Like his higher-profile team-mates Alan Thompson, Ian Ferguson and Paul MacDonald, Grant Bramwell came to kayaking via surf lifesaving. What’s more, he carried on with surf lifesaving even after he’d achieved world recognition as a kayaker.

Bramwell, who took up kayaking in 1977, paddled at two Olympics, and was very much a central figure in the golden age of the sport in New Zealand.

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