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Paddle smashes the record books!

By Warren Wilkins 28th June 2017

Paddle smashes the record books!
Paddlers at the 2017 event at the harbour

THE community was out in force to support Newquay’s annual Paddle fundraiser on Thursday, which raised a record £7,000.

Hundreds of people descended on the harbour for the 10th Joe Way Paddle for Life and the Sunset Session music gig to watch the drama unfold.

The Paddle got underway with dramatic scenes as three skydivers jumped from a plane at 2,000 feet. Parachutists Ben, Andy and Dr Ryan Jackson, who was one of Joe’s doctors when he was treated at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, gave the crowds a show as they landed in the sea next to the mouth of the harbour.

Ben, who also jumped at last year’s event, had the honour of deploying Joe’s flag, which went without a hitch, much to the delight of the crowds. The three skydivers entered the harbour to huge applause and were rescued by Cornwall Surf Life Saving. The parachuting trio were given the honour of starting the first Paddle heat.

The Paddle races saw children of all abilities paddling in memory of the Newquay toddler with commentary from Nick Williams, Dean Woods and Matt Way, Joe’s dad. The Paddle relays witnessed some of the fiercest competition to date with 20 teams taking part, which was won by Newquay Surf Life Saving Club.

The RNLI race was one of the most competitive so far, after a speech from Matt Way, which fired up all the lifeguards. Mawgan Porth won the relay and the Joe Way Memorial Cup for the first time, even though four of the team were in fancy dress. The big gun’s trophy was won by Jasmine Mann.

The crowd was treated to a mix of music at the Sunset Session including Steel Appeal, local sensation Daisy Clark, The Blues Brothers on the Run and The Ferris Wheel Junkies who wowed the crowd in Newquay Rowing Club.

Titan the Robot gave another spectacular show, bringing the event to a standstill whilst entertaining for free. The Paddle is held in memory of Joe Way who was born with a rare genetic condition and died in 2008 aged four. Since his death his parents have campaigned to raise money for over 20 causes in his name, raising almost £150,000.

The Paddle for Life, in partnership with Newquay Towan Blystra Lions Club and Surf Life Saving Cornwall,  raises money from the paddlers’ entry money, food stalls, drink sales at the rowing club and the prize draw raffle.

Matt said: “As a family we are very proud of how the town has made this event so special.
“It has been great that Cornwall Surf Life Saving has taken over the water safety and Towan Blystra Lions have taken over the land- based side which has taken the pressure off and has ensured the longevity of Joe’s Paddle. The Paddle event has a lot of local business support and great raffle prizes.

“As a family we would to thank Cornwall Surf Life Saving, Newquay Surf Life Saving, Lusty Surf Life Saving, Perran Signs, P&J Print, The Garage Co, Andy Loos, Hutton Hire, SW Hire, Skinner’s Ales, The Rowing Club, Bookers of Newquay, Ultra Entertainment, Millstone Sound, Beach safety team, Frontline Security, Purple Gecko Events, First Response GB, Newquay Activity Centre, water safety provided by Cornwall Surf Life Saving, Newquay Harbour Sports, Harbourmaster, Coastal Crepes, Newquay fishermen, POW Energy Water, Ben Skinner, Tom Butler, Newquay Towan Blystra Lions and all the family and friends who helped and supported the event.  Dave and Christine Wood from  Cornwall Parachute Club
provided ground support for the skydivers.

“We would also like to thank The Wave Project, Children’s Hospice South West and Cornwall Hospice Care  for supporting the Paddle.”

Phil Bunt, the secretary of Towan Blystra Lions Club, commented: “Joe’s Paddle for Life has grown to be one of Newquay’s most enjoyable and worthwhile days. And our club are delighted to be able to support it and help raise important funds to support local charities and good causes.”

By Warren Wilkins 28th June 2017

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