Pals with paddles

ROW YOUR BOAT: South Grafton High School students Clayton (left) and Sebastian Young. The brothers represented NSW CHS at the state kayaking championships last week. PHOTO: Matthew McInerney
ROW YOUR BOAT: South Grafton High School students Clayton (left) and Sebastian Young. The brothers represented NSW CHS at the state kayaking championships last week. PHOTO: Matthew McInerney

Clayton and Sebastian Young have been canoeing and kayaking for the last five years, and forged a perfect partnership on the Nymboida River.

They experienced varying degrees of success over the last few years, the highest point being the Australian Championships in Tasmania two years ago.

"We came back with two bronzes," Clayton said.

"We competed in a few classes including C1, C2 and K1. It was pretty tough competition."

The pair regularly paddle up at Big River Canoe Club, and have competed in a competition on the Clarence River.

Mum Janelle has been the pair's biggest supporter, and described how they managed to keep committed to their sport.

"It is a real family sport," Janelle Young said.

"We much prefer it to other sports. You get to sit by the river for a few hours while they're out paddling - it's great."

Year 12 student Clayton competed in his final Combined High School State and Regional Canoeing Championships earlier this week.

The 18 year old made sure he went out with a bang, putting in such a good performance he was named North Coast senior men's champion.

Not to be outdone, Year 9 student Sebastian matched his older brother's achievement as he picked up the North Coast junior men's championship.

Clayton intends to move to Brisbane to further his education next year, leaving Sebastian to look for a new partner."I'll try to keep paddling but it could get a bit busy," Clayton said.



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