Currumbin dominates at the Australian Canoe Sprint Championships


Great Performance at the Australian Canoe Sprint Championships

Congratulations on your performance at the Australian Canoe Sprint Championships last week. There were some great results and performances and on evaluating the results, it is clear that everyone has made significant improvements in their times, achieved PB’s and learnt to deal with the physical and mental challenges that arose during the 5 days of competition. Whilst many bagged a medal, some of you were only a whisker away from a podium finish. Others made A finals or just missed the cut or qualified for B finals.
Now is the time to take a couple of weeks off and evaluate your performance. Ask yourself …. How can I improve further?  What changes can I or do I need to make? What did I learn from my racing? What would I do differently next time? Look at your performance objectively … compare your times against GP and what you did last year. If you wish to discuss your performance, please call John or myself and we would be happy to make time to discuss it with you.
The best news of all is that there are further things that we can all do to get better, stronger, faster, more powerful and achieve further significant improvements. So make sure you know what it is that you need to do to improve. The under 16 Men and U/16 Women for the first time ever had 5 heats. The depth in this group is tremendous and the racing and results were so close. For example, the top 5 in the U/16 girls are all with 3 seconds of each other in the 500. It is a strong group so do not be disheartened if you didn’t medal. Just have a plan of attack for next season which will change that result. That’s all you can do.
For those who are doing strength and conditioning work with Glen Workman, please continue and call him if you have any queries. The important things is that you all keep this going as if your attendance drops, this session will be withdrawn for everyone. So please make sure you keep it going.
John will email everyone next week after he finishes at the Australian Surf Lifesaving Titles with an updated training schedule and plan.
Selection in Junior Team, Olympic Hopes Team and NTS National Talent Squad
Congratulations also to the following athletes that have been selected in the Australian Junior Teams: –
Junior Team for International Ruhr Regatta in Bochum, Germany (18 to 20 June 2010) – Heleena Ethel
Olympic Hopes Team in Piestany, Slovakia (18 to 19 September 2010) – Gaby Tobitt, Rebecca Degnian, Kristy Mitchell, Josh Crouch, Daniel Ross, Jordan Wood, Joel McKitterick, Jordan Clark
NTS National Talent Squad (2 training camps) – Jack Doyle
Unfortunately, due to Sam Tom’s illness he was not able to confirm his nomination in the Junior Team so was not considered for selection.
CCCC won the Team Points score Challenge at the National Championships !!
1st place – Currumbin Creek Canoe Club – 286.50
2nd Place – Sunshine Coast Canoe Club – 248.25 (we kicked butt there !)
3rd Place – Manly-Warringah Kayak Club – 165.50
Well done to everyone. It has been a pleasure to be involved in coaching you and watching you race and improve. It was also great to be part of a well oiled and motivated team with plenty of spirit and support for each other. I commend you on that. Let’s build on this years performances, focus on how we can all improve and fuel the fire to kick "Sunny Coast" ass next year !! WE CAN DO IT. One thing for sure, after a short break, John will have formulated a plan and training regime that will get us there.
Thanks also to all the parents who helped out for the Championships and throughout the season, in particular Wes & Liz Ross, Barbara & John Barter, Karen & Steve McKitterick, Collette & Steve Mitchell, Michael Tom, Glen Clark, Jenny & Neil Tobitt, Marty Doyle and The "fruit guru’s" Peter & Karen Degnian.
Keep Positive …… Graham

Graham Bendeich
NTID Coach – National Talent Identification and Development Program