Ca­noe­ing down the Mur­ray River

Mansfield Courier - - YOUTH NEWS & VIEWS - A story by MANI FOUBISTER

A SNOW white blur cir­cles over­head, ac­com­pa­nied by the loud­est screech­ing you have ever heard.

The corel­las cir­cle once more and then swoop in to land on a tow­er­ing River Red Gum, a flurry of snowflakes.

My at­ten­tion is drawn back to the deep green wa­ter that our ‘leg­endary’ ca­noe is glid­ing over; the small wakes of the other ca­noes the only thing that stirs the still wa­ter.

Sud­denly, grow­ing in front of us is a huge eight pil­lared rusty red bridge that arcs over the an­cient Mur­ray River.

“Aim straight through the mid­dle,” I yell back to Grace.

Tech­ni­cally this is not my role, as the per­son at the back of the boat is­sues the direc­tions, but my bossy in­stincts can­not be con­trolled.

Grace dips her pad­dle in the wa­ter and ef­fort­lessly steers us be­tween the giant pil­lars of the lean­ing bridge.

“Is that sat­is­fac­tory?” Grace smirks back.

Turn­ing I smile sheep­ishly, but un­ex­pect­edly the ca­noe rocks vi­o­lently, so I spin back quickly to face the front and we both grab the edge of the ca­noe.

The boat stead­ies and I again turn my head, this time care­fully and grin back at Grace.

We both burst out laugh­ing and al­most tip the boat again.

weeks and our com­peti­tors are hop­ing to win some great prizes, in­clud­ing a six week ex­change in France for year 8 and 9 stu­dents. WIN­NERS: Steiner stu­dents have been cho­sen to com­pete in the Berthe Mouchette. Pic­tured are (front, from left) Ais­linn...

WA­TER: Charli Cooper and Holly San­ders en­joy­ing a pad­dle on the river.

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