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Lifestart Kayak for Kids

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by Emma Brown (subscribe)
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Do you want to get fit, challenge yourself and raise money for a childrens charity? Then enter the 2011 Lifestart Kayak for Kids.

Lifestart Kayak for Kids
Lifestart Kayak for Kids on Sydney Harbour.

The inspirational paddling challenge on Sydney Harbour raises funds for children who have an intellectual disability or developmental delay.

The 17.5km course runs from Blues Point to Clontarf in four stages of approximately 4.5km along the northern edges of the harbour. View a detailed course map here.

The event's fundraising target is $250,000 for children from birth to school age who have a disability including conditions known as Down syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder to much rarer genetic disorders. According to the website: "Lifestart provides early childhood intervention services to ensure these kids have the best possible start in life."

Lifestart Kayak for Kids paddle has been running since 2008. The 2010 event raised $236,000 which Lifestart hopes to eclipse this year.

Lifestart Kayak for Kids
2010's Lifestart Kayak for Kids event raised $236,000.

Everyone is welcome no matter your experience level, you can enter as an individual or in a team. Even if you don't own a kayak equipment will be provided.

The three categories are single or doubles challenge for experienced paddlers in their own craft, a team challenge for teams of three and relay teams of four to 12 people. For team challenge categories, hire of a three-seater kayak, paddles and life vests is included in the entry fee.

The event ambassador is Guy Leech, a seven time winner of the Uncle Toby's Series and an Australia representative in surf lifesaving and swimming.

Guy Leech
Guy Leech is the 2011 event ambassador.

Leech shares his inspiration for the event.
Kayak for Kids is an event for everyone, whether beginner or experienced paddler. Create a team with your family, friends or work colleagues and enjoy the challenge of paddling our great harbour while helping Lifestart."

To prepare for the event check out this video about paddling tips from Guy Leech and Tommy Woodriff.

Watch up close video footage of last year's kayakers on the water and click here to see images from previous races.

Enter here to take part in a race for yourself and to help others.
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Why? Challenge yourself, have fun and help others.
When: Sunday March 27
Where: Blues Point Reserve, Lavender Bay, NSW
Cost: Single boat $85, late entry fee: $130, Team of 3: $360, late entry fee: $530, Team of 4-12: $660, late entry fee: $990.
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