Experienced paddler and outdoor instructor at Kingston Maurward College John Purse has clearly passed his love of adventure onto daughter Cora, as the pair won gold in last weekends’ River Axe senior kayak K2 class.
Aged only 6, Cora braved the 5 and a half mile race through rapids and bends to complete the course in only 42 minutes.
Joined by fellow college lecturer Anthony Ray and his son Will who, aged 5, became the youngest ever to take part in the Axe race, it is clear that the outdoor adventure staff are producing a new generation of mini paddlers.
John who teaches the professional outdoor instructor course at the college has a long history of kayaking success having completed the 125 mile Devizes to Westminster race in 26 hours and Cross Scotland expeditions in canoes with Kingston Maurward students.
John said: “We were really proud of our children for their achievements this week. Canoeing is a great sport for team building and trust in each other’s skills. I see this every day at Kingston Maurward College and it’s amazing to succeed in a race with your own family.”
Young people aged 8 and up can learn canoeing or kayaking at the college based in Dorchester, as part of an outdoor activity day or at aged 16 as part of a full-time outdoor adventure qualification.