UKZN Scientist Triumphs at Canoe World Championships
UKZN animal scientist Dr Marion Young won two gold medals at the recent 2013 ICF Canoe Marathon Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark.
For Young, who came ninth in the women’s category of this year’s Unlimited Dusi Canoe Marathon, it was the first time she had been at the World Championships.
She won K1 gold in the 35 to 39 year age group and together with her teammate Ms Angela Scruby, also claimed gold in the K2 category.
A source of great inspiration for Young, her coach, Mr Len Jenkins, managed the same feats in the men’s 70 to 74 age group.
‘Many people have surely experienced that “final effort” at the end of a race; a final deep dig to finish that article, project or journey,’ said Young. 'When you think you are tired and can’t do more, you in fact can! And this is what I’ve gained from the whole experience. We all have a wealth of talent and need only to ignite ourselves to the possibilities of what is achievable,’ said Young.
‘There were times in both the K1 and K2 races that I had the choice to back off and accept less, or commit,’ admits Young.
South African paddlers excelled at the competition coming away with a total of five gold medals among a number of silver and bronze wins.
*Young documents her experience at the competition on her blog at http://youngmblog.wordpress.com/2013/09/27/lets-see-what-you-got/
- Barrington Marais