Queensland Canoeing Members Sweep Australian Canoeing Annual Awards

The Australian Canoeing Annual Awards were held on Saturday 14 November 2015 at Rowers on Cook, Wolli Creek, Sydney and Queenslanders collected a swag of awards.

Congratulations to the following Queensland award winners!

COACH OF THE YEAR:

ANDREA KING (Varsity Lakes Paddlers Club)

Andrea KingAndrea is Head Coach for Paracanoe, and has had the passion to develop paracanoeing within Australia. After 5 years of dedication and hard work the results are showing continual improvement. At the Paracanoe World Championship in 2015 the Paracanoe team one 3 gold, a silver and a bronze medal, with Australia topping the medal tally.

Other results achieved by Andrea and her athletes in 2015 include 12 national championships won by her Queensland athletes at the 2015 Australian Canoe Sprint Champions
hips, 4 athletes selected to Olympic Hopes Team, and 4 paracanoe athletes selected for Australian Paracanoe team.

INSTRUCTOR AND GUIDE OF THE YEAR – SPONSORED BY YAK:

BRIAN MCCARTHY (Queensland Sea Kayak Club)Brian-McCarthy

Brian McCarthyAs a qualified Australian Canoeing Sea Kayak instructor, he has been a valuable asset to his club – QLD Sea Kayak Club. Brian’s willingness to promote kayaking through training is unsurpassed in the club. The many events, (Trip Plans, Training on and off the water, Trip Leader Training, and Grading paddlers) which he coordinated and implemented is a credit to his commitment not only to the club but also to other kayaking clubs in the area through organising and leading trips, skills training and conducting assessments. QLD Sea Kayak Club can boast about having more club-qualified Sea Kayakers than any other club because of the volunteering work of Brian McCarthy.

PARACANOEIST OF THE YEAR:

CURTIS MCGRATH (Varsity Lakes Paddlers Club) Curtis

Curtis knows how to overcome adversity. He demonstrated this again this year when notified the V1 was no longer the Paralympic event. In a very short period of time, he transferred from the V1 into the K1 and was determined to try and win the World Championships this year. Curtis pushed the reigning champion in the heats with a victory but was unable to replicate this in the final coming 2nd. Curtis continued in the V1 and won his 2nd World Championship Gold in this event. Curtis also finished 2nd in the K1 at the Rio Paralympic Test Event.

TEAM OF THE YEAR – SPONSORED BY SPORTSCENE:

KEN WALLACE (Currumbin Creek Paddlers Club) AND LACHLAN TAME (OPEN MENS K2 1000m)ken wallace 2

2015 K2 500 world champions Kenny Wallace and Lachlan Tame

2015 K2 500 world champions Kenny Wallace and Lachlan Tame

Ken Wallace & Lachlan Tame unfortunately were not able to attend the dinner, so we would like to ask Greg Denny, Executive Officer of Queensland Canoeing to the stage who will be accepting the award on Ken & Lachlan’s behalf.

The crew that was formed late in 2014 has stuck together and built on their performances as a crew. Their Silver medal at the World Championships in K2 1000m qualified 2 spots for Australia’s Olympic Team at the Rio Olympics. The pair also won the World Championship Gold Medal in the K2 500m.

SERVICE TO CANOEING AWARD:

IAN & JULIE FROST (Varsity Lakes Paddlers Club)

Ian and Julie Frost founded the Varsity Lakes Paddlers Club. They spend endless hours encouraging the development throughout southeast QLD. Specifically the Gold Coast. They have built the club from a small shed to a flourishing club that now has many national team representatives as well as world champions.

Julie and Ian also run many events from local marathon races to state sprint and school events. Next year they will coordinate the national marathon titles on the Gold Coast.

The amount of time over the years that they have put in is overwhelming. If anyone looks into what they have given the sport then you will see my nomination has only scratched the surface.

SHANE DALZIEL (Kawana Canoe Club)

Shane has been a coach of Kawana Canoe Club for the past 6 years and during this time has managed to coach numerous athletes onto the world stage. He takes 6 sessions a week. He includes everybody on the water, of any age at any level and includes all paddlesports. Shane makes the most of things and brings fun and enthusiasm to all sessions

Over the past year Shane has had 6 of his athletes in Australian representative teams, from open all the way down to Olympic hope levels. These athletes were new to kayaking having transferred over from Surf Lifesaving and were coached, mentored and developed by Shane. Although only a small club, Shane’s ability to nurture his athletes to success seems endless.

AWARD OF MERIT:

SUSAN SEIPEL (Brisbane Canoeing Club)Susan-Seipel

After national and international appearances in paraquestrian Susan switched to paracanoe just 3 years ago with immediate good results at elite level. Her dedication and work ethic have resulted in her top results and fueled her desire to continue to improve.

Susan travelled to the World Championships in 2014 as a development opportunity which was highly beneficial due to at this year’s world championships Susan improved on her 6th place in the K1 to the bronze and then also won the VL2 V1 200m by an incredible margin of 4.5sec.

KEN WALLACE (Currumbin Creek Paddlers Club)

ICF World Cup 2Ken wallace

Ken continues to achieve highly at international canoe / kayak sprint competitions. At the 2015 World Championships Ken collected 2 gold and a silver medal. The gold medal for the K1 5000m was Ken’s third consecutive World Title over that distance.

At the World Championships in Milan, Ken crewing with Lachlan Tame, won a silver medal in the K2 1000m. Dropping back to 4th with 250m to go the Ken’s powerful finish pulled the Australians on to the podium. The same achievement at the 2014 World Championships. The next day Ken and Lachlan won the gold medal over 500m beating the Spanish crew by 0.788 seconds.

 

Many other Queenslander’s received recognition through nominations.

The photos from the evening can be found on Australian Canoeing’s Facebook page.

For more information on all Award Winners visit https://paddle.org.au/2015/11/15/2015-australian-canoeing-award-winners/