Mandurah resident Johann won gold at paddling championships!
Mandurah resident Johann has added another paddling gold medal to his collecton – 25 years after his last one! Johann competed at the 2019 Oceania and Paddle Australian Canoe Marathon Championships on the Swan River held on the 18th and 19th May. Johann won gold in the 70-74 age group paddling a distance of 15.2km in a time of 1:26:59.
You may remember us introducing you to Johann late last year when he approached St Ives after returning to the paddling world. From 1988 to 1994, Johann paddled competitively before taking a break until August 2018.
We caught up with Johann after his win and here’s what he had to say:
Thanks for your sponsorship of one of the latest racing paddles available. I could alter the length and the feather angles quick and easy to find the best fit for speed and distance for the different races.
The 2019 Oceania and Paddle Australia Canoe Marathon Championships on the Swan River was held at the Ascot Kayak Club after the club and Paddle WA hosted the event previously in 2013.
It was a chilly start for the 286 competitors who have made their way to Western Australia from all across Australia and New Zealand, but it soon warmed up to ideal racing weather with light winds and balmy autumn temperatures.
The National Championships are selection relevant for national team selection for the 2019 ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships (17-20 October 2019) and ICF Canoe Marathon Masters World Championships (14-15 October 2019), which will both be held in Shaoxing, China.
Competitors from all age groups with the youngest competitor nine years of age and the oldest local Ray Smith at seventy-nine years old who finished with a silver medal in the 11.5km.
Tegan Fraser from QLD won the open womens K1 over 26.3km in a time of 2:05:31.9.
Josh Kippin from WA took out the men’s open title with a time of 2:12:41.9 for 30km.
We’re thrilled Johann won gold and are very happy to be part of his journey!