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Another great day for BRD - hauling in 4 more gold, 2 silvers and a bronze.

The day started a bit later, no chilly Canberra morning today - with the first heat for BRD Grand Masters Open (GMO) 10's (500m) off at 8:50am. BRD 2 performed well, but were just pipped for 2nd by 0.6 seccs and had to do the repechage. BRD 1 comfortably qualified for the final.

Prems paddled in all divisions today, Opens, Womens and Mixed, from heats to semis to finals - with the Women bringing home their 2nd gold of the meet. In the Opens final, the Opens surged past our fellow "State of Affairs" paddlers, Melbourne Flames to take gold - Flames ended up regurgitating their breakfasts all over the race course after their stella effort - but BRD was up to the challenge. The mixed team bought home bronze. So an excellent 10's campaign for the Premiers medalling in all events - with 3 golds overall.

In the GMO 10's repechage, BRD2 comfortably qualified for the final, winning by nearly 2 boat lengths. But in the final, BRD2 and BRD1 were no match for Nowra - who powered home for gold. BRD1 collected silver and BRD2 were fourth.

The afternoon saw the 2000m events - BRD were in GMW, MW, MO, PW and PO - with many ladies doing three 2000m in a row, an outstanding effort. GMW made it three gold from three events - comfortably winning the 2000m - a brilliant turn around from no medals in Adelaide.

Masters Women also grabbed three gold - just squeaking home by 1 sec in the 2000m after some bewildering penalty was handed to us. But fortunately, still gold!

Masters Open had an excellent 2000m race, and even after being rammed by BeiLoon from NSW at the 1500m mark, they were able to post a great time. The BeiLoon boat sank not long after the collision, and on chatting with their crew, they said when they tried to get going again, the wash that we created after we powered away from them, simply filled their boat with water and down they went. Pundits had BRD in first place, our main opposition Canoe Red Plus had us in first place, but there was always fears of some penalties due to the crash. We were advised that there were no penalties, we thought we had it, but at the presentation, the officials gave it to Canoe Red Plus - we still don't know the final times of if any penalties were applied. So silver for Masters Open, but a great race.

Premiers Open and Premiers Women, made up mostly of Masters and Grand Masters then hit the water and paddled strongly and finished 4th and 5th respectively - a great effort considering the backing up.
The fourth championship in a row wasn't to be - it was always going to be a difficult task when we had to pull out of Prems 20's on day one. Final points haven't been released as at time of this eAlert, but I believe we finished in 2nd position behind Ice Dragons, and not by too much - we'll just have to take it back off them in Melbourne in 2012!!

Yes, the 2012 Championships will be held at Docklands in Melbourne at Easter.

Once again a great campaign from BRD - well done all ladies in particular - gold, gold, gold - to the GM Ladies - 3 from 3 - Masters Ladies - 3 from 3 - Prem Ladies 10's - 2 from 2.

BRD competed in 24 events, and were represented in every final, even by our "B" teams, and medalled in 21 of those events, collecting 13 gold, 6 silver and 2 bronze. In the 2010 championships, we collected 6 gold, 5 silver and 1 bronze - so a far superior result.

The 2011 championships saw some 70 clubs from around Australia attend, and about 2,300 paddlers - the biggest event yet. The 10's races certainly bought a lot more paddlers to the event, and the reactions from the various clubs as they won various 10's titles was excellent. One of our neighbours Manly performed really well collecting two 10's gold in Masters Women 10's - well done guys. And TeWaka, collected a number of trophies, but no doubt the prized one was winning the Premier Open 2000m (20's) - congrats guys. They performed a rousing Hakka - to great cheers from the crowd.

Thanks to all the coaching and admin people who worked hard to pull it all together.

So the medal count for Day Four - 500m 10's:-

  • Grand Masters - Open - BRD1- Silver
  • Grand Masters - Open - BRD1- 4th
  • Premiers - Open - Gold
  • Premiers - Ladies  - Gold
  • Premiers - Mixed - Bronze

Day Four - 2000m 20's:-

  • Grand Masters - Ladies - Gold
  • Masters - Open - Silver
  • Masters - Ladies  - Gold
  • Premiers - Open - 4th
  • Premiers - Ladies  - 5th


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Training Times

All BRD Paddlers
Saturday 7:30am arrival for 8:00am or 8:30am for 9:00am start or as advertised on TeamReach
Wednesday night training resumes 5 August 2020: 5:30 for 6pm
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Saturday MBT 7.30am arrival for 8:00am start or as advertised on TeamReach
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This information is current as at July 2020

Monday, Wednesday and Friday OC6  4:30am for 5am on water (approx 1 hour) 
Saturday OC6 6am for 6:30 on water (approx 2 hours)
Sunday - activities as arranged by OC Coaches

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