Alexandra Davidson - 6 October 2013
The early morning wakeup call clearly did not faze Terri Hynes - volunteer and triple gold medal winning canoeist at the 14th Australian Masters Games in Geelong.
Today Hynes arrived at the Barwon Terrace venue at 6:30am, and initially as a volunteer helped to set up the morning session of sprint canoeing. But by 8am she was in participant mode and went on to win gold medals in the 1 km and TK1 events.
This takes her gold medal tally to three when added to her victory yesterday for the 12 km canoeing marathon.
Hynes unexpectedly entered the sport in 2001 when her brother and nephews convinced her to be the extra person on their Murray Marathon team.
“I didn’t know what I was getting into. I had never been in a kayak before, and had to paddle a 404 km team relay. That was an eye opener. I’m still paddling, they are not!
“It was a challenge, but I loved it. I’ve been paddling ever since.” Hynes said.
She went on to win the gold medal in the 200 metres sprint at 2009 World Masters in Sydney. Now 68, she competes as often as she can - in the Australian championships, the Victorian titles and Masters Games.
Competing in her fifth Australian Masters, Hynes enjoys the Games atmosphere, in particular the camaraderie, especially whilst competing in her own age group.
“It is a little bit more relaxed than with the gun paddlers. We are all in to have fun, catch up, have a chat, and enjoy ourselves”, Hynes said.
“I’ll keep competing it as long as I can!”
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