2014 National Sprint Championships

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2014 National SprintKayaking Championships – West Lakes,Adelaide. 26th – 30th March 2014

DAY ONE. The first day of sprint nationals saw some great results from our competitors. ‰Û¬Ken Wallace & Michael Booth took first place in their K1 1000m heats while in Joel Mckittrick 2nd in his heat. Bernadette Wallace 1st in open women's k1 500 heat.‰Û¬ U18 girls k1 500 Chloe Sterry 2nd ‰Û¬U16 girls Erin Blanch 4th‰Û¬. Open men's K1000 semi all boys in same semi Ken 1st Boothy 2nd and Joel 3rd all thru to final.

Parac canoe V1 500 Karak Kennedy 2nd

U14 boys k1000 Carter Brodhurst-hill 4th and Jamie Cox 4th ‰Û¬U18 k1 500 girls semi Chloe Sterry 1st ‰Û¬U16 k1 500 girls semi Erin Blanch 4th

Men's open k2 1000 H Boothy & McKitterick 4th ‰Û¬Wallace and Smith 1st

U18 k2 girls 500 Chloe Sterry and Kayla Whinray (vic) 1st

And the last event of the day was the return of the awesome 4 some with both Boothy & McKitterick 3rd

For our juniors it seemed the more racing the better results well done crew and a big thank youto the mums and dads and also grand parents for there help, cheers and support.

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DAY TWO at the 2014 National Sprint Kayak Championships at West Lakes in Adelaide saw personal best race times smashed and medals put around the necks of Team Currumbin Creek Paddlers.

Sophie Rixon was all smiles after paddling her way to a SILVER MEDAL in the U12 K1.Jamie Cox and Carter Brodhurt-hill teamed up in the U14 k2 and with an awesome paddle finished up with a BRONZE MEDAL!!!

Chloe Sterry put in a big effort to bring home 2 SILVER MEDALS in both the U18 K2 (with Kayla Whinray) and in the U18 K4 (with Yale Steinepreis, Samantha Silvester and Kayla Whinray). She also finished an impressive 5th in the U18 Final.

Erin Blanch just missed the A Final in the U16 k1 but gave her best winning the B Final in a time which would have placed her 7th in the A Final – Welldone!!

Currumbin Creek Paddler Bernadette Wallace pushed the k4 home to take GOLD in the Open Women’s K4 final. She paddled well and finished up just outside the medals with 4th place finishes in the both the K1 and K2. Bernadette pairing with Amy Peters (Mitta Mitta Canoe Club) in the k2 will be a combination to watch in the future.

The Open Men’s K1 final showcased 5 OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS!! Murray SMASHED the field in a winning time of 3:36.12 just over 3 seconds ahead of Ken Wallace who took home the SILVER. Michael Booth finished up an impressive 5th place in the same finish. Joel McKitterick in the B final placed 4th making in the 13th FASTEST PADDLER in the country over 1000m…..

6 Medals in total – CONGRATULATIONS!!! And there is more racing to come!!

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DAY THREE wrap up through the eyes of Shane Sterry:

Yeeehhew another big day of racing on day 3 and I have never seen the racing so close… its awesome to watch. Today saw our CCPC golden girl Bernadette take gold in K4200m and also progress thru to K1 200 final. Kara Kennedy placed 2nd in V1 200 with a race of tomorrow for Para Team selection. Ken Wallace thru to K1 and K2 200m finals with ALCO Lachlan Tame. And young gun Joel was resting mixing the tunes in the AIS tent. Michael Booth thru to C final k200 with CCPC adopted young gun Aaron Murphy in the Zebra Kayak.

Chloe Sterry thru to K1 & K2 200 A finals and looking good for podium in the K2 as these are also selection events for the junior team team, As for our midges young Erin with a top effort in 1st in K1 200 straight thru to the A final also K2 and just missed a 3rd in K4. Jamie Cox & Carter Hill thru to K1 200 semis. And Thiago moved and went for a swim. Day 4 is huge with a lot of finals and I have no voice now good work crew and keep up the good racing.

DAY FOUR National Championships Wrap up:

The paddlers from CCPC continued to show the same fine form, which has been on, show all week. We only have a small team down in Adelaide representing the club but it’s mighty!!

Bernadette Wallace took home her 2nd Gold Medal of the regattawith her team-mates in the K4 over 200m. She showed paddling versatility by picked up a Bronze medal in the K1 over 1000m and a 4th place in the K1 over 200m. Big Brother Ken picked up a silver medal with his partner Lachlan in the K2 200m and a 5th place in K1 200m final.

Young guns Carter and Jamie had a BIG day of racing and didn’t fail to impress us with their performances. Carter took home 7th and Jamie 8th in the U14 k1 final, then teamed up with some boys from Brisbane Canoeing to finish 5th in the U14 K4 200m Final and then together in the k2 finished 4th. Well done boys!!

The girls raced well with Sophie Rixon showing speed in the U12 200m snatching a SILVER medal and  Chloe finishing 8th in the U18 K1 final and Erin 7th in the U16 final. Chloe and Kayla were outstanding the in the K2 crossing the line in second place 0.14 behind the NSW crew of Tanielle and Rachel. In the K4 with Yale and Samantha, Chloe and Kayla battled it out over 200m to claim 3rd place.

Shane won the award for the loudest supporter and we hope his voice holds up for one more day!!

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DAY FIVE – Final Day of the National Championships…

Congratulations to all paddlers who represented CCPC down in Adelaide at the 2014 National Sprint Champions. We have been watching proudly back home here at Currumbin Creek.

A few words from Shane:

A crew a huge congratulations to all competitors, Mums and Dads and all supporters. It's been a big week of competition, personal bests and accomplishments. I hope you can walk away from this meet learning a few things and a big smile.

For some it was their first big event, using the starting system, having to do heats, semis to finals and 5 days of competition. I hope from this we can get stronger as a group and encourage others to join us in developing our club.

A big congrats to Sophie, Carter, Jamie & Erin, firstly making QLD team and then making A Finals at nationals and taking home some medals. Super effort and well done Midges!!

Thanks to Thiago and Renata for there support and cheers – ‰Û¬Better luck next time mate – injury has set back lots of athletes. ‰Û¬Well done to Chloe, Bernadette, Kara, Joel, Boothy, Aaron & Ken who had some tuff racing guys. The depth of athletes is getting stronger.

We are still waiting on junior team announcement for Chloe and Kayla.‰Û¬And good luck to Erin, Chloe, Joel & Boothy who are now going to Aussie Surf Tittles no rest!! ‰Û¬Thanks to everyone for your encouragement and support over the last week.

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