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John Sims 2015

Be sure not to miss out on this one. The biggest event on the calendar and very well attended with hundreds of paddlers participating.

The race caters for all skill levels, from the fiercely competitive K1’s to plastic boats and novice paddlers just wanting to have a go at competitive racing. Enter with friends and enjoy some friendly rivalry or test yourself against the field, there’s something for everyone. Held in the early autumn, race day is usually blessed with glorious sunshine and calm conditions.

At the completion of the race enjoy a picnic with friends and family or indulge yourself in the abundance of food and drink on offer.

For those who may not know – John Sims who is a life member of AKC, was instrumental in organising the first building to be constructed on the now famous AKC site. From those humble beginnings, the structure was transformed over the years to become the existing AKC clubrooms. This race is named after him in recognition of his foresight, commitment and efforts in establishing the foundations for the Ascot Kayak Club.

On Behalf of the Race Committee I would extend a warm welcome for all to participate and celebrate a key milestone in AKC’s history.

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On-line entry to open soon.

Richard Molek
John Sims Race Director (2015)


AKC at the Marathon Champs

Canberra, April 3 – 5, 2015

The WA Marathon Team has gathered in Canberra for the National Championships over the Easter weekend.

The Team has the following members from Ascot Kayak Club present :– Mark L., Bronwyn M., Judy D., Pat T., Peter M., James M., Joshua K., Jenni B., Tim F. and David L.

All the boats where loaded onto the WAIS trailer the week before a driven across the country by 2 of the team members.

When the craft had all arrived and the rest of the team arrived by air serious practice on the race course started.

The Event is hosted by the Burley Griffen Canoe Club from their site on the Molonglo River just before it enters the lake central to Canberra city. The river is quite narrow and has a line of red buoys down the centre dividing craft travelling upstream or downstream. This feature has opened up a different way of tactical racing at these Championships.

Most of the team has taken the opportunity to visit some of the many tourist destinations at our National Capital.

The first practice days where quite warm, but the race days are being a bit cooler and some slight drizzle.

After all 2 days of racing AKC has emerged with quite a good haul of medals.

U14 Boys K2 – Dylan S. (BPC) & Tim F. (AKC) — Bronze

WK1 23 – Bronwyn M. (AKC) — Bronze

MK1 — Joshua K. (AKC) — 4th

James M. (AKC) — 5th

WK1 35 – Jenni B. (AKC) — Gold

WK1 50 – Judy D. (AKC) — Silver

MK1 55 – Mark L. (AKC) — Gold

MK1 60 – Pat T. (AKC) — Gold

Peter M. (AKC) — 6th

MK2 45 – Mark L. (AKC) & Brett Mc (CLBC) — Silver

WK2 55 – Judy D. (AKC) & Meg T. (NSW) — Gold

MK2 Open – Joshua K. & James M., — Silver

MK2 60 – Pat T., & Peter M — 3rd

WK2 Open – Bronwyn M (AKC) & Matilda S.(Qld) — Bronze

MxK2 50 – David L. (AKC) & Pauline F. (NSW) — Silver

Many of the events had quite tight racing where the final result was not clear to the last laps. Joshua and James where in the leading group for most of the Open Mens K1 race.

In the Doubles Event they matched Michael Leverret and Edward Lovick from Victoria all the way missing the Gold Medal by a boat length.

James and Joshua have been selected for the Austrian Team to tour Hungary in September. Mark L., Judy D. and Peter M., are planning on joining the Masters Team.

Results are available at and many stories and comments have been uploaded to the “Marathon Canoeing Chat Page” on Facebook.

Ascot Kayak Club has provided support for Club members to attend these Championships.

The WA National Marathon Team and the Marathon Canoeing Technical Committee wish to thank Be Active WA, Healthways, WAIS and the Canoeing WA office for assistance in organising insurance, providing equipment and funding for the trip.


AKC member Ben Harris has made selection into the National Sprint Kayaking Team 2015

Ben’s selection was based on his performance at the recent National Sprint Championships in Penrith in March.

He and his partner Luke Morton won gold in their K2 1000m event. Ben went on to win silver medals for the U18 200m K1 and U 18 500m K1.  He and his 200 m K2 partner, Anthony Carbone, also won Silver in the U18 K2 200m event.

Ben is now preparing for the Junior and U23 Canoe Sprint World Championships which will be held in Montemor , Portugal on 23rd- 26th July.

We wish Ben and the rest of the Australian team every success !

1st Photo below – Ben Harris (left) Luke Morton (right)


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