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May 13, 2021

A paddle of fun on the Bruns

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Swanning down the river – The Maroochydore Black Swans Wendy, Di, Karen and Jack having way too much fun on the Bruns. Photo Tree Faerie.
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The stream of paddlers seemed never ending at the Heritage Park launch pad in Mullumbimby for the 2015 Mullum2Bruns Paddle.

With over 1000 entries, the river was awash with folk enjoying a sunny Sunday and with the wind behind them they travelled over nine kilometres to Terrace Park in Brunswick Heads.

Surf Lifesaving legend Karla Gilbert won the women’s division of the Print Rescue Stand Up Paddle (SUP) challenge in 73.48 and Kate Baker from Brisbane  took out second.

Rising star of the SUP circuit, 20 year-old Jake Jensen started off his International SUP season with a winning time of 69.47 in a very close finish for the Men’s Division.

About 45 members of the Brisbane SUP club came down for the event and placed in both challenges – a third for Oliver Murphy-Kurth in the Men’s SUP and a second for Kelly Jury in the Open Paddle challenge – kayaks.

Open Challenge Paddle Winner for 2015 Tim Stenlake on the finish line at Terrace Park. Photo Tree Faerie.
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From a very competitive Open Paddle field Currumbin kayaker and Tim Stenlake took line honours in a blistering 51.02 race to the finish, Haydn Clarke was second.

Xavier College students Harrison and Connor Murphy kept up the pressure on the leaders, with Harrison placing in the top five, after only a handful of times ever paddling a kayak. Byron Shire Councillor Di Woods watched the starts from a vessel on the river. ‘This was an amazing day full of the simple pleasures of life.’

Of the Best Decorated Craft entries, a Yellow Submarine canoe was outstanding for first prize and young pirates from the Uncle Project took home third prize.

A strong contingency came down from Mid-North Queensland and Maroochydore for the event, including a group of Black Swans, and paddlers came from as far afield as Launceston and Townsville.

~ Photos Tree Faerie


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  1. Byron Friends of Palestine took to the river with 5 canoes supporting the Gaza Aid Flotilla. We are supporting Gaza Ship which has despatched the MV Marianne from Sweden to Gaza with medical supplies and water purification. Another of our priorities is Gaza Ark which provides employment for Gazans who are repairing the boat after it was sabotaged by Israel. When the repairs are completed the boat will attempt to export handcrafts and garden produce.
    31 international NGOs have issued a joint statement of alarm at the lack of funds for rebuilding and for essential humanitarian aid. They say: “Living conditions in Gaza were already dire before the latest round of fighting. Most residents were unable to meet their food requirements and over seven years of blockade had severely compromised access to basic services, including to health, water and sanitation.

    But since July, the situation has deteriorated dramatically. Approximately 100,000 Palestinians remain displaced this winter, living in dire conditions in schools and makeshift shelters not designed for long-term stay. Scheduled power cuts persist for up to 18 hours a day. The continued non-payment of the salaries of public sector employees and the lack of progress in the national unity government further increases tensions. With severe restrictions on movement, most of the 1.8 million residents are trapped in the coastal enclave, with no hope for the future”. (http://www.wvi.org/jerusalem-west-bank-gaza/article/“we-must-not-fail-gaza”).
    We were buoyed up by the positive public response to our presence on the water. Our motto is: Palestine will be free from the river to the sea.

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