Australia’s top sprint canoeists have proven they are still among the nation’s best in the surf, picking up seven gold medals at the 2016 Australian Surf Lifesaving Championships on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.
NSW’s Hannah Minogue was one of the stars of the week, winning gold in the open women’s ski, and teaming up with Perth’s Jaime Roberts to win the women’s double ski.
Teenager Brianna Massie has marked herself as a definite star of the future, picking up bronze behind Minogue in the open women’s ski, and winning gold in the U19 single ski (with Francesca Kidd winning silver) and the U19 ski relay.
Massie also teamed up with Caitlin Gilliman and Rio-bound Alyce Burnett to take third in the open female single ski relay.
Massie will be a member of the Australian team at this year’s U23 World Sprint Canoe Championships.
2012 London Olympian, Alana Nicholls, teamed up with fellow West Australian Reece Baker to win the mixed doubles, with Gilliman and Jy Duffy finishing third.
Brad Rodgers and Athens Olympian David Rhodes tasted gold in the men’s double ski, while Avoca’s Sam Hutchinson and Fletcher Cunningham won the U19 double ski.
In the open men’s single ski, Joel McKitterick, finished second and Bill Bain fourth. The pair were both selected to the U23 Sprint World Championship team following strong domestic performances at the Sprint Nationals in March.
There were also encouraging results for Connor Buhk, who finished second with Alex Wright in the U19 mixed double ski final, and fifth in the U19 single ski race, and for Deandra Godoy who finished sixth in the open ski final.