Pair paddles for medals
MEDALS at the Hamilton Cup are hard work for paddlers but two locals made it look easy at the recent event.
Bill Jarvis and Erin Robertson paired up and returned with a second and two thirds, a fantastic effort considering one of them has had a short paddling career.
Robertson hopped in the canoe five months ago and Jarvis praised the way she performed at the Hamilton Cup event.
“Erin's done a pretty good job and was very pleased to beat her brother in the 16km race,” Jarvis said.
Jarvis, a Canoe Point Outriggers' member, has been paddling for years, and had no idea the pair was going to return with medals.
“I've been in quite a few and never won anything before,” he said.
The pair won silver in the 16km, two-man event – a super feat considering it got off to an unfortunate start.
“I had to race back to the room to get the rudder cover, so we were about one kilometre behind when we started,” Jarvis said.
This was backed up an hour-and-a-half later with a third in the eight kilometre, two-man paddle, and again the start of the race was not without incident.
“This time, Erin had to race back to get another paddle, because it was the wrong one,” Jarvis said.
The pair finished half a boat length from second, snaring third place.
They also made the finals of the 250-metre two-man sprint, beating the woman's world number two along the way in heat two.
Jarvis and Robertson were asked to paddle in the Fraser Coast team in the six-man mixed race, which was over 42km around Hamilton Island, and again they finished third.