by robyn

We Are The Champions!

We are the Champions

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7 Feb 2017

CHAMPION Lakes Boating Club’s 16 paddlers won 44 medals at the State Canoe Spring Championships and will send three competitors – Jared Leach, Sam McTigue and Leon Mussell – to the national championships in Sydney on March more…
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Full State Championship Results :

State Sprint Championship Results


Christmas Wind up 2016


CLBC kayakers had lots of fun celebrating 2016 at the Christmas windup. Well done to our great coaches Agnes, Atti, Greg and Tait for their enthusiasm and tireless work.
Congratulations to our 2016 trophy winners:
Junior Girl, Gabby O Callaghan
Junior Boy, Koby Good Gerne
Senior Girl, Harriette Alexis
Senior Boy, Jared Leach
Most Improved Paddler, Claire O Callaghan
Adult Paddler, Rod Hale, for his solo effort in the Avon Descent
Volunteer of the Year, Christine Weller
Rubber Ducky Award 2015 (for doing something silly!) Atti Kaplan who managed to lock his keys and change of clothes in the boatshed.
Rubber Ducky Award 2016, Kathy Mallory, for an unscheduled swim with her wheelchair in the lake.
Thanks to all the parents who support their children and our club.

Club Polo Shirts


close-up-of-polo-shirtRemember this is the easiest and cheapest advertising a club can have. They are great dress shirts and people ask constantly what CLBC stands for.
As an extra you could always have your discipline embroidered under the logo, as I have done.
When we have 5 of a size ordered and paid for, Pontague will make them up so please get your orders in.
Special deal on 2XL, 3 XL and 5xl

Please find attached an Excel Order form for you to download, complete and email to me at:

I would like to place an order before Christmas, ready for the new year.

PS. We do have a a limited amount of shirts still available on the shelf at the old price of $35. We will no longer be keeping any shirts in stock, but will be doing orders such as this current one. Contact me to see if your size is still available in our shelf stock.


Seniors Come Day and Try 10 November

The gods were with us this morning! Perfect weather for the seniors Come and Try Day, organized as an activity during Seniors Week 2016. Thanks to our lovely club seniors who helped Tait on the water and to Greg who dragged himself from post ear surgery to chat about exercise.


Come and Try Fun Day for Kids

kids-walking-the-deckSeventeen children from south east schools enjoyed a fun packed session on the water on Sunday 6 November with coaches Agnes and Tait, helped by junior club members Harriette and Angelina. They were given basic instruction on paddle strokes and safety procedures, played some canoe polo and gained enough confidence to Walk the Decks, despite some wind making things a bit tough. The club will run another one of these events in summer to encourage local children to take up paddling. Thanks Britt for the photo

Sizzling results at Sprint Regatta 2

dsc_0200r_resized_1img_1256_resized_1img_8152_1478663869139_resizeddsc_0208rAfter Sprint Regatta One was cancelled due to low numbers/problems with registration with Australian canoeing, CLBC paddlers worked hard towards the second sprint regatta of the season on 5 November. All paddlers registered personal bests with our Juniors stepping up a notch, looking towards selection groups in 2017. It is really pleasing to see CLBC now has paddlers in the U10, 12, U14, U16 and U18 categories, indicating our growing depth and also a reflection on the coaching we have at CLBC. Thanks to Agnes Pajor, Atti Kaplan and Tait Brown. Thank you to Britt and Susima for the photos

Fun and Games at 2016 Guppy Development Camp

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On the weekend of 15 and 16 October, 20 children converged on Champion Lakes Regatta Centre for a fun filled weekend, designed to introduce guppy aged children to as many forms of kayaking as possible, to encourage and establish a passion for paddling.

On Saturday three young slalom coaches , Nina, Cameron and Alexandra gave the children an experience not far from what slalom really is like, with winds of 25kph plus whipping up white horses on the lake! While one group was learning about turns and strokes, the other group was engaging in action filled canoe polo. Again that was tough work too as the kids were pushed up against the pontoons trying to score goals but there were lots of screams of delight so it seemed they were enjoying it! In the afternoon Atti Kaplan filmed each child and took individual sessions with them analysing their stroke technique. Saturday nights yummy meal was catered for by a friend of Tait’s. The kids set up their sleeping bags in the two CLBC boatsheds, had some quiet time with board games and finished off the day with a movie night.

The weather changed for the better on Sunday, the sun came out and the wind subsided.  Action on the water started again with K1 200m time trials.  This was followed by a talk from Caleb Bushby and Tyler Armenti, who as former guppies, acted as role models for the children and could tell them about the commitment and rewards of paddling, culminating with their recent experience of being selected in the Olympic Hopefuls team to paddle in Europe.  Guy Power also visited to assist with some sprint training and technique correction.  There were sessions on the kayak ergos and also a nutrition talk from Tait with a fun, “let your hair down” session on the gizmos in the afternoon.

These events are only made possible by wonderful volunteers such as Agnes Pajor, Tait Brown,  Gabor Neveri and Jim Stevens who gave up their entire weekend to supervise the children. Britt Good Gerne, from CLBC also did this, along with taking photos, supervising  and arranging meal breaks and keeping an eye on three children.

Many thank to our visiting coaches who also gave their time to help make it such a wonderful weekend.


Robyn Brown

2016 -2017 Sprint Regatta Dates

Sprint Kayak regatta dates for this season
Regatta 1- Saturday 8th October – Champion Lakes
Regatta 2 – Saturday 5th November – Bayswater
Regatta 3 – Saturday 3rd December – Champion Lakes
State Champs – 14th – 15th January – Champion Lakes
Regatta 4 – 26th February – Champion Lakes

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Final medal tally for Champion Lakes Boating Club

CLBC members!

Check out the new Venues West Facebook site Perth Sports Life



This article about the Australian Canoe Sprint Championships on FB site:

Starring CLBC member Harriette Alexis on her way to 4 Bronze medals!

Final Medal Tally for CLBC paddlers:
Kathy Mallory 1 Gold, 2 Silver.
Oneli Weerasinghe 1 Gold, one Silver, 5 Bronze
Hariette Alexis ..4 Bronze
Angelina Good Gerne ..4 Bronze
Olivia Campbell 4 Silver,
Raffi Good Gerne 3 Gold, 3 Silver
Koby Good Gerne 1 Silver, 3 Bronze

Jared Leach, who was in the highly competitive Under 18 class, made it through to the semi-finals of 200, 500 and 1000m with a PB in the 500m

Fantastic effort guys.

Have a well-earned rest this week!

A big thank you to the many CLBC members and parents who volunteered at this event. Especially to our emergency skippers, Peter Lake and Andrew French, who stepped in and very short notice to drive the safety boat and to the many who laid down and held boats at the 1000m mark because Venues West starting gates were not working.

I will mention you all in the next newsletter!

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Some results, progress and challenges with the Australian Championships Regatta currently running at Champion Lakes

CLBC gold medallist Kathy Mallory and her training buddy support person Allan Mumford.

We are very proud of our CLBC gold medallist Kathy Mallory and her training buddy/support person Allan Mumford.

We are very proud of our CLBC gold medallist Kathy Mallory and her training buddy/support person Allan Mumford.

Hi club members

If you are a Facebook user, you will have seen some terrific photos of our members paddling their hearts out at this regatta.

I apologize to those, not on FB… I will do an article in our next Newsletter.



Bronze to Harriette Alexis (CLBC) and Gabby Bushby (AKC) in Women’s Under 14 K2 500

Bronze to Angelina Good Gerne in Women’s Under 14 K1 2500 ( Harriette Alexis 4th and


Bronze to:

Harriette Alexis,

Oneli Weerisinghe,

Angelina Good Gerne and Gabby Bushby (AKC)  in Womens Under 14 K4 500

Silver to Kathy Mallory in Womens Para Canoe.

Plus loads of great PBs.

I hope I haven’t missed any medals!




As for every great sports event, they aren’t possible without people generously volunteering.

I would like to thank our club members (and family!) who have done this.

It has been the responsibility of the WA paddling community to find the volunteers for Australian Canoing!

Every club has been asked to help.

WA paddling received blow; Venues West did not ensure that the third set of starting gates were in order.

AC forced to use the large floating starting platform.

That used for rowing regattas at the 1000 m and must hold boats by hand.

So every club asked to dig deep to give some time to help hold boats.


At the end of this regatta, I hope you all send complaints to Venues West.

Also to our local MP Toni Buti and the Minister for Sport Mia Davies.

It is an embarrassment.

The State Government Venue Management organization can not provide suitable equipment for an Olympic selection regatta.

They had 6 months notice to get these gates working.


The duty of holding a boat is not arduous.

You need to lay down on a cushioned mattress and lean over the edge to hang onto the boat.

There are few many events, but if they do not get 8 boat holders for the 1000 m events listed they will cancel them.

….an awful scenario for our young athletes and again an embarrassing situation…

Our wonderful coaches; Agnes and Tait have already done a couple of stints.


We are targeting guppy parents as many of these parents will be at the lake on Saturday and Sunday.


The times left for boat holding duties are:







11:45- 12:15pm


Holders need to report to the base of the timing tower.

Need to be there half an hour before the first race starts.

Please email Louise: to let us know your availability

We also need a couple of helpers to set up morning tea in the function room.

Upstairs tomorrow morning at 8:30 and again on Sunday morning at 8:30 am. We had four ladies on Thursday do this.

They also bought food, but there will be enough for the weekend.

It is really a matter of making sure the urn is full and on, there are tea and coffee on the bench.

Also that the scones, muffins, lollies, etc. neatly displayed. Those are there so officials / volunteers can help themselves.

I envisage you will be able to disappear by 9:30am at the latest.

Maybe one of the parents could help do this too as it takes so little time but helps make the day run smoothly. Any queries and you contact Louise Carbone or me.

One special mention about a club member, Laz who got up at 2:30am yesterday morning. He had to finish his home business work so he could volunteer. Amazing effort Laz…. and I spotted him back there today.

Love to see the commitment and smiling faces!

Remember ….this event only comes to WA every 4 years.

It is a chance to see some amazing young athletes, some of whom you will see on the TV in August at RIO.

Once again thanks to the marvellous effort you are making.




Robyn Brown

Kayaking Cordinator

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