Con wins this award for being a man of many disciplines and a man of many crafts.
Single and double outrigger canoe, kayak, ski, dragon boat. He even had some slalom boats at his house which I think he salvaged from the river. He is also a bit of a boat broker – buying and selling many craft.
Lisa Newton wins the President’s award for 2023. Lisa is often out training. She competed internationally this year at the world championships in Vejen (Va-ín) Denmark. She also competed in 2 Massive Murray Paddles this year, in one February and one in November. Lisa is an inspirational paddler and, as our President says “very determined”.
This is to acknowledge both the performance and club spirit of an FCC canoe polo player in local, national and international competition over the past 12 months
Jade has had extensive international Polo experience this year in both coaching and competing.
Jade is also a very active club member, coaching polo, running the FCC gym and organizing gym training sessions.
Our kayak, canoe and polo coaches have put forward 5 people for coaches awards this year.
The polo coaches award goes to Edie Simpson. Edie couldn’t be here today because of an important prior commitment – representing Australia at the Oceania polo Championships.
Edie has had an amazing year in polo.
Edie has maintained an impressive training schedule, shown great development, assisted in coaching, worked toward a coaching qualification and assisted in working Bees and generally gone the extra mile for the sport.
Edie was part of the squad that travelled to the Junior International Championships in Belfast in July.
Edward and Isaac are our most regular Saturday afternoon paddlers, capable of paddling both K and C boats. When returning from the Strathcona / FCC / Very Thoroughly Wetted race, they had fab grins “that was awesome!”
Evla worked very hard this year and has shown great progress and completed at many events.
Bradley Buissink has also had a wonderful year, made great progress and has been a regular competitor including in the:
On the FCC books, there are awards for “Winter Series” marathon races. The Winter Series hasn’t recovered from COVID but there still a series of Victorian Races where FCC paddlers compete.
This year, we decided to give awards based on participation. Points were award based on the number of races and the number of classes within races.
The Szigeti Medal is awarded in memory of Zoltan (Zoli) Szigeti - a great FCC paddler and coach - for competition at the highest level, generally international. This year we have two fabulous young adult paddlers who have both had success at National and International levels:
Aidan has completed at the highest National and International levels this year and also had great results at the state level.
Early in 2023, Aidan was the dominant paddler at the schools sprint championships coming:
1st U18 K1 and K2 3,000 m
1st U18 K1 and K2 200 m
Unfortunately he missed the Victorian Championships because of injury.
National: At the 2023 PA Canoe Nationals
A final in the 200 m K1
And finals in the K2 for 200, 500 and 1000 m.
He also completed in the 500 m State v State final K4.
In the 2023 PA Canoe Marathon National which were held in Geelong at Easter.
K1 U18 2nd
K2 U18 2nd
International: Selected to represent Australia at the 2023 ICF Junior Canoe World Championship at Vejen, Denmark, competed in K1 and K2.
Tom has also competed Nationally and Internationally this year.
He the current Victoria wildwater sprint champion in open age group.
He also came second at State level in the 3 km wildwater “Classic” race.
In March, Tom completed at the PA National Wildwater championship at the Penrith Whitewater Stadium, coming 2nd in U23 the Sprint race and 3rd in the Classic race.
Tom was subsequently selected in the U23 Australian Wildwater team.
He had 3 months racing in Europe including:
European cup races
2023 ICF Wildwater Canoeing World Cup race in Mezzana Italy
2023 ICF U23 Wildwater Canoeing World Championship in Roudnice, Czechia