SASI athletes set for World Cup 2 battle in Hungary

26 May 2017

FINE-TUNING is nearly over for the South Australian Sports Institute (SASI) athletes preparing for the second ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup which will be held in Szeged, Hungary, between May 26 and 28.

The SA contingent has settled in well at its European base in Szolnok, Hungary, about an hour east of Budapest. Szeged is about two hours south of the training camp.

SASI Canoe Sprint Head Coach Nathan Luce said there would be a buzz at this weekend's Cup.

''Szeged will be the most competitive World Cup of the season since it's kind of like the Mecca of our sport and most countries know it's the best pre-world championship test,'' he said.

''Hungarians are mad for the sport and have a great history of winning medals so the crowds are quite big and the atmosphere is very carnival like.''

SASI athletes are set to give it their best shot.

Josie Bulmer will be competing in all of the individual women's canoe events which are the C1 200m, 500m and 5000m.

''The Olympic distance is the 200m event but it will be a great racing experience for Josie since this is only her second international race in the canoe,'' Luce said

''She raced the single kayak 500m here as a junior back in 2014.

''Cat McArthur will be stroking the women's K4 500m and will also be racing the K1 1000m event this weekend.

''The women just arrived from the Gold Coast where they've had a solid two-week camp leading into the last two World Cups of the season.''

The K4 crew is composed of Cat, Rio Olympians Alyce Burnett and Alyssa Bull and WA's Jaimee Roberts. The crew is expecting to at least make the A final and then  battle for the medals once they are in.

Luce said there was plenty of excitement on the men's side.

''Jayden Ellis has spent the last week here with the 1000 men's program and has adapted well to the training environment,'' he said.

''He will be racing the K2 1000m event with NSWIS paddler Simon McTavish.

''Both boys raced here at junior world titles in 2014 where Jayden won a bronze in the K4 1000m. This will be Jayden's first ever international race as a senior.

''And finally Matt Goble will be returning to international racing after six years away and he will be racing off for the K1 200m spot for the world championships at the end of August.

''Matt will be facing off against another NSWIS paddler and former doubles partner, Rob McIntyre. The highest ranked of the two will win the entry.

''All in all it should be a great weekend of racing as we are fielding a strong team with four Rio Olympians.''

For more details go to the Szeged website http://szeged2017.com/

People can also watch a live stream of the races on the ICF youtube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/user/CanoeKayakTV/videos

Following World Cup 2 the team will back up the following weekend, between June 2 and 4, to race at World Cup 3 in Belgrade, Serbia.

Canoe Sprint Athlete