Stephen Dawes is the founding member of the Newcastle Outrigger Canoe Club.
As a team member and a coach, Stephen uses his own passion for paddling to motivate others.
"It's really interesting psychology when you're racing," he says.
"Everybody's really stuffed, you know the finish line is there, and you've spent a lot of months training.
"You just don't want to disappoint each other or yourself.
"The energy that you feed off just gets you through the line
"You go into the twilight zone, and that's the bit you train for, to battle through that, and it's just beautiful."
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