Champion canoeist honoured for hard work

Long-time Williamstown resident Cathy Venning again brings honour to her family and peers after receiving the Masters Paddler of the Year award. Photo: Paddle Australia - Louis Brandt
Long-time Williamstown resident Cathy Venning again brings honour to her family and peers after receiving the Masters Paddler of the Year award. Photo: Paddle Australia - Louis Brandt

Champion canoeist Cathy Venning has done it again.

The high school student wellbeing leader managed to secure her second state award for marathon paddling and last month took home Masters Paddler of the Year award presented by Paddle Australia in Sydney.

The recent award is the result of a successful year winning two gold medals in the K2 and a silver medal in the K1 at the 2018 ICF Canoe Marathon Masters World Cup in Portugal.

The long-time Williamstown resident, who currently calls Victor Harbor home, again feels humbled by the accolades.

“I had no clue I would receive this award,” she said.

And says she also owes her successes to parents Glen and Lyn Venning, of Williamstown, and sister Bronwyn who support her every move.

“I certainly couldn’t do it without them.”

According to Paddle Australia, Ms Venning was among a strong contingent of nominated Masters Paddlers from across the national, all of which posted exceptional results both domestically and internationally.