99 athletes will contest the Canoeing WA State Sprint Titles at Champion Lakes this weekend.
The event will be headlined by senior local stars Alana Nicholls, Jesse Phillips, Steve Bird, Brodie Holmes and Brock Ingram.
Two exciting junior athletes to keep a close eye on are Bayswater siblings Anthony and Monique Carbone.
The teenage pair started the 2013/14 domestic season with an impressive showing at Grand Prix 1 in Adelaide and will be looking to continue their excellent form into the New Year.
At GP1 the duo dominated their respective U16 categories, winning a total of 11 medals between them.
Anthony, aged 15 was particularly impressive winning five gold medals including a clean sweep of the U16 K1 events. He also combined with fellow Bayswater kayaker Luke Morton to win the K2 1000 and K2 500 U16 events.
“I was pretty happy with my results, the times were okay but overall I was pleased”, he said.
Carbone also got the opportunity to race alongside one of his idols in Jesse Phillips, when he joined the London Olympian in the K2 200 open men’s event.
Asked how he enjoyed the experience he responded, “It was an amazing experience.”
“Just being able to go through the warm up and get some tips at the start was invaluable.”
“It is the fastest I have ever been in a boat!”
Coached by Guy Power, Carbone was a member of the U15 Olympic Hopes Team in 2013, reaching the K2 1000 A final alongside Matthew Grimwade of West Lakes.
He hopes to once again represent his country on the Olympic Hopes Team in 2014 where he hopes to again reach an A final.
Just like her older brother, Monique (aged 14) produced some strong performances in Adelaide finishing second in the U16 K1 200 and third in the K1 500 as a bottom age athlete.
She also combined with Ascot’s Yale Steinepreis to win the U16 K2 1000 and K2 500 events.
“I am very happy with my results", she said.
Since GP1 in December Carbone has been focusing on improving her long distance paddling and is looking to put it into practice this weekend.
WA Sprint Title results will be published on the Australian Canoeing website once official.
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