Australia’s Golden Performance at the 2017 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships

The Australian Canoe Sprint team performed strongly collecting multiple World Championships medals at the ICF 2017 Sprint Canoe World Championships in Racice, Czech Republic, 23-27 August.

The results included awesome performances from many of our Queensland paddlers.

Alyce Burnett collected herself a World Championship gold medal in the K1 1000, holding on to her lead over the closing stages of the race.

The K4 1000 crew of Ken Wallace, Jordan Wood, Riley Fitzsimmons and Murray Stewart also won World Championship gold. Unfortunately, this event will no longer be part of the Olympic program.

Wallace, the most experienced member of the team, won his sixth World Championship gold medal of his career.

Ken Wallace finished fourth in the K1 Men 5000m Final A, and  teamed up with Jordan Wood to finish sixth in the K2 Men 1000m B Final. Bill Bain finished fourth in the K1 Men 500m B Final.

Olympians Alyssa Bull and Alyce Burnett finished 7th in the K2 500 final, while Burnett finished sixth in the K1 Women 5000m Final A.

Earlier in the week, the Australian Paracanoe collected a raft of gold medals, included in the winners were Queenslanders, Curtis McGrath and Susan Seipel.

Rio Paralympics gold medallist, Curtis McGrath collected two World Championship gold medals in the KL2 Men 200 and VL2 Men 200 to give him a sixth career world title.

Susan Seipel, Rio Paralympics bronze medallist, won World Championship gold in the VL2 Women 200 and fourth in the KL2 Women 200. To show how quickly Paracanoeing is developing, Susan’s time in the KL2 was 2 seconds faster than previous World Championships winning times.

Congratulations go to the all of the Australian team, athletes and coaches, for an awesome effort!

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