Fund Raising paddle
Club member Jacky Gay completed a 12 mile paddle – in to a blustery headwind – on Sunday in a C2, from Pewsey Wharf to the Club.
Jacky was a world class kayaker and has competed in the Devizes Westminster race, finishing first lady in 1985 in 22 hours 15 minutes. From 1983 to 1985 she was part of the GB Team, but has since suffered from health problems including severe arthritis and brittle asthma which make her day to day life very difficult.
Jacky joined the Club a couple of years ago and feels that it has given her a new lease of life. She says that the Club has given her “fantastic support” and in particular she thanked Roger who has coached and helped her at weekly Club sessions and indeed paddled with her from Pewsey, along with Club Chair Mark and his partner Jo. They were joined in the latter stages by other Club canoeists.
Jackie hopes to have raised £800 which she would like to put towards a light weight C2 which can be used by her and other paddlers.
Jackie said at the end of the paddle “I can’t believe I did it. I’ve only been able to paddle for 4 miles at the most since joining the Club and I wasn’t sure I could manage 12”. She also thanked her carers from Alina Homecare who were involved in planning the paddle and who came out on a Sunday and supported her.