Coldstream's Lina Augaitis crowned Canadian SUP champion

Paddler national champion

A Coldstream woman swept the field in national stand up paddleboarding competition over the weekend.

Lina Augaitis Dye was competing in the Whipper Snapper SUP Canadian National Championships in Deep Cove, B.C.

An excited Augaitis said: "I won the 18-kilometre distance event, the technical, 200-metre sprint and overall!"

When not on the water, Augaitis clearly knows a thing or two about staying in shape.

She works as a PE teacher at Harwood Elementary.

Augaitis, 41, is a Canadian Olympic team member, winner of four ISA World Championship medals in three different SUP racing disciplines, and was previously Canadian SUP racing champion in 2016 and 2018.

She spent much of her youth as a competitive gymnast before becoming the SUP distance racing world champion just four years after taking up the sport at age 30.

Augaitis is the SUP director of Surf Canada.

After moving to the Okanagan in 2003, she also took up rock climbing, trail running, mountain biking and backcountry skiing, and by 2007 was competing in triathlons, marathons, and adventure races.

Augaitis is considered one of the world’s top female standup paddlers and in 2014 and 2015 was dubbed "the fastest female paddler on Earth."

On her Instagram account, Augaitis said after taking "a few years off" from racing, she" wasn't sure what to expect ... so pretty happy to have my body and mind hold up and come away with another ... title!"

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