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July 2012 Archives

The first of two general pool training evenings on the UQ pool. Learn basic and more advanced paddling and rescue techniques in a clean warm environment. New members don't miss out.

Club members interested in obtaining canoe qualifications (flatwater, whitewater, and sea kayaking) need to register their interest now.

Want to try kayaking? Do your friends want to try? This is your chance. The beginning of semester come and try day is scheduled for Saturday 28 July, between 8:00 AM and 11:00 AM. Prospective members are encouraged to come along.

Public talks from American extreme kayaker Jim Kakuk, cofounder of the renowned Tsunami Rangers ocean adventure kayak team, and from local Sea Guide and club member John Simmons who relates his Patagonian adventures.

New to the university and want to find out more about the sport and the club? Come along and find out at this year's second semester O-week Market Day.

Congratulations to the UQ Canoe polo team who succeeded in winning the QC winter series competition. Thanks also to Queensland canoeing and to Libby Anderson in particular for making it possible. Thanks very much to all the teams from other clubs for making it an enjoyable competition.

POLO Starts TUES 14 August.

Next POOL Training Sessions
Experienced members please come along help out at the General pool training sessions on Tuesday 31st July and Tuesday 7th August at 7:15 PM. Entry is free if you help. Note that these three dates are not canoe polo, and are not open to non-members unless invited. Canoe polo will be every week at the UQ pool AFTER the pool training sessions end. See calendar below.

Next Polo Training Sessions

  1. Tuesday 14 August 2012 from 7:15 PM to 9:00 PM <- also Sea kayak training
  2. Tuesday 21 August 2012 from 7:15 PM to 9:00 PM <- also Sea kayak training
  3. Tuesday 28 August 2012 from 7:15 PM to 9:00 PM
     
  4. Tuesday 04 September 2012 from 7:45 PM to 9:30 PM - Change to summer timetable
  5. Tuesday 11 September 2012 from 7:45 PM to 9:30 PM
  6. Tuesday 18 September 2012 from 7:45 PM to 9:30 PM
  7. Tuesday 25 September 2012 from 7:45 PM to 9:30 PM
     
  8. Tuesday 02 October 2012 from 7:45 PM to 9:30 PM
  9. Tuesday 09 October 2012 from 7:45 PM to 9:30 PM
  10. Tuesday 16 October 2012 from 7:45 PM to 9:30 PM
  11. Tuesday 23 October 2012 from 7:45 PM to 9:30 PM
  12. Tuesday 30 October 2012 from 7:45 PM to 9:30 PM
     
  13. Tuesday 06 November 2012 from 7:45 PM to 9:30 PM <- also Sea kayak rescue training
  14. Tuesday 13 November 2012 from 7:45 PM to 9:30 PM
  15. Tuesday 20 November 2012 from 7:45 PM to 9:30 PM
  16. Tuesday 27 November 2012 from 7:45 PM to 9:30 PM
     
  17. Tuesday 04 December 2012 from 7:45 PM to 9:30 PM
  18. Tuesday 11 December 2012 from 7:45 PM to 9:30 PM
     
    Polo finished for the year

There will be sea kayak rescue training at the UQ pool next Tuesday evening (10 July).

University of Queensland Canoe Club
AGM Committee Report
23 May 2012

The past year saw the club bounce back strongly from the floods of January 2011. The club reopened and returned to the river a year and two days ago - albeit in a very limited manner. We have progressed from a very small functional fleet of repaired and borrowed boats (launched from the rowing club pontoon). A year later and we are virtually fully recovered with all disciplines and activities returned to normal. The fleet is only fractionally smaller than it was before the flood, but is now in much better condition. Many boats and equipment were replaced with new, and those that were not were rejuvenated. Our thanks go to Queensland canoeing for lending us several boats to help get restarted, and to the rowing club for the use of their pontoon until ours was replaced.

Thanks are due to many people and organisations over the past year, without whom the club would not have recovered so quickly or so well. Rosco canoes were extremely helpful with reordering and repairing the boats and equipment, as was Chris Hurley. We were one of the first clubs to have their insurance come through, enabling the club to return to normal sooner. This was thanks to the constructive and fair approach of our marine hull insurer (Vero). UQ sport helped greatly by arranging the sanitation and storage of equipment after the flood, replacing the shed door and pontoon, and assisting with the insurance claims. Many club and committee members contributed to rebuilding the club, but the club would like to thank equipment officer Matt Rowland and treasurer Michael Wynne in particular for their efforts. Our thanks also go Cora Skaien who has stepped down as president to return overseas, and to all the members who supported the club by joining in 2011, despite being closed half the year, when activities were relatively limited.

In second semester 2011 the club was sufficiently functional to mount a training weekend trip in northern NSW involving flatwater, sea kayaking, and whitewater, and managed a trip to the Everglades behind Noosa.

This year started far more normally, and has seen a resurgence of the club. Regular events were completed successfully such as market day, come and try day, and weekly Saturday morning and Wednesday afternoon (now night) river paddle sessions. Thanks are also due to those that came along and helped out in these sessions and on the working bee. The new year was also bolstered by the very kind donation of a flatwater kayak and full set of gear by UQ masters student Chris Khoo. Flatwater has benefitted greatly from the encouragement and guidance given to members from a group of regular K1 paddlers. Thanks are particularly due to the efforts and knowledge of some of the Singaporean students who currently run Saturday morning flatwater training sessions.

An enthusiastic group of new members has come into the club in 2012, and have been very active in many club events. Consequently their skills have progressed quite quickly. A big boost to this came from a 2011 grant from the Queensland Government department of Communities' sport and recreation inclusion program (club support category) to improve the general skills and knowledge base of the club. This was kindly extended into 2012 due to the impact of the floods. The grant allowed the club to engage qualified instructors from Queensland Canoeing and the Nymboida canoe centre (whitewater) to run training trips, and take advantage of the enthusiasm and interest among the members. These trips were popular, and the combination of instructors and enthusiastic participants has resulted in an unusually fast progression in skills development this year, as well as an appreciation of the importance of skills, training, and knowledge in the sport. The training trips included introductory flatwater and advanced flatwater instruction sessions, where there was something for both new and very able paddlers. The introductory sea kayaking weekend to South Stradbroke island introduced new sea kayakers to the basics of sea kayaking as well as teaching various rescue and safety techniques. It also improved their knowledge and paddle abilities. The advanced sea kayaking weekend allowed club members to test their paddle, rescue, and trip leading skills in more challenging ocean conditions. They learned the importance and limitations of rescue techniques, experienced surf and surfing, bar crossing, and strong tides. Additionally, they had an opportunity to improve their navigation and trip planning knowledge, and learn more about group safety equipment and management techniques. The whitewater instruction trip advanced the experience and skills of many new members, with three instructors providing guidance and knowledge to all paddlers. The weekend drove home to newer members the value of regular practice and skills development. Many came away with a positive focus on maintaining and building their skills between trips, so they can get more out of the sport.

The new year also saw the reopening of a rebuilt UQ pool. The club could once again hold introductory pool training evenings to help new members build their skills, and these were very popular. Polo also got off to a good start with a lot of brand new equipment. We're further indebted to Queensland canoeing who made polo games possible by lending us a floating goal. A sea kayak trip around Green island was also completed enjoyably, combining both skills training (paddle strokes and towing) and exploration of this part of Moreton bay.

The last elements of the flood recovery are still to be finalised, mostly involving minor refurbishment of the shed. However, the club is in a far stronger position than it was a year ago. The combination of new gear, an influx of new members, and the professional training support enabled through the government grant, has placed the club well to engage and involve its members in a rewarding and enriching sport through 2012/13.

Next POOL Training Sessions
Experienced members please come along help out at the General pool training sessions on Tuesdays 28th Feb, 6th & 13th May 2012 at 7:45 PM. Entry is free if you help. Note that these three dates are not canoe polo, and are not open to non-members.

Next Polo Training Sessions

  1. Tuesday 3 April 2012 from 7:45 PM to 9:30 PM - Polo begins at UQ Pool
  2. Tuesday 10 April 2012 from 7:45 PM to 9:30 PM - Polo at UQ Pool
  3. Tuesday 17 April 2012 from 7:45 PM to 9:30 PM - Polo at UQ Pool
  4. Tuesday 24 April 2012 from 7:45 PM to 9:30 PM - Polo at UQ Pool <-- Also sea kayak rescue practice in shallow end
  5. Tuesday 01 May 2012 from 7:45 PM to 9:30 PM - Polo at UQ Pool
     
  6. Tuesday 08 May 2012 from 7:15 PM to 9:00 PM - Polo at UQ Pool <-- Winter timetable starts
  7. Tuesday 15th May 2012 from 7:15 PM to 9:00 PM - Polo at UQ Pool
  8. Tuesday 22nd May 2012 from 7:15 PM to 9:00 PM - Polo at UQ Pool
  9. Tuesday 29th May 2012 from 7:15 PM to 9:00 PM - Polo at UQ Pool
     
  10. Tuesday 5th June 2012 from 7:15 PM to 9:00 PM - Polo at UQ Pool
  11. Tuesday 12th June 2012 from 7:15 PM to 9:00 PM - Polo at UQ Pool
  12. Tuesday 19th June 2012 from 7:15 PM to 9:00 PM - Polo at UQ Pool
  13. Tuesday 26th June 2012 from 7:15 PM to 9:00 PM - Polo at UQ Pool
     
  14. Tuesday 3rd July 2012 from 7:15 PM to 9:00 PM - Polo at UQ Pool
  15. Tuesday 10th July 2012 from 7:15 PM to 9:00 PM - Polo at UQ Pool <--- also a sea kayak rescue training session
     
    Finishes for the semester.

The final matches of the Winter series will be played this Sunday at Wyaralong Dam (small creek near Wyaralong Dam towards Boonah). Set time aside for the drive.