Coldstream resident brings back gold from world standup paddleboard championships

Lina Augaitis wins the 200-metre sprint race - a new event added to the world championships - in Fiji

Coldstream's Lina Augaitis waves the Canadian flag atop the medal podium after winning a gold medal at the ISA Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard World Championships in Fiji.

Coldstream's Lina Augaitis waves the Canadian flag atop the medal podium after winning a gold medal at the ISA Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard World Championships in Fiji.

Coldstream’s Lina Augaitis was golden in Fiji.

The standup paddleboarder won gold in the 200-metre sprints at the ISA World Championships.

The sprints were a new event added for 2016.

“We had semifinal heats and a final with six racers,” said Augaitis, a PE teacher at Vernon Secondary School.

“I nailed the start to finish and managed to win the sprint. In such a short distance, there is no room for error and I raced a perfect race.”

Augaitis also finished fifth in Fiji in the technical course race and eighth in the 18-kilometre long distance race.

She was a captain for Team Canada, which finished 11th overall out of 26 countries.

It was Augaitis’ third World Championship appearance.