Sale to Sea: Encourage active sporting activities for people of all abilities

At 8am on 13March, 2019, paddlers of all abilities set off for what would be an epic 3.5 days out on the water. This year marked the tenth anniversary since the first ever Sale to Sea Disability Kayak Challenge. Over the ten year journey, many memories have been made and fantastic stories can be described by anyone who has participated.

Over the 3.5 day Challenge, paddlers kayaked from the Port of Sale to the sea at Lakes Entrance, a distance of 120km. 

For everyone involved there is a personal significance for being there, with the inclusive and supportive environment assisting all to meet their individual goals. For some, this may be paddling for an hour a day, all the way up to completing the whole journey. During everyones involvement there is certainly a sense of belonging and connectedness whilst making new friends and ticking off personal achievements along the way. The 3.5 day Challenge is held every two years, with a One Day Challenge introduced in the alternate year which covers a distance of 30km from Bairnsdale to Metung. 

Sale to Sea Inc is a Not for Profit Charity that assists others to reach their potential, with a dedicated committee organizing not only the Kayaking event, but other inclusive events including many ‘Bundy Boogie’ dances, and golf events. All funds raised provide support to those within the Gippsland East community who have been affected by permanent or long term disability, assisting them to attain/gain an improved quality of life and independence.

Aims of the Sale to Sea Disability Kayak Challenge:

  • Highlight the capacity that people living with a disability have to lead an active life
  • Encourage active sporting activities for people of all abilities
  • To raise funds for families and individuals experiencing hardship as a result of a permanent or long term disability
  • Encourage those living with a disability to live life on their terms
  • To raise awareness of the importance of a fully inclusive society

The next Sale to Sea Disability Kayak Challenge will be the one day event to be held early next year.