Faced with the prospect of missing the Olympic boat, Perth paddler Daniel Bowker decided to pack up his kayak and head to the Gold Coast.
While it was a tough decision to make, on Friday it all made sense after the 28-year-old became the seventh Australian male paddler to earn a nomination to the Australian Olympic Committee.
“It was obviously the right move to make,” Bowker said.
“It’s obviously a very competitive environment over there, and the environment I needed to be in to get the best out of myself.
“If that has paid off, then that is a big tick.”
Bowker went into Friday’s K1 1000 metre final needing to finish in front of Gold Coast training partner, Bill Bain, to secure the Olympic nomination.
Bowker eventually finished fifth, behind Olympic gold medallists Murray Stewart, Kenny Wallace and Jacob Clear.
“I was really nervous,” Bowker said.
“I knew if I could put a good race down everything would work out, and it looks like it has.”
Having made the list, Bowker said he is now determined to earn his place in either the K4 or the K2.
“If I do make it, I’ve scraped on in seventh, and while that’s the box I wanted to tick, I’m not just content to just scraping on,” he said.
“I’d like to cement my place in a 1000 metre event during the World Cups, that’s what I’ll be aiming to do.”