Outriggers aim to make a point
OUTRIGGING:Canoe Point Outriggers Club coach Col Hurst is bullish about the chances of two emerging athletes.
But this all depends on how Hayden Bright and Joshua Hurst perform today at the CRA National Sprint Titles at Lake Kawana on the Sunshine Coast.
Joshua will represent Canoe Point in the under-16 and U19 boys' category while Hayden is in the younger of the two age brackets in the V1 single/no rudder class.
The pair will attempt to qualify for the Australian Elite team which will compete in the IVF's World Sprint Titles in Tahiti from July 16-26.
The team will be announced today.
"I'm optimistic and I believe they'll both do very well and I'll be extremely happy if they both got over the line and got a V1 seat, but you never know in this sport," Hurst said.
"It's a tough sport and with no rudder you can go over the lane quite easily and there goes your chances."
Joshua and Hayden join fellow youngsters Ben Lowry (Minnows U10), U12 Boys Flynn Wiig, Chloe Quinlan in the U19 Girls and Jasmine Marshall in U16 Girls.
Canoe Point senior athletes will race in team-orientated categories which include
V12 Open Mixed (male/female) 500-metre straight, V6 Open Men 1500-metre turns, V6 Open Mixed 1500-metre turns, V6 Open Men 500-metre straights and V6 Open Mixed 500-metre straights.
"Both groups (seniors and juniors) have been training well and putting lots of hours in," Hurst said of the preparations.
"We've got a new group of Open Men and hopefully we get some good results from them and be able to measure themselves against the rest of the country."
The titles, which features teams from all over Australia, can be followed live on liveresults.co.nz.
CANOE POINT ATHLETES
Seniors: Candice King, Michelle Lowry, Nicole Hurst, Scott Lowry, Gary Bradshaw, Darren Bright, Kane Stivard, Michael Welsh, Carl Tiplady.
Event starts: 7.30am. Event finishes: 3.30pm Sunday