SET TO PADDLE: Outrigger Whitsunday junior paddlers Rick Smith, Tyson Joyce, Ali Ladd and Ena Ladd will be travelling to the Cook Islands between November 19-25 where they will be representing Australia at the Vaka Eiva challenge. Photo Aimee Vinci / Whitsunday Times
SET TO PADDLE: Outrigger Whitsunday junior paddlers Rick Smith, Tyson Joyce, Ali Ladd and Ena Ladd will be travelling to the Cook Islands between November 19-25 where they will be representing Australia at the Vaka Eiva challenge. Photo Aimee Vinci / Whitsunday Times

Junior paddlers to represent Oz

OUTRIGGER Whitsunday held their end of year presentations at the Jubilee Tavern last weekend.

Peter Chamberlain was named Club Person of the Year while Jo Ladd was named Best Female Paddler, Charlie Wilkie Best Male Paddler and Tyson Joyce Best Junior Paddler. With the competition year ending for the rest of the club, the junior paddlers still have one major event to attend - the Vaka Eiva Challenge in the Cook Islands that starts tomorrow until November 25. The juniors will be representing Australia and it will be their first competition overseas.

Coach Adam Joyce said the paddlers had a good chance at placing well at the regatta.

"It will be a bit more of a challenge because there is more swell then the paddlers are used to because they will be competing outside of the reef," he said. "It will be a good chance for them to have a crack against some of the best paddlers in the world."

Whitsunday paddlers will be joined by a mixture of competitors from across the state and will take part in both team and individual events. Tyson Joyce will be steering in the under16 and under 19 teams, Ena Ladd will be steering in the under 19s, Ali Ladd in the under 16s and Rick Smith in the under 14s.

Adam Joyce and Glenn Smith will also have a paddle as fill in crew in a few races.

After the Vaka Eiva challenge this weekend, the junior paddlers will start training for the nationals that will be held at the end of February next year on the Sunshine Coast.

"The juniors need to be doing regattas like the one in the Cook Islands to prepare them for other big events," Joyce said.

Joyce also thanked the outrigging club for their support in sponsoring the junior paddler's trip.

Outrigger Whitsunday is looking for more juniors aged 13-17 and sponsors. For more information contact Adam Joyce on 0417 471 426.

TROPHIES

Most improved

Female paddler - Alison Joyce

Male paddler - Glenn Smith

Junior paddler - Courtney Joyce

Club person of the year - Peter Chamberlain

Best female paddler - Jo Ladd

Best male paddler - Charlie Wilkie

Best junior - Tyson Joyce

Dummie spitter - Tyson Joyce and Mark Nicol


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