Despite the unusual rise in river level, Yarrawonga Mulwala paddlers performed well in the annual Wagga Bidgee Canoe Club Race this weekend.
Ten local paddlers from the Yarrawonga Mulwala Amateur Canoe Club continued their superb start to the season, this time taking on the best paddlers in NSW on the fast-flowing Murrumbidgee River.
Former Australian representative Kayla Whinray returned to racing in superb form. After graduating from college, Kayla finished first in the Division 2 26km race, then followed her the next day to run another 25km in Melbourne to place third in the women’s open event.
New member Anne Harris, who joined the club after moving to Wangaratta from Perth, won the Division 6 race.
With paddle NSW having no junior races, the younger girls had to compete in the open class on the 17km course to Wagga Wagga. Against former representative paddlers from Australia, the girls performed extremely well with Kristi Hardman in the lead finishing third in a fantastic time of 1:17, not far behind many more experienced paddlers.
Zoe Schweda and Nikita Carroll had a great battle all the way down the river, with Zoe winning a sprint in under a second.
Ruby Stevens and Lily Weidgen teamed up in a double, as Jenny Hardman and mom’s Janet Schweda and Natalie-Drew Cole recovered from a fall before the start, which cost her more than five minutes to get back into the kayak by finishing strongly to catch up with other paddlers. In the race.
The club’s solo paddler, Andrew White, also competed in the 17km race.
Yarrawonga Mulwala Amateur Canoe Club coach Tim Roadley was again pleased with the club’s overall performance at Wagga. “Our club’s paddlers have certainly established themselves as serious challengers for the biggest metropolitan clubs in Victoria and NSW,” said Tim.
“We are well placed and now look forward to the state school and marathon championships next month.”