AUSSIE AIM: Erin Hurst and Tegan Carpenter will spur each other on across 25km of open sea this afternoon.
AUSSIE AIM: Erin Hurst and Tegan Carpenter will spur each other on across 25km of open sea this afternoon. Contributed GLA111116OUTRIGGERS

Aussie spot up for grabs

OUTRIGGING: National selection is up for grabs for two Gladstone teenagers on Saturday from 1pm.

Tegan Carpenter, 16, and 17-year-old Erin Hurst will compete in the notoriously demanding National Marathon Titles in Townsville where they will paddle in the Outrigging Canoe 1 (OC1) under-21 category.

The pair from the Canoe Point Outriggers Club will take on the best from Gold Coast and Rockhampton in what is the second and final pre-qualifying round.

From that, the top six paddlers will be heading off to Tahiti in May next year for the World Marathon Titles.

"We have been training every day on and off the water with time trials, technique sessions and endurance-based things,” Tegan said.

The girls will tackle a 25km marathon distance and Tegan added that the pair 'will look out for each other'.

"We are both on one-man boats, but we will paddle together to motivate each other,” Tegan said.

She explained there is a fair bit of strategy and tactics involved where the wind, waves and current all need to be factored in.

"At the start of the race, we have to go long and hard and then sprint towards the end of the race,” Tegan said.

For this to be most effective, keeping energy levels up is a must.

"We have energy packs and water so that we can be conserving energy through the middle part of the race,” Tegan added.

She said other than what will be hot and humid conditions, they will be favourable in terms of current.

"The current will be with us for most of the way,” Tegan said.

She expects that the marathon will finish at 4.30pm followed by a dinner and medal presentations on Saturday night at the Townsville Sailing Club.

The event also includes the OC2 and Va'a Hoe (V1) categories.



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