The next tier of future flatwater stars will fight it out for glory when Welland, Canada hosts the 2013 ICF Junior and U23 World Championships from the 1 to 4 August.
The event promises to produce some of the finest canoe sprint action with 800 athletes from 70 countries set to feature.
Australia will field a 32 person strong team consisting of 16 U23 and junior paddlers.
U23 Team: Bill Bain (QLD), Callum Dunn (SA), Zac Ryan (SA), Luke Haniford (SA), Jeremy Petho (SA), Glenn Rypp (SA), Todd Brewer (WA), Jordon Wood (QLD), Scott Smith (NSW), Alyce Burnett (QLD), Amy Peters (VIC), Catherine McArthur (SA), Jaymee-Lee Martin (WA), Stacey Higgins (QLD), Coco Howcroft (QLD) and Phoebe George (WA).
Junior Team: Joel McKitterick (QLD), Kieran Carson (VIC), Sean Lohse (SA), Jarrad Campbell (VIC), Riley Fitzsimmons (NSW), Peter Euers (NSW), Jy Duffy (QLD), Mitchell Hughes (NSW), Alexander Graham (WA), Jayden Newell (QLD), Rebecca Mann (VIC), Shannon Reynolds (WA), Deeandra Godoy (NSW), Alyssa Bull (QLD), Madison Davies (SA) and Josephine Bulmer (SA).
The event will be the first time that the U23 age group has been contested a World Championships and will provide a great opportunity for the team to experience racing at an international event and assist in the transition from junior to senior competition.
The squad arrived in Welland a fortnight ago and has spent the past week familiarising themselves with the course conditions under the watchful eye of the coaching staff lead by Tim Jacobs.
The opening day will feature the men’s 1000 metre and women’s 500 metre heats and semifinals for both age groups.
SASI paddler Cat McArthur, Victorian Amy Peters and Queensland pair Stacey Higgins and Coco Howcroft will open the program when they contest heat one of the U23 women’s K4 500 from 9am local time (11pm AUS EST).
The coveted men’s K1 1000 and women’s K1 500 heats and semifinals will also feature on the opening day with Sunshine Coast pair Bill Bain and Alyce Burnett eager to impress and show that they can match it with the world’s best U23 athletes.
The Queensland pair enter this competition on the back of a string of impressive performances during the domestic season in Australia and both are likely to fancy their chances of featuring in the A finals come Saturday.
Burnett will also contest the women’s K1 200 event while Bain will line up alongside fellow Queenslander Jordan Wood, South Australian Glenn Rypp and NSWIS paddler Scott Smith in the U23 men’s K4 1000.
Rounding out the U23 program on the opening day will be South Australian duo Luke Haniford and Zac Ryan in the men’s K2 1000, and Western Australian pair Phoebe George and Jaymee-Lee Martin in the women’s K2 500.
In the junior events Victorian Rebecca Mann will feature in the coveted women’s K1 500 heats before tackling the K4 500 alongside Western Australian Shannon Reynolds, Sydney Northern Beaches’ Deeandra Godoy and Queensland’s Alyssa Bull.
West Lakes’ duo Madison Davies and Josephine Bulmer will contest the K2 500.
In the junior men’s events New South Wales pair Peter Euers and Riley Fitzsimmons will combine with Jy Duffy and Joel McKitterick in the K4 1000.
South Australian Sean Lohse to contest the junior men’s K1 1000.
Please follow the links below for full race schedule.
LIVE Stream will be available on the official event website.
The Welland International Flatwater Centre (WIFC) North Course will be the host venue for the 2013 ICF Junior and U23 World Championships.
With nearly 8km of uninterrupted flatwater, consistent depth and basin-like characteristics, as well as some of the most placid and beautiful flatwater in the world-the Welland International Flatwater Centre and Recreational Waterway is the perfect location for the 2013 Junior and Under 23 Canoe Sprint World Championships!
The course is more than 100 metres wide with multiple access points for safety. Paved asphalt trails for viewing and safety considerations border each side of the course which is supplied with clean, fresh water of the highest quality. The Welland Recreational Waterway boasts some of the cleanest water available at any sports venue in the world and is the city's source of drinking water!
Learn more about the course - http://www.canoeniagara.ca/site/about-venue
Australian Race Breakdown
Junior Entries - Women
Girls K4 500 – Rebecca Mann / Shannon Reynolds / Deeandra Godoy / Alyssa Bull
Girls K2 500 – Madison Davies / Josephine Bulmer
Girls K1 500 – Rebecca Mann
Girls K1 200 – Shannon Reynolds
Junior Entries – Men
Boys K4 1000 – Peter Euers / Jy Duffy / Joel McKitterick / Riley Fitzsimmons
Boys K2 1000 – Jayden Newell / Mitchell Hughes
Boys K1 1000 – Sean Lohse
Boys K2 200 – Kieran Carson / Jarrad Campbell
Boys K1 200 – Alexander Graham
U23 – Women
K4 500 – Cat McArthur / Amy Peters / Stacey Higgins / Coco Howcroft
K2 500 – Phoebe George / Jaymee-Lee Martin
K1 500 – Alyce Burnett
K1 200 – Alyce Burnett
U23 – Men
K4 1000 – Scott Smith / Glenn Rypp / Bill Bain / Jordan Wood
K2 1000 – Zac Ryan / Luke Haniford
K1 1000 – Bill Bain
K2 200 – Callum Dunn / Jeremy Petho
K1 200 – Todd Brewer
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