Canoe Sprint Grand Prix 1

Canoe Sprint Grand Prix 1

Successful hit out in the first national regatta of the season.

The first National Sprint Grand Prix (GP#1) kicked off to a very hot start this weekend at West Lakes with the event attracting some of the biggest names in the sport, which made for some exiting racing over the three days.

SASI athletes had a successful regatta led by Callum Dunn in the 200m events. Callum finished 2nd in both the K1 200m with a time of 36.66 seconds and the K2 200m combining with NSW paddler Ben McLean for a 33.99. Tim Symonds and Matt Goble also made the A final for the K1 200m finishing 6th and 7th respectively. Tim and Matt then combined to finish 3rd in the K2 200m event.

Cat McArthur also had a successful regatta with all of the top women in Australia having their first hit out in preparation for a last chance at qualifying places for Rio. Cat managed to finish 4th in both of the K1 events (500m and 200m) putting her in the mix for a good team boat selection. This showed when she was teamed up with Jamie Roberts from WA to win the second of the K2 500m events.

In the K1 1000m final Jayden Ellis raced a world class field of Olympians and world champions to finish in 6th place in a time of 3:45.78, 9.16 seconds behind the winner, Adam van Koeverden, from Canada.

Ruby Backen and Reece Bacchus represented well in the junior racing both coming away with a number of podium finishes. Ruby finished 3rd in the K1 500m and 2nd in both the K2 500m and K2 200m events while Reece came in 3rd in the K1 1000m and 2nd in the K4 1000m.