THIRD-BEST IN WORLD: A happy Aussie U19 crew of Melinda Barsby, Shania Paine, Kaurie Williams, Tegan Carpenter, Erin Hurst, Tara Capper (reserve) and Lily Mitchell.
THIRD-BEST IN WORLD: A happy Aussie U19 crew of Melinda Barsby, Shania Paine, Kaurie Williams, Tegan Carpenter, Erin Hurst, Tara Capper (reserve) and Lily Mitchell. Comtributed GLA110717OTRIGGERS

OUR BRONZED AUSSIES

OUTRIGGING: Hours and hours of training has paid dividends for two Canoe Point Outrigger Canoe Club teenagers.

Tegan Carpenter and Erin Hurst teamed with ex-Canoe Point member Lily Mitchell, Rockhampton's Melinda Barsby, Shanie Paine and Kauri Williams from the Gold Coast to win the bronze medal at the 2017 IVF Va'a World Distance Championships in Tahiti.

Bayside's Tara Capper was the reserve paddler.

The super six competed for the Australian under-19 team over a 27 distance and did it in a time of 2:33:07 hours behind silver-medallists Tahiti and winners New Zealand.

Canoe Point vice-president and coach Colin Hurst was proud and full of pride.

"This is the first marathon world championships and our inaugural first medal," Hurst said.

"We've continued to trend over the last three world titles (short distance)."

A total of 11 countries competed in the one-off 27km distance race and Hurst said to compete against Tahiti and New Zealand - where their athletes train every day and live together as part of the event's preparations - is testimony to the Aussie team's commitment.

"I watched them on the live stream and the girls have done very, very well," Hurst said.

"I'm just chuffed and Tegan has been doing it also in the middle of year 12 and to then compete at a world level is just great.

"Most girls at this age of 15 and 16 do other things like party, but these young athletes sacrifice a lot."



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