Against the spectacular backdrop of a snow laden Black Bluff, the Lea River provided an exciting water level for the Lea Coaching Day on Saturday.
With 6 coaches and two paddling videomakers, the 12 participants were assured attentive expert coaching, as well as a high degree of safety. The powerful water provided plenty of spectacular action – all captured on film for analysis at Wiendorfer’s in the evening. The underlying message of the day was clearly seen during the video analysis. Dan Hall’s number one tip from the day was to use strong postive strokes that are well placed. The Lea River dealt seriously with those who used tentative or poorly placed strokes.
A broad range of paddlers from all of the Tasmanian canoe clubs took part, with ages ranging from 17 – 53 years of age. Small groups of similar ability worked on the river according to the participants level of experience. While some looked at perfecting racing lines, other looked at river reading in a grade 4 context and basic creek boating moves.
The day provided a great opportunity for some of Tasmania’s best paddlers to pass on their skills to others in a formal setting, as well as sharing knowledge between members of different clubs.
The day was subsidised by Canoe Tasmania, with assistance from Sport and Recreation Tasmania.