For the first time in the history of outrigger canoe racing in this country, the Australian Outrigger Canoe Racing Association (AOCRA) has introduced No Limits Adaptive Paddling (AP) classes and events for people with physical disabilities. Opportunities are now available for adaptive paddlers to participate in recreational activities and competitive outrigger canoeing events.
Mooloolaba Outrigger Canoe Club (MOCC) has been taking the lead in the development of the program and conducted a Come & Try Day in October 2013. From there the club now has a group of men and women paddling and training on a regular basis. Many have transferred across from other sports such as road racing, tennis, swimming and basketball, and those who have been bitten by the bug are now coming along for recreational sessions – including joining the Novice paddlers in team boats on Sunday mornings on the open ocean.
The divisions that No Limits APs can compete in for the 2020 Australian OC6 marathon season will include: Novice Men, Novice Women and Novice Mixed. In sprints, No Limits APs can choose from 500m and 1000m Mixed OC6 and 500m V1.
More competitive No Limits APs are learning to paddle team boats and single craft on flat water at the Lake Kawana regatta site in preparation for National Sprint Titles and selection trials for the 2020 World Sprints in Hawaii.
The various AOCRA Zones will be working together to pool adaptive paddlers for these events in order to give No Limits APs every opportunity to represent Australia at the 2020 World Sprint Championships.
So, the sky is the limit for these athletes. That is why the name “No Limits Adaptive Paddling” has been chosen.
Physical disabilities can range greatly – from vision and hearing impaired to wheelchair athletes. Everyone is welcome.
There really are NO LIMITS for these extraordinary and inspiring athletes.