In wet and choppy 1-2 foot swell the 20 year old Maroochydore paddler finished fifth in the women’s open Champion Lifesaver event behind Mariah Jones of the Tweed Heads SLSC.
The Champion Lifesaver event consisted of four physical disciplines; board, swim, sprint and tube, whilst competitors were also required to perform a resuscitation test and answer 40 questions based on the blue book which athletes are required to learn to earn their Bronze medallion.
Burnett, who was competing in the event for the first time since she was 14, was overall pleased with her performance.
“I was happy with how I went in the physical events, the blue book test was tough though, there were some really hard questions,” she said.
Burnett is set for a busy next few months as she balances her flatwater and surf commitments, but the QAS paddler believes both are having a positive effect on her performance.
“I am feeling really good after a strong season in the surf, which I think has really helped my paddling.”
Last week she attended the first women’s senior sprint camp of the year under new Coach Anna Wood in preparations for GP3 and Nationals next month.
Asked if she has set any goals for 2013 she responded, “I want to make the U23 team and win a K1 medal, plus make the open team as well.”
Burnett looks set for an exciting 2013.