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The Rock-itt : March Rock-itt 2014
KAYAK KAMEO KAYAK KAMEO WITH JUSTIN PAINE WITH JUSTIN PAINE WITH JUSTIN PAINE This month I have another guest article, written by Tim Hookins. He chairs Paddle NSW, which oversees the sport of paddling – broadened to include ocean racing skis as well as kayaking and canoeing – in this State. Tim is a highly skilled paddler, excelling in open water racing on skis as well as marathon kayaking, and is a record holder in the Hawkesbury Canoe Classic. He is devoted to raising the bar to a new level for paddling and leads a team of enthusiastic volunteers who, like himself, are committed to the sport. by Tim Hookins Chair, Paddle NSW There are about 80,000 competition and recrea- tional paddlers in NSW. Paddle NSW, the official body looking after the interests of all paddlers in this State and the ACT, has about 2000 members – which means there are some 78,000 paddlers out there who are doing their own thing and probably don’t even know about us. They are unaware of the benefits we can offer and how much richer their paddling experiences can become through linking up with like- minded people. One of our aims is to reach out to these 78,000, to raise our profile and to grow paddling as a sporting and recreational activity. We want them to have the most enjoyable, safe and satisfying paddles, races, recreational outings, expeditions and social events possible. Imagine what it’s like to paddle out through the Heads at sunrise. Well, we have training groups which do that regularly. How do you make a paddling experience for anybody the most enjoyable? By showing them how to do it properly, through coaching, so they can paddle confidently and safely. Paddle NSW is one of the academies of paddling. Month in, month out we have people doing courses so they can become instructors for flat water, open water and other activities – we also have people doing coaching courses to become recreational guides. Two areas of paddling which are becoming increasingly popular are kayak fishing and stand-up paddling. We would like to become involved in kayak fishing but it is a very independent activity and we need to grow links with them so we can find out how best to improve things for them. Stand-ups are already competing in many of our open water races. We would like to set up technical committees for both of these. We have just appointed an outstanding woman paddler, Raewyn Duffy, to chair our recreational technical committee. Raewyn in 2012 became the first person ever to win both the 111km Hawkesbury Classic and the 404km Murray Marathon on handicap in the same year. She is a noted ocean paddler who has been on many expeditions up and down the coast and will lead a renewed attempt to broaden our recreational offerings. Her job will be to put on our calendar as many recreational events as she and her committee can, typically free or at low cost to our members. We avoid conflict with commercial operators and other groups who offer paddling excursions of different sorts. We support these groups because our overall objective is to make it easier for people to paddle. Some paddlers start by doing a paid excursion with a commercial group and then graduate to join one of our clubs. Expeditions are in the recreational area and offer more opportunities. Lynn Parker, a leading light in paddling education in NSW, has set up the Waterways Guide, which can be accessed through the Paddle NSW website and offers detailed descriptions of a number of country, estuary and ocean paddles available. Join us for richer paddling experiences Stand-up paddlers compete in open water races Narrabeen Lakes is a regular venue for marathon racing Raewyn Duffy heads a renewed PNSW initiative to boost recreational paddling