Canoe Blessing and 10th Birthday Celebrations
17th August 2019
Newcastle Outrigger Canoe Club celebrated our achievement of gaining a $23,500.00 grant from the state government in which to purchase a new light weight training canoe. Tim Crackanthorpe our local member presented our cheque. We organised with the local Awabakal people to bless the canoe with a traditional smoking ceremony. We named our canoe Onebygama.
Some of our history below:
March 2003 – Newcastle Dragon boat club refused to incorporate outrigging into the club structure as per Pacific Dragons. Review of this decision over the next couple of years unsuccessful and prompted members to establish an outrigging club in Newcastle
April ’07 – Branch of Port Stephen’s OCC established. A canoe from PSOCC set up beside the Heli Services office thanks to the proprietor Steve Bazic. A second canoe purchased later.
July 20th ‘09 – After recommendation by PSOCC, a public meeting decided to form a separate outrigging club.
August 17th ’09 – Newcastle Lake Macquarie OCC was established
November ’12 – name changed to Newcastle OCC