Coast politicians throw in the paddle for Waterlife

THE POLLIE PADDLERS: Andrew Wallace, Steve Dickson and Jason O'Pray warm up ahead of the event .
THE POLLIE PADDLERS: Andrew Wallace, Steve Dickson and Jason O'Pray warm up ahead of the event . John McCutcheon

THREE Coast politicians are swapping their suits for speedos this month to paddle in Lake Kawana's inaugural Waterlife charity event.

Representing all three levels of government, Fisher MP Andrew Wallace, Buderim MP Steve Dickson and Division 8 councillor Jason O'Pray have formed the Pollie Paddlers team, risking a dunk in the lake to raise money for three Coast charities.

The day-long canoeing and paddling fair has been designed to raise support and funds for public health charity Wishlist, eating disorder support group EndEd and advocacy organisation for people with disabilities No Limits Adaptive Paddlers.

Wishlist CEO Lisa Rowe said already the event was attracting big Coast personalities, Paralympians, Olympic speed kayakers and more than 40 corporate teams.

"Waterlife is shaping up to be an incredible day," she said.

"Not only do we have the support of these influential MPs and Councillors willing to give outrigging a crack for a good cause, but we have major businesses powering the event, like Coastline BMW."

Champion swimmer Lisa Curry is also expected to take to the water, this time captaining a team from Maroochydore's Fernwood Fitness branch.

EndEd founder Mark Forbes and Adaptive Paddline Head Coach Gayle Mayes similarly said they were excited for the big day, which they said was a unique charity event.

"No-one combines these crafts - outrigger canoes and skis - in one event," Ms Mayes said.

"I have no doubt the community will love Waterlife," said Mr Forbes.

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