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Donated canoe gives club opportunity to build on success

Kym Purcell from Tannum Blue with the Canoe Point Outriggers junior team and the new V1 Canoe which was donated.
Kym Purcell from Tannum Blue with the Canoe Point Outriggers junior team and the new V1 Canoe which was donated. Jake Jones

CANOE Point Outriggers' already impressive record of success is set to grow even further after the club was donated a new rudderless V1 canoe by Tannum Blue.

It is hoped the boat will help the club's paddlers make it to national titles and possibly beyond.

With a long list of competitions and a trip to Rio de Janeiro looming for members of the team, the V1 offers yet another opportunity for improvement and success.

"It is a simple way of supporting the club and if it helps kids get to nationals it is great," Kym Purcell from Tannum Blue said.

The rudderless craft is very different to what many of the athletes have been competing in but they have plenty of time to learn how to manoeuvre it.

The boat will initially be used for training by all Canoe Point members, from juniors through to seniors, with the club's paddlers preparing for the national titles in September.

"We got this canoe sponsorship late last year," club spokeswoman Fiona Puata said.

"Our next competition for V1 is the nationals in Kawana Waters."

The club is headed to the National Marathon Titles on May 24-25 in Mooloolaba.

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