Sport

Outriggers looking for new faces for new year

READY TO PADDLE: Renee Martin, Carmen Bekker, Pip Edwards, Mark Bell, Amanda and Gosta Ehrnst, Nick Lidsey, Dave Pratchett and Pete Chamberlain, signed on for outrigging in 2013 at Shingley Beach on Sunday.
READY TO PADDLE: Renee Martin, Carmen Bekker, Pip Edwards, Mark Bell, Amanda and Gosta Ehrnst, Nick Lidsey, Dave Pratchett and Pete Chamberlain, signed on for outrigging in 2013 at Shingley Beach on Sunday.

OUTRIGGING

RETURNING social and competitive paddlers from Outrigger Whitsunday were out on the water on Sunday morning for a training session and sign-on for 2013.

The session at Shingley Beach on Sunday morning was aimed at paddlers of all levels who competed last year and were keen to be involved again for the 2013 season.

This Sunday the club is holding another sign-on, this time aimed at new members who are looking to get back involved with the sport after a break or beginners looking to try it for the first time.

"This Sunday from 8am we are having a come-and-try day for anyone who is interested in getting involved with our club," Outrigger Whitsunday vice president Renee Martin said.

"Anyone who has ever thought about giving outrigging a go should come along and give it a go while learning from our experienced paddlers."

Mrs Martin said that Sunday morning will be all about getting people into the canoes and out on to the water to learn some basic techniques.

"Outrigging has a long history in the Whitsundays, and our club has been going for over 21 years. Children and adults are welcome and we have programs for social and competitive paddlers," she said.

The club has paddlers ranging in age from 10 to 70-years-old and are always looking for new faces to join their outrigging community.

"Anyone who is interested should come along with loose, comfy clothing, a hat, water bottle and towel and give our sport a try," she said.

Club membership cost $186 for 12 months which covers all insurance and equipment costs. Anyone wanting more information should contact Renee Martin on 0412 448 805 or club president Adam Joyce on

0417 471 426.


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