Wednesday, 27 January 2021

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Paddle & Picnic a lot of fun

Nick Reader, organiser of the Paddle & Picnic event held at the Whitianga Waterways beach opposite the Mobil service station on Saturday last week, is pleased with how the afternoon went. “We’ve had a great turnout and the mini-Olympics in particular was very popular,” he says. “Overall everyone really enjoyed themselves.”

Sack, three legged, and egg and spoon races were all on offer for children aged five to 12 and their parents. “Classic Kiwi fun which is always a hit,” says Nick.

The mini-Olympics was followed by a stand-up paddleboard and kayak race for adults and children aged 12 and up. Younger children were allowed to participate, but had to be accompanied by a parent. “Competitors raced around Endeavour Island,” says Nick. “It was a 2km course and they’ve had the option of doing the course once or twice. The feedback is that it was a great experience, the competitors especially enjoyed the encouragement they received from the Waterways owners as they went past their properties.

“The race was entertainment in its own right. Everyone enjoyed watching the competitors arrive back at the beach while enjoying a picnic and live music from local entertainer, Doc Jeffries.”   

The event was hosted by the Mercury Bay Community Events Support Trust, Whitianga Waterways and More FM. “The Events Support Trust is focused on providing Mercury Bay residents and visitors alike with opportunities to get out and about, have fun and enjoy each other’s company,” says Nick. “Watch this space for more to come.”

Pictured: Ben Kent, a holidaymaker from Auckland who won the stand-up paddleboard race. 

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