Head Coach Rod Wyse along side Team Cronulla President Brendan Tynan-Davey share their thoughts on team work and dedication.
Please describe how you feel about the Moloka’i race? Why is it important to you?
Rod — The channel crossing has a long history and carries with it a significant cultural and spiritualistic aura. You know your physical and mental limits will be tested.
Brendan — It is the pinnacle of outrigger canoe racing. It is rich in tradition and history. The Moloka’i Hoe is also held in the spiritual home of the modern sport.
Why do you think your team has what it takes to perform well at Moloka’i ?
Rod — We have many years of experience and we understand the intensity of the training required to compete at the highest level.
How did your team meet the challenges in preparation and during the race?
Brendan — With long hard training sessions during the Aussie winter, braving the cold and the elements. Multiple gym sessions and strict diets.
What is the experience like in the crew?
Rod — The average number of crossings would be around 7, with many of us having done it in various water crafts.
Brendan — It brought everyone closer together, made us much better paddlers and a stronger club in the following domestic season.
How will you overcome challenges as a team?
Rod — Paddling as a team enables you to push yourself harder, you know that your team mates have your back when your up against the wall.
How did it help you in your life having completed a Moloka’i race?
Brendan — It showed me that no challenge is too great, a definite right of passage.
What does your training program look like?
Rod — It varies from high intensity interval training to long endurance sessions.
Brendan — Gym 3–4 times a week, 3–4 times a week on the water for long hard sessions. I don’t think you can ever train enough when trying to hold down a job and a relationship ha ha!
What are some of the sacrifices you and the team will make to get to Moloka’i?
Rod — Time away from family and increased strain on work commitments.
Brendan — My spare time is all directed to training. Doesn’t always sit well with the Mrs., and mates give you a hard time about going to bed early for an early rise.
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Cronulla Outrigger Canoe Club is celebrating its 20th year since formation, and has proven itself to be a powerhouse in the Australian Outrigger Canoe Racing championships with multiple State and National Championships being won in Open and Masters Marathon and Marathon Changeover OC6 events. Further, many of its paddlers have achieved National Championships in OC1 marathon events in the open, masters and senior master categories. Team Cronulla is situated on the crystal clear waters of the Port Hacking River, south of Sydney. The men and women in the club are a tight knit bunch who have established a “never say die” attitude and a culture of hard work, selflessness and determination. Team Cronulla has adopted the shark as its totem, and each canoe is named after local and mythical sharks, including the Great White, Mako, and Kauhuhu — the Shark God of Hawaiian mythology. Team Cronulla lives and breathes the spirit of aloha, and is regularly welcoming visitors from near and far to its waters for a paddle. However, it can be assured that there will be a race of some sort in any paddle Team Cronulla takes part in, even if it is only “training”.