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25 Apr 2014 First taste of finals action
25 Apr 2014 Magnificent Merritt in fantastic form
25 Apr 2014 Magnificent Merritt in fantastic form
24 Apr 2014 Rossi and Borrows lead the way in C1
24 Apr 2014 Make Penrith, NSW your destination
24 Apr 2014 Rossi, Borrows, Jegou and Lazkano lead the way in C1
23 Apr 2014 Action Underway in Penrith
23 Apr 2014 Prskavec and Fox set early pace
22 Apr 2014 Polo Nationals Results
22 Apr 2014 Fox aiming to go back to back in C1
21 Apr 2014 Fox and Satila out to end European dominance
21 Apr 2014 I have got unfinished business
18 Apr 2014 European nations set to dominate
18 Apr 2014 Victorian Downriver and Rapid Sprint Dates for 2014
17 Apr 2014 All set for national canoe marathon titles in Ballarat
17 Apr 2014 Prskavec and Grigar headline a strong K1M field
17 Apr 2014 Canoe Polo Nationals Update
14 Apr 2014 Team Navy
14 Apr 2014 Nomination Criteria for 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games Announced
14 Apr 2014 Canoe Polo National Championships
4 Apr 2014 Marathon #5 the Pinjarra to Ravenswood race
24 Mar 2014 2014 Marathon Worlds March Newsletter
20 Mar 2014 Update - Marathon National Championships
15 Feb 2014 ICF Newsletter and Bohinj World Cup Update
12 Feb 2014 Marathon #4 The Canning Race
 

First taste of finals action


Ali Borrows
Australian Canoeing, Friday, 25 April 2014

ANZAC Day will provide the setting for the first taste of finals action with the Under 23 men's and women's titles decided later today. A few surprise packages along the way has left competition wide open ensuring an exciting finish to the K1 finals.

U23 K1M title favourite Jiri Prskavec is sitting on top of the pack heading into the Semi-Finals.

American competitor Michal Smolen has heated up the title race with a strong second heat on Wednesday. His overall best time was a slender 0.55 seconds behind Prskavec. With such a tight competitive field, it is nearly impossible to predict who will take out the championship.

Australian Jaxon Merritt will be one to watch after placing seventh, 4.72 seconds behind Prskavec in the heat on Wednesday.

The Victorian finished ninth at last year's World Championships in Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia.

"I would love to make the final again, there is a lot of competition out here this year", Merritt said.

Asked how he plans to approach tomorrow's race he reponded, "Semifinals is a bit different to qualifications, you just have the one run so you have just got to lay it down, go hard and get it done."

U23 K1W title favourite Jessica Fox finished first in the heats on Wednesday with a time score of 101 seconds. Fox is the top seed and a strong favourite to take out the title.

Czech Republic competitor Karolina Galuskova was her closest rival in the heat, finishing a narrow 0.13 seconds behind the local Penrith favourite.

Leading the C2 men’s title charge is Czech Republic duo Jonas Kaspar and Marek Sindler. Their best heat run was 101.67 seconds. They finished 5.42 seconds ahead of second place duo Filp and Andrzej Brzezinski.

With the challenging course at Penrith Whitewater, the championships are going to intensify on Friday in the Semi-Finals and the finals later in the day.

In the afternoon the K1 Men and Womens’ Team Finals as well as the C2 Team Finals will follow the individual races

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Magnificent Merritt in fantastic form


Jaxon Merritt
Australian Canoeing, Friday, 25 April 2014

Jaxon Merritt stands a strong chance to podium in the Men's Under 23 K1 Final later today in Penrith after his stellar run this morning.

ANZAC Day action is well underway this morning with the final startlist for the Under 23 1 Men already determined after the semi-final this morning. Under 23 K1 Men Semi-final: 1. Rafal Polaczyck (POL) - 93.66 (2) 2. Jaxon Merrit (AUS) – 93.74 3. Martin Halcin (SVK) – 94.44 4. Michal Smolen (USA) – 94.76 5. Jiri Prskavec (CZE) – 96.34 6. Pedro Da Silva (BRA) – 97.56 7. Giovanni De Gennaro (ITA) – 98.32 8. Simon Brus (SLO) – 99.98 (4) 9. Maciej Okreglak (POL) – 100.04 (4) 10. Mathieu Biazizzo (FRA) – 100.59 (4) Jaxon Merritt was in fine form and trails Polaczyck marginally heading into the final this afternoon. The Under 23 Women's Semi-Final is underway with Georgia Rankin, Ali Borrows and Jess Fox all vying for a finals berth. Follow all the live results and live streaming via the links below.
 

Magnificent Merritt in fantastic form


Jaxon Merritt
Australian Canoeing, Friday, 25 April 2014

Jaxon Merritt stands a strong chance to podium in the Men's Under 23 K1 Final later today in Penrith after his stellar run this morning.

ANZAC Day action is well underway this morning with the final startlist for the Under 23 1 Men already determined after the semi-final this morning.

Under 23 K1 Men Semi-final:

1. Rafal Polaczyck (POL) - 93.66 (2)
2. Jaxon Merrit (AUS) - 93.74
3. Martin Halcin (SVK) - 94.44
4. Michal Smolen (USA)- 94.76
5. Jiri Prskavec (CZE) - 96.34
6. Pedro Da Silva (BRA) - 97.56
7. Giovanni De Gennaro (ITA) - 98.32
8. Simon Brus (SLO) - 99.98 (4)
9. Maciej Okreglak (POL) - 100.04 (4)
10. Mathieu Biazizzo (FRA) - 100.59 (4)

Jaxon Merritt was in fine form and trails Polaczyck marginally heading into the final this afternoon.

The Under 23 Women's Semi-Final is underway with Georgia Rankin, Ali Borrows and Jess Fox all vying for a finals berth.

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Rossi and Borrows lead the way in C1


Ali Borrows leads Women's C1 racing
2014 Junior & Under 23 Slalom World Championships 23-27 April, Penrith Whitewater Stadium
Photograph:Delly Carr
Australian Canoeing, Thursday, 24 April 2014

Argentinian Sebastian Rossi and Australian Ali Borrows won their respective U23 C1 heats on an exciting morning of racing at the ICF Junior and U23 World Championships in Penrith.

The morning began with the U23 C1M heat.

Rossi sat 14th after his first run, but made some corrections on his second run to record the fastest heat time of 95.37.

Less than a second separated the top six athletes.

Defending champion Patrik Gajarsky recorded the second fastest time of 96.22, 0.17 seconds ahead of British canoeist Ryan Westley.

Top ranked Italian Roberto Colazingari finished fourth narrowly ahead of Thomas Quinn of Great Britain.

Colazingari found the middle part of the course most challenging.

“It was a good run but the gates a bit low so it is difficult to not touch the gate and I touched two gates, but the time is good so I am happy with that”, Colazingari said.

The course proved a touch challenge for many of the athletes with Australian pair Jaxon Merritt and Daniel Watkins failing to progress to the semifinal finishing 32nd and 45th respectively.

Canadian Liam Smedley put on gallant display suffering a dislocated shoulder after coming into trouble at gate seven only to power on and complete his run in 113.16, 37th overall.

The U23 C1W heat followed with Penrith canoeist Ali Borrows upstaging fellow World Champion Jessica Fox to record the fastest heat run.

Despite a gate touch, Borrows first run time of 113.80 saw her finish 0.20 seconds ahead of Fox who was happy with her first run, deciding to sit out her second and save some energy for the K1W semifinals tomorrow.

“I was happy, I just wanted to put down a solid run and race smooth clean lines and it happened so I got a fast time so it was good”, Borrows said.

“The whole run felt pretty good, a few mistakes and a touch, but all in all I am happy”, Fox said.

British paddler Mallory Franklin followed Fox’s lead with her first run time of 115.32 good enough for third.

Fellow Brit Jasmine Royle finished fourth with Monika Jancova of the Czech Republic rounding out the top five.

Racing will continue this afternoon with the junior C1M and C1W events.

Afternoon schedule
1:15pm – Junior C1M Heat – first run
1:53pm – Junior C1W Heat – first run
2:22pm – Junior C1M Heat – second run
3:00pm – Junior C1W Heat – second run

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Make Penrith, NSW your destination

Australian Canoeing, Thursday, 24 April 2014

Come and check out all the action at the Junior & Under 23 Slalom World Championships over the next 3 days.

Penrith has turned on sensational conditions this week, much to the delight of our international competitors who have travelled from all around the world to be part of the 2014 Slalom World Championships. 

So what did our visitors enjoy most about destination NSW???

The athletes have been out and about taking advantage of the unusually warm Easter weather to explore the unique culture of Sydney and the Blue Mountains.

Czech Republic junior Canoe athlete Vaclav Chaloupka has been enjoying his first time in Sydney. 

"Compared to Europe the weather and nature here is just awesome." 

He added that he is hoping to see the Opera House.

American Gabriel Machado has enjoyed his time in NSW. "I've been hiking up in the Blue Mountains".

Much to his surprise he has not seen a single Kangaroo. "Can you believe that?" he says shocked.

British competitor Samuel Ibbotson has been busy around the coast of Sydney recently.

He quite liked the surfing here mongst the usual iconic highlights..."the other day we went to Sydney and saw the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and went surfing in Manly".

It seems that the weather has been a highlight for the European competitors over the past few days.

Italian athlete Rafaello Ivaldi described New South Wales as "a beautiful place. The beach for example was a really beautiful place, it was sunny and perfect".

The sightseeing is on hold for now with the athletes switching to race mode as we get down to the business end of the Championships.

Make Penrith your destination this weekend and enjoy some finals action over the next 3 days.

Thanks to Destinations New South Wales and the Australian Institute of Sport for their support of the 2014 Junior & Under 23 Slalom World Championships.

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Rossi, Borrows, Jegou and Lazkano lead the way in C1


Alison Borrows
Tom Collings, Thursday, 24 April 2014

Day two of the ICF Slalom Junior and U23 World Championships has concluded with Argentinian Sebastian Rossi, Australian Ali Borrows, Irishmen Liam Jegou and Spanish paddler Miren Lazkano winning their respective heats.

The morning began with the U23 C1M heat.

Rossi sat 14th after his first run, but made some corrections on his second run to record the fastest heat time of 95.37.

Less than a second separated the top six athletes.

Defending champion Patrik Gajarsky recorded the second fastest time of 96.22, 0.17 seconds ahead of British canoeist Ryan Westley.

Top ranked Italian Roberto Colazingari finished fourth, narrowly ahead of Thomas Quinn of Great Britain.

Colazingari found the middle part of the course most challenging.

“It was a good run but the gates are a bit low so it is difficult to not touch the gate and I touched two gates, but the time is good so I am happy with that”, Colazingari said.

The course proved a touch challenge for many of the athletes with Australian pair Jaxon Merritt and Daniel Watkins failing to progress to the semifinal finishing 32nd and 45th respectively.

Canadian Liam Smedley put on gallant display suffering a dislocated shoulder after coming into trouble at gate seven only to power on and complete his run in 113.16, 37th overall.

The U23 C1W heat followed with Penrith canoeist Ali Borrows upstaging World Champion Jessica Fox to record the fastest heat run.

Despite a gate touch, Borrows first run time of 113.80 saw her finish 0.20 seconds ahead of Fox who was happy with her first run, deciding to sit out her second and save some energy for the K1W semifinals tomorrow.

“I was happy, I just wanted to put down a solid run and race smooth clean lines and it happened so I got a fast time so it was good”, Borrows said.

“The whole run felt pretty good, a few mistakes and a touch, but all in all I am happy”, Fox said.

British paddler Mallory Franklin followed Fox’s lead with her first run time of 115.32 good enough for third.

Fellow Brit Jasmine Royle finished fourth with Monika Jancova of the Czech Republic rounding out the top five.

Racing continued in the afternoon with the Junior C1 heats taking place.

Western Australian pair Steven Lowther and Brodie Crawford both featured in the top five following the first runs.

Lowther produced the second fastest time behind Italian Raffaello Ivaldi.

The 17 year old was fairly happy following his first run of 108.42, 4.86 seconds behind Ivaldi.

“I got on all the runs that I wanted to get, there were a few mistakes and room for improvement in the second run”, Lowther said.

That is exactly what he did, and although he improved his time by nearly two seconds he was relegated to seventh on the timesheet.

Irishman Liam Jegou recorded the fastest Junior C1M heat time of 101.66 to finish 0.97 seconds ahead of British paddler Samuel Ibbotson.

Ivaldi was relegated to third in 103.56 ahead of Slovakian Marko Gurecka, and Crawford who round out the top five.

“I had a good first run but I had a touch on three gates so I just wanted to repeat that run clean and I think I did that so I am pretty happy”, Crawford said.

Crawford’s aim is to reach the C1 final, and is enjoying the opportunity to measure himself on the world stage.

“It is good to see where you are in the international field against other guys your age because it is hard to tell when we are stuck here in Australia.”

Ivaldi was also pleased with his performance.

“Today was good but it was just a qualification run so I tried to keep it simple and go fast and to avoid touching, it was okay, I am happy”, Ivaldi said.

The Junior C1W followed with Spanish teenager Miren Lazkano winning the heat in 118.39 which included two gate touches.

Brazilian Olympian Ana Satila qualified second fastest for the semifinal in 121.02, 2.20 seconds ahead of Czech paddler Anna Koblencova.

Tasmanian Kate Eckhardt was the best placed Australian in fifth, 10.28 seconds behind Lazkano.

Penrith pair Noemie Fox and Alexandra Broome also advanced to the semifinal in eighth and 13th respectively.

The action will heat up tomorrow with the U23 semifinals for the K1M, K1W and C2M events.

Racing will get underway at 10:00am local time for the U23 K1M semifinals.

For more information follow the links below.

Friday Schedule:
10:00am – U23 K1M semifinal
11:05am – U23 K1W semifinal
11:55am – U23 C2M semifinal
1:00pm – U23 K1M Final
1:20pm – U23 K1W Final
1:40pm – U23 C2M Final
3:15pm – U23 K1M Teams Final
3:55pm – U23 K1W Teams Final
4:22pm – U23 C2M Teams Final

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Action Underway in Penrith

Australian Canoeing, Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Action is underway for the Junior & Under 23 Slalom World Championships in Penrith this morning.

Racing has begun at the Penrith Whitewater Stadium today with the K1 Men's and Women's heats and C2 Men's heats up first for both Under 23 and Junior athletes.

Check out the links below for live results link and start lists.

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Prskavec and Fox set early pace


Jiri Prskavec
Tom Collings, Wednesday, 23 April 2014

The first day of the ICF 2014 Slalom Junior and U23 World Championships has produced some memorable racing in Penrith.

The opening day belonged to the Czech Republic with Jiri Prskavec and Amalie Hilgertova leading the way.

They recorded the fastest times in the U23 K1M and Junior K1W heats respectively.

Australian Jessica Fox also got her U23 Worlds campaign off to the perfect start recording the fastest K1W time.

The morning began with the U23 K1M heats.

Prskavec showed his class executing a clean and fast run down the technical 23 gate course to win the U23 K1M heat in 88.43.

The 2013 senior World Championship silver medalist finished 0.55 seconds ahead of American Michal Smolen.

Italian Zeno Ivaldi was third fastest after putting together a fast second run of 91.71 down the 2000 Sydney Olympic course.

Victorian Jaxon Merritt lead the Australian charge in seventh, 4.72 seconds behind Prskavec.

Fellow Australians’ Tim Anderson of Melbourne and Tasmanian Daniel Watkins also comfortably qualified inside the top 40 for the semifinal in 15th and 16th respectively.

Other world class names that will join Prskavec and co in the semifinal include defending champion Mathieu Biazizzo of France, Slovakian Martin Halcin and Polish kayaker Rafal Polaczyk.

Polaczyk found the course a little bit tough on his first run but improved in his second to record the sixth fastest heat time.

“There isn’t much space. It wasn’t the fastest time. Six points was pretty stupid, but I will be better on the next run”, Prskavec said.

The U23 K1W heat followed with Jessica Fox topping the timesheet in 101.00, 0.13 seconds ahead of Karolina Galuskova who continued the Czechs excellent start in Penrith.

“It has been really good to get out there and race today and I am excited for the next few days of racing”, said Fox.

Italian Stephanie Horn recorded the third fastest time of 102.12.

“I like the course, it is very nice to go from the upstream to the next downstream and the boat is running so you have a good feeling so it is a nice course”, Horn said.

Australian pair Alison Borrows and Georgia Rankin qualified for the semifinal in 18th and 25th respectively.

British kayaker Kimberley Woods also progressed through to the semifinal after recording the ninth fastest heat time.

Woods won silver at last year’s Junior World Championships and steps up to U23 competition this year.

It is Woods first time competing at Penrith Whitewater Stadium.

“It is the first time I have been here and it is very good and very different to what I am used to”, Woods said.

Woods is aiming to make the final.

“Hopefully final, it is my first year of U23s and it would be really nice to get a good result but I am here to just do my best really.”

The morning concluded with the U23 C2M heat.

The Czechs continued to dominate with Jonas Kaspar and Marek Sindler combining to set the fastest time of 101.67.

They finished 5.42 seconds ahead of Polish pair Filip and Andrzej Brzezinski.

All 12 boats progressed to the semifinal.

The afternoon session saw the Junior K1M, K1W and C2M heats contested.

Defending Junior World Champion Amalie Hilgertova produced a fast second run of 105.43 to qualify quickest for the Junior K1W semifinal.

Earlier in the first runs, Tasmanian Kate Eckhardt executed arguably her best ever run down the Penrith course to record the second fastest time, 0.90 seconds behind the Czech.

Frenchwoman Camille Prigent was third fastest in 109.61.

Joining them in the semifinal will be Brazilian Ana Satila, Australian Noemie Fox and Jiahua Yan of China. All of whom recorded top ten heat times.

Eckhardt was delighted with her first run, “It was smooth, clean I really could not have asked more from my first run, I was really happy”, she said.

The Junior K1M heat was won by Slovenian Niko Testen in 94.49, 1.16 seconds ahead of Austrian Mario Leitner.

Czech kayaker Thomas Rousek was the third fastest in 96.59 ahead of Frenchman Pol Oulphen and fellow Czech Pavel Supolik who rounded out the top five boats.

Canadian Ryley Penner also advanced to the semifinal in 28th.

He enjoyed his first taste of the course in Penrith and believes everyone is in with a chance of winning.

“There are so many good paddlers out there and because it is a junior race anyone can really step it up a notch and really put down a good run,” Penner said.

The Czechs continued their domination of the C2 event with Michael Matej and Jan Vetrovsky combining to produce the quickest junior heat time of 117.36.

Despite incurring four seconds in penalties because of two gates touches, the pair finished 2.87 seconds ahead of Polish pair Adam Kozub and Jakub Brzezinski.

The Czechs had a second boat in the top three with Jan Mrazek and Tomas Rousek recording the third fastest time of 125.16.

Western Australian teenagers Brodie Crawford and Steven Lowther sat out the second run with their first run time of 139.11 placing them sixth.

The action heats up in Penrith tomorrow for day two of the ICF Slalom Junior and U23 World Championships.

Racing will commence from 9am local EST with the U23 C1M heat up first.

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Polo Nationals Results


Australian Canoeing, Tuesday, 22 April 2014

The final results from the Be the Influence: Tackling Binge Drinking 2014 Australian Canoe Polo National Championships

OPEN

 

1ST  NSW

2nd  SA 1

3rd  VIC 1

4th  ACT 1

5th ACT 2

6th SA 2

 

WOMEN

 

1st  ACT          

2nd  VIC                      

3rd  SA

 

JUNIOR

 

1st  VIC 1

2nd  VIC 2

3rd QLD 1

4th  SA 2

5th SA 1

6th QLD 2

 

MASTERS

 

1st  SA

2nd  VIC

3rd Mixed

 

VETERAN

 

1st  ACT 1                   

2nd NSW

3rd SA

4th ACT 2

 

YOUTH

 

1st  Vic

2nd SA

 

Fox aiming to go back to back in C1

Tom Collings, Tuesday, 22 April 2014

We preview the C1W event ahead of the ICF Slalom Junior and U23 World Championships from 23-27 April.

19 year old Australian star Jessica Fox heads into the U23 C1W event as the hot favourite as the number one ranked paddler in the world.

Fox dominated the event on the international stage in 2013 winning gold at the senior World Championships in Prague, following victories at four of the five ICF World Cups.

The Penrith Valley canoeist will be looking to make it back to back titles but will face some tough competition from 17 other women.

Two of those women likely to rival Fox for a position on top of the podium are fellow top 10 ranked C1 paddlers Mallory Franklin of Great Britain and Czech canoeist Monika Jancova of the Czech Republic.

Franklin who is ranked fourth in the world coincidentally finished fourth at last year’s event in Slovakia and will be keen to move up a few positions in Penrith.

Other women likely to be in the mix include 2013 finalists Nuria Vilarrubla of Spain, Russian Zulfia Sabitova and Australian Alison Borrows.

The trio finished fifth, sixth and seventh respectively last year.

Borrows’ who is ranked 11th in the world will be looking to use her home course advantage and claim her first individual U23 World Championship medal.

The third of the Australian women to contest the U23 C1W will be Western Australian Georgia Rankin.

The 19 year old finished 12th in the C1W junior classification last year.

Fox and Borrows will team up with Rankin to defend the C1W Teams world title.

17 women will contest the Junior C1W event.

Last year’s medalists are the top three ranked athletes this year.

German Karolin Wagner, ranked 21st in the world, will be looking to make it back to back junior world titles.

2013 silver medalist Anna Koblencova of the Czech Republic, and Brazilian teenager Ana Satila will be looking to improve on their performances last year.

Satila heads into the event as the highest ranked athlete, 15th in the world.

Leading the way for Australia will be 2013 Junior C1W Teams gold medalists Noemie Fox and Alexandra Broome.

They will be joined by Tasmanian Kate Eckhardt to fly the flag for the home nation.

Fox was Australia’s best in the same event last year, finishing 11th and will be looking to follow in the footsteps of older sister Jessica, who won C1W junior event in 2012.

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Fox and Satila out to end European dominance


Kate Eckhardt
Tom Collings, Monday, 21 April 2014

We preview the K1W event ahead of the ICF Canoe Slalom Junior and U23 World Championships that commences in Sydney on Wednesday.

19 year old Australian Jessica Fox will be looking to use her home course advantage and win her first U23 K1 world title in Penrith this week.

In 2013, Fox finished 18th, a disappointing result by her lofty standards.

The London Olympic silver medalist will be looking to set the record straight.

The world number four will face strong competition from fellow top 20 ICF ranked kayakers Eva Tercelj of Slovenia, Frenchwoman Nouria Newman and Italian Stefanie Horn.

Horn in particular will be looking to go one better than last year when she won the silver medal in Liptovsky Mikulas.

British pair Bethan Latham and Kimberley Woods, Czech paddler Karolina Galuskova and Austrian Lisa Leitner will be others in the mix.

Representing Australia alongside Fox will be fellow Penrith senior paddler Alison Borrows and Western Australian Georgia Rankin.

Borrows’ finished 19th last year but demonstrated signs of improvement at the recent Oceania Championships.

The 21 year old finished fifth and will be looking to carry that form and produce a strong performance at her home course.

Rankin will make the step up from junior to U23 competition this year.

The 19 year old finished 17th in the junior classification last year.

33 women will contest the K1W Junior event.

Brazilian Ana Satila made her Olympic debut in London at just 15, now 18, Satila heads into the junior K1W event as the highest ranked athlete, 62nd in the world.

With another year of kayaking under her belt, Satila will be looking to improve on her 13th placing last year.

Defending champion Amalie Hilgertova of the Czech Republic will be looking to make it consecutive gold medals.

The teenager is following in the footsteps of her aunt Stepanka, who was twice crowned an Olympic champion.

Slovakian Paulina Matulaniova and Klaudia Zwolinksa of Poland will also be in contention after finishing fourth and fifth respectively in 2013.

Penrith’s Noemie Fox, Kate Eckhardt of Hobart and Eliza Singleton of Bendigo will fly the Australian flag.

Fox and Eckhardt both competed at the Junior World Championships a year earlier finishing 21st and 25th respectively.

At the selection trials Fox showed her potential at the Australian Open finishing fifth in the open K1W event.

In similar fashion to Fox, Eckhardt showed her kayaking prowess on multiple occasions finishing fifth at the National Championships and eighth at the Oceania Championships.

Singleton will make her ICF Junior World Championships debut.

Racing will commence on Wednesday 23rd April with the K1M, K1W and C2M in action on the opening day.

The C1W event preview will be published tomorrow.

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I have got unfinished business


Jessica Fox
Ross Solly, Monday, 21 April 2014

Interview with Jessica Fox ahead of the 2014 ICF Junior and U23 World Championships.

Jess Fox doesn’t know where she finished in the K1 at last year’s U23 World Championships – “about 18th or 19th” – but knows she has a major point to prove at Penrith this week.

After winning the silver medal at the London Olympics in the K1 the previous year, to not make the final at the U23 Worlds was a big disappointment.

“I’ve got some unfinished business,” Fox said on the eve of this year’s U23 World Championships.

“Last year the K1 didn’t quite go to plan or how I would have liked, I was really disappointed with that result. I’m definitely looking to improve on that 18th or 19th – I don’t even remember, except that it was far down the list.

“I’m looking to make the final this week and paddle to my ability and to my potential on my home course.”

While having this year’s Worlds on her home course in Penrith should give the 19-year-old a big advantage over her overseas rivals, Fox admits its been hard trying to get the adrenalin flowing.

She wakes up every morning in her own bed, heads down to the water to train, then comes home and gets stuck into her study – she’s in her second year of a three-year Bachelor of Social Science course, with an emphasis on media.

“It doesn’t feel like a major race yet, but I know as soon as Tuesday rolls around it will definitely feel pretty real,” Fox said.

“I feel fresh and ready to go, but I’m not nervous yet, which I think is a good sign. You don’t want to be nervous for weeks leading up to an event.”

To analyse Fox’s disappointment at last year’s U23’s you also have to examine her failure to make the K1 final at the Senior World Championships in Prague later in the year.

Things were a little different then, with the teenage Fox having to back up from her emotional triumph in the C1 final and the associated rigmarole.

But Fox herself has admitted there will come a time when she may have to drop the C1 to just focus on the K1, the Olympic event. But for now she firmly believes she can do both at a major competition.

“I’m looking to just paddle the best that I can and manage the load well,” she said.

“I’ve learnt from what happened in Prague and I think I’m better prepared now.

“I think it’s easy to burn out if you go out hard on the days you don’t need to. It will be about doing my runs and then switching off. And because it’s a home championships I am staying at home and am able to have a bit more of a normal life.

“I think it will mean I can switch off and stay fresh until the last day of racing.”

This week will be a good measure for the Olympic silver medalist, with most of the top U23 paddlers from around the world making the journey to Penrith.

A lot have been to the course before, and many of them have been training on the course for weeks if not months in the lead-up to this week.

But it’s the sort of hit out Jess Fox thrives on, and one she certainly needs before yet another incredibly busy International season.

She hopes to compete in four of the five World Cup events, and then the senior World Championships in the US.

Squeezed in between all of that she’ll be one of the hand-picked ambassadors for the Youth Olympics in Nanjing, a role she’s very excited about even though it does mess badly with her schedule.

“The timing’s definitely not great, just five weeks out from Worlds,” she said.

“There’ll be two weeks where I won’t be paddling on the whitewater, but I will have had more than two months of really solid racing and training so I’m not really concerned.

“It was too good an opportunity to pass up. As well as being a great honour, it’s also going to be a great experience for me as an athlete and in preparing for life after being an athlete.”

The U23 and Junior World Championships start at Penrith on Wednesday April 23 and run through to Sunday, April 27.

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European nations set to dominate


Brodie Crawford
Tom Collings, Friday, 18 April 2014

We preview the C1M and C2M events ahead of the ICF Canoe Slalom Junior and U23 World Championships that begin next week.

The U23 C1M event will see 48 paddlers fight it out to be declared World Champion down the Sydney Olympic course.

It is one of the more open events with 11 of the top 50 ICF ranked canoeists competing.

Italian Roberto Colazingari is the highest ranked among them, 21st in the world.

Colazingari will be looking to improve on his fifth place finish at last year’s U23 World Championships in Liptovsky Mikulas.

Two paddlers that beat him in 2013 were Slovakian pair Patrik Gajarsky and Jergus Badura.

Gajarsky will be out to defend his title after edging Czech Martin Riha and Badura for the win last year.

Other canoeists in the mix include 2013 finalists Luka Bozic of Slovenia and American Zachary Lokken.

Frenchman Killian Foulon, British paddler Thomas Quinn and Argentinian Sebastian Rossi are others expected to be in the mix.

Australia will be represented by Victorian Jaxon Merritt and Tasmanian Daniel Watkins. 

Neither athlete is expected to feature prominently as their preferred discipline is K1.

However they will get a taste of the course a day earlier for the K1 heats and with their local course knowledge anything is possible.

A smaller field of 34 athletes will contest the junior C1M event.

Irishman Liam Jegou, Slovakian Martin Mracna and Italian Raffaello Ivaldi are amongst the favourites to be declared junior world champion.

All three athletes currently feature inside the top 100 in the ICF rankings.

Mracna and Jegou both featured in last year’s final finishing fourth and sixth respectively.

Slovakian Marko Gurecka was another who impressed in front of his local crowd last year finishing seventh.

Other international athletes to follow closely include Canadian Zachary Zwaneburg, British canoeist Samuel Ibbotson and German Florian Breuer.

Western Australian Brodie Crawford has the 10th highest ranking of those on the start list and is aiming for a place in the final this year.

He will be joined by fellow Western Australian Steven Lowther and Melbourne’s Tristan Carter. The latter will be making his Junior World Championships debut.

Crawford and Lowther will also team up for the junior C2M event.

The pair finished second at the Australian Open earlier in the year and will fancy their chances of upstaging their more fancied rivals.

A small field of ten boats will contest the C2M event with Slovenian pair Niko Testen and Jakob Jeklin the highest ranked crew, 63rd in the world.

The Czech Republic will be well represented with two of its three crews featuring in last year’s final.

Jan Vetrovsky and Michael Matejka finished eighth, while Jan Mrazek and Tomas Rousek combined to finish tenth.

American duo Gabriel Machado and William Coggan will be another crew to follow closely after finishing 14th a year earlier.

A slightly larger field of 13 boats will contest the U23 C2M event.

Traditional rivals the Czech Republic, Poland, Great Britain and France are expected to fight it out for the medals.

2013 silver medallists’ Jonas Kaspar and Marek Sindler head into the event as the top ranked boat.

The Czech pair will head into the event as narrow favourites ahead of two Polish crews.

The first of the Polish crews features brothers Filip and Andrezi Brzeninski who collected the bronze medal last year.

Michal Wiercioch and Grzegorz Majerczak is the second Polish pair, themselves finished a highly respectable fifth in the 2013 final.

Frenchman Yves Prigent and Loic Kervella, Brazilian duo Anderson Oliveira and Charles Correa, and Japanese relatives Shota and Tsubasa Sasaki will be others in the mix.

The K1W and C1W previews will be published on Monday.

Profiles for all the Australian athletes competing have been published on the Australian Canoeing website. To read the profiles and for more important race information please follow the links below.

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Victorian Downriver and Rapid Sprint Dates for 2014


Mary Macaluso, Friday, 18 April 2014

The introduction of rapid sprints has opened the door for a whole new group of athletes.

Rapid sprints are a lot of fun, therefore the races below have been opened up to include a range of boats (slalom, creek, surf & touring.) 

Rapid sprints are also great for:

  • beginner paddlers as competitors remain within view of spectators/safety 
  • slalom paddlers to enhance their training, and to experience some new opportunities 
  • surf and multisport athletes, an opportunity to further develop their skill) 
  • marathon paddlers thinking about developing their skills on moving water before the Avon Descent or international WW marathons

Many of the top wildwater paddlers have made the transition into world championship flat-water events, such as Olympics and world championships with great results ( eg Max Hoff and many more). Many of these athletes have been regarded highly for their excellent feel of the water, a skill that is further developed on moving water.

So come along if you are a slalom, sprint, surf, creek, polo or marathon paddler looking for new training or racing opportunities. Both the classic (3-5km) and rapid sprints (300-500 metres) have team events, and the national committee is keen to develop the Australian teams for competition overseas in World Championship and World Cup events. 

For more details please email Tony Misson at tmisson@iprimus.com.au

You should consider trying out some of the following events.

·         17-May-14 Yarra Classic  Venue TBA (depending on water level)

·         14-Jun-14 Yarra Sprint Venue Griffiths Park

·         19-Jul-14 Big River Country Series/ Classic

·         16-Aug-14 King River Country Series Classic

·         30-Aug-14 Yarra Sprint Warrandyte Bridge

·         6 Sep-14 Vic Schools DR

·         14-Sep-14 Vic Champs Homestead to Wittons. Classic

·         11-Oct-14 Yarra Sprint Dights Falls

·         15-Nov-14 Vic Rapid Sprint Champs - Goulburn River

All classes and boats will be catered for, and practice runs and coaching is available.

Phone Chris 98488097 or 0400043313. optimal@pacific.net.au

Registration from 9 am and briefing at 9.30.10.00 am start

 

All set for national canoe marathon titles in Ballarat

Michael Pollock, The Courier, Thursday, 17 April 2014

LAKE Wendouree will play host to the 2014 Australian Canoe Marathon Championships this weekend.

LAKE Wendouree will play host to the 2014 Australian Canoe Marathon Championships this weekend.

More than 200 paddlers from across the country as well as several international competitors will converge on Ballarat on Saturday and Sunday.

It will be the first time the city has hosted the event that traditionally revolves from state to state each year.

Ballarat Regional Tourism and the Ballarat Amateur Canoe Club were two of several organisations pushing for this year's hosting rights after Lake Wendouree successfully hosted the Victorian Masters Championships last year. 

The national championships will feature about 250 competitors of all ages competing across courses ranging from six to 32 kilometres long.

BACC president Graeme Bowes believes Lake Wendouree is the perfect location for such an event and hopes that the high standard of competition displayed will help renew interest in the sport.

"It's the first time that an event like this, of this calibre, has been held in Ballarat," Bowes said.

"It's a magnificent piece of water here - we're fortunate enough to have to competition courses mapped out to suit the conditions.

"The (interest in) canoeing has built up since the lake refilled but we still have more recreation paddlers than we do competitive paddlers and we need more people to compete."

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Prskavec and Grigar headline a strong K1M field


Jaxon Merritt
Tom Collings, Thursday, 17 April 2014

AC preview the K1M event just six days out from the start of the ICF Slalom Junior and U23 World Championships in Penrith.

World number 11 Jiri Prskavec will be the man to beat in the U23 K1M event.

The Czech star produced a fantastic season in 2013 which was capped off by winning silver at the senior World Championships in front of his home crowd in Prague.

At last year’s U23 World Championships he was outclassed by Frenchman Mathieu Biazizzo. 

The world number 22 will face a tough battle to defend his title this year.

Slovakian Martin Halcin and Italian Giovanni De Gennaro are World Cup regulars and will be out to upstage their more fancied opponents.

De Gennaro also featured alongside Prskavec in the senior Worlds final last year, finishing tenth.

Melbourne Canoe Club kayaker Jaxon Merritt heads into the event in career best form after taking out the Oceania Championship earlier in the year.

Merritt is eager to improve on his ninth place finish at last year’s U23 Worlds in Slovakia, with this year his last in the age group.

Fellow Victorian Tim Anderson and Tasmanian Daniel Watkins will join Merritt to represent Australia in the U23 K1M event.

Anderson, 19, will contest his second U23 World Championships and will be looking to improve on his 41st placing last year.

Watkins steps up to the U23 age category this year following an impressive junior career which included victory at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in 2012.

Merritt and Watkins will also contest the U23 C1 event which will be previewed on Friday.

The Junior K1M competition will see 52 athletes go head to head down the Sydney Olympic course.

Defending champion Jacob Grigar of Slovakia will be the man to beat.

Grigar enters the event as the only junior kayaker inside the top 100 in the ICF Rankings.

Ranked 75, Grigar is a clear favourite but can expect a healthy rivalry with Callum Gilbert of New Zealand, Slovenian Vid Karner, Canadian Ryley Penner and Samuel Stanovsky of Latvia.

Gilbert in particular will be confident of upstaging the Slovak as he is very familiar with the setup in Penrith.

The Bay of Plenty paddler was the standout junior performer at the Australian Open and Oceania Championships where he earmarked himself as a future star.

Another who knows the course exceptionally well is local favourite Angus Thompson.

The 17 year old is Australia’s highest ranked K1M junior, 353 in the world.

Thompson finished 21st last year is a hoping to move up at least five spots this year.

Joining him to fly the Australian flag will be fellow Penrith kayaker Lachlan Croft and Melbourne's Tristan Carter.

The U23 K1M heats will get the ICF Slalom Junior and U23 World Championships underway on Wednesday 23rd April at 9am local time.

Profiles for all the Australian athletes competing have been published on the Australian Canoeing website. To read the profiles and for more important race information please follow the links below.

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Canoe Polo Nationals Update


Australian Canoeing, Thursday, 17 April 2014

2014 Canoe polo nationals update here.

Microjunior rules here.

 

Team Navy


Australian Canoeing, Monday, 14 April 2014

We would like to introduce you to 'Team Navy' who will support Australian Canoeing in presenting the 2014 Junior & U23 World Championships to be held in Penrith from the 23-27 April.

Team Navy is a branding initiative of the Royal Australian Navy, which has been involved with sporting teams since 2011.  Current alliances involve Ford Performance Racing, Mackay’s Friers Offshore Racing, RUSH NSW BMX, Renshaw Racing, Warwick Nowland’s WNR Force 600cc Sportsbike team, George Bass Surfboat Marathon and the Team Navy Driver Chaz Mostert.

Keep an eye out for Team Navy representatives at the big race, and you can find out more information about Team Navy at their website: www.teamnavy.com.au

'AC is delighted to have Team Navy as a partner at the upcoming World Championships. I’m sure that this will be the start of a long and fruitful alliance as it is quite apparent that there is a synergy between both organisations that extends beyond being water based organisations. In particular, Australian Canoeing identifies with Team Navy’s values of ‘courage’, ‘integrity’, ‘honour’ and ‘honesty’.' AC CEO, Gregory Doyle

 

Nomination Criteria for 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games Announced

Australian Canoeing, Monday, 14 April 2014

The AOC has approved criteria for the nomination of one athlete to the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games (YOG)

The YOG is for athletes turning 16 or 17 in 2014 (born in 1997 or 1998).

Under the criteria (linked below), AC will nominate one athlete to the AOC from amongst the age eligible athletes who have already nominated for 2014 Australian Teams. No separate nomination is required.

Athletes must be available for the whole YOG program in Nanjing from 16-28 August and take part in both canoeing events, the Canoe Sprint Head to Head race and the Head to Head Canoe Slalom Obstacle Course.

The YOG takes place in Nanjing China from 16-27 August and the Canoeing events will be held on 23/24 August and 26/27 August.

Australia qualified one male kayak athlete under the ICF criteria based on results at the 2013 canoe slalom junior world championship but was unsuccessful in qualifying female quotas or quotas from the 2013 Junior canoe sprint world championships.

64 Athletes from 40 nations have qualified for the YOG to compete in 8 events:
Canoe Sprint Head to Head
Men's Kayak
Women's Kayak
Men's Canoe
Women's Canoe

Head to Head Canoe Slalom Obstacle Course
Men's Kayak
Women's Kayak
Men's Canoe
Women's Canoe

Medals will be awarded in each event.

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Canoe Polo National Championships


Australian Canoeing, Monday, 14 April 2014

The Be The Influence: Tackling Binge Drinking 2014 Australian Canoe Polo National Championships are on our doorstep.

Taking place at Molonglo Reach from April 19 – 21, the event will attract around 200 athletes plus team support crews to Canberra. The excitement surrounding the Championships has been building for many months now, with recent Australian Canoe Polo Summer Series events providing an insight into the high levels of intensity and professionalism that can be expected within all games taking place over the Easter long weekend.

This year’s National Championships are set to be the largest in 5 years. Thirty-one teams from ACT, NSW, QLD, SA and VIC will be competing at the National Championships in seven divisions: Micro Juniors (u13), Juniors (u16 boys and u18 girls), Youth (u21), Women’s, Open, Veterans (+35yrs) and Masters (+45yrs). The event organizing committee is also extremely proud to announce that this year’s junior division will be the largest at an Australian Canoe Polo National Championships in the past 8-10 years.

Spectators at the event will enjoy tremendous displays of teamwork, physical power, and boat skills by all competing teams. The National Championships are also the final selection event for the Australian Men’s Canoe Polo team, which will be venturing to Thury-Harcourt, France in September to compete at the 2014 ICF Canoe Polo World Championships.

Like the Australian Canoe Polo page on Facebook for match results and general updates about the Championships: https://www.facebook.com/auscanoepolo

 

Marathon #5 the Pinjarra to Ravenswood race


Pinjarra to Ravenswood
Peter Martin, Friday, 4 April 2014

With Perth having a burst of cool weather it was an ideal day for a 16.3 km hard paddle on the sometimes narrow and winding Murray River.

This race is one of the oldest races in the Marathon Series with records dating back to 1983. The Pinjarra to Ravenswood is a point to point race along a scenic river.

With 82 paddlers doing the Long Course and 9 paddlers doing the Junior Courses there was going to be some excitement along the way.

At the Long Course start the slowest grids went off first with a Division 1 and 2 Doubles Class starting separately from the singles making 6 groups going off at 2 minutes intervals in this narrow stretch of the river. A couple of paddlers found the start a little hectic and took a quick dip to allow things to sort themselves out.

Paddling off the third start (Division 2 Singles) I was soon relegated to the back of the field but with a good wash ride on a slightly faster Ocean Ski, we soon closed the 2 or 4 min gap on the paddlers that had started before us meaning we were no longer last. Passing others builds the excitement and encourages all to greater efforts to stay ahead or go with the boats passing by. At approximately 5 kms into the race the Division 2 Doubles, Division 1 Singles and Division 1 Doubles all ended up on the same patch of water as the Division 2 and 3 craft. That meant that for the next 3 to 5 km slower paddlers always had a faster boat next to them and could enjoy a good ride with a good increase in speed. Marathon racing does not get more exciting than this and was enjoyed by nearly every one on this stretch of the river.  Good positioning allowed the experienced paddlers to extend their rides on faster craft while those with less experienced were in the wrong spot and were left on the outside of the bends, ploughing through the shallows or making sudden turns to avoid overhanging trees.

After a while it all calmed down and only one boat at a time was passing. Paddling under the pipeline signalled the middle of the course with the river starting to widen and the slight head wind becoming more obvious. Turning the last bend and seeing the Ravenswood Hotel you know the finish line is nearby and it will soon be over.  One or two people went off chasing power boats to get more wash riding fun after they finished with racing.

The fastest boat on the day was the K2 of Mark L.(AKC) & Brett M.(MOC) in a time of 1:15:27.9, setting a new record for the 45+ Mens K2. James M. (AKC) led the singles home 8 seconds behind. Samantha P.(AKC) was the fastest lady single on the day finishing in a time of 1:24:08.8.

Overall there were nine previous records broken and seven new class records established. Most notable was Luke E.(CRCC) taking six minutes off Simon Roll’s U12 K1 record from 1991. Mathew & Nicolas G. (AKC) established an U14 K2 record, Ann S. setting a Ladies 55+ WWK1 record and Baillee L. (AKC) in her first long race, setting the record for Open Ladies OS1.

While the big kids where racing down the river the younger paddlers where doing a lap course at Ravenswood. Mason K.(AKC) was the winner in the Novices K1 Class with Jeremy A.(CRCC) in second. The U12 Guppy class was won by Harriette A.(CLBC) from Kelly T.(AKC) while the U10 Guppy class had a tight finish with three seconds separating Emerson A. (CLBC) and Andrew W. at the end.   

Once again we must acknowledge the work being put in by the volunteers who organise and run the event, from those setting up the entries into the computer, doing the registration and timing. Without a power boat John T.(AKC) paddled upstream to meet the paddlers coming in and making sure all made it home. Out thanks go to the two lovely young ladies who helped with the presentation.

West Australia is sending a strong team over to the Nationals in Ballarat, Victoria over Easter. All the best to them and have a good paddle and hope you bring back a medal or two.

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2014 Marathon Worlds March Newsletter


Australian Canoeing, Monday, 24 March 2014

Oklahoma City is proud to host the 2014 ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships & Masters World Cup. This newsletter provides information about the race venue and opportunities to experience American culture.

 
 
Registration information will be available in the next bulletin.
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Welcome to Oklahoma City
 
Oklahoma City would like to welcome you to the 2014 ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships on the Oklahoma River. The Boathouse District on the Oklahoma River is a designated official U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Site, the venue has hosted Olympic Trials for Canoe Sprint in 2008 and 2012, as well as the USA Rowing World Challenge, USA Canoe/Kayak Sprint National Championships, USRowing Masters National Championships, and several regional and local regattas over the past decade. Home to the Oklahoma City National High Performance Training Center, the Boathouse District provides training opportunities for both canoe/kayak athletes and rowers. Learn more about the Oklahoma River and the Boathouse District. [More]
 
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Travel & Hotels
 
Oklahoma City's Will Rogers World Airport is only a 20 minute drive from the event venue, and offers access to many destinations across America for athletes and spectators who are interested in sightseeing while in the USA. Learn more about international driving permits car rental, and other ways to see America. [More] Oklahoma City offers a variety of hotel options located as close as 1.5 miles from the venue! Our detailed hotel list provides you with room options including single, double, and even family rooms. Learn more about our hotel options. [More]
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Oklahoma's Western Heritage
 
Located in the heart of the United States of America, Oklahoma has a unique past. Oklahoma is known for its diverse landscape, as well as cowboy and Native American culture. The state of Oklahoma includes mountain ranges, wide plains, sparkling lakes, and scenic roads featuring historical landmarks and shopping destinations. Oklahoma's capital, Oklahoma City offers its own set of attractions including museums, unique shopping venues, parks, professional sports teams, and much more. Learn more about Oklahoma through the Visitor's Bureau and State Tourism websites. 
 
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Oklahoma's Sporting Presence
 
In addition to being home to an official Olympic and Paralympic Training Site, Oklahoma City is also home to three professional sports teams. These include the Oklahoma City Thunder, Oklahoma City's professional National Basketball Association (NBA) team, professional ice hockey team the Oklahoma City Barons, and American professional soccer team the Oklahoma City Energy Football Club. Oklahoma City is also proud to host minor league baseball team the Oklahoma City Redhawks. Learn more about Oklahoma City's sports teams. [More]
 
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Update - Marathon National Championships


Mick Leverett
Jerry Dunn, Thursday, 20 March 2014

A quick update with some information about the 2014 Australian Canoe Marathon Championships.

First date to remember - 31 March 2014  - Nominations for Marathon Paddler of the Year close
 
Next important date, 4 April 2014 -
  • Nominations for Australian Canoe Marathon Team close (Masters are now included in the team and must nominate to be selected)
  • Early bird entries close
  • Merchandise pre-orders and Championship Dinner tickets close

To access team nominations, entries and other championship information CLICK HERE

Any problems with entering email marathon@canoe.org.au

Championship Dinner
Dinner tickets for under 12's are now available.  Tickets cost $20.

 
Safety
All athletes MUST have a PFD as part of their paddling equipment as they maybe directed to wear it during racing.

Rules
ICF Canoe Marathon Racing Rules have introduced time penalties during racing.  This includes the introduction and operation of a 'penalty box'.  The 'penalty box' will be near the portage area on the course.
For reference the specific rule is ICF Rule 29.  Team Leaders will be provided with further details.

Volunteers
As always, volunteers are required to help run the championships. If you think you may have a couple of spare hours during the weekend, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator Graeme Bowes on email graemebowes@bigpond.com

There will be two blocks of racing on Saturday and two on Sunday where assistance will be required.

Team Leaders
Queensland - Lynwen Birch
New South Wales - John Preston
South Australia - yet to be advised
Western Australia - Peter Martin
Victoria - yet to be advised
Tasmania - yet to be advised
 
2014 Australian Canoe Marathon Team Management
Team Manager - Robert Walker
Assistant Team Manager - Lynwen Birch
 
 

ICF Newsletter and Bohinj World Cup Update


Australian Canoeing, Saturday, 15 February 2014

Download information here.

The 2014 Canoe Marathon Bohinj World Cup will take place on the 7-8 June. Any Australian Canoeing athletes wishing to participate should contact the ACMRTC at marathon@canoe.org.au

Download Bohinj World Cup Update Here

The first ICF newsletter for the year contains links to information on the 2014 World & European Championships.

Download 2014 ICF Marathon Newsletter 1 Here

 

Marathon #4 The Canning Race


Canning River Marathon
ACMTC, Wednesday, 12 February 2014

With Registration under way paddlers started preparing for the ensuring paddle from Deep Water Point, via Bull Creek and Kent Street Weir to finish back at Riverton Bridge with a portage near the finish line on the way up.

All the locals where having their brains picked on the best route across the shallows. Officer of the Day, Barry did the briefing and told all the start was in 15 minutes. A lot of the paddlers hopped on the water and proceeded to do a 20 minute warm and missed their start making the next starts a little more crowded.

The first run down into Bull Creek with a beam wind and 30-50 cm side waves added to the excitement of the first run as paddlers tried for the most comfortable course.  Weaving between all the moored boats added to the fun as the turn mark was as far down in Bull Creek inlet as possible. One Ocean Ski tried to tighten his turn by parking on the stern deck of a kayak (Yes, we have it on video) to be dragged around.  Coming out of Bull Creek and heading up to Salter Point should have been a good deep water run, except to get deep water you had to go out into a stiff head wind and bigger waves than staying closer to the bank in the shallow water where there was less wind and waves.  

Prisoner’s Point saw at least 2 paddlers hop out of their boats to run through the shallows. The poles caused the usual decision making problems, go early or go late; late seemed to be a winner this time. As the flats after Wadjup Point where almost dry, all stayed in the longer, deeper channel around the edge.

Once under Shelly Bridge paddlers prepared for the portage. Bailing out into the soft, knee deep mud was not a pleasant experience. The run along the shore was pleasant, with the smell of CRCC hamburgers being made ready, but then it was back into the mud to get into kayaks or skis. Heading upstream to the weir was a matter of seeking the deeper water all the way with many areas down to less than 20cm of water. The “Short Cut” wasn’t and the turn at Kent Street Weir was tighter than normal, but still the battles continued as “faster” or more canny paddlers tried to slip ahead. 

In the Guppy Classes the new team of Emerson A.(CLBC) & Alannah O.(AKC) came home first, with Harriette A.(CLBC) and Gabrielle B.(CLBC) next. The next two young ladies where so busy chatting they paddled past the turn and had extra distance to paddle. Isabella R. and Gus H.(AKC) enjoyed their first race and now looking forward to more.

In the Short Course Tyler A.(AKC) led the group home with Dave C.(Harvey) following and River A.(AKC) third. Alex R. & David T.(both AKC) where the first short course double home.

In the gun Division 1, Joshua K.(AKC), on his first home waters race after the World Marathons and a South African Racing Season ran out an easy winner. The Roll father and son combination (AKC) came in second, with Matt C.(PP) 3rd.  These three where then followed in by the rest of the mixed Doubles, Triples, Open Doubles and Singles of this division. Bronwyn M.(AKC) was the first lady single home.

Division 2 was lead home by Chris B.(AKC) with Martin W.(AKC) trying to up hold the honour of the older paddlers. Glen S. (EVENT) was third across the line. In this group the U14 Greed boys bought their K2 home in 6th position with Tess W.(AKC) first Div. 2 lady but 5 minutes behind her father. Don’t think that is going to be allowed for long.

Division 3 was only a small class this race and Steve C.(AKC) went for broke and collected the win. Peter M. (AKC) came in second with Alan M. (AKC) third. Jane L. (AKC) was the first Div. 3 lady home with the husband and wife team of Cynthia & Steve C.(CRCC) leading the mixed bag of K2s in the group.

Division 4 had a couple of ring ins from Canoe Polo and the father and daughter team of Nicky & Bryan L. (PCPC) easily ran out winners. The handicapper will catch up with them now. 2nd to 4thwas Caleb B.(CLBC), Kye B.(AKC) and Tim F. (AKC)  youngsters stretching their wings. Daniel B. & Jack C. (U14s, CLBC) was the first Div. 4 K2 home and Yasmin R.(BPC) the first lady in Div. 4 home. Notable in this Division was Kathy M (ParaA) paddling with her husband Ron (both CLBC) in a K2 and Doug H. (AKC)(ParaLTA) on a ski who did the portage.

This quite difficult race was the first outing on the long course with the big kids for quite a few Juniors and they held up well, giving confidence in the future of Marathon Racing in WA.

Our race team did an excellent job of getting the 99 craft registered, Started, Escorted, Portaged, tagged on the turns and finished over 2 Start lines. Advice on the waters ahead was appreciated at the portage and assistance given to one of our para paddlers.

Next Event on Saturday and Sunday 8th and 9th of March 2014 is the Be the Influence Tackling Binge Drinking West Australian Canoe Marathon Championships.

Look out for further information and entry details on the Canoeing WA Website …

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