Mandurang South’s Lola Makar has only been a marathon paddle boarder for five months, but already claimed a prestigious race win last weekend.
Makar was the winner of the Gippsland Lakes Paddle Challenge, a 27 kilometre event from Paynesville to Lakes Entrance.
Her time of three hours, five minutes and 13 seconds was the best of any woman in the field, dramatically eclipsing Makar’s expectations.
“I set myself the goal of three and a half to four hours, so I was rapt with this time,” she said.
Favourable conditions and a tail wind made for perfect racing conditions, with Makar opting to test herself at the 27km distance as opposed to the 13 km event between Metung and Lakes Entrance.
Paddle boarding has been a passion of Makar’s for some time and she has been taking part in the sport for five years.
“It is probably the biggest marathon event in the state and has been running for nine years,” Makar said.
Major prizes on offer to competitors of the events were a stand up inflatable paddle board valued at $2000, a $1500 gift voucher from Charger Surf Craft and a personal location beacon.