Paddling with the best

Her comeback victory was spoiled by a matter of milliseconds, but that hasn't slowed paddleboarder Lina Augaitis down one bit.

Augaitis travelled to England two weeks ago, where she placed second in the Thames River Distance Course 2019.

“It took them almost two hours to decide the winner,” said Augaitis, indicating just how close the race was.

The Association of Professional Paddle Sports has a series of races every year, with the first of the season being in London.

In 2014, Augaitis won the race. Since then, she has had two children and wasn't sure how she would fare upon returning to competition with a one and three year old at home.

Augaitis led most of the 13.5-km race on the River Thames until being passed in the last 20 metres and losing by the slightest of margins.

But victory was not far off for Augaitis, who won the Canadian National Championship last week in Sidney, B.C.

The Coldtream resident has spent hours on Kalamalka Lake training for SUP events and now has her sights set on one of the biggest international events of the year, the Pan Am Games.

This year marks the first time SUP has been in the Pan Am Games, and Augaitis hopes to make history with a win.

A couple of races in B.C. will help her get ready for the Pan Ams in July.

Following the Pan Ams, Augaitis hopes to compete in the remainder of the world professional tour events in New York and Japan.

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