HAVE A GO: Whitsunday locals Ashleigh Suchanek, Katie Pickford, Cass Doblo, Deena Hansen and Carmen Lee were keen to hit the water for Outrigger Whitsundays’ come and try day at Shingley Beach on Sunday.
HAVE A GO: Whitsunday locals Ashleigh Suchanek, Katie Pickford, Cass Doblo, Deena Hansen and Carmen Lee were keen to hit the water for Outrigger Whitsundays’ come and try day at Shingley Beach on Sunday.

Outriggers looking forward to strong season

THE Whitsunday Outrigging Club was back in action at Shingley Beach for their annual come and try day on Sunday morning.

The event attracted more than 50 people aged from 8 to over 40, with many people trying out the sport for the first time.

The club is interested in recruiting paddlers who are keen to take on the challenge of competing at regattas up and down the North Queensland coast.

North Queensland junior development representative and head coach, Adam Joyce, took the eager crowd through the paces of paddle technique before they hit the water.

"We weren't very competitive in the seniors last year because we didn't have the numbers so we are really looking to ramp that up this year," he said.

Newcomers in both junior and senior divisions also learnt about the history and most importantly the culture of outrigger racing.

Outriggers will have the opportunity to train in a variety of canoe types including the OC1, OC2, OC4 and OC6 with five intense training paddle sessions remaining before the club sign-on at 8am on Sunday, January 19.

The first paddle training session was held on Tuesday night and those wanting to get involved are welcome to attend the following sessions on Thursday, January 9 and 16 at 5.30pm, Sunday, January 12 and 19 at 6am, and Tuesday, January 14 at 5.30pm.

All training sessions are held at Shingley Beach.

Club president Renee Martin was thrilled with the turnout on Sunday and is looking forward to a strong 2014 season.

The club will be holding a barbecue fundraiser at Bunnings Warehouse in Cannonvale this Saturday from 8am to 1pm.

A junior coaching clinic with Adam Joyce will also be held at Tinaroo Dam from January 25-26.

For more information, contact Renee Martin on 0412 448 805.

SAVE THE DATE

Whitsunday Outrigging sign-on day:

- Sunday, January 19 at 8am

Training for 16+ and senior paddlers:

- Thursday, January 9 and 16 at 5.30pm

- Sunday, January 12 and 19 at 6am

-Tuesday, January 14 at 5.30pm


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