Students from the Elanora State High School Kayak Program brought home a swag of medals on the weekend at the 2018 Queensland Canoe Marathon Championships with a total of 11 medals, 7 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze. The Championships were held at Winders Park on March 24 and 25 and students paddled either a 4km circuit or an 8km circuit in the pristine waters of Currumbin Creek. The students in years 5, 6 and 7 demonstrated outstanding mental and physical toughness by successfully completing this long distance event. Some of the students have only been paddling since February, so to compete over this distance is an outstanding achievement.
William Prentice (Elanora State High School) paddled a total of 16 km at the Championships and came home with 2 gold medals.
“I was exhausted, I had a sore bum from paddling but I felt pretty good after competing over such a long distance” said Will.
William’s first medal was in the TK1 single U/14 event and the second in a double event with partner Che Johnson (Elanora State high School). Che and William did a great job to tough it out over the 8km circuit to win the gold medal.
Other students to compete in the Championships included Onyx Matthews (Currumbin Valley State School) who paddled in the TK2 with Thomas Maclachlan to obtain a silver medal. Thomas (Tallebudgera State School) also gained a silver in the single guppy division. Eden Chernov from Burleigh State School competed on day 1 and smashed the field in the TK1 to bring home gold. Rhys Campbell (Elanora State School) won two gold medals, one in the U/12 guppy class and one with team mate Roan Maloney (Elanora State School) in the U/12 TK2.
“Standing on the podium and getting a gold medal with my awesome TK2 partner was amazing” said Roan proudly.
Rocco Calliste paddled over the longer 8km distance and was successful in gaining a silver medal, while William Hardwick (Currumbin State School) finished with a bronze medal in the U/12 guppy class. The brother and sister combination of Annabelle and Max Prentice (Palm Beach State School) brought home gold in the U/12 mixed TK2 event.
Overall the students had a great time at the Championships and were very successful. They should be congratulated on their achievements!
See some other quotes from the competitors below:
Annabelle Prentice “It was really fun and great to achieve such a big challenge.”
Rhys Campbell “It was challenging paddling the 4km, but in the end I was very happy with my achievement.”
Onyx Matthews “I found the race challenging but fun and I have enjoyed making friends in the Elanora Kayak program.”
Max Prentice “I had good fun and wished I had competed on day 1. Next time I will give everything a go.”
Che Johnson “It was great how the coach just said we just had to finish. It made me feel better about keeping going.”
William Hardwick “It was good, it was hard paddling the 4km, and I was proud to finish.”