Committee Members

At Newcastle Outrigger Canoe Club, we have a a passionate team of committee members who not only love to get out on the water, but are passionate enough to put some of the spare time into running the outrigger club.


Ben Routley

Vice President

Richard Thompson


Petra Salna

When it comes to paddling, I was a late bloomer.  Started paddling dragonboats when I was 60.  Loved it, especially the competitive edge. Paddled in NSW state team for a few years.  Have also paddled in China and Penang.  Along with Steve Dawes and a few others I was a founding member of NOCC.  Have held a couple of positions on the Committee including President and Secretary.  After a few years break, proud to be NOCC Secretary 2017-2018.
Absolutely love being on the water in an outrigger in rhythm with the crew (my Mates) and feeling that combined strength and commitment in the canoe. Amazing feeling!
Love a challenge have competed in four Hawkesbury Classic’s over the past 5 Years.  My goal is to do 5.


Mitch Stokes

Doug Checinski

Doug Checinski

I loved surfing the waves when I was younger and I also have been paddling in kayaks down the Barrington River rapids and I used to enjoy that. At the end of 2012 a friend of mine in a group that I was in invited me to come and try paddling on a double OC2 outrigger and then with other members of the group to come and try outrigger padding with the club’s canoes on Newcastle harbour. I liked this similar sport on the water and decided to pursue it further.

Since then I have been on been on the committee as the registrar and currently as the Treasurer. I have competed in regatta races around different club areas with challenging races like the 45km OC6 changes race from Kingscliff to Southport and the Nationals OC2 and OC1 races in Townville. I feel that outrigger paddling helps me with fitness and builds friendships within the club and with paddlers from other clubs and it is a lot of fun being on the water, which is different experience every time.


Stephen Dawes

Helped get NOCC started with the help from Port Stephens Outrigger Canoe Club in Aug 2009.
30 years racing various catamarans & other peoples yachts; ex squash/tennis/league/car rally.
Started in dragon boats at Masters Games, Newcastle 2001, rep Aus 2003 -7 (China, Europe, Sabah). Oc’ing 2002 / now- raced in some great places with great crews incl Cook Is, Hamilton Is, Takapuna,  but not Hawaii, Norfolk Is, Samoa  yet.

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