier for the upcoming World Sprint Champion ship in May. The entire Squad, (3 women and 1 men’s team) qualified for the prestigious Biannual Event this year at the Sunshine Coast.
After a week’s rest the five, plus ring in Sue Lockwood from Cairns Club Hekili, than went on to enter the 3rd Sydney Harbour Challenge.
The 25 km race from Manly to Luna Park and back may not have the big swell like some of the open ocean races but the busy Harbour presents its own challenge to the crews. “You constantly have to look out for harbour ferries, sailing boats that have their own races and leisure cruisers,” steerer Lili Jansen said.
“It’s very demanding mentally for the steerer,” she said. “You are trying to get the best course for your own race but need to be aware of the heavy traffic and the marine rules” – a task Lili did just perfectly as her crew placed fifth overall in a field of 40 canoes, winning bronze in their Master Mixed Division.
“We only managed to get one long training run in together,” club vice president Kevin said.
“Our training has been totally focused on sprinting so we are absolutely stoked with the result. There was only 1 minute between 1st and 3rd.”