ECHUCA outrigger Tony Bond was recently made a life member of the United States Canoe Association.
The 64-year-old has now qualified to train other outriggers and had a proven method of his own when it came to canoeing.
He recently saw success at yet another USCA National Canoe and Kayak Sprint Championships, coming home with two medallions.
Between 200 and 300 canoers attended the USCA’s 50th championships held in Iowa on August 10-14.
It was Bond’s second time canoeing the Mississippi river, but the first time he had raced along it.
He had previously paddled the Mississippi around Wisconsin in 1986 before the championships this year.
He competed in two open events, coming first in the sprint championships for paddlers with physical disabilities on Thursday, August 10, and finishing second on Saturday in the open men’s single canoe.
He raced again on the Sunday in the 60 and over men’s single canoe taking out fifth place.
Prior to the championships he had seen even more success at Florida racing in the Mere Mortals Race on the Suwannee and Withlacoochee rivers.
He finished first in the 60 and over men’s single canoe on July 29.
And he was hoping his next event would be a little closer to home with the mini-marathon canoe race from Barmah-Echuca to be held on Saturday, October 14.
The event was organised by Canoeing Victoria and Echuca Canoe Club and could be raced either singularly or in a relay team.
Bond will most likely be working as part of the event, but said if he did race it will be a good warm-up to the Hawkesbury Classic the following week, a 110km marathon race along the Hawkesbury river in Sydney.