SASI athletes just grand on the water
09 Feb 2017
SA Sports Institute (SASI) canoe sprinters again stood tall with a weekend of top-class results at Grand Prix 2 at the Sydney International Regatta Centre.
The Grand Prix event was important for athletes preparing for big competitions ahead with national titles in March among the targets.
SASI Canoe Sprint head coach Nathan Luce was thrilled with the SASI team's effort in Sydney.
"We had a great weekend of racing although the heat did wreak a bit of havoc,'' he said.
"Overall we had great results across the board for both open men and women and junior men and women.''
Matt Goble, one of the stars for SASI, won his first K1 National Grand Prix in nearly six years when he took out the Open K1 200m event. He also paired with New South Wales athlete Rob McIntyre to win the Open K2 200m. Goble's win in the K1 200m was a nailbiter as he edged out Chinese athlete YouYong Chu by one hundredth of a second. Highly rated SASI athlete Callum Dunn was fourth in the K1 200m (third best Australian crew) but is expected to be hard to beat, as will Goble, in the K1 national in March. Goble and McIntyre also beat YouYong Chu/Qiang Li by three hundredths of a second in the K2 200m final. SA's Jared Lee was third in the K2 200m final.
In other Olympic distances SASI athletes were a part of winning K4 crews in both the men's 1000m event and the women's 500m event.
Sean Lohse stroked the men's K4 crew, which included Rio Olympians Riley Fitzsimmons and Jordan Wood, to victory in a good pre-season time of 2:57.4. Lohse also was second in the Open K1 500m. Eighteen-year-old Reece Bacchus, in his first year racing opens, was third.
Cat McArthur also stood tall by winning the women's K4 500m with Rio Olympians Alyce Burnett and Aly Bull. Cat also was third in the Open women's K2 500m and 200m events with New South Wales athlete Hannah Minogue.
Josephine Bulmer is going from strength to strength with victories in the 200m and 500m women's C1 events - the C1 event set for inclusion for the first time at the 2020 Games in Tokyo.
Paralympian Jocelyn Nuemueller competed strongly in all of the open para singles events for both kayak and outrigger classes, placing third in most of those events.
Luce was pleased with the excellent results from the SASI juniors.
"Our under-18 men's K2 1000m crew of Jesse Ellis and George Rugless lost a closely fought battle with New Zealand but were the top Australian crew which bodes well for our selection event at the nationals,'' Luce said.
"Jesse also paired up with Queenslander Tom Green to win the under-18 K2 200m and also placed third in the under-18 K1 1000m event.
"George was a part of the winning under-18 K4 1000m crew so both boys are looking good leading into mationals. Considering Jesse is still an under-16 athlete, he's done an incredible job.''
More results go to Australian Canoeing Regatta.