You have probably noticed after viewing our website there are stories on non-standup paddling activities. One of these is Outrigger Canoeing.
A polynesian sport, outriggers are now racing around the world. Here in Australia there is clubs in every state but the sport is more dominant in Queensland.
Over the weekend of the 21st/22nd March I had the pleasure of running a coaching clinic in the tropical township of Rockhampton. Participants travelled from as far away as Townsville to the north and Gladstone to the south. The aim of these courses are to provide accredited coaches to canoe clubs around Australia. Most of the time I do these courses in Southern Queensland but this was my second in the north. Last year I held one in Papua New Guinea so I do get around.
Courses give participants a chance to show off their knowledge and to network with coaches from other clubs. This means they can acquire new skills to take back to their perspective clubs and teach correct technique, apply good programs and coach effectively. Each course I run is unique and this one was no different. Participants are all ages and come from all walks of life. Some have been paddling for a few years, some have a lot of experience and others have come through the juniors ranks and are now looking to pass on their knowledge.
One thing is always the same for me is that I can come away learning too. Whether it be a new drill a novice coach has come up with, a new drill I come up with or a way to improve my teaching of a component of technique I come away with a renewed confidence and energy towards paddling and coaching.
The next course I am involved in will be in Brisbane next month where I won’t have to worry about crocodiles whilst out paddling. If you have any questions on Outrigger paddling shoot me a message and i will get you the info you need.