WORLD BEATERS: Vivienne Golding of Noosa, centre, with her World masters champion crew.
WORLD BEATERS: Vivienne Golding of Noosa, centre, with her World masters champion crew. Contributed

A double win for Noosa kayaker

NOOSA champion kayaker Vivienne Golding has returned from the World Masters Games in Auckland doubly on top of the world.

Despite Vivienne competing alongside former Olympians during the week, she showed nerves of steel to win gold in both the over-50s C1 single canoe Slalom and C1 Team Event.

She was among more than 25,000 participants who gathered from all over the globe to compete across 28 sports at the Games, the largest multi-sport event in the world.

The slalom events were hosted at Vector Wero Park, the first purpose-built white-water park in New Zealand. Vivienne said this was a challenging 400m grade 3/4 course, but she had prepared well for the tough competition.

Despite not competing at national level since 2009, her work as owner and guide of Noosa Everglades sustainable tour operator Kanu Kapers has enabled her to keep her strokes up and maintain a high level of fitness.

"Even though the calm waters of the Everglades river system can't really compare to the challenge of the grade 3/4 rapids in New Zealand, it means that I get to paddle every day,” she said.

"I came to Auckland to do the best I could and catch up with old teammates and friends again.

"I'm absolutely thrilled at getting not just one, but two gold medals.”


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