Fairfield Canoe Club
2019 Centenary Year
A flatwater paddlers guide to paddling at the Penrith White Water Stadium
Paddling at the Penrith White Water stadium is like playing cricket at the MCG (although usually a bit wetter).  The greats paddle there, recent World and Olympic champions like Jess Fox and Jiri Prskavec.  Local, Melbourne heroes like triple Olympian Warwick Draper, now a teacher at Ivanh...
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National Sprint Champs 2022
FCC had a team of 8 athletes and 4 coaches who headed across to Adelaide for the National Sprint Championships 2022: U12: Axel Tan, Evla Basak U14: Anthea Tan, Mikail Basak U16: Lachlan Dal Sasso U18: Aidan Han Open: Chris Burns,  Vet: Dewi Andayani With FCC coaches: Alex Boyd, Chris Burns, Wen...
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Water’s no damper on a canoe holiday
Girls took a ducking – but they were soon paddling again in midstream. As reported in the 3rd July, 1958 “Australasian Post”. “Every year an adventurous band of young Australians set out on a water holiday that's thrilling, different and often, dangerous.  They are member...
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Massive Murray Paddle 2021 (Feb 2022)
From Monday 21 Feb to Friday 25 Feb we had several FCC related crews racing in the Massive Murray Paddle.  Wennie (K1) and Rowan/Fiona (TC2) and Stephen (UC2) completed full distance.  Lisa, Marlena and Don (K1 relay) completed most of the distance. Some highlights: Fastest full distance b...
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Vale Neil Grierson
A very sad day on Sunday - FCC (and previously INCC) champion paddler, longtime coach, board member for many many years and friend Neil Grierson passed away after a long battle with cancer. Our deepest sympathies to Marg and the family. HISTORY SNIPPET – “MOOMBA MADNESS – A TIMELY NEIL GRIERSO...
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History Snippet – “Moomba Madness – a timely Neil Grierson recollection”
You may have watched the Moomba Masters Water skiing events with all manner of skiers being towed behind high performance purpose-built powerboats, but are there alternatives available in these days of global warming? Answer: Yes! During the course of an interview with Neil Grierson, he was describ...
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Scouts at FCC
5th Brunswick Scouts attended a "Come and Try" day at the club on 13 February. Eighteen scouts spent more than three hours trying out kayaking, canoeing and canoe polo. Club coaches Caitlin, Wen, Dee and Rowan did a great job running the session. (See photos below.) Hamish E...
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Victorian Sprint Championships 2022 - Race Report
The Victorian Canoe Sprint Championships were held at Nagambie on 29-30 January, with a team of 12 FCC athletes competing, supported by coaches Alex, Wen and Dewi. Full race results are online on the Regattas website, but a snapshot of performances is below....
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The Frank Harrison Memorial race in Albury
The Frank Harrison Memorial race in Albury must be the farthest event in the Vic paddle calendar but was well supported this year. Run as a “State of Origin” event it attracts paddlers from both Vic and NSW. This was to be my second solo race, the first outside Melbourne and the furthest I had [...
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“FCC Recycled – our war on waste”
Right from the earliest days of our original clubhouse build, our club members have been actively involved in recycling materials. Read-on to discover our heroic efforts fighting against waste (or is it simply obtaining unaffordable materials?). The original clubhouse was constructed over the best p...
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