Dunn has been preparing for the event under the watchful eye of National Sprint Coach Mike Pond who has been busy working with all of the nation’s best 200m men in the lead up to the first domestic event of the Australian summer.
Asked how the week long camp had been training under Pond he responded, “Amazing, working with Mike has been great, he has given me some really good tips to help improve my starting technique.”
The SASI paddler will contest all distances this weekend but says the 200m will be his main focus.
The Mechanical Engineering student is hoping to get his summer off to a strong start leading into the National Championships which will also be held in South Australia.
“It is always exciting racing at home. It is great having people come from interstate and there is always that little bit of added motivation to perform well”, he said.
2013 has been a successful year but he is already looking towards next year and believes he has what it takes to push his more experience competitors for a senior K1 200 berth.
“I am extremely keen to make the senior team”, he said.
“I believe it is a realistic goal to finish in the top three or four at Nationals.”
With a dream to one day to compete at the Olympics, Dunn knows it takes one step at a time and will be happy to maintain his mantle as the best U23 K1 200 paddler in the country.
“I want to remain the best U23 athlete and already have one eye on competing in Hungary for the Worlds Championships next year.”
But for now his focus lies squarely on a good performance at GP1 which will get underway with the men’s K1 1000 heats on Friday morning from 8:30am local time.
Live race updates and photos will be posted on the Australian Teams Sprint/Slalom Facebook and @AUSCANOE Twitter accounts.