The event will be the first major international competition for the Australian women since the conclusion of the ICF World Cup series in May.
More than 650 athletes from 12 countries will compete this weekend providing a perfect opportunity for the squad to get in some race practice with just 33 days until the ICF World Championships commence in Moscow, Russia.
The women enter the event on the back of a five week training block which included a ten day training camp on the Gold Coast.
Australian women’s team: Jo Brigden-Jones (NSW), Naomi Flood (NSW), Alyce Burnett (QLD), Catherine McArthur (South Australia), Bernadette Wallace (QLD) and Jamie Roberts (WA).
One notable absentee is Western Australian Alana Nicholls. The London Olympian has been overcoming some ongoing injury concerns and will join the team to prepare for Worlds on July 12 in Varese.
Brigden-Jones was arguably one of the top performers throughout the ICF World Cup series recording three top 10 finishes in the K1 200 and will be one of the frontrunners this weekend.
The 26 year old continues to improve and step up to the top world class level following two shoulder operations.
“Jo is definitely back and hungry for success and ready to take on the world,” National Womens Head Coach David Foureur said.
“Her shoulders look better and stronger than ever, a credit to Jo and the great team she has around her at NSWIS.”
Brigden-Jones will also contest the K2 500 and K2 200 events alongside fellow NSWIS paddler Naomi Flood.
The pair will contest the K2 500 event at the World Championships and demonstrated their potential finishing ninth at World Cup 2 in Racice earlier in the year.
“The girls showed they are capable of good performances both in training and racing. Since the World Cups they have spent some quality time together and are definitely on the improve,” Foureur said.
Another newly formed boat combination this year in the K4 500 crew consisting of McArthur, Roberts, Burnett and Wallace.
The quad achieved a solid performance at the final World Cup in Szeged finishing second in the B final (11th overall) having only missed an A final berth by 0.01 seconds.
“They will be much better for the experience come World Champs,” Foureur said.
The young crew is eager to step up and will continue to bond and train the house down over the next few weeks as they build towards their goal of making the A final in Moscow.
Following the conclusion of racing on Sunday the team will return to the European Training Centre in Varese, Italy for a four week training camp to prepare for the World Championships.
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