Rigged for success out on the water
THEY did not receive the keys to the shire, but the all-conquering Noosa Outriggers Canoe Club has been given an official reception after taking on the world at Kawana for some big wins.
And that included three rousing cheers from Mayor Tony Wellington and his new council team at the Tewantin Council Chambers.
“We want to recognise you champions in our midst,” Cr Wellington said.
“I can hear your wonderful medals clinking away. It’s just fantastic what you achieved.”
He said at the national marathon titles in Mooloolaba the Noosa club won a swag of medals in both short and long ocean races.
“Many of the paddlers are the same who competed and won medals in the world sprint titles,” Cr Wellington said.
“Not only did Noosa podium medal on every finals day, but its paddlers contributed to the Australian tally with outright wins and through combining with other clubs.”
He said there were five gold world champions, three silver and six bronze.
“In addition, Noosa teams achieved three world records. Australia’s overall medal tally was 11 gold, 17 silver and 22 bronze, third behind the strong teams of New Zealand and Tahiti. So I reckon that’s a pretty incredible achievement. We’re very proud to have you as residents,” Cr Wellington said.
Silver medal winner Brian Rogers said the club’s success is “due to the coaching and the dedication of a lot of the people we have in the club”.
“There’s a good vibe within the club – we enjoy our paddling as much as we do our social activity. We’re on the water just about every morning,” he said.
Brian said teams are up early from 5.30am down at the Noosa Heads Lions Park in the dark.
“The younger boys and girls have to start early because they have to go to work,” he said.
He said the older paddlers have the luxury of a “sleep-in” before hitting the water at 6.30am “which is great”.