Linda Hibbard and Peter King after completing in the Mullum to Bruns Paddle, where competitors race from Mullumbimby to Brunswick down the Brunswick River.
Linda Hibbard and Peter King after completing in the Mullum to Bruns Paddle, where competitors race from Mullumbimby to Brunswick down the Brunswick River. Jerad Williams

Weekend paddle from Mullum to Bruns

MULLUMBIMBY paddlers Peter King and Linda Hibbard managed a leisurely two hours kayaking down the Brunswick River ahead of the fiercer competition in the Mullum to Bruns Paddle yesterday.

While the top paddlers were expected to complete the 10-kilometre river course in about 40 minutes, Mr King and Ms Hibbard, like most participants, were just happy to be out on the water and among the crowd enjoying a lazy Sunday.

“Peter probably wishes he had different crew members,” Ms Hibbard laughed.

“It was mostly a case of ‘Am I steering left or am I steering right’?”

“I think that would be port or starboard,” a bemused Mr King corrected.

Mr King and Ms Hibbard joined about 500 paddlers in the second annual Mullum to Bruns Paddle to raise money for the Brunswick Volunteer Marine Rescue, Brunswick Surf Club and the Brunswick Visitor Centre.

Last year’s winner of the open challenge, Kurt Tutt from Mullumbimby, took out the title again this year ahead of Jordan Clark and Hayden Clarke while Lynwen Birch won the women’s paddle followed by Amanda Rankin and Emily Field.

In the stand-up paddle race, Jake Jenson collected first prize in the men’s section with placings going to Dale Chapman and Mark Waldek, while Simone Horsfield won the women’s ahead of Sandra Rofe and Nicola Cross.

Around-the-world solo sailor Kay Cottee officially opened the day and presented the awards to the winners.

Organiser Penny Fuller described the fundraiser as a huge success for all involved as participants settled into an afternoon of barbecues, picnics, live music and the popular duck race.

Ms Fuller said the paddle was now firmly established on the local calendar and she sent out a big thank you to all the volunteers and sponsors.



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