Registrations open soon for Sale to Sea’s One Day Disability Kayak Challenge! Taking place on Saturday 17th March 2018, up to 100 kayakers will meet at the highway bridge in Bairnsdale to paddle 30km to the Metung pub.
Founder, Andrew Bedggood, says “The original four day Kayak Challenge ran again in March this year and since then we’ve received so much positive feedback. We know there were a number of people who really wanted to participate in the longer Challenge but weren’t able to so the committee has decided to hold a smaller, but still challenging One Day event in the alternate year.
“All proceeds will continue to go towards the Sale to Sea Disability Kayak Challenge Grant, which has been established to assist people with a disability within the Gippsland East community (Wellington Shire and East Gippsland Shire Local Government Areas).
“Since 2009, the Sale to Sea’s Disability Kayak Challenge has highlighted one’s ability to overcome adversity and lead an active life.
“The Challenge aims to encourage active sporting activities for people of all abilities, raise funds for families and individuals with permanent or long term disabilities, encourage those living with a disability to live life on their terms and to raise awareness of the importance of a fully inclusive society. Since the four day Challenge in March 2017, Sale to Sea has committed $17,000 in helping locals to access the vital equipment that makes their life much easier.
“The One Day Challenge is not a race and we aim for all participants to cross the finish line together.
“For safety reasons, we will be capping entries at 100 people so we encourage anyone wishing to take part to print off and send in their registration forms.”
The current Silver medallist from the Rio Paralympics Paracanoe team and current World Paracanoe Champion, Amanda Reynolds, will be attending after competing in the Australian sprint titles in early March. Amanda completed her first Challenge in 2013 after losing her leg in 2012 and has continued onto the world stage with great success.
If you are interested in participating in this great event, as a paddler or as part of the support team, stay tuned to the Sale to Sea website for details about how to register.