Matt Urquhart & Lyndsie Fogarty
Queensland duo, Lyndsie Fogarty and Matthew Urquhart have decided to put down their paddles and move onto the next stages of their lives, after officially announcing their retirements from flatwater canoeing.
Both athletes forged successful careers in the sport, winning multiple ICF World Cup medals and a string of Nationals titles between them.
Fogarty farewells the sport as an Olympic Bronze medallist, after she was a member of the K4 500 crew that finished third at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, one of many career highlights for the 29 year old.
“I have heaps of highlights, making my first Australian team, winning Bronze at the Beijing Olympics and sharing that experience with three other girls, competing in London and becoming a two-time Olympian,” Fogarty said.
Fogarty misses it already, “I miss it every day, they were my family, and still are.”
Since beginning their careers in 1999 and 2006 respectively, Fogarty and Urquhart believe that the sport has come on leaps and bounds, something Urquhart believes can be attributed to the hard work of National Performance Director Richard Fox, National Men’s Coach Jimmy Owens and former National Women’s Coach Martin Marinov.
“The sport has become a lot more professional, and that attitude has brought team and individual success,” Urquhart said.
“The professionalism showed by the sport and team as a whole, with the resources and level of detail going into team travel, training, coaching, nutrition and sports science has had a profound impact on international performance.”
Urquhart said he would like to remain in the sport in a role, whether that be administration, coaching, mentoring or leadership.
“I think I will always paddle,” Urquhart said.
“I have enjoyed working with Jordon (Wood), Joel (McKitterick), Aaron Murphy and Bill (Bain) at training and enjoyed their enthusiasm and the opportunity to offer advice.”
Fogarty also flagged an interest in giving back to the sport, which has provided her with so many fond memories.
“I will always be available to help keep the sport on track and hopefully see Australia becoming a benchmark for canoe sprint,” she said.
Exciting opportunities now await the pair, with Fogarty looking forward to completing two degrees, one in Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy at Central Queensland University, and a Law degree at Griffith University.
Urquhart is looking forward to getting back involved in Surf Life Saving, while managing his time working at Mineral Technologies as Senior Project Engineer for a processing plant in the United States of America.
Both athletes would like to thank the Australian Institute of Sport, Australian Canoeing and the Queensland Academy of Sport for the opportunity to compete and develop in the sport.
While the athletes had too many individual people to thank they made special mention for Vince Fehervari, Jimmy Owens, Glenn Workman and John Sumegi.
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