Trentham Outrigger Canoe Club
Imagine surfing 40ft swells on the sea, paddling a long river, participating in the World Sprint Championships or travelling rough seas as part of an expedition...... All this is possible for many with a wide range of disabilities in the sport of Hawaiian Canoeing!
Trentham Outrigger Club was formed by ex-Olympian Canoeist John Court to bring Hawaiian Outrigger Canoeing to Staffordshire for able bodied and disabled athletes.
Hawaiian Canoeing (Waka Ama, Va'a) is an extremely exciting, competitive, fun and inclusive sport which is spreading around the globe as a key event for paddlers of all ability. Paddlers can paddle in 1,2,4,6 or 12 man canoes. The canoe is extremely stable and seaworthy with the help of an `ama` or Outrigger on one side, as well as having the potential to go very fast. They can be paddled on lakes, rivers, sea and surf and perform well in all conditions.
A team of disabled athletes from our club competed in the IVF World Sprints at Lake Karapiro, New Zealand and brought back a Gold medal in the V12 mixed event. Paddlers had a wide range of disabilities including Spinal Injuries, Amputees, Blind Paddlers, Cerebal Palsy, Brittle Bones, Diabetes........The list could go on much more.
As a club we intend to push the boundaries for mixed ability paddlers in all areas of the sport. Nothing will be left out!
For more information visit our website at www.trenthamoutrigger.org.uk