While none of the high profile senior athletes will attend the event, there are plenty of exciting younger paddlers to look out for including Bendigo’s Rebecca Mann in the U18 women’s event who will be looking to continue her impressive start to 2013 after tasting success at the Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney earlier this month.
In the open’s women’s events in will be a battle of the South Australians, with West Lakes Anna Hennessy a slight favourite ahead of Patterson Lakes trio of Madeleine Hurst and Silvester sisters Danielle and Jessica.
In the men’s events Kawana Waters’ Nicholas Bolton, Direct Members Nick Dawe and Patterson Lakes paddler David Ceddia look set to battle for honours in the Open category, while keep a close eye on the U18 men’s event with a strong field assembling in which should be an intriguing battle on Lake Nagambie.
Racing will commence on Saturday from 8:00am EST with the men’s open 1000m paddlers to get the ball rolling, with the 1000m and 500m events to be raced on the first day.
Situated approximately 120km North of Melbourne, Nagambie can be found on the Goulburn Valley Highway in the Shire of Strathbogie.
A small country town with a population of just over 1300 people, the area is well known for its local vineyards and Lake Nagambie which is host for this weekend’s competition.
The lake itself is artificial and was created by the Goulburn Weir in 1981.