Outrigger Canoe regatta at Point Wolstoncroft

Makai Lakes Outrigger Canoe Club team members at the Pittwater Regatta Photo: Michelle Strang

The Makai Lakes Outrigger Canoe Club have reformed their team spirit in 2021 ahead of their inaugural regatta at Point Wolstoncroft Sport and Recreation Centre on Saturday, March 6.

This team of athletes contending in the Polynesian originating water sport opened their 2021 account with an encouraging showing at the Pittwater Regatta on Sunday, February 14.

Competing in races from the Minnows (8 years+) to an Opens long course of 16km, the Lake Macquarie representatives performed best in the Golden Seniors (60 years+) Open wherein they won gold.

Also, in the all-Women’s short course, Makai Lakes placed eighth.

Now, the club are finalising plans for their upcoming regatta event, which new Club President, Michelle Strang, sees as a great opportunity to show off Lake Macquarie for outrigging enthusiasts.

Meanwhile, Malai Lakes are looking to find new members who wish to try their hands at the sport.

“Our goals are to keep fit, have fun, promote positive mental health, support others and represent the community of the Central Coast and Lake Macquarie regions at regional, state and national regattas,” said President Strang.

With still a few weeks to go before the Malai Lakes Regatta, the club continue to train their athletes and work on the team’s cohesion as a unit.

“Everyone has a job in the boat, but the idea is to support one another,” concluded Strang.

“In the meantime, it’s all very friendly with a strong social aspect and it will get you fit fast!”

Media Release, Michelle Strang
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