World beckons for our stars on the water

World beckons for our stars on the water

SASI athletes will face a hectic schedule as they prepare for various canoe sprint world championships

SASI Canoe Sprint Head Coach Nathan Luce will need to be on the ball to keep track of senior and junior athletes competing at various world championships at different venues in coming months.

The International Canoe Federation (ICF) Canoe Sprint Junior and Under-23 World Championship will be held in Pitesti, Romania, between July 27 and July 30. The seniors then will show their wares at the world championship in Racice, Czech Republic, between Agust 23 and 27.

Luce, who is on the coaching panel with the senior men, said it was going to be a busy time for all. He will meet up with the juniors before they head off for their event.

"It is really a hectic schedule and even leading up to the events there are athletes training separately, here and there, and then they come together in a couple of weeks,'' he said.

''It is hard keeping up with where everyone is but it is going to be interesting to see how it all comes together. They (athletes) are looking good and training hard. It should be a great experience for them.''

In the Under-23 competition Sean Lohse (pictured) is expected to line up in the K1 500m, while Jared Lee will contest the K1 200m.

Francesca Kidd is likely to take part in the K2 500m or K4 500m depending on selection. Other stars on the rise Josie Bulmer and Isabella Rositano, who are training in Canada, will contest the C2 500m, with Josie likely to compete in the C1 200m where she will aim to make either an A or B final. The events will be introduced to the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020. Charlie Ellis should compete in the C1 1000m.

At the Under-23 World Championships in Portugal Jayden (K4 1000m), Francesca (K4 500m) and Sean (K4 1000m) were all finalists.

In the Under-18 events, to be held concurrently with the under-23 program, Jesse Kneebone-Ellis and George Rugless will fly the flag for their club, SASI and Australia. Jesse, 16, has shown great maturity and form across varied distances, while George could line up in either the K2 or K4 500m.

The seniors will get their chance in late August to show their wares. Cat McArthur, Jayden Ellis and Matt Goble will look to take solid recent form into their events, while Paracanoe athlete Jocelyn Neumueller will look to add to her top results at the championships.

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