Outriggers enjoy battling the best
THE Canoe Point Outriggers have returned from the World Outrigger Sprints in New Caledonia, with most having dipped their toes in against the world’s best for the first time.
The six participants – Megan Hogan, Maigan Dart, Talisha Buttsworth, Haydon James, Emma De Britt, Mitch Olds – performed extremely well in their races.
Canoe Point Outriggers president Kris De Britt said the paddlers did the club proud, and made their way through several heats to reach the finals.
“I think the standard was an eye-opener, but it was a huge effort to have six local paddlers chosen,” he said.
Emma said after training sessions, the paddlers acclimatised to the conditions, as well as the different canoes used at the sprints.
She came away with an appreciation for the country, as well as the need to up training before the next bout against the best.
“I saw the level of competition and know how much hard work has to go into it,” she said.
The junior teams made it to the finals in the U16 and U19 men and women’s 500m and 1000m V6.
None of the Canoe Point Outriggers were in the medal placings, and for five of the competitors, it was their first world titles.
Mitch Olds, now an experienced campaigner, previously attended the last world titles in California.
Kris said the junior paddlers have returned all fired up and are looking toward the next World Sprint Titles in Canada in 2012.
Australia finished third on the metal tally with strong performances by the women’s teams. Tahiti and New Zealand proved to be the toughest competition, as was expected.
Outriggers coach Grant Olds performed well in a team made up of paddlers from Brisbane to Cairns, coming away with two medals.