Girls prepare for Worlds battle
Australias finest canoe sprint paddlers will fight it out for senior selection to this years ICF World Championships team in Penrith tomorrow.
The two day event will be held at the Sydney International Regatta Centre.
With the exception of World Cup quartet Ken Wallace, Lachlan Tame, Bernadette Wallace and Naomi Flood, the meet will be the first big race for many of the athletes since the National Championships in April.
The men’s K1 1000 heats will get the action underway on Friday morning from 10:30am AUS EST.
It will be a great way to get the selection battle underway with the rejuvenated Ken Wallace fresh off the back of a successful World Cup campaign set to resume his battle with long term rival Murray Stewart.
Wallace returned to Australia with a five medal haul and will be out to continue his impressive form of 2013.
Olympic K4 1000 gold medallist Jacob Clear and exciting young guns Jordan Wood and Bill Bain are expected to be right in the mix.
The opening day will consist of individual disciplines only with the women’s K1 500 and men’s C1 1000 finals also to be contested on the Friday morning, with the men’s and women’s K1 200 heats to follow in the afternoon.
In the absence of Jo Brigden-Jones due to injury, World Cup pairing Flood and Wallace will fight it out with Bayswater star Alana Nicholls, Holdfast Bay paddler Hannah Davis and Queensland duo Hailey McGinty and Alyce Burnett for line honours over 200 and 500 metres.
Racing will continue on Saturday morning with the men’s and women’s K2 finals to be followed by the Paracanoe events and the 200m finals and team boats in the afternoon.
K4 London Olympic champions Stewart, Clear, Tate Smith and David Smith will conclude the selection process on Saturday afternoon, with the quartet hot favourites to take out the K4 1000 final.
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