Aus Open and Oceania Championships

February 24, 2016

Well it's (very) early doors but my season has got off to a flying start in the southern hemisphere! 

 

My primary purpose for being here is training, but the timing of my trip does give me an extra two startlines to my 2016 season! So the Australian Open (5th-7th Feb) and Oceania Open (19th-21st) were the two events and I have to say that I'm very happy with my performances at both! The quality of the field is about as good as it gets for an ICF ranking race (i.e not a World Cup or World Championships) since this white water playground is the winter destination for most of top paddlers around the world.

 

Generally I wouldn't back myself as a good performer when I'm in a heavy block of training so my results did come a little as a surprise (Not complaining though!). I'm lifting a lot of weights at the moment and on the water I'm all about technical development and getting lots of volume done so the Aus Open was actually the first time I'd done a full length course since the British Open last October!

 

Over the 2 weekends of racing I had 5 out of 6 clean runs, touching just one gate in the final of the Aus Open. I qualified through heats in 2nd and 7th positions and converted both semi-finals to finals in 1st and 5th position. My touch and a time loss left me in a solid 6th place at the Australian Open but I raced well and clean 2 weeks later at the Oceania Championships to claim a bronze medal (and my first senior podium!)

 

I've got one last week of training before I head back to London to reunite with British Canoeing. Looking forward to injecting a bit of speed into my training plan and getting a few more racey full runs under my belt before the season starts!

 

Stay tuned...

 

Oceania Championships Final Run VIDEO

Australian Open Semi-Final Run VIDEO

 Photo: Ettore Ivaldi

 

 Photo: Rhys Davies

 

 Photo: Ettore Ivaldi

 

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