WRIGHT’S Beach paddler Dianne Chellew has been battling some tough conditions at the World Masters Cup in Copenhagen, Denmark in the last week.
The World Masters Cup is part of the World Marathon Canoe Championships and Chellew has had to compete in near freezing conditions, which she described as horrendous.
Chellew managed a bronze in the K1 singles event last week, in less than perfect conditions.
It was nine degrees with pouring rain, thunder, lightning and hail, but that was not all she had to look out for.
“With one kilometre to go my race nearly came to an abrupt end when I was T-boned by a fellow warming up for the next race,” she said.
“He hit me so hard that he smashed a hole in my boat, just behind the cockpit.
“I don’t know how I managed to stay afloat but I did.
“I was also very lucky that I had a pump in the boat as I was taking in water as fast as I could pump it out.”
Chellew then took out her second bronze for the championships in the doubles event the following day.
Although it was only 4.5 degrees, the weather was much better and Chellew and her Finnish partner found themselves in a battle for second, third and fourth after the Russians got off to a flyer for first.
“I was paddling in an age group lower than mine as my Finnish partner is younger than me and we were sandwiched between two Danish crews who tried everything they could to throw us of the wash,” she said.
“We made a big effort into the third portage and got a bit of a break, one of the Danish boats caught us and we just couldn't match their pace.
“The other Danish crew tried to chase us down, but couldn't match our continual surges and at the end of the race we came in third quite comfortably.
“It is very difficult to beat the Danes on their home turf, especially when you have two boats against one.”
Chellew said she was very pleased to come away with two medals from the championships, especially given the conditions and because she had only paddled with her partner for the first time the day before.
She said it was very rewarding after her success at the recent World Masters Games and is now looking forward to a break from training and living a normal life for the next couple of weeks.