Western Australia’s Nina Mueller – pic by Dean Tonkin
SEVERAL IMPRESS AT SLALOM NATIONAL SCHOOLS TITLES
18-year-old Tristan Carter has followed up his strong performance at last year’s World Junior Slalom Championships with a dominant performance at the Australian 2017 National Schools titles in NSW.
Carter, who finished eighth in the C1 final at last year’s Junior World titles in Kracow, posted strong wins in both the C1 and K1 in Penrith.
The Ivanhoe College student finished ahead of Forster teenager and 2015 Junior World Championships athlete, Kristian Fiebig, in both events, with South Grafton’s Sebastian Young taking third place in both.
In the girls’ events, Perth College’s Nina Mueller was the sole competitor in both the 18-year-old K1 and C1 events, and posted the fastest times overall in both.
Fellow Western Australian, 17-year-old Kira Wall, was the next quickest, although she only just held out another from the West, Billie Knell, by 0.01 of a second to claim the 17-year-old C1 title.
The margin in the K1 was a more comfortable 2.33 seconds between Wall and Knell.
One of the most impressive performances in the girls competition came from 15-year-old Alexandria Choate, who posted the second fastest time overall, behind Mueller, in the C1 and the K1.
Mueller, Choate, Wall and Knell all represented Australia at last year’s 2016 Junior World Championships.
Several boys posted winning doubles in the K1 and c1.
Taroona High School’s Kieren Black won the 16-year-old titles, Ivanhoe Grammar’s Bradley McLaughlan was successful in the 15-year-old titles, Leighton Giacomo from Scotch College tasted victory in the 14-year-old races, Jack Choate from Churchlands posted two wins in the 13-year-old division, and Mark Crosbee from Montmorency won the 12-year-old C1 and K1 titles.
Eltham High School’s Max McDonald won the 17-year-old C1 title, but the K1 title went to Melville’s Louis Richardson.
In the girls’ younger age groups, Ivanhoe’s Zoe Lau won the 16-year-old K1 and C1 titles, 14-year-old Claire Hodgman of Fahan School also scored a double, and Ivanhoe’s Georgia O’Callaghan won both 13-year-old titles.
Greenhorn’s Alicia Berryman won the girls’ 12-year-old K1 title.
Many of the athletes competing last week will be in action again this week at the Australian National titles, as they endeavour to earn selection in senior national training squads.