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 Andrew Bavage
“Andrew’s a very fast competitive paddler, who always shows a sense of fairness,” John said.
“It was a blessing Andrew came to our club as he’s always been willing to share his knowledge and help others.”
The Paddler of the Year is awarded for achieving outstanding competition results, demonstrating respect for officials and opponents, and practising a philosophy of fair play and positive image in the community.
Andrew said this year was different, with little racing compared to last year.
“There’s been a virtual race series with everyone timing themselves, and then submitting their times,” he said.
Since picking up a paddle for the first time in 1994, Andrew won both state and national championships at the ages of 18 and 22.
Andrew said it was his dream to paddle well at International level, but that hadn’t quite happened due to injuries and other commitments.
“I dropped out of the sport as I lost enjoyment and never saw it as a priority anymore,” he said.
Following a 13-year layoff, Andrew returned to the waters in 2018, in his K1 Kayak, and joined Sandgate Paddling Club. His immediate aim was to regain fitness and meet new like-minded people.
He started off with just a few sessions and built from there. In no time at all Andrew’s talent shone through, leading him to finish second at the Queensland state titles last year.
“I now enjoy training every morning, going out for the challenge and the sheer love of doing it,” Andrew said.
The 2020 Paddle Queensland Annual Awards presentation will be held on the Gold Coast at Paddlefest on 5 and 6 December. Andrew will travel down to race there and collect his award.
For the latest on paddling, and to congratulate Andrew, follow the ‘Sandgate Paddling Club Inc.’ Facebook page.
Story Wayne I Flack SPhoto Bruce Redman
andgate Paddling Club’s racing, recreational and junior members are beaming with pride and excitement,
and with due cause.
One of Sandgate’s very own, Andrew Bavage, has been awarded 2020 Paddler of the Year by Paddle Queensland.
Sandgate Paddling Club media officer John Blackley said it was not a surprise Andrew won this award, and the club was very proud of him.

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