NSW State Schools Championships

Article by: Brian Cork

The CHS and All Schools Canoeing Championships, held the 25-28 May, was a great success with paddlers from as far as Lennox Head and Sydney competing in the event in beautiful weather conditions.

The schedule started off with flatwater sprints and 5000m events that were held on the Clarence River in Grafton. The flatwater was clearly dominated by the paddlers from Terrigal High School, who showed the NNSW whitewater paddlers how it is done. The fastest times were recorded by Jett Green (mens) and Zahra Green (womens).

Next up were the whitewater events on the Mann River. The slalom course on grade 2 whitewater brought a few paddlers unstuck but most loved the challenge of the tricky course. The fastest time was recorded by Matt Delaney from Port Macquarie, who just pipped Aida Mackie from Penrith by 0.3 seconds.

Next, the kids switched into speed-mode for the 200m whitewater sprints and 3km wildwater races. The fastest times in both events were also recorded by Matt Delaney in the mens, and Kate Delaney in the womens.

The final results included:

– The winning CHS School was Woolgoolga High

– The winning All School was St Columba Anglican College in Port Macquarie

– CHS Female State Champion was Maggie Carr from Woolgoolga High School

– CHS Male State Champion was Aidan Menzies from Grafton High School

– All Schools Female State Champion was Kate Delaney from St Columba Anglican School

– All Schools Male State Champion was Matthew Delaney from St Columba Anglican School

Thanks to Mark Ellis from Casino High for hosting and all of the volunteer parents and coaches and Big River Canoe Club for their support in making it such a great event.

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