How does it feel to be the first, the best, the only? To achieve something, when it has been nearly tangible for years, while pouring out
all strength, just trying to beat out the rolling seconds of clock? Sweating while the blade rips through the water and the bow laps the surface of each rolling wave.

Kneeling on one knee and paddling on only one side with a single-blade paddle for one hundred and twenty five miles over four days, from Devizes to Westminster in a C1 (single person) canoe, Samantha Rippington earned her spot in sports history as the first woman to complete this epic international race in a high kneel Olympic-class canoe and just the third canoeist overall to achieve the feat.