Media Release – State Marathon Championships

Canoe Marathon / Featured / 05/10/2017

Queensland Canoeing paddles its way to Moreton Bay

For the first time, Queensland Canoeing will launch its Canoe Marathon State Championships at Lake Samsonvale on 7 October.

More than 80 competitors will put their best paddle forward, vying for a coveted spot in the state team.

Spokesperson for Parks, Recreation and Sport and Division 11 Councillor, Darren Grimwade, said he was excited Queensland Canoeing was paddling its way to the Moreton Bay Region to host its inaugural State Championships.

“I know our community will join me in welcoming the Queensland Canoe Marathon State Championships to the Moreton Bay Region for the first time, for what I expect will be a fantastic, action-packed weekend,” Cr Grimwade said.

“With a line-up of 100 competitors and officials and more than 200 spectators expected to attend, this event is sure to make a big splash in our region.

“Lake Samsonvale is a spectacular location featuring a scenic picnic location, BBQs, seating areas, and I encourage you to get out and enjoy this beautiful part of the world.”

“Be sure 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.”

Queensland Canoeing Executive Director, Greg Denny, said the top performing athletes would be selected into the state team to compete at the National Canoe Marathon Championships in South Australia next May.

“Athletes use this event as a springboard for the National Championships, with a number of Queenslanders selected in Australian teams this year,” Mr Denny said.

“These athletes then go on to compete in the Canoe Marathon World Cup.

“This is the first-time Queensland Canoeing members will compete at Lake Samsonvale and we are excited to be given this unique opportunity to access this pristine waterway, thanks to the support of Moreton Bay Regional Council and the Lake Samsonvale Water Sports Association.”