BRONZED AUSSIES: U19 women’s Boomerang team with Gladstone’s Erin Hurst and Aoife Moller coming home in third place on boat two. The pair also won medals with bronze.
BRONZED AUSSIES: U19 women’s Boomerang team with Gladstone’s Erin Hurst and Aoife Moller coming home in third place on boat two. The pair also won medals with bronze. Contributed

Canoe Point shine at the World Va'a Sprint Titles

ATHLETES from the Canoe Point Outriggers have returned to Gladstone with gold, silver and bronze medals from the World Va'a Sprint Titles held on the Sunshine Coast.

Of those who won medals was Tracy Johnson with gold in the Para Mixed V6 1000-metre category.

Johnson, who has a prosthetic left leg, also got a silver medal in the Para V6 1000-metre class.

She said all the hard work and support from the Canoe Point Outriggers came to fruition.

"I did a lot of training beforehand and this has made it all worth the while," an elated Johnson said.

"I just did a lot of paddling and hoped to get where I got.

"I also did a lot of cross fit training as well."

She said the technique of the races was not to look sideways where the other boats were placed and that was for a very good reason.

"All of our races were toe-to-toe and if you look sideways then you lose focus," Johnson said.

She hopes to focus on the single class of boat down at the Canoe Point Outriggers.

"I will be discussing with them on what they think," Johnson added.

"They are very supportive down there in whatever I choose to do."

Gladstone-based and Australian junior development committee member Colin Hurst said the achievements from the Canoe Point athletes have been nothing short of sensational.

"For such a small club it was a great result and to make finals on a world stage level is gob smacking," Hurst said.

Bree Smith was another who won two gold medals in the Para Mixed V6 500-metre and the Para Mixed V12 divisions.

"Tracy and Bree have done very well in a short space of time," Hurst added.

The two adaptive paddlers were super competitive with the other athletes.

"They both did extraordinarily well," Hurst said.

"The conditions were perfect and the organisation was perfect.

"It's a credit to them and we look forward to the next one in Tahiti."

Some of the younger outriggers made finals with Joshua Hurst in the V6 1000-metre turns along with the V12 500-metre turns decider. Tegan Carpenter made finals in the V12 and V6 1000-metres.



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