Athlete uses social media to help find piece of missing oar.
Athlete uses social media to help find piece of missing oar.

Twitter may help find missing oar

AN international athlete has turned his back on the humble photocopied notice and instead used social media to search for a piece of missing equipment.

Australian kayaker and Tugun lifeguard Matt Urquhart lost half of his kayak paddle when training at Tugun on Monday.

Mr Urquhart promptly posted a note on Twitter with a picture of the remaining half of his oar.

"If anyone finds the other half somewhere between Tugun and Kirra give me a bell," he tweeted.

Now in training for the London Olympic selection trials, the mechanical engineer and Robina resident said the paddle broke in his hands.

"It probably sank. I saw it there on the bottom never to be seen again," he said.

"They are $500 a pop.

"At low tide I thought if it was out there, somebody might find it."

Mr Urquhart, who has since borrowed a paddle from his housemate, said he hoped someone would return the other half of his oar to the Tugun Surf Club.



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