Australia has finished without a medal at the Junior and U23 Sprint Canoe World Championships in Belarus, but there have been several encouraging performances four years out from the Tokyo Olympics.
One of the most outstanding performances came from 18-year-old Ella Beere, who bounced back from an unlucky disqualification in her junior K1 500 semi-final to finish fourth in the final of the K1 200.
“In three days I went from an extreme low to a result I’m really proud of,” Beere said.
“Getting fourth is really tough, but I’m already looking forward to next year and am more motivated than ever.”
Australia’s U23 K4 1000 team of Sean Lohse, Tom Norton, Simon McTavish and Jayden Ellis finished eight in their final, while there were several strong results in B finals.
Callum Dunn and Ben McLean finished second in the B final of the U23 K2 500, while the junior K2 women’s 500m team of Ruby Bracken and Caitlin Burt Poloai finished second in their B final.
Fran Kidd and Rebecca Mann were a close third in the B final of the U23 K2 500, while Brianna Massie was fourth in the B final of the U23 K1 500.
The junior men’s K4 team of Luke Morton, Oliver James, Jakob Hammond and Josh Jones-Rew also took fourth place in their B final.