Canoe Point crew in stroke against countries and clubs
OUTRIGGING: Several members from the Canoe Point Outriggers Club are currently in Tahiti at the IVF World Sprint Championships, which continues through to July 26.
Canoe Point's elite outrigging athletes Tegan Carpenter, Joshua Hurst and Erin Hurst are in the Elite Australian and club categories.
The trio are competing in the Elite V6 and V12 competitions against the best countries in the world.
The club V6 and V12 Canoe Point contingent at club level are Joshua Hurst, Hayden Bright - in the under-16 boys, Chloe Quinlan (U19 girls) and Nicky Hurst and Darren Bright, who both will contest for the Open Women and Open Men respectively.
The club-based competition commences this Friday through to Thursday week.
Chloe said preparations have been spot-on but hard.
"I have been training usually four days a week on and off water as well and it has been intense," she said.
"Usually we do interval training to kind of build up our stamina and that sort of thing."
Chloe will race in the 500-metre V12 sprint and the 500-metre V6 classes.
"Then there's the V6 1000-metre turn and that's 250-metre sprints and three turns in it," she explained.
Chloe has been in the sport for only a year, prompted by her brother.
An ankle injury prevented Chloe playing other sports and she described outrigging as the "next best thing".
Joshua said there has been lots of travel during practise before the trip to Tahiti.
"I've been down to Brisbane like nearly every second weekend just to train real hard with the boys," he said.
He said the V12 and V6 categories are very competitive and teams can ill-afford to have weak links.
"We all have to work together as a team," Joshua said.
The 10-day world-class event has attracted four continents, 30 countries and a total of 2047 outriggers.
Australia will be represented by 234 athletes, New Zealand the most with 552 and Tahiti with 521.
Joshua Hurst - U16 Boys - Elite Open and U19 Australia / Club
Tegan Carpenter - Elite U19 Australia
Erin Hurst - Elite U19 Australia
Hayden Bright - U16 Boys - Club
Chloe Quinlan - U19 Girls - Club
Nicky Hurst - Open Women - Club
Darren Bright - Open Men - Club