Su­per-fit Fiona sim­ply oar-in­spir­ing

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport - By CRAIG BAX­TER

TOWNSVILLE’S Fiona Muxlow is mak­ing a big ‘splash’ in the lit­tle-known sport of in­door row­ing.

Muxlow col­lected a first and sec­ond plac­ing at this year’s Queens­land ti­tles in Bris­bane.

The 29-year-old per­sonal trainer and ac­com­plished mar­tial arts ex­po­nent won the open women’s 500m heavy­weight event be­fore fin­ish­ing sec­ond in the 2000m heavy­weight event.

Muxlow ex­plained that in­door row­ing used com­put­erised ver­sions of the row­ing ma­chines which had be­come fea­tures of gym­na­si­ums around the world.

She said events at the State ti­tles had sim­u­lated those of out­door row­ing races.

‘‘With the com­puter setup they can rankpeo­ple from all over the world,’’ Muxlow said.

‘‘At the State ti­tles they had 15 ma­chines set up, all linked by com­puter.

‘‘The ma­chines are all set to a dis­tance and the first per­son to get to that dis­tance is the win­ner.

‘‘With the com­puter an­i­ma­tion you can see where your boat is in real time.

‘‘You just row your heart out and die at the end.’’

Muxlow’s 500m time of 1 minute 39.80 sec­onds gave her a world rank­ing for this year of four.

Her State ti­tles per­for­mances were made the more im­pres­sive by the fact Muxlow does not have a back­ground in row­ing.

‘‘I’ve only been in a row­ing boat once but be­cause I’m a per­sonal trainer I use row­ing ma­chines a lot with my clients,’’ Muxlow said.

‘‘I was the only non-rower com­pet­ing at the State ti­tles, all the oth­ers had rowed all through high school or were still com­pet­i­tive row­ers.’’

The su­per-fit Muxlow is a for­mer na­tional cham­pion in the mar­tial art of Brazil­ian Ju-Jitsu.

Muxlow re­cently re­turned from a ma­jor mar­tial arts tour­na­ment in the Philip­pines, where she was un­de­feated in four Brazil­ian Ju-Jitsu and sub­mis­sion wrestling events.

She said she had no firm plans to take up row­ing proper.

‘‘It’s maybe some­thing I’ll con­sider in fu­ture, when I fin­ish full-con­tact mar­tial arts,’’ Muxlow said.

‘‘But at the mo­ment stickto in­door row­ing.’’

I’ll

TO THE MAX . . . per­sonal trainer and mar­tial arts ex­po­nent Fiona Muxlow has tasted suc­cess in the lit­tle-known sport of in­door row­ing,

with the 29-year-old col­lect­ing gold and sil­ver medals at the re­cent State cham­pi­onships in Bris­bane

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