A surf-kayak star from Northumberland has spoken of her delight after being crowned a double world champion.
Tamsin Green won gold in both the women’s long-boat and short-boat competitions at the World Championships in Spain.
The 40-year-old is the first person to achieve the feat.
Tamsin, from High Hauxley, said: “I am delighted to win the gold medals at the World Championships because the Worlds are the stand-out event of surf-kayaking.
“I am especially pleased to win the long-boat because I had not won that before, so it was really nice to finally achieve that.”
Tamsin, an IT teacher at Amble’s James Calvert Spence College (JCSC), secured the gold medals in style, winning all of her heats on the way to the final of each discipline.
Victory in the short-boat contest saw her reclaim the title she lost in 2013 in Australia, having won it in 2011 in the USA for the first time.
She came close to making it a hat-trick in Spain, as she helped England to a second-placed finish in the team event, losing out to the Basque Country.
Tamsin is determined to defend the titles at the World Championships in 2017, to be staged in Northern Ireland.
She said: “I keep thinking that I will retire, but if the opportunity is there to compete then I will try to defend my titles. If you have got a title, I think it is more important to try to defend it and lose it than not competing at all.”
Tamsin has put in hard graft to take her seat at the sport’s top table, especially in achieving her dream of winning her first World Championship long-boat title.
She said: “I’ve worked hard. I’ve changed my style and a few things about my boat. My head has been in the right place and I practice yoga which helps your breathing, flexibility and mental preparation.”
Tamsin thanked JCSC for allowing her time off to compete and praised the Rotary Club of Amble and Warkworth for making a donation to the England surf-kayaking team.
Her husband Dan, 37, came ninth in the men’s short-boat competition.