Vote for the team or individual that you think most needs funding, for their chance to receive up to $1,500 from the Thermoskin Community Sports Fund!
You will also be entered in the draw to win a $200 EFTPOS Gift Card!
With a total pool of $10,000 available plus a gift of Thermoskin’s Plantar FXT Calf Socks, 2016 winners will be decided upon by a panel of 4 judges including Melanie Wright (Australian Olympic Gold Medalist and World Record Holder in Swimming), Sharelle McMahon (former Australian Netballer), Brett Emerton (ex-Socceroo) and Thermoskin CEO Matthew Symington.
Shortlisted entries will be based on quality of application, why the funds are needed, value to the community/individual, and number of votes received by the public, so start voting now and make your contribution!
To find out more on how your voting contributes, please visit our Terms & Conditions. Thermoskin Community Sports Fund Recipients will be announced on the Thermoskin website and Facebook page.
Voting: 4th – 25th May 2016
Recipients Announced: 6th June 2016
Voting has now finished.
Recipients will be announced on 6th June 2016.
Southern Storm Paddle Club was formed in 2012 by a group of enthusiastic and dedicated paddlers. Their intention was to create an inclusive and fun environment where people developed as paddlers, competitors and lasting bonds of friendship were made. We currently have a total of 40 members based at the Community Hub in Docklands. Southern Storm train on the Yarra River three times a week and aim to be competitive at the local, state and national level.
Value to the Community
Southern Storm brings together people from the local Docklands, inner Melbourne area and beyond. Our membership base is diverse in culture and background. In many ways our club becomes the community for a lot of our paddlers. Some are looking for a new challenge in a team environment and some are new to the country looking for active, like-minded people to spend time with. It's always difficult to plan training sessions and set up race crews with such varied backgrounds, levels of fitness and paddling experience, but our club culture is and always will be one of inclusivity. Everyone is welcome, everyone is challenged both physically and mentally to develop themselves and contribute to the club in any way they can.
Why the funds are needed
Southern Storm is a relativity new and small club. A Standard dragon boat seats 20 paddlers, however to optimise our training and better cater for each group of paddlers we believe a Small boat (seats 10 paddlers) is essential. It means we can split the crews in training and put either a small group of beginners or experienced paddlers together for a focused training session that is consistent with their skill level. It's not possible to put 7 or 8 paddlers in a standard boat, they are just too heavy, whereas in a small boat this is ideal. We recently competed in the 2016 Australian Dragon Boat Championship, placing 8th in the Mixed 500m race and 6th in the Mixed 2km race - overall a great result for a growing club. Storage for the boat has not been confirmed and is very limited in the Docklands area so our second preference would be to purchase new paddles. Many of our existing paddles are old, heavy and due for replacement. New paddles are lighter, more ergonomic and more uniformity in the paddles we train with will be very beneficial.
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