It was a fantastic year of paddling. Thank you to our major sponsor, Vajda. In all there were 287 entries [209 males, 78 females, 43 paddlers were juniors (under 18)].
A wide variety of craft were used in the series from Guppie junior K1’s to double ocean racing skis.The most common craft was a K1 (104) followed by ocean ski (75) and then TK1 (36).
Approximately 30% of all paddlers completed 3 or more races in the 2017 series and thus were eligible for a NMS certificate of participation. Just over 50% of the paddlers competed in only 1 race. We need to encourage these paddlers to get involved in more races!
5 paddlers entered all 8 races of the 2017 season. They were Marilyn Drynan, Steve McLay, Tom Armitt, Grant Epple and Matthew Mason. Well done.
The paddler who accrued the greatest number of points in the series was Marilyn Drynan.
Paddlers who completed 5 or more races and placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in their class were eligible for a coveted NMS medal. In 2017 28 Gold, 13 silver and 5 bronze medals were awarded. See table for winners.
The points that individuals accrue during the season contribute to overall club points. In recent years there has been a lot of friendly rivalry between Varisty and Currumbin for the honours of being the club with the most points at the end of the season. In 2017, Currumbin finished the series well ahead of the other clubs:
|Currumbin Creek Paddlers Club||1338.5|
|Sandgate Canoe Club||784|
|Varsity Lakes Paddlers Club||632.0|
|Sunshine Coast Paddlesports Club||405|
|Far North Coast Canoe Club||353.5|
|Wynnum Redlands Canoe Club||147|
|West End Canoe Club||141.5|
|Greater Logan Canoe Club||98.5|
|University of Queensland||53.5|
|Bonville Creek Kayak Club||42|
Currumbin also fielded the greatest number of paddlers in the series (60+) compared to Sandgate (35) and Varsity (31).
The following paddlers received individual medals:
|K1 Junior (under 12) F||Tori Rixon||Currumbin/Varsity|
|K1 Junior (under 14) M||Samuel King Koi||Brisbane|
|K1 Junior (under 14) F||Natalie Rixon||Currumbin/Varsity|
|K1 Junior (under 16) M||Liam Warriner||Brisbane|
|Thomas King Koi||Brisbane|
|K1 Junior (under 16) F||Sophie Rixon||Currumbin/Varsity|
|K1 Junior (under 18) M||Jack Bicknell||Wynnum Redlands|
|K1 open||Jamie Boyle||Varsity|
|K1 Young vets M||Jason Keating||Sunshine Coast|
|K1 Young Vets F||Tina Effeney||Sandgate|
|K1 Mature vets M||Stuart Bryson||Brisbane|
|Geoff Pearce||Sunshine Coast|
|Armand le Roux||Sandgate|
|K1 Mature vets F||Donna Wilson||Sandgate|
|K1 Vintage Vets M||Greg Litherland||Sandgate|
|John Donkersloot||Greater Logan|
|K2 Young vets||Grant Epple||Currumbin|
|K2 Vintage vets||Bruce Taylor||Far North Coast|