Super-fit Fiona simply oar-inspiring
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.’’
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