Six Outrig­ger crew off to world ti­tles

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SIX crew mem­bers from the Port Dou­glas Outrig­ger Club are gear­ing up com­pete at the Bian­nual World Sprint Cham­pi­onship next Week on the Sun­shine Coast.

Kevin and Dani Bellero, Lili Jensen, Ver­non Car­pen­ter and Mike Shuck will be rep­re­sent­ing Aus­tralia as part of “Team Far North Queens­land”.

Af­ter be­ing se­lected into the squad dur­ing ex­ten­sive trails last year they then had to qual­ify for the event ear­lier this year.

‘’This is the first time for the five of us to be in­volved in a cam­paign like this,” Danielle Bellero said.

“It is very ex­cit­ing and we have learned so much as pad­dlers over the last 12 months – ex­pe­ri­ence we now will pass on to the rest of our club.”

In­ten­sive train­ing in Cairns and monthly train­ing camps at Lake Ti­na­roo have come to an end as the first race looms.

With the rest of their re­spec­tive crews com­ing from the two Cairns Clubs Hek­ili and Cairns Beaches, train­ing ses­sions were held in both lo­ca­tions.

The crews will be rac­ing over 500, 1000 and 1500 me­tres in six-man ca­noes (OC6) as well as 500 me­tres in a 12man (OC12).

Of­fi­cial train­ing will start to­day with the first race on Sun­day, May 8. The com­pe­ti­tion will con­clude on Sun­day, May 15.

The group will be joined by club mem­ber In­grid Juchem who, for the sec­ond time, will be rep­re­sent­ing Ger­many in a V1 (sin­gle Outrig­ger Ca­noe without a rud­der).

Two for­mer club mem­bers and Port Dou­glas res­i­dents, Bill and Ce­cily Rid­der­hof, are also part of the Aus­tralian team now rac­ing for Team Noosa.

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