Out of fourteen events participated in, State of Affairs (made up predominantly of BRD, MBT, paddlers from Melbourne Flames and Arafura in the Northern Territory, and ladies from Lanakila on the Gold Coast), managed to secure ten (10) out of the fourteen (14) gold on offer. We even managed to medal twice in some events as our no. 1 and no. 2 teams battled it out for the highest honour on the water – coming 1st and 2nd, or 2nd and 3rd.

Bringing together three (3) club crews for Panpac’s (four by the end of the weekend) was a massive task, but BRD’s coaching crew did it in style. Panpac’s was like a mini Nationals with participants from many states within Australia.

DAA Panpacs

Pink Connections, supporters of MBT, who are mainly made of part time/social paddlers, batted it out in the Masters 200m competition and managed to get a place in the Semi Finals – excellent effort guys.

MBT, Dragons Abreast Brisbane (Pictured - photo courtesy of Gold Coast Photography - click here to purchase images online) – performed brilliantly securing two (2) gold medals over the weekend, winning both their 500m and 200m races. They were heavily challenged by the Gold Coast team in the 200m event on Saturday, after they won quite convincingly in the 500m on Friday. Gold Coast advised our ladies that they had been training for the 200m, so we’d better watch out. They challenged hard and it won one out of the three earlier heats, with Brisbane also winning one - before the final heat of the day meant Brisbane had to win by over a second to be assured of gold. Being the gutsy ladies as they are, they pulled out all stops and came home to win the final heat, and the gold, by 1.3 seconds! Great spirit ladies.

On day one, the 500’s – State of Affairs teams were split fairly evenly, with paddlers from all three (3) clubs represented in each team. There was plenty of friendly rivalry, especially as our teams all ended up in the grand finals of each category.

Perhaps the biggest upset of the day, was the mainly Melbourne Flames Masters Mixed team, with half a dozen BRDers and a couple from Arafura, upsetting the highly fancied, mainly BRD Masters Mixed team. It was only by 0.21 of a second over 500m, but it was enough to give them silver over their bronze – Ice Dragons from Canberra won the race, a mere 0.32 ahead! So only 0.52 spilt the top three!

On day two, in the Masters Mixed, it was more a long club lines, with BRD having their own team and Melbourne Flames/Arafura making up the other team. It was a battle royale again – this time the BRD team getting up over the others by a mere 0.08 of a second – but that was only good enough for 3rd. TeWaka won that one.

I could go on, but it would take up another 2 pages – so results fro the Panpac’s are:-

500m – Friday (State of Affairs – SOA)

Dragon AbreastFirst (5 teams)

Masters Mixed – SOA 1 - Second, SOA 2 (mainly BRD) – Third (16 teams)
Masters OpenFirst (8 teams)
Masters Women – SOA 1 – First (18 teams)

Grand Masters Mixed – SOA 1 – Second, SAO 2 – Third (12 teams)
Grand Masters OpenFirst (5 teams)
Grand Masters Ladies – SOA 1 – First, SOA 2 Sixth (8 teams)

200m – Saturday

Dragon AbreastFirst (5 teams)

Pink Connections – Semi Finalists (18 teams)

Masters Mixed – SOA 1 (BRD) - Third, SOA 2 – Fourth (18 teams)
Masters OpenFirst (9 teams)
Masters Women – SOA 1 - Fifth, SOA 2 –Sixth (18 teams)

Grand Masters Mixed – SOA 1 – First, SAO 2 – Second (12 teams)
Grand Masters OpenFirst (5 teams)
Grand Masters Ladies – SOA 1 – First, SOA 2 ??? (11 teams)

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