After a frustrating couple of years, the INCC committee was delighted to have the opportunity to work with senior managers at the City of Yarra on a solution that would provide sufficient boat storage space and social area for a club of 400 people. The project was in the work plan for the 2016-17 year…until it was dropped (again!!) from the draft budget published last month.
For the second consecutive year, the committee has prepared a budget submission to the council requesting the project be reinstated in the budget and will also appear at the council meeting on May 23rd to speak to the submission. It would great to see a contingent of INCC members at that meeting to support the club. For details of the meeting, go to the council’s website.
The committee is also planning to engage the local media and to use social media to raise awareness in the paddling community and in the local area. If any members are able to help with this, please contact Candice on 0431 106 081 or via email.
INCC will again host two free ‘come & try flatwater kayaking’ sessions this summer. The sessions will be conducted from the steps near Fairfield Boathouse on Saturday January 16 and February 20, between 2 and 4 pm.
‘Come & try’ sessions are suitable for people of all ages and levels of fitness and provide an opportunity for participants who have never paddled flatwater kayaks to experience paddling on the beautiful Yarra. Participants should be able to swim and be confident in water. Children must be accompanied by an responsible adult.
The session will be conducted by qualified flatwater kayaking coaches and all equipment, including personal floatation devices, is provided.
Wear shorts, t-shirt (merino or polypropylene if its a bit cold), hat, reef shoes if you have them, and sunscreen. Bring a towel and change of clothes as there is a good chance participants will enjoy a refreshing dip in the Yarra!
INCC’s beginners’ course has been the start for many of our members. The program is run in small groups over three two-hour sessions. In that time you can develop the basic skills and confidence to paddle flatwater kayaks safely.
Dates for this season:
- December 5, 12 and 19 (places still available but filling fast)
- January 16, 23 and 30
- February 6, 13 and 2o
- February 27, March 5 and 12
- March 18, 26 and April 2
- April 9, 16 and 23
Congratulations to Izzie Neilson who was awarded the Progress Leader Junior Sports Star of the Year award on the 17th of November.
The INCC/MLC paddler was recognised for her amazing results at the Australian National Marathon Championships and ICF World Marathon Championships earlier in the year where she placed 9th in singles and 11th in doubles.
Her partner Steph Langley, who was also nominated for the award, came 20th in singles in addition to her doubles success with Izzie.
Well done Izzie on your award and congratulations Steph for your nomination !