Pad­dlers on the big stage

Dou­glas com­peti­tors in sprint ti­tles

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

PAD­DLERS from the Port Dou­glas Outrig­ger Ca­noe Club took part in the In­ter­na­tional Outrig­ger Fed­er­a­tions (IVF) World Sprint cham­pi­onship at Lake Kawana on the Sun­shine Coast.

They were among 2500 com­peti­tors from all over the world.

Races were held over 500 me­tre straight and 1000/1500 me­tres on a 250 me­tre course with turns.

In­cluded in the Far North Queens­land squad were Kevin Bellero, Ver­non Car­pen­ter, Mike Schuck and their three crew mem­bers from the Cairns who com­peted in the Mas­ter and Open Men OC6 500 me­tre race.

They ad­vanced to the repechage in both age groups and set a new per­sonal best in the process.

Al­though that was the end of their cam­paign, in the time of 1:58.94 min in the Mas­ter 40+ repechage they had cracked the two-minute mark for the first time.

“We were to­tally stoked with that time,” Mike said. “This was a word class field and we kept up there with them to the end.”

The team also joined up with the crew from In­n­is­fail to make up an OC12 (two OC6 rigged to­gether) and. placed 6th over­all in both age groups.

Lili Jansen and Danielle Bellero to­gether with their Open Women crew, also from Cairns, com­peted in the 1500 and 500 me­tre races. A bril­liant start in their semi­fi­nal of the 500 me­tre placed them in a good po­si­tion, only to be out­mus­cled by the more ex­pe­ri­enced teams from Tahiti and New Zealand.

They also made it into the repechage for their 1500 me­tre race.

The small­est in­ter­na­tional team, just one com­peti­tor, was made up by Port Dou­glas pad­dler In­grid Juchem.

Rep­re­sent­ing Ger­many in the sin­gle crafts (V1) in the open, mas­ter and Se­nior Mas­ter cat­e­gory she made it through to the Repechage in the Open and Masters.

“We all had a great time,” In­grid said.

“The at­mos­phere dur­ing rac­ing and among the spec­ta­tors was fan­tas­tic. I also acted as a race of­fi­cial. It gave me a good in­side look on how a large event like this is run,” she said.

The high­light of the event for Dou­glas pad­dlers was the fi­nal of the Mas­ter Women OC12.

Danielle Bellero and the FNQ Mas­ter Women team won sil­ver be­hind the hotly favoured team from New Zealand. ‘”We had beaten the top Aus­tralian team dur­ing the qual­i­fi­ca­tion tri­als in Fe­bru­ary so we knew we had a good com­bi­na­tion. So much can go wrong on the day,” Danielle said, “but we had a per­fect race. The New Zealand girls were so strong.”

Now the club is look­ing for­ward to the do­mes­tic rac­ing se­ries.

Any­one wish­ing to have go at Outrig­ger pad­dling is in­vited to the weekly novice ses­sion on Mon­days at 5 pm or con­tact the club via the Face­book site for more info.

WS Open: From left to right. The Open Women's Crew “Far North Queens­land” with Char­lie McKil­lop, Elanor Bo­lawaqatabu, Stacey Brown, Sue Lock­wood (all from Cairns), Danielle Bellero and Lili Jansen from Port Dou­glas in their 1500 me­ter repechage.

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