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Kiwis perform at Aussie Marathon Champs

Author -  Karen Simpson

Kiwis perform at Aussie Marathon Champs

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Andrew Mowlem in portage

Kiwi paddlers Glen Muirhead, Matt Archer (Mana), Andy Mowlem (North Shore), Sam Newlands, Kim Harker and Marshall Hollister-Jones (BOPCC) competed in the Australian Kayak Marathon Champs in Perth, Western Australia 18th/19th May.

The venue was magnificent with a well-planned course, calm conditions and tremendous hospitality from the Ascot Kayak club who helped arrange boats. Saturday saw a chilly start (6 degrees) but a clear day soon saw the temperatures rise. 

The highlight of the morning was a bronze medal for Glenn Muirhead in the Mens K1 50-54. The afternoon saw the Open Men and Women battle it out with a remarkable display of grit and determination over 30km - Andrew Mowlem finishing seventh and Sam Newlands eleventh in the Open Mens division.  In the 40-44 age division Matt Archer finished a creditable fourth. 

Sunday morning was a little warmer, at 7 degrees. Marshall Hollister-Jones teamed up with NSW Paddler Tony Hystek to win bronze in the Mens K2 55-64. This was no small achievement having only met the afternoon before the race. 

In the team boat events, Glenn Muirhead and Matt Archer blitzed off the start line to win gold in the Men’s K2 35-44. Excitement was created in the Open K2 with Aussie paddling legend Josh Kippin and his partner Jessie Phillips clawing back to second place after being a minute down on the fourth lap. Andy Mowlem and Sam Newlands put in a solid effort but lost time after dropping their boat on the 1st portage and finishing sixth.  đź‘Ť

Story courtesy of Marshall Hollister-Jones

Kiwis perform at Aussie Marathon Champs

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