INCC’s juniors, the Crusaders, are gearing up for some races over the coming months. The events include sprints and longer distance in single and double boats.

The kids have had great fun (and more than a little competitive success) in races in recent years, so come on, have a go! More information

The club will be hosting two free ‘come and try kayaking’ sessions for people of all ages.

The session will be supervised by a qualified coach and experienced paddlers. Life jackets and equipment will be provided, with a sausage sizzle going for those who work up an appetite.

Participants should wear shorts, t-shirt and reef shoes and bring a change of clothes as there is a good chance they will take a swim in the Yarra!

2 – 4 pm Sunday February 9

2 – 4 pm Sunday February 23

The 2013 Club Night and AGM will be held on October 25 at the West Ivanhoe Sporting Club, Seddon Reserve, Green Street West Ivanhoe

Members are asked to arrive at 6.30 in preparation for the AGM, which will commence at 7.00 pm.

In addition to the normal business – reports and election of the committee for the coming year – the meeting will be asked to vote on new rules and by-laws.

AGM documents

Agenda (NEW)

Notice of meeting – 2013 AGM

Minutes of 2012 AGM

Explanation of proposed Rules and By-Laws

Proposed Rules and By-Laws

Proxy form

Committee nomination form

Following the meeting, dinner will be served and drinks will be available at bar prices and there will be presentations made to INCC’s outstanding performers for 2012-13. Please confirm your attendance via email to Vic Langley who is organising the catering.

Guest speaker, Amanda Drennan will be talking about her experience as a paralympian and her transition from swimming to paracanoeing.

Amanda ‘Mandy’ Drennan was born without her right leg. She learned to swim as a child on Victoria’s Phillip Island but trained in Melbourne several times a week due to the island’s lack of facilities. At the age of ten, she competed in her first state championships and a year later represented Australia at the Pacific School Games. At only 12 years of age, she was offered a wildcard entry at the 2000 Sydney Paralympic Games but her family and coach decided it was not in her long term development to accept it.

Mandy has competed in the 2002 IPC Swimming Championships in Mar Del Plata, Argentina winning a gold medal in the women’s 4 x 100m medley relay and silver medal in the women’s 4 x 100m freestyle relay. She held an Australian Institute of Sport Paralympic swimming scholatship from 2003-2004. She won a bronze medal at the 2004 Athens Games in the Women’s 4×100 m Freestyle 34 pts event. She competed at the 2008 Beijing Games and did not win a medal.

In 2005, Mandy won the Bass Coast Sportsperson of the Year award. In 2011, she swam 66 km around Phillip Island in a shark cage to raise funds to re-establish Warley Hospital on the Island.

Now working as a pharmacist in Melbourne, Mandy has recently achieved success in her new sport of paracanoeing, which incorporates aspects of the canoe and kayak disciplines. Boats are modified if necessary to enable people to participate. Currently competition is limited to singles events.


Boats for sale

INCC has several second hand boats for sale, mostly in need of some TLC. You can find details on (ads posted 5th and 6th July 2013).

Locked out?

Many of the 200+ members who have already renewed their membership for 2013-14 collected their new key last Saturday when the lock was changed. ‘Key changeover day’ provides a great opportunity to for members to meet and catch-up around the barbecue. Thanks go to Greg Kerr for his sizzling work to cater and cook.

Thanks also to all other members of the committee who helped out on the day – great effort!

If you have not yet renewed your membership please read the information on 2013-14 membership.

There will be a second, brief key changeover session next Saturday, July 6 between 11am and 12.15pm.

Alternatively, please post us your current key (taped inside the envelope) together with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to PO Box 180, Ivanhoe 3079. We will post your new key back to you within two weeks. If you are not planning on renewing your membership, we would appreciate you mailing your key back to the same address.

INCC is hosting race 5 of marathon winter series. All club members are encouraged to attend – either as competitors or as helpers.

The MLC parents will be selling food and drink to keep everyone’s energy up!

Volunteers are needed from about 8 am through to 1 pm for land-based jobs and officiating on the course. Please contact Candice if you can spare a couple of hours on the day.

Venue: Wesley Rowing Club, Alexandra Ave, Toorak (Melway Map 2M D1)

Designation: Singles

Entries: Only taken on-line at, close 8:00 pm Fri 26th

Registration: Closes 10:15 am

Briefing: 10:30 am

Start: 11:00 am (Sub-juniors 10:20 am, 4 k)

Course: 4 k laps of the Yarra River, upstream of Herring Island. Flatwater with some tidal movement. Parts of course shared with tour boats and rowing craft.

Distances: 8 k (Div 6-9) and 16 k (Div 1-5)

Facilities: Showers, toilets and changing facilities available

For more information call John Young, Race Director on 0417 444 350


Members are invited to renew their club membership for 2013-14 before our key changeover day on SATURDAY, 29 JUNE. On that day we will be changing the locks and swapping keys between 11am and 1pm for members who have joined for 2013-14.

Canoeing Victoria offers a $10 early bird discount for all renewing and new memberships received before 31 July, so there’s another reason to renew your membership for 2013-14 or join the club now.

Before you jump in, please make sure you read this.

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

Photo gallery

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.

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