RIGHT PLACE: Lismore paddler Marion Brownlie won a silver medal at the Aust- ralian National Canoe Marathon on the Gold Coast.
RIGHT PLACE: Lismore paddler Marion Brownlie won a silver medal at the Aust- ralian National Canoe Marathon on the Gold Coast. contributed

Novice kayakers steal the show

THREE Far North Coast kayakers returned with medals from the Australian National Canoe Marathon at Lake Coomera on the Gold Coast at the weekend.

Andrew Gordon and Stuart Thomson are only new to the sport but managed to win gold in the men's veterans 50 K2 20km race.

Gordon has been a regular driver at Lismore speedway over the years while Thomson has a background in surf boats.

They are coached by Marion Brownlie, who also competed and won a silver medal in the women's veterans 65 K1 15km race.

"I'm just really rapt for the boys," Brownlie said.

"It was a big effort for them to get that sort of result being new to the sport and in challenging conditions.

"They have been paddling doubles only for the past six weeks so that makes their win even more remarkable."

The marathon was made up of 5km laps around the course.

To make up the distance there were several buoy turns that sent competitors on a zig-zag path with much of the distance being in shallow water.

Brownlie led for the first four laps of her race before she was run down by the world champion in her division.

She has recently become a qualified personal trainer and is focusing her work on isolated stretching with older athletes.



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