Barsby paddles up Wai Puhi tally
By RACHAEL BORICH
KATHY Barsby's life would not be the same if it was not for outrigging.
The Rockhampton mother-of-two has been paddling the waters for the past 15 years.
Originally from Mackay, Barsby started the sport only when she moved to Rockhampton for univer- sity studies.
Barsby, now 33, was looking for a new sport and not only did she fall in love with the sport she also met husband-to-be Michael.
The Rocky Outrigger Canoe Club member is still powering ahead and enters Saturday's fifth round of the Wai Puhi series in Airlie Beach as the OC1 women's points leader.
Women's racing in this series is not for everyone.
There are more numbers in the grand prix season when circuit courses cover between 3km and 6km. In the Wai Puhi, Hawaiian for wind and waves, the courses are a lonely one-way stretch of 20km.
"This one's usually for the women who are more hard-core,'' Barsby said.
Competitors plot their own course from point A to B, not only testing strength and endurance, but also studying currents and tides.
Barsby also has other agendas this off-season which include com- peting in the Wai Puhi southern di- vision season.
Joining fellow Rocky club mem- bers Kate Watson and Leanne Fran- cis, the trio will head to the Sun- shine Coast on November 5 in a bid to gain Australian team selection for the World Sprint titles in New Zealand in March.