Out­rig­gers kept busy down south

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

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.”

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