Warm weather and calm water greeted over 100 intrepid paddlers who took on the 2016 Great Peninsula Paddle on Sunday the 24th of January.
The Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club provided a beautiful backdrop to the colour and excitement that was happening on the water. Craft of all shapes and sizes, including outriggers, row boats, stand up paddleboards, kayaks and dinghy’s were a spectacular sight as they launched into the 7th annual Great Peninsula Paddle.
Reclink Australia was privileged to have the support of local member The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for the Environment who also took part in the event as a participant. Reclink Australia is grateful for the Minister’s long standing support of Reclink Australia’s programs, firstly through his support of the Reclink Hastings Football program, and now through his ongoing participation in the Great Peninsula Paddle event.
“It was wonderful to see the community engaged in Sunday’s event”, said John Ballis, CEO of Reclink Australia. “The Great Peninsula Paddle is a wonderful event that not only showcases the beauty of the Peninsula, but also the strength of the community spirit in the area.”
Drawing together the diverse community from the Mornington Peninsula and beyond the event has become a signature of the holiday season that now attracts holiday makers and visitors to the Mornington Peninsula.
The Great Peninsula Paddle represents an important fundraising initiative as Reclink Australia expands its programs to people experiencing disadvantage with the aim to increasing sport and active recreation participation opportunities, strengthening social inclusion and improving social cohesion in the community.
Reclink Australia would like to thank the event founders Virginia and Nick Cable, the Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club and the many loyal volunteers whose support makes the event a success each year.