Victorian, and in particular INCC, athletes dominated the National Marathon titles held in Perth over the Easter weekend. Our juniors put in some outstanding performances, with individual gold medals going to Penny Young and Logan Dutton and INCC crews winning the U14 girls, and both boys and girls titles in the U16 boys and U18 age groups. Our older members also came home with plenty of metal in their luggage.
- Jacqui Sylivris and Bridget Barnes placed 4th and 5th in the U14 girls
- Hamish Young placed second in the U16 boys, with Andrew Holloway and Callum Gosbell placing 5th and 7th respectively
- In the U16 girls, Megan Macko took silver with INCC teammates also placing well – Brigitte Blood (4th), Stephanie Langley (5th), Isabella Jenzen (6th), Isabella Neilson (8th), Bridget Henry (9th), Louise Spencer (10th) and Oliver Kurczycki (11th)
- Penny Young finished in 1st place in the U18 Women’s race, with Bee Lovick and Arabella Eyre placing 6th & 7th
- Logan Dutton won the gold medal in the U18 Men, with Alexander Neilson 6th
- Robbie Ardoom took 8th place in the Open Men’s event
- Sally Miller placed third in the W50
- Suzanne Lipe and Debbie Bennett placed 3rd and 4th in the W55
- Rob Russell took silver in the M55
- John Young placed 4th in the M50
- Bridget Barnes / Jacqui Sylivris took 1st place in the U14 girls
- Andrew Holloway / Hamish Young won the U16 boys, with Callum Gosbel and Edison Tan each teaming up with West Australians to take 3rd and 4th place respectively
- Stephanie Langley / Megan Macko took the gold medal in the U16 girls, with Brigitte Blood / Isabella Jenzen taking silver and Olivia Kurczycki / Louise Spencer in 4th place
- Penny Young and Nell Cuthbertson took 1st place in the U18 Girls. Arabella Eyre (with Tarryn Coward from Ascot CC) placed 4th
- Logan Dutton (with Casey Haynes from Sherbrooke) took 1st place in the U18 Boys, with Alex Neilson and Will Reed taking 3rd. Edison Tan (with Thomas Coleman) and Ed Lovick (with Chris Smith from Fairfield) placed 5th and 6th respectively
- Rob Russell / Suzanne Lipe were 2nd in the Vet5o Mixed, with John Young & Annette Scott, 4th
- Sally Miller / Deb Bennet placed second in the W50
There are hundreds of photos – great that our INCC members wore club uniforms, so they are pretty easy to spot.
The Crusaders are a group of INCC junior paddlers aged between 10 and 14 years. The group consists of 20 paddlers both boys and girls and 4 coaches. The Crusaders train every Saturday afternoon from 2pm to 4pm in Terms 1,2 and 3. The Crusaders was formed in 2010, with the majority of the original participants still paddling either with their schools or the group. The aim of the program is to introduce junior paddlers to kayaking within a fun, safe and supportive environment. The INCC committee has been extremely supportive purchasing equipment specifically for younger participants and supporting coaches.
Apart from weekly training sessions the Crusaders participate in other activities. We race regularly and over the Cup long weekend in 2012 the group plus siblings, friends and family members totalling 56 people camped at Lake Eildon for 3 nights.
“The Camp” for me was a real highlight it was fantastic to spend time with paddlers and their family and friends in a beautiful natural environment. We loaded the club trailer with TK’s, K boats and even a plastic tub and spent 3 days on Lake Eildon paddling on the Lake often with power boats, jet ski’s etc. Although challenging with metre high waves on occasions our outstanding Crusaders “powered” through and demonstrated outstanding skills. Apart from paddling we had opportunities to fish, go on bush walks, bike rides, horse-riding, water fights, build fires and do other “camp stuff”. One of the Crusaders Sam Madden even organised a treasure hunt. I always think camping is such a great experience for young people as it is a very free environment and very different from our everyday lives. We are planning to make the Lake Eildon Camp an annual Crusaders event. A big thanks to Lawrie who towed the boat trailer negotiating the Black Spur and to Reka and her husband Pete who also attended.
Racing in 2012 – 2013 has also been a highlight with both paddlers and coaches racing in both Sprint and Marathon events. The coaches determine what races we attend throughout the year and provide boat transport, coaches, and entry information however a number of our keen Crusaders not only participate in these races but do extras – which is fantastic. In 2013, the Crusaders have been or will be represented at the following races: Jan 19th Sprint 200 Metre Regatta at Essendon, Feb 3rd Sprint Grand Prix at Nagambie, March 2nd & March 3rd Summer Finale Marathon at Footscray, March 23rd & 24th Sprint and Marathon All Schools Marathon Championships Essendon, May 19th Marathon Winter Series Race 2 at Patterson Lakes. It should be noted that the wider paddling community is very supportive of our group and we often receive comments on what a talented and committed group we are.
Finally, at our AGM and Presentation evening held in November, 2012 three Crusaders were awarded trophies for their contribution to the program. Congratulations to Bridget Barnes and Jack Rayner who were awarded female and male respectively Junior Paddler of the year. This award recognises their regular attendance to training sessions and regattas and competition results. Congratulations also to Will Camfield who received the Coaches Award this award is based on the paddler’s enthusiasm for the sport, team spirit, willingness to assist other paddlers and general good sportsmanship.
Carol Osborn, Crusader Coach
Thanks to all those who helped out at the latest INCC working bee and welcome to all the new members who came along. It was a warm and sunny day with a great turnout from new to not so new members. Working bees are a great way to meet fellow club paddlers and to ensure the club facilities are in great shape. Some notable accomplishments for the day:
- The kitchen got a good scrub.
- The committee room was cleaned up
- The clubhouse was swept from top to bottom
- Rob Goodwin and his trusty harness was able to get to some of the more tricky spots
- The garden beds got a clean and the gutters were cleared.
- We were also able to put up the photos of INCC’s two newest life members, Lawrie Chenoweth and Rob Russell.
The club has been offering ‘come-and-try sessions’ over the summer for people looking for a one-off taste of flatwater kayaking. Many of us have friends who have said ‘oh, I’ve always wanted to try that’ but have never got round to coming down to the club. The next session will be held at 1.00 pm on Saturday March 9
The sessions will be led by a Level 1 coach and cost $20. More information
The proud MLC Kayak tradition was further strengthened at the 2012 Murray Marathon, which saw the successful culmination of a year’s hard training and competition. The MLC crew made a big impression at the event with 34 students and 20 adults (including parents, staff and friends of the College), making up our total of 54 paddlers.
Our paddlers ranged from first year rookies to seasoned international competitors. Everyone coped with the fast flowing river, strong winds and heat to finish with excellent results.
Thanks are extended to the Support Crew who looked after the paddlers every need, the Team Managers, Chris Myers, Peter Stathopolous, Sheryl Gross and Bill Eyre, Demi Stathopoulos and the MLC Kayak Committee who organised three great functions throughout the week and our coaches Rob Russell and Lauren Fletcher.
|Handicap – Schools Cup|
|MLC Silver Scorpions||1st|
|Chloe De Highden|
|Girls School Cup TK2|
|MLC Red Rabbits||1st||MLC Yellow Yaks||2nd||MLC Blue Bears||3rd|
|Vivian Lee||Arabella Eyre||Nicolette Stathopoulos|
|Stephanie Langley||Clare O’Donnell||Brigitte Blood|
|Elizabeth Cameron||Sarah Osborne||Megan Macko|
|Bridget Henry||Joanna Zhang||Miranda Frith|
|Emma Gross||Jacqui Sylivris||Emma Reardon|
|Lulu Spencer||Georgia Roem||Hannah Ondrasek|
|Danielle Ackerly||Isabel Neilson||Olivia Kurczycki|
|Samantha Ackerly||Alexandra Kay||Ruby Wright-Howie|
|Bonnie Huynh||Siobahn McKenzie|
|Rob Langley||Debbie Bennett|
|Rob Pollock||Sally Miller|
|Andrew De Highden||Suzanne Lipe|
|1 Day Relay|
INCC’s MLC parents’ team, the Paddlepops combined with Fairfield Canoe Club to win the Canoeing Victoria Club Challenge in the 2012 Murray Marathon. The team comprising Rob Russell, Suzanne Lipe, Daniel Tencic, Michael Togers, Sally Miller and Deb Bennett (pictured, all from INCC) and Lisa newton and Don Campbell from Fairfield, triumphed over our friends from Essendon Canoe Club.
Pro-rata discounts are available to new members joining for the 2012-13 year after December 31. The online system is limited in its ability to handle this, but we have set up a series of ‘extra items’ with negative amounts to reduce the normal fee by the appropriate amount. If you are going to join the club, please read the instructions on the membership fees 2012-13 page carefully. Existing members who have not yet renewed their membership are reminded they are not eligible for pro-rata discounts.
The club will be offering ‘come-and-try sessions’ over the summer for people looking for a one-off taste of flatwater kayaking. Many of us have friends who have said ‘oh, I’ve always wanted to try that’ but have never got round to coming down to the club. The first sessions will be held at 4.15 pm on Saturday December 8 and Sunday December 9.
The sessions will be led by a Level 1 coach and cost $20. More information
In a break with the past, the 2012 AGM will be held in conjunction with a ‘club night’ featuring two guest speakers fresh back from the London Olympics and Paralympics – Jessica Fox and Stuart Tripp. The event will be held at West Ivanhoe Sporting Club, Seddon Reserve, Green Street, West Ivanhoe commencing at 7pm.
We will be presenting our best athletes and rising stars with awards and recognising the contribution Lawrie Chenoweth and Rob Russell have made to the club by nominating them for life membership.
The AGM formalities will be conducted at the start of the night. All the documents are here:
This is a great opportunity to meet other club members and hear two very inspiring stories from outstanding athletes. See you there!
Looking for a team to paddle to Murray marathon with this year?
The Murray Marathon is an exhilarating, challenging and exciting experience. If you haven’t paddle it before or even if you have but don’t feel you could manage the whole 4o4 km on your own then you can join a team! Check out more information about the race here.
INCC usually have teams that participate in the Murray marathon. If you are interested in paddling the Murray as part of a team this year but don’t have one, Deb Bennett may be able to help you find one.
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