Kayak king Kenny first vet home in Oban comp

A FORMER white water racing national champion continues to reel in the honours – at the age of 58.

Kenny Fraser was part of the UK racing team during the 1980s and toured Europe regularly for competition.

He has set his sights on races closer to home in recent years, but success has followed him.

After winning the veterans’ class – and gaining a creditable third place overall – at the recent Oban Sea Kayak Race over 20km, Kenny is looking to finish 2012 on a high.

This year, he has already won the Spey (Knockandhu-Aberlour) stage of the Highland series and finished third in the Tay race from Kenmore to Grandtully.

“It’s about enthusiasm and focus, and training – not straining,” explained Kenny. “As you get older, you go for the longer distance. I’ve done a huge amount in paddling, from flat-water racing, ten kilometre races, and marathons over 16 miles. At Oban, I did the 20kms in two hours and two minutes [four minutes behind the winner], and I was disappointed because I seemed to be slowing in the last hour. Short of getting a Tardis, I didn’t know what to do!”

Kenny, a self-employed tradesman who in his spare time trains at Spetchman’s Pool in Wilton Lodge Park and on St Mary’s Loch, hopes to do better in the race next up on his calendar – next month’s Tay Descent from Dunkeld to Perth.