BRAZIL BOUND: Deanna Kingi, Erin Hurst and Aiofe Moller are all heading to Rio de Janeiro for the Va’a World Sprint Championships in August.
BRAZIL BOUND: Deanna Kingi, Erin Hurst and Aiofe Moller are all heading to Rio de Janeiro for the Va’a World Sprint Championships in August. Luka Kauzlaric

Canoe Point outrigging trio prepare for world titles in Rio

WHILE Rio de Janeiro and Brazil will be under the spotlight in June and July this year when the FIFA World Cup arrives, three local paddlers are more concerned with what is happening there in August, once all the football festivities are over.

Qualifying for the Va'a World Sprint Championships to be held in Rio from August 12-17, Erin Hurst, Deanna Kingi and Aiofe Moller will all taste their first action in the absolute elite level.

A part of an extremely successful team who cleaned up at the national titles earlier in the year at Lake Kawana on the Sunshine Coast, winning seven individual medals and four team medals, the three girls will follow in the footsteps of members who went to Calgary, Canada in 2012.

"We took 30 away - that is as big as we have taken before," president Colin Hurst said of the nationals."

Now looking forward to the Brazilian adventure, the whole club continues to train six days a week.

Punching well above its weight in terms of numbers per medal, the Canoe Point Outriggers Club is helping to prepare the three qualifiers as much as possible to aim for a world final.

"We came fifth overall in Australia; we are on the smaller size too," Hurst said. "Going on six-person times it should be competitive; making a final (in Brazil) would be sensational."

National Medals

  • Joshua Hurst - Gold U12 OC1 and V1
  • Lily Mitchell - Gold U14 OC1 and V1
  • Erin Hurst - Silver U16 OC1 and V1
  • Tara Carpenter - Bronze U14 V1
  • U12 OC6 500m Turns - Silver
  • Young gun women 500m straight - Silver
  • Senior Master Mixed Turns - Bronze
  • Master Mixed - Bronze


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