Outriggers get $30k, 2 new canoes
OUTRIGGERS: The past year has been an exciting one for the Burrum District Outriggers – and the one ahead is looking like it will be equally exhilarating.
The club received a $30,000 grant from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund and, with the generous support of the Burrum Heads community, they have now been able to buy two new canoes.
The canoes are state-of-the-art light weight folding six-man canoes and the club can’t wait to get them out on the water.
The canoes weigh in at 135kg and will be required to have lead weights fitted for the next two years to bring them up to 155kg, the weight they need to be to comply with the rules set by the Australia Outrigger Canoe Racing Association.
This will allow other clubs time to convert to the new, light weight technology.
The canoes will be launched for the first time this Saturday at 7.30am.
The club will also hold a blessing ceremony, which will be conducted by Fraser Coast MP Chris Foley, who is also a pastor.
Fraser Coast mayor Mick Kruger will also attend the ceremony.
The club’s membership grew to 52 last year, mainly due to the commencement of a junior division. The club will then compete in Mooloolaba in an OC1 sprint regatta on Sunday.