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In what was billed to be the race of the weekend, Australia’s
Senior canoe sprint kayakers were raring to go after a camp in
West Lakes, South Australia from 29 November to 5 December
where they had spent a week of intense training under the watchful
eyes of National Coordinator 200m Canoe Sprint, Mike Pond,
in the lead up to Grand Prix 1 in Adelaide from 6-8 December.
In arguably the race of the meet on the final day on Sunday
during GP1, NSW kayaker Lachlan Tame, 25, combined with WA
kayaker Todd Brewer, 23, to win gold in the Men’s K2 200 final
after recording the only sub 33 second time. Second were WA’s
Brodie Holmes, 28, and Queensland’s Tim Donkin, 25.
In a standout performance, Queensland young guns Charlie
Copeland, 19, and Kurt McAleenan, 20, held off Olympian Jesse
Phillips and Anthony Carbone for third.
“Kurt McAleenan and Charlie Copeland’s third in the open
K2 200m was not a surprise to us [on the Sunshine Coast] but
made the rest of Australia stand up and take notice,” said coach
The result was a major boost in cementing Copeland and
McAleenan’s position as the top Australian K2 combo for the
upcoming World U23 Championships in Szeged, Hungary in July.
Earlier Lachlan Tame won the K1 200 finals. Bayswater
Olympian Jesse Phillips finished a close second with fellow
clubman Brodie Holmes third.
The women’s K1 200 was won by Western Australian Alana
Nicholls ahead of Sydney Northern Beaches’ kayaker Jo Brigden-
Jones who showed promising signs in her first race since Easter
when she injured her shoulder. Nicholls made it two from two
with victory alongside fellow Bayswater paddler Jaime Roberts
in the women’s K2 200 final.
In the junior events Mitchell Hughes of Southside Paddlers
registered his first K1 triumph of the weekend with victory in the
U18 K1 200. Hughes finished ahead of Sean Lohse with Sunshine
Coast paddler Jayden Newell following close behind in third.
The U18 K2 200 men’s final produced a fantastic race with
just 0.86 seconds separating the top five boats. Jordan Ringrose
and Sam McTigue came out on top ahead of Lohse and Newell.
Victorian Nathalie Walkington teamed up with Sunshine
Coast’s Caitlin Gilliman to win the U18 K2 200 final ahead of
Basson and Rachel Duncan with Bulmer and Lulu Loughry
combining for third.
Earlier in the day in the U16 events Sunshine Coast’s Siarn
O’Neil claimed victory in the K1 200.
Fresh after making his senior World Championships debut
earlier in the year, 20-year-old Gold Coast kayaker Jordan Wood
showed his class in the open men’s K1 1000 event to win the
final in a dominant display, 2.23 seconds ahead of Currumbin
Creek paddler Michael Booth with Lachlan Tame finishing third.
Tame improved on his K1 performance combining with Western
Australian Todd Brewer to win the men’s open K2 1000 final.
In the junior men’s events Queensland’s Jy Duffy and NSW’s
Riley Fitzsimmons were the standout performers firstly combining
for victory in the U18 K2 1000 final before finishing first and
second in the U18 K1 1000 final.
In the junior women’s events, local West Lakes’ product
Josephine Bulmer won the K1 1000 ahead of Francesca Kidd with
Caitlin Gilliman following closely behind in third.
In the U16 events Sunshine Coast kayaker Siarn O’Neill won the
K1 1000 final in 4:43.22, 2.26 seconds ahead of Sydney Northern
Beaches’ teenager Hannah Yeates. h
Australian Olympic Sprint Kayak squad – Lachlan Tame, Steve Bird, Todd Brewer, Charlie Copeland, Tim Symonds, Tim Donkin, Brodie
Holmes, Ben Gallard, Kieren Carson, Jesse Phillips and Callum Dunn.
McAleenan and Copeland
reveal their class at Grand Prix 1
Charlie Copeland and Kurt McAleenan excelled when they placed
third in the Open K2 200m.
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