Queenslands junior athletes were out in force last weekend at Grand Prix 2, leaving many of the other states wondering ‘what is in our water.’
Sunshine Coasts Caitlin Burt-Poloai took home the coveted K1 200 and K1 500, a result she will be looking to replicate at the National Championships in a couple of weeks time. She also combined with South Australian Ruby Backen to take out all of the women’s K2 races.
Erin Blanch (Currumbin Creek) also had a great weekend taking home two 7th’s and an 8th in the K1 events, with her training partner Morgan Broadhurst-Hill securing 9th place in both the K1 200 and K1 1000.
In the mens events Kawana Waters paddler Josh Jones-Rew had a clean sweep of the K2 events with his Victorian partner Oliver James. He also backed up these performances by taking home 4th in each of the K1 events.
In his first season in U18’s Tom Green (Currumbin Creek) took home a swag of medals, showing he will be a real contender for the Junior World Championships team. His results included: 2nd K1 200, K2 200, K2 500 & 3rd K1 1000, K2 1000 and K1 500.
The U16 category was absolutely dominated by Queensland athletes. Sunshine Coast paddler Alicia Fay and Sophie Butler of Wynnum Redlands completed the K2 treble with victory in the K2 200, K2 500 and K2 1000 finals. Butler also won the K1 200 final ahead of Sunshine Coast kayaker Mackenzie Duffy, who claimed the K1 500 and K1 1000 titles.
Lachlan Bancroft continued a successful event for Sunshine Coast club with victory in the men’s K1 1000 and a 4th place in the K1 500 and 8th in the K1 200. He then teamed up with fellow Queenslander Carter Brodhurst-Hill (Currumbin Creek) to take out the K2 1000 and K2 500. Carter also came away with a 4th in the K1 200, 6th K1 500 & 7th in the K1 1000.
These athletes now have two weeks until they get to do it all over again at the National Championships in Perth (2nd-6th March). This will act as a selection event for the Junior World Championships team and the Olympic Hopefuls team.
GP2 results can be found here.
Photo Credit: Carolyn Cooper