With Paracanoe set to make its debut at the Paralympics in just over three years time, Australia’s next tier of emerging paddlers were on show at Nagambie Lake on Saturday, looking to follow in the footsteps of recent Australian Paracanoe award winners Kara Kennedy and Brock Ingram.
The first race of the day saw Patterson Lakes’ paddler Amanda Drennan claim victory in the PC WK1 1000 MC in 6:14.33, more than twenty seconds ahead of West Lakes Melissa Bussenschutt, with Victorian Emily Rycken in third.
Drennan followed up her morning win, with victory in the WK1 500 MC ahead of Rycken and Bussenschutt.
Patterson Lakes continued their dominance with Donnie Elgin producing a powerful display of paddling on Saturday winning two events.
In the morning he saw off the Queensland’s Andrew Stiles and Penrith’s Colin Sieders to win the men’s PC K1 1000, before backing up later in the day to claim victory in the MK1 500 MC final ahead of Sieders and Patterson Lakes athlete Gary Connor.
In the canoeing discipline Steve Corney recorded a victory in the MC1 1000 final in 5:13.00, 18 seconds ahead of fellow Patterson Lakes’ paddler Steven Veigh, with PaddleNSW Directs Gavin Godfrey in third.
Corney went on to win a second time in the MC1 500 final ahead of Godfrey and U16 MC1 West Lakes paddler Jace Bayliss who at just 15 years of age did exceptionally well to finish on the podium.
Racing will continue on Sunday, with action getting underway from 8am local time.