Sunshine Coast Paddlers win Gold at 2004 Murray River Marathon

<H2 style='MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt'><STRONG><SPAN style='COLOR: red FONT-FAMILY: Arial'><FONT size=6>PRESS RELEASE<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = 'urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office' /><o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></STRONG></H2> <P class=MsoNormal style='MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt'><STRONG><U><SPAN style='FONT-SIZE: 10pt FONT-FAMILY: Arial'><o:p><SPAN style='TEXT-DECORATION: none'>&nbsp</SPAN></o:p></SPAN></U></STRONG></P> <P class=MsoBodyText style='MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt'><U><FONT size=6><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = 'urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags' /><st1:PlaceName w:st='on'><STRONG><SPAN style='FONT-FAMILY: Arial'>Sunshine</SPAN></STRONG></st1:PlaceName><STRONG><SPAN style='FONT-FAMILY: Arial'> <st1:PlaceType w:st='on'>Coast</st1:PlaceType> Canoe Club Marathon Kayakers Win Gold at the 2004 Murray River <st1:place w:st='on'>Marathon</st1:place></SPAN></STRONG><SPAN style='FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial Unicode MS' mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt'><o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></U></P> <P class=MsoNormal style='MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt'><U><FONT size=6></FONT></U>&nbsp</P> <P class=MsoNormal style='MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt'><SPAN style='FONT-FAMILY: Arial'>The Sunshine Coast Canoe Club sent down two relay teams to compete in the 2004 Murray River Marathon in <st1:State w:st='on'><st1:place w:st='on'>Victoria</st1:place></st1:State>.<SPAN style='mso-spacerun: yes'>&nbsp </SPAN>Both teams walked away with the gold in the TK1 Open MenÕs Singles &&nbspTK2 Mixed Doubles classes.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style='MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt'><SPAN style='FONT-FAMILY: Arial'><o:p>&nbsp</o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style='MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt'><SPAN style='FONT-FAMILY: Arial'>The 404 Km&nbsprace started at Yarrawonga on 27 Dec and finished 5 days later on New Years Eve at Swan Hill.<SPAN style='mso-spacerun: yes'> </SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style='MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt'>&nbsp</P> <P class=MsoNormal style='MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt'><SPAN style='FONT-FAMILY: Arial'>The TK1 menÕs singles team of Joe Ballantyne, Les Bauer, Don Mc Donald and Hugh&nbspSimmons won the event in 31 Hrs 50 mins beating 10 other teams.<SPAN style='mso-spacerun: yes'> </SPAN>Their closest rivals finishing 36 mins behind.&nbsp</SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style='MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt'>&nbsp</P> <P class=MsoNormal style='MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt'><SPAN style='FONT-FAMILY: Arial'>The TK2&nbspdoubles team&nbspof Graham Batchelor, Murray Batchelor, Graham Hudson, Delia West, Pearce Mitchell, Barbara Williams, Shane Milsom and Ross McIntosh won their class in a time of 30 hrs 15 Mins beating a field of 13 teams with the&nbspsecond place team finishing 20 mins behind.</SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style='MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt'>&nbsp</P> <P class=MsoNormal style='MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt'><SPAN style='FONT-FAMILY: Arial'>On Days 1 & 2 paddlers braved changeable conditions of low temperatures and winds that whipped up the waves against the current and tested paddlers strength and skills.<SPAN style='mso-spacerun: yes'> </SPAN>Day 3 the wind dropped off&nbspbut temperatures remained cool. Day&nbsp4 and 5 brought much warmer and calmer conditions&nbspwith temperatures in the low 30's. &nbsp&nbsp</SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style='MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt'>&nbsp</P> <P class=MsoNormal style='MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt'><SPAN style='FONT-FAMILY: Arial'>Paddlers also managed to raise $5,000 through sponsorship and raffles for the Red Cross Tsunami Disaster Fund. </SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style='MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt'>&nbsp</P> <P class=MsoNormal style='MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt'><SPAN style='FONT-FAMILY: Arial'>If you need any other info contact&nbspbelow </SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style='MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt'>&nbsp</P> <P class=MsoNormal style='MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt'><STRONG><I><SPAN style='FONT-SIZE: 10pt COLOR: blue FONT-FAMILY: Arial'>Joe Ballantyne</SPAN></I></STRONG><SPAN style='FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial Unicode MS' mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt'><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style='MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt'><STRONG><I><SPAN style='FONT-SIZE: 10pt COLOR: blue FONT-FAMILY: Arial'>Vice President<o:p></o:p></SPAN></I></STRONG></P> <P class=MsoNormal style='MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt'><st1:place w:st='on'><st1:PlaceName w:st='on'><STRONG><I><SPAN style='FONT-SIZE: 10pt COLOR: blue FONT-FAMILY: Arial'>SUNSHINE</SPAN></I></STRONG></st1:PlaceName><STRONG><I><SPAN style='FONT-SIZE: 10pt COLOR: blue FONT-FAMILY: Arial'> <st1:PlaceType w:st='on'>COAST</st1:PlaceType></SPAN></I></STRONG></st1:place><STRONG><I><SPAN style='FONT-SIZE: 10pt COLOR: blue FONT-FAMILY: Arial'> CANOE CLUB<o:p></o:p></SPAN></I></STRONG></P> <P class=MsoNormal style='MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt'><STRONG><I><SPAN style='FONT-SIZE: 10pt COLOR: blue FONT-FAMILY: Arial'>P: 0408 274 247</SPAN></I></STRONG><STRONG><I><SPAN style='FONT-SIZE: 10pt COLOR: blue'>&nbsp</SPAN></I></STRONG></P> <P class=MsoNormal style='MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt'><B><SPAN style='FONT-SIZE: 10pt FONT-FAMILY: Arial'><o:p>&nbsp</o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style='MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt'><B><SPAN style='FONT-SIZE: 10pt FONT-FAMILY: Arial'>OR<o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style='MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt'><B><SPAN style='FONT-SIZE: 10pt FONT-FAMILY: Arial'><o:p>&nbsp</o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style='MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt'><B><SPAN style='FONT-SIZE: 10pt FONT-FAMILY: Arial'>Jacki Hull<o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <H1 style='MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt'><SPAN style='FONT-SIZE: 10pt'><FONT face=Arial>Marketing & PR Coordinator<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></H1> <H3 style='MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt'><FONT size=2><FONT face=Arial><st1:place w:st='on'><st1:PlaceName w:st='on'>SUNSHINE</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st='on'>COAST</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> CANOE CLUB</FONT></FONT></H3> <P class=MsoNormal style='MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt'><B><SPAN style='FONT-SIZE: 10pt FONT-FAMILY: Arial'>P: 0407 544428</SPAN></B></P>