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When you’re in the water training at 4.30am each morning, living close to the ocean at Golden Bay is a real advantage.
Gordon Waycott’s 26-year dedication to paddling knows no bounds and his drive, determination and enthusiasm saw the Golden Bay estate resident take out two gold medals in the bi-annual Dragon Boat World Championships last month (24 to 28 July 2013).
Super-fit Gordon was one of only four Western Australians selected to compete in the international event in Szeged, Hungary, where he was hoping to relive his team’s gold medal winning success of the 2011 Tamper, Florida championships. 
As a member of the Grand Masters division for over 50s, Gordon has proved that you’re never too old to live your dreams – and he was quick to point out that the competition in 2013 was fierce.
“It was very challenging, believe you me,” Gordon explained. “I trained pretty hard in the lead up to the event because I knew it was going to be tough, I’d been there before.
“I was in the Australian team in 2011 which was the first year anyone from WA had ever qualified to compete in the World Championships.
“This time, my training regime included paddling at the beach three times a week, plus boxing, gym work and football. It feels great to be a gold medallist again.”
Like most residents at Golden Bay, Gordon loves the coastal lifestyle and is making the most of living near the ocean.
“I’m definitely a beach person – you’ll find me down there at 4.30am every day working out so I’m really looking forward to the direct access pathway being completed.”
Access to the beach via planned walking trails (making those white sands only a short jog away if you’re a keen sportsperson like Gordon) will be just one of the advantages of living in Golden Bay. There are also plans for landscaped parks, an on-site primary school (scheduled to open in 2015), and a proposed neighbourhood activity centre.