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14 October, 2021

Battle of the Paddle

The second Outback Paddle Regatta showed the event is growing in interest.

By Michael R Williams

Laidler and David Marsh from the team the Defenders, Toby and Jason Griffiths from the team BRT Bois, Riley Coppo and Steve Lea from winning team, Muddy Ducks, Ashton Janke and Andrew Eather from the second-place team, Quack Attacks. Preparing for the Giant Duck Race Final. PHOTO: Michael R Williams.

BIGGER and better, the Outback Paddle Regatta delivered one of the west’s highlights of the year over the weekend.  

Unique in concept and in its second year, the Regatta was an event for the whole family and a “jamming” party to cap it off.  

Event Organiser Brecken Curtis said it was a great experience overall and everyone enjoyed themselves. 

“We had four dragon boat teams which were fantastic, and it was welcomed by the whole community, over 000 people attended,” he said.  

Both morning races, the 5 and 10km, were won by the Sunshine Coast Dragon Boat and Outrigger Canoe Club.  

Mr Curtis said despite the first race being won convincingly, the Outrigger team fought hard for their $3000 victory in the second race.

“It was quite close,” he said.  

In the duck race final, Cody’s Custom Fabrication’s Quack Attacks – paddled by Ashton Janke and Andrew Ether took on ACLA Electrical’s Muddy Ducks, paddled by Riley Coppo and Steve Lea. 

The ducks were bill and bill, with judges unable to choose a true winner after consulting “the bunker” — a local’s phone footage. 

Judges decided the two finalists would have to duke it out once more with Muddy Ducks claiming the overall victory and $2000. 

Jess Murnane won $1500 for the little duck race.  

Mr Curtis said the duck races were a good way to get the community involved in the event.  

“It was an event well supported by local businesses,” he said.  

“It’s for a great cause raising money for the PA Research Foundation.” 

Mr Curtis said it was great to see kids involved with many of the side events at the Regatta, such as the waterslide, rock climbing, and dodgem cars.  

“It’s important for the event that the children who attended had a great time,” he said.  

“The jetpacks were also good as well.” 

Mr Curtis said this year was a step further from the previous event in 2019.  

“We had more people attend, and a few more sideshows for the kids,” he said.  

“The jetpack was different, the giant inflatable duck that we had was different. 

“It was a good event overall.” 

The event finished with the Baker Boys who played a number of hit songs.  

“They did a really great job,” he said.  

“It was great to see a crowd late into the evening.”   


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