STRENGTH OF MIND: Marion Brownlie.
STRENGTH OF MIND: Marion Brownlie.

It's all in the head for new champ

By STEVE SPINKS sport@northernstar.com.au LISMORE'S Marion Brownlie is an active woman who spends long periods of time sitting on her behind.

Brownlie is a marathon kayaker who recently captured the 55-years K1 22.5km Australian Kayak Title.

But while kayaking is a sport you can do sitting down, the two-hour race is no picnic, according to Brownlie.

"When you do an event like that (the marathon) everyone is hurting," the 57-year-old said.

"It then becomes a head game and the person who is mentally stronger wins."

There's a simple reason why Brownlie is so effective over the marathon distance, besides the punishing six-day-a-week training program she follows.

She is a master practitioner in neural linguistic programming and also a hypnotherapist.

Basically, it means she's good at using language to effect positive changes in people's lives.

"It is mind over matter stuff," Brownlie said.

"It is programming yourself to get your body to react the way you want it to."

At the Championships in Penrith, Brownlie made a mid-race charge which eventually saw her demote defending champion Dianne Chellew, of the South Coast, to second.

Brownlie got into the sport through her two sons, Tony and Glenn, who are both keen paddlers.

She's been paddling for 10 years and for the past eight has won her age division in the Northern Marathon Series.

The Series kicks off this Sunday at Woodburn from 10am.



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