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The BGCC started life in June 1990, with 6 families who were committed to club paddling, rather than club politics. And here we are, over 30 years later, still supporting all levels of paddler ability in most disciplines of paddling.
The early members were mainly interested in marathon canoeing and this interest has continued over the years, with many outstanding results. People are amazed at the number of paddlers who continue to train and compete through all weathers - the freezing Canberra Winters; the winds of Spring; the heat of Summer. Which just leaves us Autumn to enjoy! Over past years we have had marathon winners in the Hawkesbury Canoe Classic, the Red Cross Murray River Marathon, the NSW State and the Australian Marathon Championships, and many other club races in between times.
From early on, some club members have been Canoe Polo players. This has gone from just the one team, the Smarties, to sometimes having enough players for men's teams, women's teams and a sometimes a Junior team. In recent years, BGCC members have been chosen for NSW State teams, Australian teams, and an Australian Junior Development Squad. The Canoe Polo players have earned glory on the water and in their ability to organise competitions in Canberra.
But, if competition is not your thing, then there are ample opportunities to go forrecreational paddles on local lakes and rivers to enjoy the peace and quiet, the birdlife, our water rats crossing the river, Gippsland Water Dragons sunning themselves on branches over the water and even platypuses going about their own business.
Related to recreation rather than competition is touring. This usually takes more time to organise and sometimes some car-shuffles, but it is a good way to get the whole family out on the water and enjoying nature while still getting plenty of exercise.
A small, but not forgotten group are those who like steep, busy rivers, with lots of flow and obstacles - the Wildwater and Slalom group. These people have their paddling outings governed by the weather - or at least by the rainfall. They need the rain to make the rivers flow, with more of the rocks hidden under the water than sticking through it. Or they go to the Penrith WW course.
Other important club happenings are the Club Birthday Party,Canoe Polo Invitational, the 24 Hour Relay Challenge, the Club Christmas Party, triathlon assisting, the Burley Griffin Bash and when we can find the time, quiet tours.