Sawtell’s Bonnie Hancock breaks kayak circumnavigation of Australia world record – News Of The Area

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Bonnie Hancock and her husband Matty Palmer.

BONNIE Hancock, a Sawtell born and bred kayaker, paddled to Northcliffe Beach on the Gold Coast on Sunday morning August 28, after circumnavigating Australia in her kayak and setting a world record for circumnavigating the mainland Australia world’s fastest paddler, youngest ever. paddler to do it, and completing the longest 24 hour paddle by a woman – 213km off Cape York.

The 32-year-old Gold Coast Iron Woman has set herself the goal of raising $100,000 for mental health charity Gotcha4Life and opening up conversations about mental wellbeing.

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The Paddle of Australia Gotcha4Life fundraising tally is currently $76,495 and growing.

Paddling 12,700 kilometres, leaving the Gold Coast on December 19, 2021, passing Coffs and Sawtell over Christmas and New Years.

Bonnie worked for 254 days, changing her life, her team and those who followed her, forever, with daily updates posted on social media throughout this grueling and breathtaking journey.

Bonnie’s inspiration to take her paddle to the seas came from reading the stories of record sailor Jessica Watson and Freya Hoffmeister, the only other woman to have paddled in Australia.

“When I thought of a tour around Australia, I hadn’t realized how big Australia was,” Bonnie said.

“It’s a mammoth.

“But it’s also incredibly beautiful, it’s just an amazing country, and we’re so lucky to live here.

“Over the past eight months, I’ve covered every yard of coastline in Australia.

“I saw white sand beaches, red earth that meets the sea and cliffs that stretch for hundreds of miles.”

With days to go, her sweetest sight was passing Brisbane and knowing her home on the Gold Coast was only a few paddles further away.

Arriving in front of throngs of followers, fans and family, it was an emotional arrival with so much heartfelt pride and admiration for Bonnie’s courageous and inspiring achievement.

“Sometimes it only takes one person to believe in you.

“Earl Evans from Shaw and Partners believed in my crazy idea from the start to paddle around Australia faster than anyone.

“Without Earl’s conviction and the support of Shaw and Partners, I would not have completed this world tour.

“They say you prepare your whole life to be ready for an opportunity.”

“I certainly feel like my whole life has been leading up to this, as the Shaw and Partners Paddle of Australia comes to an end,” she said as donations continue to pour in towards her goal. fundraiser of $100,000.

Bonnie can’t wait to suspend the paddle for a little while and give her body, especially her fingers, a chance to heal.

“Besides coming home, what excites me the most is seeing people start conversations about mental health.

“Many people spoke of their own losses, passionate about taking action to improve their mental health and that of others.

“It’s an honor to partner with @gotcha4life to help them on their mission to reduce suicide to zero.”

Donations can be made at https://gotcha4life-fundraising.raisely.com/bonniehancock.

By Andrea FERRARI

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