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Pink paddlers race for hope

Last updated 05:00 26/10/2012
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STANDING UP: The Centre of Attention paddleboard team will compete in the Paddle For Hope breast cancer awareness competition. Pictured, front to back, are: Amy Byrnand, 11, Claudia Lyons, 10, Quinn Jackson, 11, and Dominic Stuart, 10.

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Amy Byrnand and Quinn Jackson are paddling for a good cause.

Amy, 11, and Quinn, 10, make up half of paddleboard team Centre of Attention and will compete in the Starboard Paddle For Hope fundraising race tomorrow.

Amy and Quinn, of Hillsborough and Epsom respectively, will link up with mates Claudia Lyons and Dominic Stuart to make up one of 50 teams of four to compete in the relay race.

Paddle For Hope's goal is to raise money for breast cancer rehabilitation.

Event organiser and breast cancer survivor Karin Horen says promoting the vital role of exercise in health, wellbeing and rehabilitation during Pink October is also an important aim of the occasion.

She is urging people to head along to the Viaduct tomorrow to have a go at paddleboarding or just watch the race action.

"Come and have a go at stand up paddling, try some standup paddleboard yoga, then join or watch the exciting teams relay race at 2pm in the Viaduct," she says.

Paddleboard yoga can be done on land or sea.

"Everyone dresses up in pink, and some even decorate their paddleboards with crazy objects like pink flamingos.

"It's so much fun."

Centre of Attention will be racing against media and sports celebrities.

Opponents include members of the All Whites, Team New Zealand and Olympic sailors and even Olympic gold medallists Polly Powrie and rower Joe Sullivan, who is rumoured to have something up his sleeve to help him get around the course backwards.

Amy says the event is the chance to do her new favourite thing for a special cause.

"I love stand up paddleboarding," the Monte Cecilia Catholic School pupil says.

"On Saturday I am looking forward to joining in with all the fun, people dressing up in fancy dress and paddleboarding to raise money to support people and families affected by breast cancer."

For more details or to register for Paddle For Hope see paddleforhope.co.nz.

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