Canoe Sprint Nationals in Adelaide

There is just one week to go until Australia’s Olympic and Paralympic Canoe and Kayak sprint athletes will converge on Adelaide for the 2021 Paddle Australia Canoe Sprint Championships.

Canoe Sprint Nationals Adelaide

The Championships will be the team’s last hit out on home soil before they head to Tokyo for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Originally slated to be held in the New South Wales capital at the Sydney International Regatta Centre, Adelaide has thrown the Championships a lifeline after being forced to relocate due to recent floods causing an algae outbreak and poor water quality at the facility.

The event will be more than just the Olympic and Paralympic events on offer, with Paddle Australian inviting the whole paddle community to take part across canoe, kayak, ocean ski, surf ski, outrigging and stand up paddle boarding.

With limited opportunities for the Australians to compete internationally, the Olympic and Paralympic teams will be looking to put their training to the test.

Tokyo bound Olympian/SASI athlete Bernadette Wallace is looking forward to welcoming everyone to her own backyard.

“I’m so excited because it will be the last race we have in Australia before we head to the Olympic Games,” Wallace said.

“It’s going to be in our backyard, and we’re going to have the whole paddle community here and I’m really looking forward to it,” she said.

The Australian Canoe Sprint team have been based at the West Lakes Shore, training in the lead up to the Games, the same facility which they will race on in two weeks time.

“The conditions at West Lakes are going to be similar to what we’ll experience in Tokyo and I’ll just be taking that in my stride,” Wallace said,

“It gets windy, but that’s just the conditions echoing the champions of our past. And when it’s glassy, it’ll be reflecting the champions of our future.

“If you want to be a good paddler, we’ve got to paddle in all conditions, so we’ll be ready for whatever West Lakes gives us,” she said.

The 2021 Paddle Australia Canoe Sprint Championships are set to take place at West Lakes (Adelaide) from Wednesday 19 May to Sunday 23 May.

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