Each of the three 200 meter races were close…too close for comfort! But comfort is not what we’re here for. We had some serious competition. It could have gone either way.
We didn’t nail our first start but the rest of the race was good. We nailed our second start but the rest of the race was “crap”. But, the third race, we finally got our sh*t together and hit every stroke on our way down the race course. It felt so good, but at the end as we looked to our right, from lane one, we really didn’t know who crossed the finish line first. They were right on us all the way down the course! As we paddled back to the beach we got the “thumbs up” from our supporters! Yep, we’d done it!
On a personal note…for each race I wore a button of Gail Hathaway’s smiling face. So that it wouldn’t interfere with my paddling I wore it low on my jersey, near the hemline. At no time during the competition did the button bother me to be there. That is until the final race. I felt the edge of the button dig in to my leg on every stroke! Gail was in the boat, pushing us along, making sure we crossed that finish line first. Thank you Brown Sugar!
After landing on the beach there were no high-fives, there were hugs all around as we made our way back up the beach and through the paddle arch made by the other BCS teams. “Congratulations” and “we’ll get you next time” heard all the way through. All in the name of good sportsmanship. It really is an honour for all of us to be here, at this level of competition. But mostly to still be on the green side of the grass, living and breathing and sharing our love of paddling with our friends around the world.
We didn’t come all this way just to come all this way…we came to win!
A huge thank you to the ladies of Paddles & Pearls Charleston (US), Abreast of Life New Zealand, Dragons Abreast Sydney and Missabittatitti Australia. You pushed us to be at our best!
Now that the competition is complete, it is time to celebrate! We had a pizza party in “Cheryl’s Courtyard” and some much needed social time.
Over the next few days we will tour around Adelaide. A large group of us will be taking a day trip over to Kangaroo Island. And by the end of the week many will be going on to explore more of Australia.
This marks the end of our adventures at CCWC Australia.
Thank you for following us, for staying up through the night and watching the live feed and cheering us on from home! Your encouraging texts, emails and comments are very much appreciated! We can feel your support all the way around the world!