FINISHED: Celebrating the end of the annual 100km Paddle for Life in Ballina on Monday were (from left) Jen Copelin, from Alstonville, president of the FNC Canoe Club Colin Cussel, and Karen Ingleman, from Tintenbar.
FINISHED: Celebrating the end of the annual 100km Paddle for Life in Ballina on Monday were (from left) Jen Copelin, from Alstonville, president of the FNC Canoe Club Colin Cussel, and Karen Ingleman, from Tintenbar.

Paddlers finish 100km river trip

THERE were some very sore backsides and tired arms in Ballina on Monday of this week, but some big smiles as well.
The seventh annual Paddle for Life ended at Riverview Park in town, with 53 boats pulling up and the 69 participants enjoying a well-earned barbecue after the two-and-a-half day paddle from Lismore to Ballina.
The paddlers completed about 100km of the Wilson and Richmond rivers in the fundraiser for Summerland Early Intervention and Southern Cross LADS driving education initiative.
The event raised $14,000 to be split evenly between the two charities – that’s the largest amount the Paddle for Life has raised.
President of the Far North Coast Canoe Club, Colin Cussel, said the paddlers had to battle some difficult conditions during the paddle when the winds whipped up some large waves in the broader sections of the river, causing handling troubles for boats built for speed rather than stability.
But all up, he said the event was a great success and generally blessed with fine weather.
Some of the paddlers made the entire trip, while others elected to complete the event in teams.
The paddlers spent Saturday night at Coraki and Sunday night at Broadwater.
The event will be on again next year. Check out www.paddleforlife.com

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