Queenslanders headline Australian sprint teams

25 Queensland athletes have now been officially named across five Australian teams following the 2016 Australian Sprint Canoe Championships. The result is outstanding and reinforces Queensland’s dominance as one of the best paddling states.

Amongst the selected athletes is first time team member Alicia Fay from the Sunshine Coast whose biggest goal is to one day compete for Australia at the Olympics.

“It is very exciting but pretty nerve wracking at the same time,” she said.

“I am ecstatic to represent Australia and wear the green and gold.”

Taking place in Szeged, Hungary in late September, Alicia and her teammates have a long winter ahead of them.

“My coach Glen has set out a training plan with lots of paddling but also swimming, running and other sports to keep good fitness and stamina,” she said.

Queensland Canoeing would like to extend our sincere congratulations to all of these athletes. We cannot wait to watch them in action against the rest of the world at their respective events. 

Olympic Hopefuls Team – QLD members
Mackenzie Duffy, Tiarnee Massie, Gabrielle Parker, Alicia Fay, Sophie Butler, Isabella Gill, Erin Blanch, Lachlan Bancroft & Jonathan Gray.

Junior Team – QLD members
Joshua Jones-Rew, Caitlin Burt-Poloai, Tom Green & Benjamin Manning.

U23 Team – QLD members
Jordan Wood, Alyssa Bull, Bill Bain, Joel McKitterick, Jy Duffy & Brianna Massie.

Paralympic Team – QLD members
Curtis McGrath & Susan Seipel

Olympic Team – QLD members
Alyce Burnett, Alyssa Bull, Ken Wallace, Jacob Clear, Jordan Wood & Martin Marinov.

The full team announcements can be found here.