OUTRIGGER CALOUNDRA CANOE CLUB CANOE BLESSING CEREMONY
Members of the Outrigger Caloundra Canoe Club, together with invited dignitaries and guests, will gather at Leach Park on Saturday 17th May to witness and participate in a special ceremony to bless a new six-person outrigger canoe.
Outrigger Caloundra Canoe Club was first established in 1997 by two founding members in Paul Terry and Paul Field. From the original canoe, donated by Paul Terry, the club purchased further second hand canoes and grew its membership to become one of the States strongest clubs resulting in its junior paddlers winning the National Titles in 2002.
Over the past twelve months, the club has been on a steady rebuilding program and has participated in a number of regattas from Hervey Bay in the north through to Coffs Harbour in the south and will finish the racing season by competing in a Grand Prix Marathon at the Mooloolaba Spit in early June in the club's new canoe.
The club was recently successful in gaining a Community Gaming Benefit Fund grant for the purchase of a new six-person outrigger canoe (OC 6) and trailer with the grateful assistance of the Caloundra RSL who facilitated the grant application on the club's behalf.
In Polynesian tradition, the canoe will be blessed in a ceremony on the beach, and in the water, in front of the clubhouse at Leach Park on the foreshores of the Pumicestone Passage training grounds on Saturday 17th May commencing at 2.00pm. All interested locals and visitors are most welcome to witness the blessing and join us in celebrations during the afternoon with some food, drinks and music.
Club president Troy Lockyer and Club coach Rob Weeks said the blessing ceremony was a first for the club.
"The blessing invokes divine care for those things and persons who fulfil our lives through prayer and ceremony, and is a means of honouring, giving thanks and well wishes and positive energy and to dissipate any ill wishes and negative energy," Troy and Rob said.
The ceremony is a formal act or series of acts prescribed by ritual with the protocol adhering to correct etiquette and procedure and will be conducted by one of the founding members of the club, Paul Terry.
The aim of the club is to provide the opportunity and support required for team and individual members to achieve their personal goals, encourage the development of all paddlers and to provide competitive equipment and resources.
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