Marion masters the masters

After six months of determined training, Lismores Marion Brownlie (pictured) captured the national K1 veterans marathon crown in Penrith on Easter Saturday. Brownlie paddled to glory in the Australian Marathon Canoe Championships in the K1 over 55 division in 2 hours and eight minutes, faster than any paddler in the womens Under 45 division and in a time which would have seen her come in sixth in the mens section for her age-group.

There were boats everywhere, Marion told The Echo. There were a hundred boats in the veterans division, all on the water at once, which suited me, Im used to paddling in rough water as Im always paddling after the boys at home.

Brownlie has been training intensively with her sons, Tony and Glen, both Queensland State representative kayakers, in Lismore over the past few years.

My training really worked out, Brownlie said. Ive always been slow out of the blocks but not anymore. Ive been sprint training with Tony over the last six months and its worked a treat.


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