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Sutherland para-canoeist Hope Gordon wins gold at world championships

By Caroline McMorran

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Sutherland para-athlete Hope Gordon (28) is celebrating after winning a gold medal at the Para-Canoe World Championships in Duisburg, Germany.

Hope Gordon. Picture: canoephotography.com/Benie Vekassy (ICF)
Hope Gordon. Picture: canoephotography.com/Benie Vekassy (ICF)

The championships ran from Wednesday to Saturday, August 23-26.

Hope, who comes from Rogart, achieved a career-best time of 56.199 seconds in the women’s VL3 200m race on Friday evening.

Her win secured a quota place for Great Britain in the upcoming 2024 Paralympic Games to be held in Paris.

After the race, Hope said: “World champion sounds pretty good. It was a good race and I was really happy that I delivered.”

She also paid tribute to her family - mum and dad John and Rona Gordon and brother Sean - for their continuing support.

Hope went on to take a fourth place in the KL3 (kayak) 200m on the final day of the championships.

“Fourth is never the best place to finish but that was a good race,” she said. "I came out here to have fun and race the best in the world. It was weird, I was the only one on the start line who raced in both boats and it definitely took it out of me.

“That event is getting faster and closer with each competition, there are a few of us pushing each other on and that’s what it's all about, making us all better.”

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