Pan Pacific Masters Games 2014

PanPacs in Queensland

by Kathy Broomhall

Keeva, Glenda, Paul and I met up with Mary-Ann at our home for the next four nights in Burleigh Heads.

Queensland welcomed us with warm weather and a good thunderstorm. Still on Tassie time we woke early on Friday morning, 5am to join the locals for an early morning walk or jog. After registration we had the day to wander or shop in the town or swim at the beach, being careful of rips unless you want to be rescued by the cute lifeguards.

North Esk Dragons Pan Pacs team
North Esk Dragons Pan Pacs team
Saturday we were up nice and early again to begin a day of 200m races. We were lucky to paddle in at least 8 races each. Paul and Mary-Anne were included in races in other categories. We had a great start with some first and second placings in heats.

Winners are grinners
Winners are grinners (we won the losers race, hey, a win is a win)

Unfortunately we couldn’t follow that up in the finals. Sunday was a day of 500m races. Again we had some good races but not when it counted, in the finals. Alas no medals to bring home and boast about. There were some tough conditions, with a cross wind at the start line and some tough competition. We had an awesome time with our fellow teammates and competitors from around the country and New Zealand. Everyone was so friendly.

Our team: Derwent Storms
Our team: Derwent Storms
Our last evening was spent dining at Burleigh Heads Surf Club with our team mates. We were entertained by one Anne Carey, presenting certificates and relating amusing anecdotes about each person. We were made to feel welcome and valued team members.

The after party
The after party
I encourage you to join us next year at the Masters Games in Adelaide. I promise you will have a fantastic time.

200m Results
500m Results

The Derwent Drum: Derwent Storms paddlers post a performance pearler at Pan Pacs

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