Nanjing will host a foray of young international stars from the 16-28 August.
Yesterday Thompson spent the day at the ‘Champ camp’ in Sydney. The day featured seminars about how to conduct yourself in the media, anti-doping and ASADA information, and an active/aspire session which focused on team values and culture.
The day also provided Thompson with the chance to meet the other 88 athletes who will represent Australia across 23 sports.
The highlight however was being kitted in the official Australian uniform.
“It was a really cool experience, the uniform is very cool,” Thompson said.
The 17 year old has been busy preparing for the event under the guidance of Coach Myriam Fox.
“My preparation has been really good. My Coach has high hopes for me and I am confident of performing well,” he said.
“I am physically prepared and looking forward to the challenge.”
Thompson is aiming to reach the semifinals.
“I do not really know who I am competing against so I do not have a specific goal, but I think I want to make it to the semifinals.”
Canoe/Kayak will be one of the last events to be contested from the 23-27 August.
“I do not mind that. It gives me a chance to train and familiarise myself with the course and adjust to the climate,” Thompson said.
The Junior Worlds finalist follows in the footsteps of fellow Penrith Valley paddler Jessica Fox who represented Australia at the YOG in 2010.
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