Australian Masters Games

West Lakes calms for Marathon Doubles

By Piper Denholm - 5 October 2015

West Lakes calms for Marathon Doubles

The picturesque West Lakes have for the past three days been the home for the canoeing and kayaking competition at the 15th Australian Masters Games.

The participants faced horrendous conditions on the first day of competition with the bows of many boats becoming submerged from the head winds.

70-year-old Michael Wilson and his partner, 68-year-old Jane Farrance from Ivanhoe-Northcote Canoe Club in Victoria were both pleased with the improved conditions this morning.

"On Saturday, we weren’t racing, we were trying to survive", said Wilson.

"There were many people falling out of their canoes due to the cross winds and the boats being so narrow."

On Monday morning, Michael and Jane participated in the 16km Marathon Doubles and in previous days had participated in the sprints.

Both Michael and Jane have enjoyed several Masters Games in the past, and started competing in 1996.

They both believe the older they get, the better they become and that is one of the reasons they frequently return to the games.

"The Games are a lot of fun and we can’t show enough praise to the officials and organisers who have made them run so smoothly, if it wasn’t for them nothing would have happened," said Farrance.

Michael and Jane received a gold medal for their win this morning.

The 15th Australian Masters Games are being held in Adelaide, October 3-10, featuring more than 10,000 participants from across Australia and around the world.

For further information regarding the Australian Masters Games, please visit

The Australian Masters Games is proudly sponsored by the South Australian Tourism Commission through Events South Australia. 

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