Top field set for Canoe sprint world titles

17 Aug 2018

SASI athletes soon will test their skills in various disciplines against hot competition when the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championship in Portugal, Montemor of Velho begins on August 23.

The event, seen as an ideal development for the SASI team, will feature a strong program of morning and afternoon events in canoe sprint, kayak and other disciplines for men and women.

National Canoe Head Coach Dusan Ruzicic highlighted the lead up of a couple of the SASI athletes he had been working with in Josie Bulmer and Bernadette Wallace.

"I am more than happy with Josie's performance this year," Ruzicic said.

"She has made tremendous gains in her performances at all major regattas.

"First and foremost she has matured as an elite athlete by displaying a tremendous ability to perform under pressure against the best in the world.

"The women's field has become very competitive since the announcement of the canoe disciplines introduction into the Olympic Games in Tokyo. She was 14th in the World Cup 1 in Szeged, seventh in Duisburg World Cup 2 and 11th in the under-23 world titles in Plovdiv.

"Along with much higher rankings she has done PBs at two of the three events.

"Nevertheless our training (Italy) has been great leading into the world championships.''
Ruzicic also praised the effort of a new member to the team, Bernadette Wallace.

"Bernie is a new addition to our squad and she has made huge gains over the past three weeks,'' Ruzicic said.

"We are going to Portugal with a lot of confidence that all the work has been done at a high level of quality and intensity.

"She has successfully corrected a couple of small mistakes and is now executing every start flawlessly.

"Our expectations are non existent in that we are using her first senior worlds as a learning experience knowing that we have done all the work and that the results will take care of themselves if the race plan is executed properly.

"This is a long-term project and I'm confident that next year we will successfully secure an Olympic quota spot for Australia.''

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