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Outriggers punch above their weight at Regatta

THE Dam Outrigger Club recently returned from the Mission Beach Annual Regatta, where they punched above their weight against more sizeable clubs across Far North Queensland.

Following their success in Mission Beach, they entered teams which competed at the Trans-Tasman Gubbi Gubbi International Outrigger Canoe Competition which was held over the school holidays at Lake Kawana on the Sunshine Coast.

It was once again a fantastic showing, with a number of impressive team and individual performances.

Competition was fierce with experienced teams from NZ, South Pacific Islands and the larger Australian Clubs of Mooloolaba, Bayside, Outrigger Australia and Sydney attending.

The most notable result for The Dam Outrigger Club included their U16s V6 team, who finished sixth fastest in the South Pacific.

Dam Outrigger Club coach Ralph Seed said he is extremely proud of the club’s juniors as this was only the third Regatta they had attended.

“The two weeks preceding Gubbi Gubbi they all won medals at the HOTTI and Mission beach Regatta,” he said.

“The juniors are the future of the sport and we are very fortunate here on the Tablelands to have great facilities at Tinaburra Drive and Lake Tinaroo to train on.”

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