Queensland paddler Matthew Urquhart has decided to put down his paddle and move onto the next chapter of his life, after officially announcing his retirement from flatwater canoeing.
Urquhart forged a successful career, competing at numerous ICF World Championships and World Cups, and winning multiple National titles.
Asked what his career highlights were he responded, “Finishing fifth in the men’s K4 1000 at the 2010 World Championships, and finishing seventh in K1 500, because it is Szeged, the atmosphere and noise from the crowd was insane, and to compete in K1 you can’t get any better than that.”
Since beginning his career 2006 respectively, Urquhart believes that the sport has come on leaps and bounds, something that 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.”
The next chapter now begins for Urquhart, who 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.
Urquhart said he had too many people to thank, but made special mention for Jimmy Owens, Vince Fehervari, Glenn Workman and Katrin Borchert for their influence on his paddling career.