On Sunday the final day of racing at the Marathon Championships was a success, with trophies presented and teams announced.
The second day of the Australian Marathon National Championships and National Team Selection has come to a close. The closest race of the day came in the Open Men K2. A tight pack of 5 boats stayed together for the majority of the race. It was in the closing couple of laps that the medal winning boats asserted their authority. After the last of seven portages and less than a kilometre of the 31km race distance to the finish, three boats had an equal opportunity to claim the title of Australian Champion. The last 300m was a sprint to the finish with Bennett Maxwell/Dale Thomson from South Australia holding off the very determined Victorian crew of Michael Leverett/Kate McGrath, who did well to finish so well despite not having a working foot pump.
"In the K2 we didn't have a working foot pump, which cost us time in the portages emptying the boat on each lap, making the race a tough catch up to pull back to the lead pack. Paddling in the mens K2 race with Mick Leverett was the best race I've experienced and to score a 2nd in a sprint finish with the South Australians topped off the Australian Champs for us." -Kate McGrath
The winning time was 2:09:44.7 with the second place getters less than half a boat length back, stopping the clock at 2:09:45.30. Third place was taken by Trevor Murray/Andrew Hosken (VIC) in a time of 2:09:58.07. Whilst outclassed the Western Australian/Tasmania crew of Mathew Dean and Stewart Bennett showed good determination to finish fourth in 2:10:09.69.
In the Under 18 Men K2 the Victorian crew of Logan Dutton/Casey Haynes snuck home to win by just over a second from the combined South Australian/Western Australian crew of Jak Bain and Coran Longwood.
The morning races had the veteran age groups compete in the doubles and the juniors (under 16) compete in single boats. It was a brilliant sight to see the eagerness and enthusiasm of the under 10 and under 12 athletes. The youngest, Serene Tempest (7) in the Under 10 Guppy class.
Many thanks to the Canoeing Western Australia, the Ascot Kayak Club, the competing athletes, support personnel and spectators. A special thanks to the many volunteers and officials who made the championships a huge success. A special mention goes to Jane Tempest as Volunteer Coordinator and Peter Martin, Competition Manager for their countless hours of hard work.
The trophies won during the championships and the 2012 Marathon Paddler of the Year were announced at the Championship Dinner on the Sunday evening.
The 2013 Australian Canoe Marathon Teams for the 2013 World Games in Cali, Colombia and 2013 ICF World Canoe Marathon Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark were also announced.
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