RECORD BREAKER: China Johnson, centre, with Wendy Coghill and Miguel Rojano. Picture: Contributed
RECORD BREAKER: China Johnson, centre, with Wendy Coghill and Miguel Rojano. Picture: Contributed

Indoor rowing world record broken within a month of taking up sport

INDOOR ROWING: The Sunshine Coast Indoor Rowing Club are celebrating the achievements of Cotton Tree’s China Johnson, who broke a world record for 90-94 years at The Sports Hub.

The 90-year-old only started the sport less than a month ago but has promptly made an impact.

He claimed the new global mark for four minutes by rowing 828m, smashing the old record of 600m.

Johnson also boasts national records for 100m, 500m and 1000m.

“It was great for China to be able to go for these records on the brand new concept2 rowing machines at the amazing O2 Performance gym,” club president Wendy Coghill said.

O2 Performance owner/manager Miguela Rojana invited Johnson to attempt the records there and supervised the rows with Coghill.

Johnson, who is also a member of the Cotton Tree Masters Swimming Club, is now aiming to row 2000m for an Australian record.

The Sunshine Coast Indoor Rowing Club now has four members with world records to their name including Sunshine Coasters Johnson and Roberta Gordon, Redlands’ Vince Home and Anne Cresswell from Victoria.


The surprising whooping cough stats from the Northern Rivers

premium_icon The surprising whooping cough stats from the Northern Rivers

“The primary aim of whooping cough control is to protect infants"

Residents encouraged to report illegal dumping

Residents encouraged to report illegal dumping

Illegal dumping costs our region $500,000 a year.

Do you live in Australia's unhealthiest suburb?

premium_icon Do you live in Australia's unhealthiest suburb?

Find out how your neighbourhood compares.