Victorians are being encouraged to get on board for Australia’s biggest stand-up paddle boarding event, raising funds for Cancer Council Victoria.
Registrations for Paddle Across The Bay are now open with the event scheduled for Saturday, February 29.
A 10-kilometre course across Melbourne’s iconic Port Phillip Bay at sunrise awaits participants, taking up to two hours to complete depending on experience, with the event open to all experience levels.
With 500 individual stand-up paddle boarders out on the water, this event is record-breaking for Australia and one of the largest stand-up paddle boarding events in the world.
All money raised by entrants will go to Cancer Council Victoria, funding vital cancer research, prevention programs and support services.
Head of Community Engagement at Cancer Council Victoria, Lyrian FlemingParsley said these lifesaving services rely on community support. “Events like Paddle Across The Bay rely on the time and commitment given by those participants who get involved and raise funds,” she said.
“Support services such as our 13 11 20 Information and Support Line are 100 per cent donor funded, so without the Victorian community‘s generosity we couldn’t do the work we do.
“Paddle Across The Bay is a fun and easy way to come together and get active while raising funds to ensure these services are available to everyone who may need them.”
Participants have raised more than $300,000 since Paddle Across The Bay began in 2016.
First-time entrant Angela Ellis was training for a half-marathon when she was diagnosed with endometrial cancer in 2018.
Two years on, she’s not only trekked to Mt Everest base camp, but is now preparing to join more than 500 others in the 10-kilometre challenge. Angela Ellis at Mt Everest base camp on the first anniversary of her cancer diagnosis.
“These sorts of physical achievements make you realise that your life doesn’t have to be permanently scarred by the fact that you’ve been through this experience,” Angela said.
“So many people, their families and friends do get touched by cancer, but there are many people who survive it really well and go on to live a really normal life.
“Paddle Across The Bay is a great opportunity for people to come together, tell their story and realise that there’s others around them.”
The charity challenge also encourages participants to get active and train in the lead up, thereby reducing their risk of cancer. This year Paddle Across The Bay has teamed up with trainer Pati Medina to help paddlers prepare.
Participants will have access to training plans designed specifically for the challenge, along with fitness, balance and technique tips in the lead up to the event. Paddle Across The Bay is a fast-growing sell-out event, so register now! For more event information visit www.paddleacrossthebay.com.au.