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Legendary paddler Nathan Baggaley in the home straight for the win in the men’s Open Paddle Challenge.

 

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It appears that unsettled weather conditions last week had little if any effect on the exuberance of river lovers for this year’s Mullum2Bruns Paddle.

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Participants arrived in droves at the starting line in Heritage Park, Mullumbimby and 812 put paddle to water, 30 up on the 2012 figure.

The stormy windy conditions flew away for the day and one lone cloud wafted across mid-morning in an otherwise beautiful shiny day.

‘We were all just so thrilled with the weather’, said event co-ordinator Kim Rosen. ‘In the leadup, we were all panicking because of the storm warning on Thursday. When we woke up to sun it was like “yay”. We all started on such a high because of the weather.

WP-paddle5 ‘We also had a lot of people who had never done it before – they were so happy they had come along.’

The fun paddle began at 7.30am in what is becoming a much-anticipated family and non-competitive event, and hundreds whiled away the morning before the competitive events started at 9.30am. First away were the SUPs, then the Kayak Challenge followed by the surfboat event – this year with two vessels each from the Brunswick and Cabarita Surf Life Saving clubs and one team of independent locals.

The major winners for the day were Lynwen Birch and Troy Pease in the SUPs and Belinda O’Sullivan and Nathan Baggaley in the open paddle.

The other winners were of course local community organisations Marine Rescue, the Brunswick SLSC and the Visitors Information Centre, who between them had over $16,000 to share by Monday morning’s tally.

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With funds still being calculated it is hoped the final figure will be closer to $20,000.

The major winners for the day were Lynwen Birch and Troy Pease in the SUPs and Belinda O’Sullivan and Nathan Baggaley in the open paddle.

The other winners were of course local community organisations Marine Rescue, the Brunswick SLSC and the Visitors Information Centre, who between them had over $16,000 to share by Monday morning’s tally.

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The List of winners for the event is:

Print Rescue SUP Challenge 2013

Female

1st Lynn Whyna Bib # 220

2nd Jane Reyland Bib # 299

3rd Kerrilyn Anne White Bib # 315

Male

1st Troy Pease Bib # 347

2nd Trevor Tunnington Bib # 261

3rd Joyden Jensen Bib # 337

Ocean Shores Tavern Open Paddle Challenge 2013

Female

1st Belinda O’Sullivan Bib # 461

2nd Carlie Flood Bib # 324

3rd Troy Vivers Bib # 242

Male

1st Nathan Baggaley Bib # 207

2nd Nathan Myer Bib # 286

3rd Alex Mckenzie Bib # 247

Tursa Board Challenge

Under 10

1st Finn Reece

2nd Beau Carter

3rd Seth Carter

Under 14

1st Jack Traynor

2nd Finn Shaw

3rd Ella Bannatyne

Relays

Mixed Age

1st Bryce, Luke, Natasha, Oliver

2nd Finn, Max, Bella, Matilda

3rd Jack, Meg, Olivia, Lucy

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2nd Family Of Ben, Allie, Tobie & Dane

3rd Banana Boat, Mary Ashtons, Trophy Shop

Mullumbimby Comprehensive Health Care Centre Duck Race

1st Peter Rutter 286

2nd Myles Bannay 200

3rd Suzanna Taylor 228

BLA Raffle

1st Sue Loane

2nd Karen

3rd Brae

BLA Participants Draw

1st Leigh Kalf

2nd Sylvia Gulway

Volunteers Draw

1st Natalie Porter, Brunswick Surf Lifesaving Club

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2 COMMENTS

  1. GAZA: OUT FOR A DUCK! Byron Friends of Palestine did something unique in participating in the Mullumbimby to Brunswick Heads Paddle Event. Gareth Smith converted his sea kayak to symbolically represent the Gaza Aid Flotilla which has braved Israeli deadly piracy to bring essential aid to Gaza. Israel blockades the Gaza Strip by land, sea and air imposing collective punishment on the 1.6 million people there and by so doing violates the Fourth Geneva Convention, Articles: 2, 27, 33, 53, 55 and 56(1). There is not only no picture published in local media, there is not even a mention of our action in the text. Gaza has been completely ignored and the continual suffering of its people and their fate snubbed. The Byron Echo’s take on the paddle event was a front page photo of a little girl holding two plastic ducks. No doubt thousands of Gazan families would love their children to be safe like her. Safe from daily attacks on her parents, safe from Israeli blitzkriegs which used white phosphorus and depleted uranium weapons, safe from having her house destroyed, safe from the threat of unclean water, safe from the sonic bombs dropped on her house and well, just safe in every sense of that word. Thankfully, the public who saw my protest cheered and waved but our media did not talk to them. Evil flourishes when good people do nothing!

    • Gareth, in case you didn’t notice we published your letter, photograph and a link to your video in Tuesday’s Echonetdaily. – ED

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