Half way through Amanda Drennan's first ever competition kayak race it all started to go horribly wrong.
Battling a strong crosswind the 24-year-old's canoe toppled over, and she ended up in the drink.
"All I could think was I hope my coach isn't watching this, he'll be so angry," a dripping wet Drennan said after being helped ashore.
But in a life full of challenges, toppling overboard was small beer.
Drennan was born without a right leg. She's used to dealing with adversity. Which explains why just a matter of hours after the ignominy of capsizing, Drennan convincingly won her second race.
It's the sort of pluck which first caught the eye of Australian Paracanoe talent scouts. Paracanoe will be introduced at the Rio 2016 Paralympics, and head coach Andrea Wood has been busy scouring the country looking for talent.
And Drennan, who hails from the tiny community on Victoria's Phillip Island, fits the bill perfectly. She recently swam the 66 kilometres around the island to raise money for a future hospital.
"I used to be a swimmer, I went to Athens and Beijing with the Paralympics," Drennan said.
"I did pool swimming for 13 years, and I suppose I got a bit stagnant, and was looking for something new, something to challenge myself."
Maybe in a sign of what was to come, she then told me she still hadn't fallen in.
"I haven't been for a swim yet, touch wood, I quit swimming for a reason," she said, the day before falling in.
Drennan is enjoying the challenge, and using muscles differently.
"There's a lot more rotation, a lot more pressure on my lower back," she said.
"I was born with a twisted pelvis, so I can feel that really working through the lower back, whereas swimming really works through everything."
Like every single one of the record 18 paracanoe entrants in Perth on the weekend, the prospect of wearing the green and gold in Rio in 2016 is a driving force.
"Absolutely," she said.
"I'm the sort of person who can't just get out there and do it for fitness, I want to do it because I like to achieve, I like to work hard and to have goals.
"Because I've been to two Paralympics previously, I know what it's like, I know what that hunger is. I don't have a gold medal yet, so definitely that would be nice to add to the collection one day. Aim for the moon and you land on a star."
It's been a big year for Drennan. Not only is she taking on a new sporting challenge, she's just started a Chinese massage business on Phillip Island.
And she's fallen out of a canoe for the first time.