SASI athletes star on the water
14 Mar 2017
South Australian Sports Institute (SASI) athletes were rewarded for their strong efforts at the 2017 Canoe Sprint National Championships by winning selection in national teams for coming world cups.
Eight members of the SASI squad were chosen in teams announced at the end of competition, while decisions about canoe-boat athletes should be made in the next week.
Jesse Kneebone-Ellis and George Rugless made the junior men's team; Jayden Ellis, Jared Lee and Sean Lohse qualified for the under-23 men's team, while Francesca Kidd received the nod for the under-23 women's team. Jayden showed his enormous potential by grabbing a berth with the senior men's squad, as did Matt Goble. Cat McArthur starred to win selection in the women's team. Jocelyn Neumueller qualified for the Paracanoe team by reaching her benchmark qualifying times for her events.
Head Canoe Sprint coach Nathan Luce said it was an excellent effort by the team.
"It has been a great regatta for us,'' he said. "Our new group is starting to reap their rewards for all of their hard work.
"This was the best-ever result I can remember in my time at SASI.
''To see Matt (Goble) come back and make his first national team since 2010 when he was a young star was great. Cat McArthur had a really solid regatta while Jayden (Ellis) had a break out regatta. Jesse, at 16, was fantastic and has shown what potential he has and Charlie (Kneebone-Ellis) also rowed well and was really close. George (Rugless) was good in the juniors, while Jared (Lee), Sean (Lohse) and Francesca (Kidd) all did really well. Callum (Dunn) also did well but just missed.
"To have someone on each team was fantastic.
"We are still waiitng to hear about some other teams such as Josephine Bulmer.''
To back up South Australia's depth in the sport West Lakes Canoe Club was the top club of the meeting, chalking up a whopping 903.7 points, beating Manly Warringah (NSW, 584.5) and Currumbin Creek (Queensland, 448).
Junior World Cups will be held in Pitesti (Under-23) between July 27 and 30 and in Racice from August 23 to 27.