OutriggerPaddling.net was set up as an information source and forum for outrigger paddlers around the world.
The owner of the site, and main writer for it, Lynda Lehmann, is a dual Olympic sprint kayaker (Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996, Ladies K4 500, 8th place, both Games). She is a multiple Australian champion in K1, K2 and K4 and was one of the longest consecutive serving members of the Australian Women’s K4, representing in the 1991 (having the honor of qualifying Australia’s first ever LK4 for an Olympic Games), 1993, 1994, & 1995 World Sprint Kayak Championships in the K4. Lynda also competed in K1 and K2 at the world championships, as well as the K2 5000m event at the 1991 and 1993 Worlds. She was also selected in the team for the 2000 World Marathon Kayak Championships (three years after retiring from serious training!), however, she withdrew due to coaching commitments leading into the Olympic Games.
Prior to taking up sprint kayak (at the age of 31!) she was first a swimmer, competing for the first time at the age of six! A hard trainer, she was always knocking on the door but never quite getting there! She was South Australian state champion several times (mostly 100 and 200m breastroke, and 400 IM) and competed at many national championships with a best result of 8th in the final! When Masters Swimming began in the 1980’s she quickly became the world record holder in both short and long course 200m Breastroke, and followed that up with two silver medals at the FINA Masters World Swimming Championships.
When Lynda began swim coaching, she had to retire from open swimming and turned to surf life saving where she was introduced to ironman and surf ski paddling. Back in those days there was no national championship for women in surf ski, and no female competition in iron man. So she competed against the men in the Nutrigrain Ironman events (at that time long course). Having won the ladies state championship on the surf ski at her first try at ski paddling she was talent identified as a prospect for kayaking in the newly formed South Australian Sports Institute Sprint Kayak Program. After three months of paddling a kayak she won a bronze medal in the K1 1000m at the National Championships, ahead of many of the current national team members. So began the rapid rise of one of the best Australian female kayak paddlers at that time.
Lynda was the coach of Marion Swimming Club in Adelaide and was one of only two women selected by Don Talbot for the National Talented Coaches Program. She produced eight Australian age group championship gold medals (and many silver and bronze medalists) and a record of 17 out of 20 swimmers who qualified for national age group championships made finals at least once in their careers.
During this time Lynda competed in the Barcelona Olympics, and won a scholarship as the SASI Female Development Program Coach. In 1995, Lynda retired from coaching both swimming and kayaking and headed for the Gold Coast and an AIS scholarship in preparation for the Atlanta Olympics.
In 1997 Lynda retired from sprint kayak competition and took up a position as a Senior Coach with the Western Australian Institute of Sport Kayak Program where she coached two women to the 2000 Olympic Games, and was selected as an Olympic Coach.
Lynda also became Australian Canoeing’s Flatwater Coaching Coordinator in 1997, where she played a major role in the development of Canoeing’s NCAS Level One and Level Two Coaching Courses. She was National Assessor for all Level 2 Flatwater Coaches and assisted in the development of Outrigger Caneoing’s NCAS Level 1 Coaching Course. Lynda wrote the Level 1 and Level 2 Canoe Coaching manual for Australian Canoeing and ran many Level 1 and 2 coaching courses across the country.
While living in Sydney, Lynda started outrigger canoeing with Shelley and Guy Wilding at Ikaiika, and assisting with coaching. She was also coaching sprint Canadian canoes, sprint and marathon kayaks, assisting with dragon boat coaching and presenting at sea kayaking seminars.
In 2003 Lynda retired from all sport, took over a ladies only gym in Adelaide and began the martial art of Bujinkan Ninjutsu .
Eventually she moved back to the Gold Coast in 2009 to take up the position of National Coordinator of an Australian Sports Commission, National Talent ID Program, Australian Canoeing and Surf Life Saving Australia joint venture program to develop a national talent transfer program between surf life saving and canoeing.
Once on the Gold Coast it was natural for her to take up the outrigger canoe paddle once again! The outrigger paddling highlight so far is the 2012 Na Wahine O Ke Kai with Team Aussie Aunties, legendary Jane Hall coach/steerer, and an amazing 8th place across the line and 1st place Senior Masters!!! In 2013 Na Wahine O Ke Kai, with Team Aussie Aunties – were 13 across the line (still the first international crew), and winner of the Senior Masters once again!
Lynda is a business consultant and internet marketer, focusing on online business services (websites, hosting, domains, internet marketing, and various affiliate programs). She and her husband run a Bujinkan Ninjutsu dojo and visit Japan on a very regular basis!