PALM Beach resident Brett McDonald won gold at the recent Canoe Marathon World Championships and Masters World Cup in South Africa.
McDonald (48) said he and his K2 partner Brett Greenwood are the 45- to 49-year-old world champions.
The duo beat the European champions, who finished with silver.
McDonald was delighted with his international win.
Previously, he had competed in five national championships, each time making the podium.
McDonald competed in triathlon for 15 years and became serious about paddling seven years ago.
“I was into adventure racing and moved into paddling from there,” he said.
“I won the Avon Descent a few years ago.”
McDonald said he enjoyed paddling because it was a form of meditation.