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Queenslanders shine at the Canoe Sprint National Championships

11 March 2019

Australia’s Olympic, Paralympic and future canoe champions took to Perth’s Champions Lake last week for the 2019 Paddle Australia Canoe Sprint National Championships. The paddlers battled it out for national titles as well as securing a spot on the national senior team.

The Queensland athletes held their ground against their fellow Australian’s with some outstanding performances over the five day competition. Olympian Alyce Burnett made it two from two on the second day winning gold in the women’s K1 500m and 200m. It was a fast women’s K1 500m race with Alyce pipping Qld teammate Alyssa Bull by just 0.8 of a second, with both Olympians finishing the race with times under 1:50. They later teamed up for the women’s K2 500m which saw the duo take the win.

The men’s races also produced dominant performances, the K1 500m saw a Queenslander podium sweep, Tom Green standing on the top step followed by Jean van der Westhuyzen in second and Jordan Wood in third.

Paralympian, Curtis McGrath blitzed his races with a near golden sweep. He took the win in the Paracanoe men’s K1 500m and 1000m whilst coming second in the KL2 200m. The eight-time World Champion also contested in the open men’s K1 500 taking it all the way to heat 3.

Rio Paralympic medallist, Susan Seipel also had a successful week with 3 second places and a win in the KL2 200m race.

The event was the final domestic team selection event where Olympic and Paralympic athletes were vying to contest at the ICF Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe World Cup Season. The international ICF Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe Championships in August will serve as the qualification event for the Tokyo 2020 Games. With just over 16 months until the Games, our Queensland athletes have their eyes firmly set on securing quota places at the seasons highlight.

Full event results.

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11 March 2019