Ben Ball and Daniel Laulu are being congratulated by the legendary Bob from Geelong after their strong performances in the 2011 National Marathon titles. Ben finished first in a time of 1 hour 52 minutes in the mens open tk1. Daniel finished third in a time of 2 hours 3 minutes in the vet 45 tk1. Both paddlers competed over race distances of 24km. The event was conducted at the Geelong canoe club on the Barwon river over the Easter 2011 period.