Eight up-and-coming young canoe sprint kayakers will depart Australia headed for Russia today to compete at the 2013 Summer Universiade.
The Summer Universiade or World University Games as it was previously known will take place in the city of Kazan with Canoe sprint running from 13-15 July.
Representing the ‘Uniroos’ will be Jacqui Green (NSW), Talissa Taurins (NSW), Mackenzie Labine-Romain (NSW), Virgina Carlton (VIC), Aaron Murphy (QLD), Jacob Tsagaris (NSW), Nick Dawe (NSW) and Charlie Copeland (QLD).
Guiding the team will be recently retired senior sprint paddler Matt Urquhart who was thrown in the deep end to coach the team a month after retirement and has done a very professional job to date.
Urquhart himself forged a successful career representing Australia at multiple World Cups and World Championships and will be looking to pass on those experiences to the team in Russia.
Urquhart believes it will be a great opportunity for many of the squad who have not competed at an international competition before.
“It will be a great opportunity for the team to test themselves, train and prepare at an international event and experience the nerves and hype associated with racing in front of a larger crowd”, said Urquhart.
The team has been spread out across the country preparing at their home clubs for the event and Urquhart is looking forward to getting into camp to prepare the team for competition.
“The first three days we will focus on team boats”, Urquhart said.
“I think both the men’s and women’s K4 boats will be our best chance to push for a medal.”
“We will then focus on K2 and the K1.”
Australia has a successful history at the event with London Olympic trio Murray Stewart, Stephen Bird and Jesse Phillips all previously competing at the event.
Bird combined with Phillips to win two bronze medals at the 2010 World University Games in Poznan, Poland.
“It was a great experience and we had some good fun,” said Bird.
Asked what advice he would pass on for those competing he replied, “Do not be intimidated by the other competitors at the start line or the noise of the crowd, believe in yourself and do not back down.”
Nick Dawe has been training in the wintery conditions at Narrabeen Lake in Sydney and is looking forward to travelling to Russia to compete at this year’s Games.
Dawe has spent the past three to four years travelling and competing with the U23 team and is looking forward to a leap up in competition, with a world-class field assembled for Kazan.
Asked what he is looking forward to most about competing at the Summer Universiade he responded, “The experience of being in and around world class athletes, seeing how they prepare themselves pre and post-race and to measure where I am at against the top paddlers.”
XXVII World Summer Universiade will commence on Friday 5th July and conclude on Wednesday 17th July. The Canoe sprint program will operate from 13-15 July.
Kazan is the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, third capital of Russia, it’s one of the largest economic, scientific and cultural centres in the country.
The city celebrated its 1,000th anniversary in 2005. About 1.2 million people represented by over 100 different nationalities live in Kazan.
Learn more about Kazan - http://kazan2013.ru/en/about_kazan
WK1 200 – Jacqui Green
WK2 200 – Taurins/Labine-Romain
WK4 200 – Green/Taurins/Labine-Romain/Carlton
WK1 500 – Virginia Carlton
WK2 500 – Labine-Romain/Carlton
WK4 500 – Green/Taurins/Labine-Romain/Carlton
MK1 200 – Nick Dawe
MK2 200 – Dawe/Copeland
MK4 200 – Murphy/Tsagaris/Dawe/Copeland
MK1 500 – Aaron Murphy
MK2 500 – Dawe/Copeland
MK4 500 – Murphy/Tsagaris/Dawe/Copeland
MK1 1000 – Aaron Murphy
MK2 1000 – Murphy/Tsagaris
MK4 1000 – Murphy/Tsagaris/Dawe/Copeland
Here’s the link to the schedule/website for more details: http://kazan2013.ru/en
Also, the AUS website, you can check out the size of the Uniroos team we are sending:
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