ON POINT: Canoe Point Outriggers Club; (back row) Connor Bradshaw, 14, Erin Hurst, 13, Mitchell Hurst, 15, and Alex Farbotko, 15; (front) Mihara Puata-Sutherland, 12, Josh Hurst, 11, Deaana Kingi, 13, Siena Linforth, 10, and Libby Farbotko, 11.
ON POINT: Canoe Point Outriggers Club; (back row) Connor Bradshaw, 14, Erin Hurst, 13, Mitchell Hurst, 15, and Alex Farbotko, 15; (front) Mihara Puata-Sutherland, 12, Josh Hurst, 11, Deaana Kingi, 13, Siena Linforth, 10, and Libby Farbotko, 11. Luka Kauzlaric GLAPADD

Juniors to enjoy social Spirit of Aloha series at Canoe Pt

THE first outrigger paddling competition specifically for juniors outside of a metropolitan area of Queensland is set to hit our region at the weekend.

The Canoe Point Outriggers will host the second round of the Spirit of Aloha series, with up to 100 paddlers expected to swing into action.

The first round of the series was held in Airlie Beach; Boyne Island is hosting the second and the final round is in Hervey Bay.

Paddlers will not compete in their club teams, as they usually would, but are encouraged to meet new friends and learn more skills while racing in a mix of different areas.

"It is something outside of a normal regatta, it is focussed purely on kids," Canoe Point Outriggers coach Gary Bradshaw said.

"They all race together, eat together and meet new people."

With up to six paddlers powering one boat and the weight of boats in junior competition the same as the seniors, the juniors learn quickly the skills of the sport.

The six-person teams could be made up of a person from different clubs, with bragging rights being the prize amongst participants from each club.

Anyone is welcome to have a look at the sport, which the Canoe Point Outriggers see as an alternative to the well known sports in the region.

"Low cost compared to other sports. It is an alternative to soccer, football, netball and uses a different set of skills," Colin Hurst of the Outriggers said.

The Spirit of Aloha weekend begins at midday on Saturday and continues through to lunch time on Sunday.



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