Outrigger girls bring back swag of medals
TRAVELLING to Rio de Janeiro for the Outrigger World Championships, Erin Hurst, Deaana Kingi and Aoife Moller had no idea what to expect.
What they were not expecting was to return from the championships in Brazil with a bunch of medals.
Now some time has passed after the championships, back in August, the feeling has sunk in.
And the Canoe Point Outrigger Club members know they fully deserve each and every bit of success.
"My goal was to make it to the semis. It was really intense and a good experience," Hurst, 15, said. "We are lucky to have three of us from the one club."
Mixed in with a largely Queensland-based Australian team, the three teenagers stunned themselves and their families with the results.
Not resting on the success, the club is now focusing on the World Championships in 2016, which are a lot closer to home, on the Sunshine Coast.
It means only a little bit of relaxing before again directing energy at the championships, and time to teach more Canoe Point paddlers how to get there.
"To be there and do so well was an amazing feeling," Moller, 16, said.
"We could not have done it without our coaches."
The closeness the girls have with their coaches and the very involved parents was shown in Brazil.
Kingi, 15, admitted the medals did not come without a little bit of emotion.
"There were tears and hugs. It was great though," she said.