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Amanda Reynolds in action

The Spirit of the Challenge In 2013, Amanda Reynolds from Macclesfield participated in the Sale to Sea Disability Kayak Challenge after losing her leg above the knee 2 years prior.  This lady is what the challenge is about and the spirit in which it is held.  Her determination to overcome her own adversity and get on with life is one of the most inspirational stories to come out of the Challenge since the beginning in 2009.  Since March 2013, Amanda has become the Victorian, NSW and Australasian Champion in her para-canoeing division and has gone on to represent Australia in the World Titles in Moscow in July 2014 where she won the Bronze medal before winning gold at the 2015 World titles in Italy.  Amanda is coached by Steve Vegh from Canoe Innovations in Seaford and in 2016 won the Silver medal in Rio at the Paralympics. Amanda is the current World Champion in Paracanoeing after taking the title in the Czech Republic in August 2017
Sale to Sea Founder speaks about the Challenge Sale to Sea founder, Andrew Bedggood, has been involved in Public and Motivational speaking for a number of years and has been active in promoting active lifestyles for people of all abilities.  Andrew's story is as horrific as it is inspirational on ones ability to overcome adversity and often brings the audience to tears as he recalls the horror of his accident, the lengthy time-frame spent in hospital and his sheer determination to overcome adversity and lead an active life.  From learning to scuba dive, hunting pigs with a bow and arrow to mustering cattle on horseback, Andrews determination to succeed all aspects of his life has earnt him the respect of many.     For further information on Andrew's talks, please call 0407 471 539.  

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Scuba diving at Cape Conran in East Gippsland

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Diving in the Solomon Islands

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Sale to Sea Grants Sale to Sea have Grants available to eligible recipients to a maximum of $5,000.  The Sale to Sea Disability Kayak Challenge grants provide relief in the form of in-kind support, volunteer labour or a monetary contribution to individuals who have a disability, as classified by the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 living in the Wellington and East Gippsland Shires.  For more information on the grant application process, please e-mail admin@saletosea.com.  Please note, that cash grants are not available directly to applicants and are only payable on provision of an invoice for the equipment being applied for.  Sale to Sea will directly pay the provider for services required and reserve the right to reject applications pending availability of funding or applicants not meeting the criteria of Sale to Seas Charity status as a Public Benevolent fund.  Please click on the link below Sale to Sea Grant Criteria and Application
Sale to Sea Annual Golf Tournament 2017 The 7th annual Sale to Sea Charity Golf Tournament will be held on the 25th & 26th February 2017 with South Pines Golf Club at Lindenow South hosting the event on the Saturday before we venture to the Newry Golf Club at Newry on the Sunday.  This event sees golfers from across the country attend what has now become a popular event on the local golfing scene.  Over 100 golfers attend on both days in what has been a fun filled day by all those golfers who have attended.  Sale to Sea would like to thank Rod Moreland and the teams from Newry and South Pines Golf Clubs who put in such a huge effort every year to make this event as great as it is with hopefully many more years to come.  Entry forms can be obtained from the tournament Secretary, Rod Moreland, by emailing rocketrod@wideband.net.au or phoning 0420 905 491 .
Amputee, Dean Murphy, teeing off at South Pines

Amputee, Dean Murphy, teeing off at South Pines

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Golfers gather at South Pines Golf Club

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Sale to Sea Founder has a successful Year in 2015 Sale to Sea Founder, Andrew Bedggood, has been recognized for his work with Sale to Sea and also for his work as a Rehabilitation Consultant.  Andrew was awarded the Pride of Australia Medal for Courage, the Wellington Shire Citizen of the Year and also the Ken Hewat Memorial for the Macalister Valley Lions Club for his ongoing efforts promoting active lifestyles for those living with a disability.
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Andrew and Lol Bedggood at the Wellington Shire Australia Day Awards. Bedge was presented with the Citizen of the Year Award for 2016

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Bedge (right) with recipients of the 2015 Pride of Australia Awards

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Bedge receiving the Citizen of the Year award from Wellington Shire Councillors, Scott Rossetti and Bob Wenger

     
Sale to Sea receive ongoing support Sale to Sea are proud to announce that the Transport Accident Commission (TAC), The Altius Group, Prorent and Rehabilitation Services have come on board to support the Sale to Sea Disability Kayak Challenge in 2018.  TAC has been a supporter of the Challenge for a number of years, with The Altius Group and Rehabilitation Services joining us this year as we develop the Challenge further.  Its great to see the reputation of the Challenge reaching far beyond our expectations as we continue to promote active lifestyles for those with life-long or acquired disabilities as a result of transport or work related injuries.   TAC            
Sale to Sea host come and try day for people with disabilities: Sale to Sea, in conjunction with Gippsport and the Wellington Shire Rural Access Program, recently held  come and try days for people with a disability at the Wellington Aquatic Centre in Sale and also at Lake Glenmaggie.  The sessions were attended by people with varying types of disabilities including hearing and vision impaired, intellectual disabilities and Downs Syndrome.  The sessions were designed to create confidence and develop water safety skills in a controlled environment for people who may never experience the sport of kayaking in an outdoor setting.  The smiles of the faces of all those who attended goes to show the thrill that Sale to Sea are able to provide people in our communities who are less fortunate.  A couple of participants have signed up to take up the Challenge in 2016 as they strive to live their lives on their terms. DSC_3006 DSC_3039 DSC_3031 DSC_3023 Diesel-&-Isaac              
Sale to Sea One Day Challenge 2016 Sale to Sea hosted its first One Day Challenge from Bairnsdale to Metung on Saturday 19th March 2016.  The event was attended by more than 60 kayakers of all abilities and was completed in adverse weather conditions.  The day started off well with all kayakers having a leisurely paddle down the Mitchell River to the boat ramp at the Silt Jetties near Eagle Point.  At the Silt Jetties, the weather took a turn for the worst and by the time the paddlers reached the entrance to Lake King, the crossing to Metung was deemed too dangerous and everyone was required to turn around and paddle back to Bairnsdale.  The overall distance covered throughout the day was just over 30km, but the day did not disappoint anyone.  Old friendships were renewed and new ones forged as everyone enjoyed the fun and camaraderie that is often experienced when undertaking the Challenge with everyone saying that they would love to come back and do the 4 day Sale to Sea Challenge next year starting in Sale and finishing in Lakes Entrance.
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Vision impaired paddler, James Griffiths, from Sale and Gippsport All Abilities program Co-ordinator, Brenton Dinsdale

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Sale to Sea Co-founder, Andrew Bedggood (Bedgie)

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The kayakers get ready for the One Day Challenge

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Our support crews helping with swap outs of the disabled kayakers

               
One Day Challenge testimonials At 59 years young, this was one of the most challenging yet satisfying things I have done. It was wonderful to see so many people of all ages taking up the challenge, with several travelling long distances to be there. So many people willingly gave their time and donated resources to ensure the success of the event, with funds raised, used to assist disabled people in need.  Maxine Parr, Sale What a great event! When Bedgie spoke to me last year about completing the 1 day - 30km challenge, I didn’t even own a kayak! Last weekend I paddled and my husband helped out on the “Mother Ship”. The weather wasn’t so flash, but that’s okay the paddlers all had big smiles and great memories of the challenge. Look out 2017 –120km challenge - best get some training underway. Thank you to all organisers and volunteers we had a fantastic time. Sale to Sea Kayak Disability challenge - what a great organisation to support - Carolyn Sherrin, Rosedale "Thanks to Bedgie and the Team! Sometimes thought I wouldn't make it even when my body was sending mixed messages; cheerful chat, the great company and support kept me going . The weather might not always be on our side but the "Sale to Sea" Team definitely are! I'll be back next year!" - Gary McDonald, Sale "This was my first challenge and my safety was always considered along with my desire to give something new a go. I've spoken with my low vision friends and I think that your quality challenge has really sparked an interest. Many people love water and being visually impaired, increases its danger. This organised, supportive, happy group will make a huge impact on people who are unable to see very well and love the feeling of embracing and challenging the water". - Roselie O'Neill, Sale "I thought it was great, lots of people to coordinate,  feed and water, all done perfectly, well done to the team of people doing all the work. Lots of different colours and styles of kayaks". Tricia Thaxton, Nicholson “As a co founder every year gets better and better, proud to see the event mature in its organisation and the people it attracts.  Helping those on the water to achieve is such a rewarding feeling.  All that paddled, supported in boats or on land, are amazing people in their own way and make the event what it is.  Then to know what we raise can go to helping others with making their life easier to achieve for themselves - is why we do what we do.”   Troy Anderson, Carrajung “GippSport was happy to support such a great event. After months of training sessions for the GippSport/Rural Access Wellington team all participants enjoyed the experience of being involved in the event. Team members are already looking forward to next year’s four day challenge, and can’t wait to get back out on the water for more training in the lead up to it.”  One of the GippSport/Rural Access Wellington teams participants James Griffiths wanted to congratulate all participants on completing the challenge. “We paddled well as a team considering there was four seasons in one day. It was wet and windy but worth it.”  (Brenton Dinsdale, GippSport – Access All Abilities Coordinator)    
Sale to Sea announce dates for the 2017 Challenge The 2017 Sale to Sea Challenge will commence on the 15th March 2017 in Sale and will finish on the 18th March at the sea at Lakes Entrance.  This event is not a race, but an opportunity for people of all abilities to kayak through the Gippsland Lakes in a fully supported environment.  For further information call Andrew on 0407 471 539 Sale to Sea Paddlers carry on the tradition Sale to Sea paddlers, AJ Reynolds and John Capewell, have recently undertaken Challenges of their own with great success and have continued to achieve personal goals that have inspired and helped other.  Mr. Capewell has just completed the March2Remember walk from Swan Hill to Melbourne to raise money for the Blue Ribbon Foundation.  John developed the walk in 2014 to raise much needed funds for Blue Ribbon and to honor those police officers that have fallen in the line of duty.  The initial walk in 2014 involved John and his faithful companion, Patch, walking from Albury to Melbourne where they laid wreaths at all the sites where officers were killed protecting the community.  The 2016 walk involved teams walking 50kms per day and finished in Melbourne on the 29th September 2016 in time for the Blue Ribbon day march. In 2012, Amanda AJ Reynolds, had her leg amputated due to chronic pain and participated in the 2013 Sale to Sea Challenge.  Her journey since completing the Challenge has been very inspirational as Amanda has competed on the world stage culminating in Rio this year at the 2016 Paralympics where she was successful in taking the silver medal in the Womens KL3 200m sprint.  AJ has shown the world what can be undertaken if the mind is willing and her success is a credit to her determination to not let anything hold her back.  

Rio 2016 Paralympic Silver medalist, AJ Reynolds

March2Remember organiser, John Capewell, and his faithful companion, Patch

                       
Eastcoast Kayaking take on the Murray River Marathon The team from Eastcoast Kayaking in Sandringham recently conquered the Murray River Marathon with Sale to Sea being their nominated charity.  Rohan Klopfer and the team raised over $1200 for Sale to Sea which will be used to assist those in our local community in need.  The Murray River Marathon has been running for a long time and covers over 400km in 4 days which was a great effort from the team and all those involved. For all your kayak training, gear hire, sales and expeditions, give Rohan and the team a call on (03) 9597 0549 or drop in and visit them at 37 Jetty Rd, Sandringham.  The guys run some fantastic introductory courses to kayaking all the way up to more advanced training.  Give them a call, you will not regret it. eastcoast-kayaking      
Sale to Sea complete an exhausting 3.5 day Challenge The 2017 Sale to Sea Disability Kayak Challenge was held from the 15th - 18th March 2017 in what organizers said was one of the toughest ones yet.  Over 50 kayakers participated this year, including the 2016 Silver Olympic Paracanoe Medalist Amanda Reynolds, who faced very trying conditions with heat and wind playing a major factor.  The weather conditions prevented the fleet from crossing Lake Wellington and made hard work for the paddlers throughout the rest of the journey.  As usual, the event was held in good spirit and provided each participant with a range of challenges.  New and old friendships were made and the journey was enjoyed by all those who participated.  The next Challenge will be a One Day event on the 17th March 2018 and will start in Bairnsdale and finish in Metung.   17201097_1749305501751430_6056987575860277848_n 17308792_1747866108562036_2078371931437558715_n DSC_4590