2018 Canoe Sprint Nationals – Day 3-5 Recap

The 2018 Canoe Sprint national Championships at Penrith is now over and Queenslanders had some fantastic races across the championship with many qualifying for either the 2018 Australian Canoe/Kayak Sprint Team (http://qld.canoe.org.au/2018/03/14/2018-australian-canoe-kayak-sprint-team-announcement) or the 2018 Canoe/Kayak Sprint Asia-Pacific Team (http://qld.canoe.org.au/2018/03/15/2018-canoe-kayak-sprint-team-asia-pacific-team-announced-2/).
Olympian and World Champion in the women’s K1 1000 Alyce Burnett (Sunshine Coast Paddlesports Club) took home the national title in the women’s K1 500 and K1 200 and continued her dominant form from the selection regatta, where she won all three women’s events (WK2 500, WK1 500 and WK1 200).
Together with fellow Olympian and Sunshine Coast teammate Alyssa Bull (Sunshine Coast Paddlesports Club) Burnett also won the K2 500 with the pair taking home their third consecutive national K2 title.
For the Interstate K4 event Alyssa Bull and Alyce Burnett teamed up with U23 paddlers and fellow Queenslanders Brianna Massie (Kawana Waters Canoe Club) and Lucinda Kelly (Kawana Waters Canoe Club) to win the event and “Helen Brownlee Cup”.
In the men’s events, young guns Jordan Wood (Gold Coast Kayak & Canoe) and Riley Fitzsimmons (NSW) continued their strong form from the selection regatta to take home their second consecutive K2 1000 title. The pair, who was part of the Rio 2016 Olympic K4 team and won the World Championship title in the men’s K4 1000 last year, also won the K2 500. In the K4 National Championship event the pair teamed up with Tom Green (Varsity Lakes Paddlers Club) and Murray Stewart (NSW) to add another national title to their collection.
In the absence of Olympic medallist Kenny Wallace due to medical reasons, Murray finished second in the MK2 1000 together with 18-year old Tom Green (Varsity Lakes Paddlers Club).
In the Paracanoe events Paralympic Games Champion and dual World Champion Curtis McGrath (Varsity Lakes Paddlers Club) won the MV1 200 and 500 as well as the MK1 500 and 1000 Multi-Class events. McGrath was also part of the Open Queensland K4 that won bronze in the Interstate Event together with Joel McKitterick (Currumbin Creek Paddlers Club), Tom Green (Varsity Lakes Paddlers Club) and Jordan Wood (Gold Coast Kayak & Canoe).
Bill Bain (Sunshine Coast Paddlesports Club) impressed in the Mens Open K1 500 coming second ahead of Jordan Wood (Gold Coast Kayak & Canoe), Tom Green (Varsity Lakes Paddlers Club) and Joel McKitterick (Currumbin Creek Paddlers Club)
Paralympic medallists and 2017 Paralympic World Champion Amanda Reynolds (VIC) won the Paracanoe Women’s K1 200, 500 and 1000 Multi-Class events with Paralympic medallist and 2017 Paralympic World Champion Susan Seipel (Brisbane Canoeing) finishing overall second and winning her KL2 class. Seipel also won the women’s V1 200 and 500.
Mackenzie Duffy (Kawana Waters Canoe Club) and Tiarnee Massie (Kawana Waters Canoe Club) came second and third respectively while competing alongside Anthea Warne (Currumbin Creeks Paddlers Club) and Alicia Fay (Kawana Waters Canoe Club) in the Under 18 K1 500 A Final. Mackenzie and Tiarnee also teamed up to take the gold ahead of Alicia Fay (Kawana Waters Canoe Club) and Yasemin Ray (WA) in second place and Sophie Butler (Wynnum Redlands Canoe Club) and Kailey Harlen (NSW) who came third.
Queenslanders were in the spotlight during the Womens Under 16 K4 200 and Womens Under 16 K4 500 as Phoebe Wills-Grace (Kawana Waters Canoe Club) and Jenaya Massie (Kawana Waters Canoe Club) along with teammates Chelsea Beale (SA) and Charli Smyth (SA) came first in both races. While an all Queensland crew of Chaise Richardson (Varsity Lakes Paddlers Club), Hannah Lund (Currumbin Creek Paddlers Club), Sophie Rixon (Varsity Lakes Paddlers Club) and Shannay Butler (Wynnum Redlands Canoe Club) took home the bronze medals. Brooke Sawtell (Varsity Lakes Paddlers Club) also competed with teammates from WA.
Jenaya Massie (Kawana Waters Canoe Club) impressed across the final days of the 2018 Canoe Sprint National Championships taking home the gold in the Womens Under 16 K1 1000, while competing against fellow Queenslanders; Chaise Richardson (Varsity Lakes Paddlers Club), Hannah Lund (Currumbin Creek Paddlers Club) and Shannay Butler (Wynnum Redlands Canoe Club). Jenaya Massie and Phoebe Wills-Grace made a great team as they won multiple medals in K2 events and as a part of a K4 crew. Together they won the silver in the Womens Under 16 K2 200, 500 and 1000.
Anthea Warne (Currumbin Creek Paddlers Club) took the silver in the Womens Under 18 K1 1000 while Tiarnee Massie (Kawana Waters Canoe Club) came third. Tiarnee Massie was also a part of a K4 crew with Sophie Butler (Wynnum Redlands Canoe Club), Kailey Harlen (NSW) and Yasemin Ray (WA) that won the gold in Womens Under 18 K4 1000.  Alisa van der Kwartel (NSW) came in as a substitute and assisted them in taking the gold in the Womens Under 18 K4 500 and Womens Under 18 K4 200 as well. Alicia Fay (Kawana Waters Canoe Club) joined a WA team to come second in the Womens Under 18 K4 200.
Ava Lund (Currumbin Creek Paddlers Club) and Natalee Rixon (Varsity Lakes Paddlers Club) raced well in their races Womens Under 14 K2 2500, Womens Under 14 K2 200 and taking the first and second place respectively in the Womens Under 14 K1 200. Ava came first in Womens Under 14 K1 2500. While Natalee teamed up with Isabelle Rupenovic (NSW) in the Womens Under 16 K2 500 competing against three all Queensland teams of Jenaya Massie (Kawana Waters Canoe Club ) and Phoebe Wills-Grace (Kawana Waters Canoe Club ) who came second as well as Chaise Richardson (Varsity Lakes Paddlers Club) and Hannah Lund (Currumbin Creek Paddlers Club) who took the bronze; as well as sister Sophie Rixon (Varsity Lakes Paddlers Club) and Shannay Butler (Wynnum Redlands Canoe Club).
Daniel Hardwick (Currumbin Creek Paddlers Club) kept his good form for the remaining races and took home silver and bronze in Mens Under 14 K1 2500 and Mens Under 14 K1 200 respectively. Daniel teamed up with Tim Hyde (WA) to come second in Mens Under 14 K2 200. They repeated the feat in the Mens Under 16 K2 2500 finishing just ahead of Liam Warriner (Brisbane Canoeing) and partner Matthew Dunbar (NSW).
Daniel was joined by club mate Hannah Lund (Currumbin Creek Paddlers Club), Michael Dunbar (NSW) and Daniel Rupenovic (NSW) for the Mixed Under 14 K4 1000 and Mixed Under 14 K4 200 (Harrison Taurins (NSW) substituted Danie Rupenovic). Sarah Hardwick (Currumbin Creek Paddlers Club) took home the silver in Womens Under 12 K1 200.
Benjamin Manning (Varsity Lakes Paddlers Club) took home the bronze in Open C1 500 and Mens Open C1 200.
Carter Brodhurst-Hill (Varsity Lakes Paddlers Club) came first in the Under 18 K1 200 B Final. Carter was also a part of a K4 crew, with Daniel Peacock (NSW), Sebastian Kucharski (SA) and Tinus Koekemoer (NSW) that won silver in Mens Under 18 K4 1000 and bronze in Mens Under 18 K4 200.
For full results click here.