Noosa Paddlers Shine at 2018 Outrigger National Sprints ...

The 2018 Outrigger National Sprint championships took place over the weekend 3 -5 February, at Kawana Lake. Teams gathered, from all over Australia to do battle in the hotly contested events for personal, team and club supremacy.

Racing involved: OC1 (Outrigger Canoe 1 person); V1 similar though rudderless; OC6 (6 crew); OC12 (12crew). Divisions are Opens; Masters 40+; Senior Masters 50+; Golden Masters 60+; Platinum Masters 70+. Competitors can be Men; Women or Mixed. Distances contested are over 500 metres straight and 1000 metres with three turns

Noosa as usual was at the pointy end of the championships, finishing third overall of the 30 clubs contesting the titles. That result added at least some sunshine on what was otherwise a very gloomy, wet and windy three days.

Congratulations to all paddlers who competed in what was, weather aside, a great three days of racing and very rewarding for many of our members.  Results for the Noosa Outrigger Canoe Clubs club included:

Gold Medals were won by OC12 Platinum Master Mix; and also OC6 500m. In other OC6 events, Platinum Master Men 500m turn and 500m straight, Golden Master Mixed 1000m, Senior Master Women 500m, and Master Mixed 500m. Also, gold in the individual OC1 Platinum Master Men 500m.

Noosa won Silver in OC6 events including Platinum Master Mix 500m; Platinum Master Women 500m; Golden Master Mixed 500m and 1000m; Senior Master Women 500m; Adaptive Men 500m. In addition silver for the individual V1 Golden Master Women 500m.  

Bronze Medallists were OC6 Senior Master Women 1000m, Golden Master Men 500m and the individual OC1 Golden Master Women 500m.