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Multiple medallists lead Geographe foray to Gold Coast

Busselton Dunsborough Times

Geographe Outriggers sent a team of juniors to the Trans-Tasman Gubbi Gubbi Championships on the Sunshine Coast in Queens-land during the recent school holidays.

The club sent eight paddlers from the under-12s to under-19s categories to race in the juniors-only event.

Kara Haynes races the Hawaiian single outrigger.
Camera IconKara Haynes races the Hawaiian single outrigger.

The Australian and New Zealand outrigger sprint racing competition was held over three days and also included club representatives from the Cook Islands and Norfolk Island.

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In the OC6/12 races Geographe’s juniors paddled for the Gold Coast club and in the V1/OC1 individual races, they represented themselves and Geographe Outriggers.

Overall, Geographe Outriggers won 14 medals.

Jesse Adams with her five medals.
Camera IconJesse Adams with her five medals.
Kara Haynes with her four medals.
Camera IconKara Haynes with her four medals.

Jesse Adams took home five medals in the under-16s — three gold and two bronze.

Kara Haynes took home four in the under-12s — three silver and one bronze, while Rhys Robinson was awarded two in the under-19s and three others won single medals.

Coach Laurie Haynes said the team performed very well at an international level and were great ambassadors for the outrigger club and for Busselton on and off the water.

Jesse Adams races the rudderless Tahitian Va’a.
Camera IconJesse Adams races the rudderless Tahitian Va’a.

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