Welcome to QC Life Members – Ross Cook and Chris Hurley

Canoe Marathon / Featured / QC Office / 29/08/2017

Queensland Canoeing Life Membership was bestowed on two new Life Members at the 2017 QC AGM on Saturday 26 August.

Life Membership is for any person who has rendered distinguished or special service to Canoeing in Queensland.

Congratulations to Ross Cook and Chris Hurley were presented their Life Membership at the QC Annual Dinner on the same day.

Ross Cook 

QC Life Member Award

Ross Cook had a vision of lots of people paddling canoes and kayaks in Qld.  Ross created Rosco Canoes and line of products that would aid the progression of paddling in Qld for the next 47 years. Most people would have owned or at the very least paddled a Rosco at some stage during their paddling time.  Ross has become a legend known for helping to pioneer paddling to what is today in Qld.

Ross was innovative in manufacturing technology keeping abreast of world-wide trends and local needs. Based on his market research Ross created an ever evolving suits of products, including Sea kayak for big guys, Small lighter canoe, Caninghi (pronounced “kuh -ning -gee”, is a cross between a canoe and a dinghy), Smaller lighter sea kayak, Large expedition sea kayak, The famous Tidemark, The TK1 thats been going since 1970, a massive 20′ canoe that can take a sail outriggers and a motor  … And the list just keeps going!

Rosco’s became the hub for anything paddling in Qld. Paddling was always promoted through on water come and try days, group paddle sessions, instore information evenings and by supporting Qld Canoeing at various events.

Ross was a member of the Indooroopilly Canoe Club in the 1960’s; a Senior canoe and sea kayak assessor in the 1980’s, and founded the original Claytons Club – a bunch of sea kayakers that later went on to create what we now know as Qld Sea Kayaking Club.

He is known for his paddling ability, his design capabilities and his outstanding quality of workmanship.

Thank you Ross and welcome as Life Member of Queensland Canoeing Inc.

 Chris Hurley

QC Life Member Award

Chris is driven by his passion to grow the sport of canoeing in Queensland. He achieves this vision in a collegiate and collaborative way, and has the respect of many clubs within Queensland and other States. Chris lends his support to smaller clubs in order to develop their capacity to host their own club events.

Over the past twenty years Chris has actively promoted the patronage of canoe marathon races in South East
Queensland. He was the driving force in a strong team of Gold Coasters at the NSW Masters Canoe Marathon Championships in 2000. The Chris Hurley Cup was established in 2008 which was awarded to the marathon paddler who gains the highest score over a number of Queensland Canoeing Canoe Marathon events. The award was established by Chris to encourage participation.

Chris recognises the benefit of engagement with other canoeing disciplines. He volunteers at Queensland canoe sprint events, School Championships and the Half Day Regattas. It was Chris who recommended and invited Canoe Polo hold a demonstration event at the Schools Canoe Marathon Championships. In 2017, Chris was instrumental in establishing the inaugural John Newton Team Boat Challenge (with the assistance of the Currumbin Creek Paddlers Club) to recognise the significant contribution of the late John Newton to canoeing and inspire paddlers to team up with other paddlers, jump into team boats more often and have a go! Chris was also instrumental in establishing two annual awards for the John Newton Team Boat Challenge – Overall Club Winner and Handicap Club Winner.

Chris is passionate about keeping younger athletes engaged in canoe marathon racing and is the driver behind the creation of Queensland Canoe Marathon Development Camps. He has also been proactive in reviewing the benefits of State Team membership as a mechanism to attract and retain younger athletes.

Chris is currently on the Qld Canoe Marathon Technical Committee – 2015 to present; Varsity Lakes Paddlers Club Committee Member (2002 – present) and past President of the Nerang River Canoe Club (2001).

Chris is a worthy recipient of Life Membership to Queensland Canoeing Inc.