After sending their biggest ever squad to a national championships Tasmanian canoe and kayak officials have returned home confident major success is not far away.
Senior coach Jeremy Norton believes the experience his young squad gained in Perth will pay off with Tasmania in line to possibly host the 2015 national titles on Lake Barrington.
About a dozen Tasmanian paddlers went to Perth, well up on the usual one or two representatives.
Standout performers included Burnie's Sam and Tom Norton, and junior kayaker Sebastian Spinks from Hobart.
Nearly all Tasmania's squad come from surf club backgrounds, the majority with the Burnie Club.
"We're not trying to take people from surf to kayak, we want them to do both," Jeremy Norton said.
"We get a lot of kids who want to swap over and have a go. We have a talent ID program that works pretty well.
"Our goal is to keep growing, and get some paddlers into the Australian team and get them going from there."
The other priority is to build up the infrastructure in Tasmania, so that when good paddlers are identified they will remain in the island state.
"It's important we keep the support for them in Tassie, so we can keep taking squads away to regattas like this," Norton said.
One of the biggest hurdles for the sport in Tasmania is the lack of a suitable all-year all-day training venue for sprint canoeing and kayaking. The best facility is the world-class Lake Barrington, but that is a long way for a lot of the paddlers to travel for regular training sessions.
"We struggle with that. Most of our training has to be done on rivers, which are tidal, so we have to train around the tidal conditions," said Burnie Surf Club vice president, Stuart Paine.
"We do have Lake Barrington, which we try and make an effort to get to as much as we can, but that's a bit of a hike for a lot of our paddlers to get there. And with our climate, it's very cold there during winter."
Paine and Norton try and organise training events where paddlers from Burnie and Hobart can get together at least twice a month. And judging by the results in Perth, and the enthusiasm of the team, it's starting to pay dividends.
"We're starting to get some good paddlers which is inspiring a lot of new paddlers," Paine said.
People are seeing what Sam and Tom Norton have done, representing Australia, and Sebastian Spinks from Hobart is coming through and making junior teams."