Midwives Patricia Jessome, Ann-Louise Huth, Sabitri Krishna, Lorraine Woods and Jane Wilson finish last.
Midwives Patricia Jessome, Ann-Louise Huth, Sabitri Krishna, Lorraine Woods and Jane Wilson finish last. Fraser Coast Chronicle

Oh baby! We're last

JANE Wilson and her fellow midwives do a fantastic job of delivering babies.

However, it seems they struggled to deliver an impressive performance with a paddle in their hands in the calm waters off Torquay Beach on Sunday.

Wilson, a former national and state champion, and her crew from the maternity unit at Hervey Bay Hospital finished last in the inaugural Hervey Bay Outrigger Canoe Club Corporate Challenge.

That's not surprising when you consider that five of the six-person crew had never sat in canoe before let alone hold a paddle.

They hadn't even had a practice run - they just talked about it doing one ... maybe.

Despite finishing last of the 25-strong fleet and the end of a day of racing over a 200m course, Wilson said her crew, who were called the Madwives, had thoroughly enjoyed their time out on the water.

"We all had an absolute ball," Wilson said.

"It wasn't about the end result for us - it was all about having fun and we certainly did."

Wilson and her crew didn't come away empty-handed though.

They did finish as winners in one event.

"We won the NAPPY award (Not A Proper Paddler Yet) after we managed to post the slowest time on the day (1min 23sec - the fastest was 40sec)," Wilson laughed.

"You could say that we paddled like we birth - slowly and without fuss.

"We wouldn't want it any other way."

The crew from Wayne Kruger Electrical didn't struggle with pace.

They won the event and the $1000 prize money which they donated to Meals on Wheels Hervey Bay.