Coach Fletcher and team off to canoe sprint world titles

8 July 2019

Kucharski, Jesse Kneebone and Lawrence Fletcher

SASI coach Laurence Fletcher, on secondment with Paddle Australia, was buoyed by the prospects of the men's under-18 team as he left Australia as part of the coaching team for the ICF Canoe Sprint Junior and under-23 world championships, in Pitesti, Romania, between August 1 and 4.

The men's under-18 team, consists of a select trio of athletes - SASI duo Jesse Kneebone Ellis and Daniel Kucharski and Tinus Koekemoer (NSW).

The team will jump straight into an intense training block before the teams compete at the world titles.

Fletcher said he was looking forward to being a part of the coaching team and having a hand in the athletes' development.

"Daniel and Jesse have had a very good season and will be focusing on hopefully making the K2 1000 A final and possibly the KI,'' Fletcher said.

"It will be a small goup so I will be able to have a bit more tailored work for them and Tinus.

"They will have a solid training block and be right to go.

"It will also be an exciting time also for our under-18 girls in Ashlee Schoene, Charli Smyth and Caitlin Webber who will be competing at a world for the first time while for the boys it will be their second.

"It's a chance for all of them to make the most of their opportunities and a chance to better themselves.''

Matt Goble, a former world championship paddler, continues his return as one of Australia's key performers on the international stage with his inclusion in the nine-strong senior men's team.

Josephine Bulmer, Cat McArthur and Bernadette Wallace (from Queensland but a SASI scholarship holder) have made the eight-member women's squad. The senior world championships will be in Szeged, Hungary, between August 21 and 25.

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