The 2016 Australian Canoe Marathon Championships was held at Lake Coomera, Gold Coast, Queensland over the 26-27 March, 2016 and was a very successful weekend.
AC would like to congratulate the 257 competitors from NSW, QLD, VIC, South Australia, WA and New Zealand, for their professionalism and sportsmanship over the Championships. Mr. Jerry Dunn (AC Marathon Racing Technical Committee Chair) commented on the “competition was held on a challenging and tactical course. Much praise has been received from the athletes and spectators as 95% of the course was visible from the start/finish area. The Organising Committee from Queensland are to be commended for their efforts in hosting a successful championships. Thanks to all volunteers and officials who gave up their Easter.”
Thank you to the 40 volunteers for their contribution over the four days in setting up the course and the running of the event. A special thanks to the Queensland Marathon Technical Committee: Lynwen Birch (chair), Chris Hurley, Ian Frost, Mark Rickard, Sue Gollagher and Glenn Pyne, for their time, enthusiasm and energy over the past six months. Thanks also to the Australian Marathon Technical Committee, chaired by Jerry Dunn for all their input.
On behalf of Australian Canoeing and Queensland Canoeing, we would also like to acknowledge the support of the following organisations:
- Gold Coast City Council for their sponsorship
- Queensland Dept. Of National Parks, Sport and Racing
- Queensland Academy of Sport
- Queensland Outdoor Recreation Federation
- Volunteers from a number of clubs, particularly the many volunteers from Varsity Lakes Paddlers Club without who’s support, the Nationals could not have run.
A further acknowledgement of thanks for Gold Coast City Councillor William Owen-Jones for his support.