Currumbin Creek star Ken Wallace has gotten off to a flying start to 2013 after he claimed victory in the men’s K1 1000, K1 500 and K1 200 finals at the Oceania Championships last weekend.
Wallace lead from start to finish in the K1 1000 finishing in a time of 3:32.85, 3.92 seconds ahead of New Zealand veteran Ben Fouhy, with emerging NSWIS paddler Lachlan Tame in third just 0.13 seconds further back.
Wallace made it a trifecta of K1 triumphs with victory in the K1 500 and K1 200 with Lachlan Tame second in both races.
“It was a good stepping stone leading into the domestic season,” said Wallace.
“I was pretty happy with my times, but there is still a little way to go to get back to producing the times that were comparable prior to the Olympics.”
Wallace and Tame then combined to win the men’s K2 1000 title in dominant fashion, finishing more than three seconds ahead of Fouhy and fellow Kiwi Scott Bicknell. Young Kiwi siblings Ryan and Zac Quickenden combined for third.
They also added the K2 500m and K2 200 to their list of victories.
Asked about his new K2 partner Lachlan Tame, Wallace responded, “I’ve known him for a while now, he’s talented and a good bloke and I think we will be paddling together for some time.”
South Australia’s Hannah Davis and New South Wales paddler Jo Brigden-Jones were amongst the small Australian contingent to make the trip across the Tasman Sea.
The duo were narrowly pipped for victory in the K2 500 final after finishing 0.66 seconds behind Eastern Bay paddlers Jamie Lovett and Rachel Dodwell.
But the Australians bounced back in the K2 200 final this time getting the better of the Eastern Bay duo winning in a time of 40.91.
New Zealand K1 200 Olympic champion Lisa Carrington took out the women’s K1 200 and K1 500 finals, with Davis finishing second in the 500 and third in the 200, while Brigden-Jones finished second in the 200 and fourth in the 500.