MORE than 300 Paddlers gathered under perfect skies in Tea Gardens last weekend for the annual Myall Classic Ultramarathon.
The event, now in it’s 14th year, has become one of the “ must do’s” on the paddlers’ calendar.
“There are 5 different divisions which cover a 47 kilometre race, a 27 k and a 12 kilometre paddle,” Volunteer organiser Anne Cowper told the News Of The Area.
Paddlers also use it as a training race in the run up to the Hawkesbury Canoe Classic, which requires plenty of stamina to cover over 100 kilometres.
Chairman of PaddleNSW Tony Hysteck was also keen to point out the benefits of the Myall Classic Race to the Tea Gardens/Hawks Nest region.
“We’re a not-for-profit organisation,” he said.
“This year we’re putting all our funds raised from the Myall Classic into local emergency services, the SES and local Marine Rescue.”
“In future, we’d like to engage more with local organisations who are doing things for the local community,” said Tony.
The event is great for tourism in the twin towns with paddlers coming from as far away as Wagga Wagga and Canberra.
The sport is also a family affair, where age is not a hindrance with competitors ranging from 9 years old to 80 years young.
“There’s the vet/juniors class, 4 of those taking part today,, parents taking their kids along ,” said Tony.
“It’s a great introduction to canoeing.”
For more information and results visit: www.paddlensw.org.au
By: Margie TIERNEY