Carnvial Atmosphere at Finns on Sunday


Technology adds to the Carnival atmosphere on the Yarra River

Race 2 of the 2011 Canoeing Victoria Slalom Yarra Series was held at Finns Reserve last Sunday.  Thanks to the great support from the Slalom community, the event had a great turn out to paddle in the rising waters of the Yarra River. 

Some of the younger paddlers would not have seen the Yarra at these sorts of levels before, unlike the older paddlers who have it as distant memories.  It is a promising start to the season and encouraging that the Victorian Slalom community have some local water again to refine their skills before tackling the bigger water of the regional rivers and on the National and International stage.

With Matt Webster at the helm of the video technology it was great to hear Olympian Warwick Draper provide a commentary on the live video feeds of the paddlers as they completed the bottom section of the course.  Even better, Matt provided a second screen that could allow the paddlers themselves to review their run once they had mastered the slippery slope back up the bank. 

Slalom has always lead the way in using technology in the local races, with start and finishing beams, timing clocks and networked laptops at hand to quickly provide both the paddlers and the spectators up to date information on the best performances of the day and how their favourite has performed.

Fantastic to see the local events striving to provide such professionally run events for the paddlers and raising the profile of the sport to the local community.

Well done to the organisers and all the volunteer supporters.



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