Mother and son win kayak gold
MOTHER and son kayaking duo Marion Brownlie and Tony Curtis are no strangers to podium finishes in K1 events.
And for the first time ever the Lismore pair both won gold medals on the same day in the Queensland Kayak Marathon Championships at Emerald Lakes at the Gold Coast on Saturday.
Curtis won gold in the in the 29.4km open men's K1 and has now won the event three times.
Even more impressive, the 38-year-old has been eligible to compete in the men's veterans division for the last three years.
"As long as I'm competitive I'll stay in the opens," Curtis said.
"I'm really happy with how I went and I'll remember the weekend as one of the special wins."
Brownlie was thrilled with her result after taking a break from racing since winter last year.
She won gold in the 12.6km women's over-60 veterans K1.
"I've just moved up an age division and it was a thrill to beat the first 60-year-old man back," she said.
"It was really rough conditions and I saw someone fall in the water to the front of me after a big gust of wind.
"You normally don't see much of the surrounding scenery because you focus mainly on what's in front of you."
The open men did seven laps on the course with six portages - where they get out of their kayak and run a short distance. Curtis prefers events with portages.
"It's always good to get out of the boat and have a bit of a run," he said.
"It gets the legs moving and adds another dimension to the race.
"The waves were bouncing in the water and it felt like being in a washing machine."
He also had to overcome a late charge from his Queensland rivals.
"The blokes behind me in second and third worked together on the last two laps," Curtis said.
"One of them made a final charge but I managed to win by about 70 metres."
Far North Coast Canoe Club member Bradley Restall finished fourth in the open men's.
"Brad is only 24 and he'll be one of the next top guys," Curtis said.
"It was a great result for a small club like ours and mum and I were the only NSW people to get medals."
Meanwhile, Curtis will keep it all in the family when he competes in a team with his brother Glen in the second annual Samson Challenge charity event in Lismore this weekend.
It involves rowing, swimming, running and flipping heavy tyres.
He also plans to compete in a similar event - the Anaconda Adventure Race on the Gold Coast in August.