Angus Thompson has been officially selected by the AOC to the 2014 Australian Youth Olympic Team. Thompson will be the sole Australian canoe kayak representative for this years’ Youth Olympic Games (YOG) to be held in Nanjing from the 16-28th August.
64 quota places for the YOG were awarded to National Olympic Committees the previous year from results at the junior world championships in sprint and slalom, according to the ICF qualification system.
Australian Canoeing was awarded a single Men’s K1 quota for the YOG (based on Australia’s Men’s Kayak results at the 2013 Junior World Championships in Slovakia).
Thompsons’ nomination by Australian Canoeing comes on the back of his outstanding results in Slalom. He posted a career best 10th place in the most recent 2014 Slalom Junior World Championships hosted in Penrith last month and dominated the national team selection trials claiming wins in all three selection Men’s Junior K1 events.
National Performance Director, Richard Fox, said, “Angus was a standout candidate for the discretionary nomination under the AOC approved criteria and I am sure he will be highly competitive in the YOG, as he was at the recent slalom world championships”
Thompson’s speed and ability on the slalom course will be matched by a growing capability in a sprint kayak as he work’s towards fine-tuning his K1 skills in this less familiar event
Thompson said he is pleased at the opportunity to compete at this level.
“Well it’s definitely a massive privilege and a huge opportunity for me to gain a lot of experience. I’m going to pick up training over the next few months and hope to go to Nanjing with confidence to compete at my highest level amongst a variety of other highly experienced paddlers my age.”
The YOG is open to athletes born in 1997 or 1998. Athletes must compete in both head to head sprint event over a figure of 8 course and a head to head slalom obstacle course event.
The AOC will continue to officially announce the Australian 2014 Youth Olympic team throughout this month.
Follow the links below for more information on the YOG, selection and competition format.