On Saturday 19 August, over 150+ competitors and officials will converge on Lake Samsonvale for the Queensland Canoe Marathon School Championships.
This is the premier event for schools that offer competitive marathon paddling programs for their students.
Students travel from all over South East Queensland, with over 20 schools participating.
Students compete in distances from 1.5km to 9 km in order to take home the title of Queensland’s best.
“This is the first time students will compete at Lake Samsonvale and we are excited to be given this unique opportunity to access to this pristine waterway, thanks to the support of the Moreton Bay Regional Council and the Lake Samsonvale Watersports Assocation” said Queensland Canoeing Executive Director Greg Denny.
Spokesperson for Parks, Recreation and Sport and Division 11 Councillor, Darren Grimwade, said he was thrilled Queensland Canoeing had paddled its way to the Moreton Bay Region to host its inaugural canoe event.
“Lake Samsonvale is an ideal location for the Queensland Canoe Marathon School Championships with its picturesque views, supporting an active, outdoor lifestyle,” Cr Grimwade said.
“Lake Samsonvale has a great history; providing drinking water to the Moreton Bay Region for over 40 years but also, as an attractive spot for locals and visitors alike to relax and unwind.
“I know our community will join me in welcoming the Queensland Canoe Marathon School Championships to the Moreton Bay Region for the first time, for what I expect will be a fantastic, action-packed weekend.
“I encourage competitors and spectators to make the most of the weekend and enjoy all that our region has to offer in their spare time – from the bush to the beach; whether that’s relaxing on Lake Samsonvale or taking a drive to stunning Bribie Island and Redcliffe or heading to the tranquil Hinterland towns of nearby Dayboro, Samford or Woodford, there is just so much to see in the Moreton Bay Region.”