PAVING THE WAY Erin Hurst took out first position in Mooloolaba V1 Under 16s race.
PAVING THE WAY Erin Hurst took out first position in Mooloolaba V1 Under 16s race.

Gladstone girl wins U16 national outrigging titles

OUTRIGGING: FOR Erin Hurst to finish a 6km race at Mooloolaba Beach was a great achievement, and to win the race was even more of an accolade.

She and the under-14s, 16s and senior teams from Canoe Point Outriggers travelled to Mooloolaba for the V1 race on May 15.

The two national titles are coveted and the club was proud of all its competitors.

Erin competed in the one-man boat race, where she placed first, and in the under-16s event, which saw three of the four juniors place with medals.

She came in 10 minutes before the second-placed outrigger. "It was a really fun race, there were so many waves," she said.

"In the morning I had to keep my head in the game and try not to put too much pressure on myself."

Strong winds made the conditions unbearable for many competitors, with four of the 10 making it back to shore without the safety boat.

The under-14s participated in a race too, and had plenty of fun doing it.

Lucy Saunders has been outrigging with the club since September last year.

She joined to spend more time with her friends.

"It was windy and rough but we were prepared for it," she said.

"It was a really good competition."

Canoe Point Outriggers senior coach Andrew Philp said they had two senior teams in the national marathon 10km event.

There were 58 canoes in the competition.

"There were a lot of boats out on the water so we tried our best not to collide with each other," he said.

"Just going to compete without tipping out is an accomplishment."

The senior teams finished fourth and fifth.

Under 16's placement:

Erin Hurst (1st)

Deaana Kingi (2nd)

Miharo Puata- Sutherland (3rd for the boys)



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