Olympians lead the way into the Olympic qualifying season
Paddle Australia’s national canoe sprint series kicked-off in style with top-level racing at the Canoe Sprint Grand Prix 1 in Adelaide over the weekend (7-9 December 2018).
Paddle Australia’s best Olympic and up and coming sprint paddlers, as well as a strong international contingent, contested the three-day event at West Lakes in changing conditions with Adelaide presenting four seasons in one day.
Australia’s current and aspiring Tokyo 2020 Olympians presented themselves in strong form at the first competition of the summer season and ahead of the 2019 Olympic qualifying season. But it was also the up and coming talent, who made waves at the Grand Prix 1 and build the excitement for what lies ahead with some impressive performances.
Paddle Victoria Sprint team
Had a successful Canoe Sprint Grand Prix 1.
Some good early season performance from our women U16 and open C1 athletes and great racing in other disciples as well.
The next generation and aspiring Junior team paddler from Warrnambool Canoe Club is U16 paddler Ellie Johnson, showing her strength and speed in the single events and collected 1st place over 1000m, 3rd in the 500m and just missed out on the podium finishing 4th in 200m.
Ashlee Ilott (Bendigo Canoe Club) dominating her field in the team boat races, paring up with local club member Demi Bate (West Lakes Canoe Club) finishing 1st in 200m, 500m and 2nd place in the 1000m K2 events. The girls also strengthened their pair with Hanako Grenter and Isabelle Rupenovic (Sydney Northen Beaches) and dominated the K4 500 event collecting another precious first place.
An exciting full field of the women’s individual canoe events, with the women’s canoe added to the Olympic program for Tokyo 2020 numbers continue to grow. First time ever Victoria represented with 2 athletes and we are hoping the numbers will grow quickly for the upcoming events.
Congratulations and well done to all competitors, volunteers, coaches and supporters on a great event and successful start to our sprint summer season.
Special mention to our team leader Anthony Ilott for volunteering his time over the 3-day event and managing the Victorian athletes a big shout out to our amazing volunteers for giving up their time throughout the 3 days Ben Johnson and Traver Lamb
Paddle Australia’s canoe sprint series continues with the Grand Prix 2 at the start of February (8-10 February 2019) ahead of the Canoe Sprint National Championships at Champion Lakes, WA in March (6-10 March 2019).
141 athletes from five countries contested a full program of 72 events that kept paddlers, volunteers and race officials on their toes, in sometimes tricky conditions. Including some delays due to lightning and strong wind conditions.
See all results here: https://sprint.paddle.org.au/results/
2018 / 2019 Canoe Sprint National & International Season
7-9 December 2018, Canoe Sprint Grand Prix 1, West Lakes, Adelaide, SA
8-10 February 2019, Canoe Sprint Grand Prix 2, Sydney International Regatta Centre, NSW
6-10 March 2019, Canoe Sprint National Championships, Champion Lakes, WA (Selection Trials)
24-26 May 2019, ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup 1, Poznan, POL
31 May – 2 June 2019, ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup 2, Duisburg, GER
1-4 August 2019, ICF Canoe Sprint Junior & U23 World Championships, Pitesti, ROM
21-25 August 2019, ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships, Szeged, HUN
12-15 September 2019, ICF Canoe Sprint Tokyo Test Event