The 2019 Dragon Run ocean ski race in Hong Kong will be one to remember for Northcliffe duo and long course winners Cory Hill and Danielle McKenzie.

For McKenzie, it was her first time in Hong Kong while for Hill, it was his third straight win in the 24km race and first international race win as a father.

“I haven’t had an international win since being a father,” said Hill who finished in a time of 1:24:15 ahead of former Gold Coast Suns academy member Jackson Collins and Kenny Rice

“To come across, I knew I had to do something special. In the downwind section, I put the pedal down knowing that the last 5km always hurts and there’s a lot of great paddlers out there.”

Shaw and Partners Race Team member Mackenzie Hynard finished on the podium in third place while 2009 winner Shannon Eckstein finished slightly further down the field in a time of 1:31:16.

Not only does 2019 mark Danielle McKenzie’s first win at the event, but she also prevented Hayley Nixon from claiming a third straight title.

“I didn’t really know where to go but I listened to the race briefing,” McKenzie admitted after the race.

“I’ve grown up (in New Zealand) around Teneale (Hatton, third place) and Rachel (Clarke, fourth place) and racing them in surf life saving so we know each other very well.”

Source: Gold Coast Bulletin, 12 November 2019