Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Kayaking - Paddles Up

The team had a great weekend at Mavora Lakes with Huey making sure the weather was kind to us! The eight boys have all come a long way during the past five weeks thanks to the tuition from Miss Woods, Mr Olsen and Paula Wood.

The senior boys were very encouraging of the juniors and they looked out for each other- great team work - especially at breakfast time with Gavin McLeod in control of cooking bacon, eggs and baked beans for all the troops. Gabriel and Patrick Wilkes entertained the camp with some good songs on their guitar on the Saturday evening.

Patrick Stone received the judge’s vote for the smoothest Eskimo Roll with a very competent display!

The junior boys paddled well. The Tussock Creek Trawlers aka Gabriel and Josef Winters and Danny Boyle was placed 3rd in the Junior section. Third placing was a great achievement considering some of the other teams they were competing against had been at Paddles Up before and have access to better training facilities. They look to be in a good position to further their skills and splash out again for next year's event.

Josef was 3rd in the DR race and Danny was 3rd in the individual slalom.

Kieran Thurlow deserves an honourable mention. He was asked to compete in a composite junior team with his brother Peter and a Hargest student. Kieran was very patient, helping these two younger paddlers and in doing so, improved his own skill level.

Ben Winders