Last weekend saw the Grand Prix 2 Flatwater Regatta held at Penrith, which was also the Oceania Championships, Under 23 National Championships and selection events for the Australian Under 23 Team.
21 Year old Robert McIntyre who is 3 time Wildwater open men's sprint champion showed that he has what it takes in the 200 metre Flatwater Sprint. He and his K2 partner Mark Stowe took out the title and the additional selection event to gain automatic selection in the Under 23 Australian Team for that event to be held in Hungry in July this year. He also performed well in the K1 200 metres finishing second by only 0.07 seconds in the national Championships and then 3rd in the additional selection event. Robert and Mark also took the gold in the K2 500 metres, which was not a selection event.
Brother Alex McIntyre was a semi-finalist in the K1 200 metres and with his K2 Partner Nicholas Wroe from WA finished 5th in the nationals final and selection event and came a very hard fought 2nd in the K2 500 metres. Unfortunately in that event they were eventually disqualified for paddling too close to the lane ropes but it was otherwise a good paddle.
Madelaine Batters, who is only 18 years of age was competing in the under 23 female categories and had some good results in the K2 races finishing 5th in the 500 metres final and 6th in the 200 metres with partner Allison Bryant.
Over the years there have been many examples of Wildwater paddlers successfully performing in flatwater events both here in Australia and overseas, so it looks as if the current generation of young paddlers are following in their footsteps.