Some of best paddlers in Australia lined up for the annual Canoeing Victoria Summer Series race in Yarrawonga on Sunday in preparation for the Canoe Marathon National Championships to be held in March.
Multiple Australian open champion Mick Leverett continued his dominance of the Murray River Classic winning the 20km event in a sprint finish repeat from last year again from David Ceddia in just under 1 hour and 29 minutes.
Remarkably Leverett has won the Murray River Classic on nine occasions over the last ten years and the two times he did not win it was when he wasn’t racing. Mick’s wife Kate took out her second open women’s race in a time of 1hour and 35 minutes.
Local paddling champion Brea Roadley switched over from her busy surf ski schedule finishing second in the Women’s Under 23 event.
Many of the competitors were using the race as part of qualifying for the national titles in March. Most of the paddlers also tackled portages on each lap at the ‘GreenPatch”.
Yarrawonga-Mulwala Canoe Club Coach Tim Roadley said despite hot conditions late in the race the day’s racing was perfect for kayakers looking to qualify for the nationals.
“All the competitors enjoyed the five kilometre circuit with positive comments from paddlers,” Tim said.
“I would like to thank all those people whom assisted on the day as well as the local SES, NSW Maritime and Parks Victoria that allowed us to hold a safe event.
The Yarrawonga-Mulwala Canoe Club will be holding their registration day for the 2016 Paddlepower sessions on Monday, February 5 from 4pm, adjacent to the canoe club shed below the Yarrawonga weir. Anyone wishing to take part can ring Tim on 0417 373 376.