WA athletes at Canoe Sprint Grand Prix #1

Grand Prix #1, the first national regatta of the 18/19 season took place last weekend at West Lakes, South Australia (7th-9th December 2018).

Coaches Ramon Andersson and Jesse Phillips took a strong group of athletes from WAIS and WASPS over to compete, all of whom gave impressive performances and produced strong results. Matthew Greed and Nicholas Greed had their first national regatta racing in the open class, joining Brett Cassidy and Lachlan Armstrong against some of the best paddlers from Australia and around the world. K1 200m Olympic silver medallist Maxime Beaumont (FRA), K4 500m world champion Max Lemke (GER), and world university champion Felix Frank (GER) were some of their competition, making tough work for our Western Australian’s to progress to a final. This didn’t stop Brett Cassidy, who made a final in all three K1 events and two K2 events. In the K2 200m B final Matthew and Nicholas Greed finished 2nd with a new PB of 35.46s, just 0.62s ahead of Cassidy and Armstrong.

                                           Brett Cassidy                                                                           Lachlan Armstrong                                                                                 Nicholas Greed

 

Bayswater Paddlesports Club members Jaime Roberts, Shannon Reynolds and Yale Steinepreis also faced strong international competition from Linnea Stensils (SWE), Manon Hostens (FRA) and Lea Jamelot (FRA) in the women’s open class. Jaime showed her strength by finishing 5th in the A final of both the K1 500m and K1 200m. She teamed up with Cat McArthur (SA) to come 3rd in the K2 500m and 2nd in the K2 200m, and won the women’s K4 500m in a time of 1m 35.60s alongside McArthur, Aly Bull (QLD) and Alyce Burnett (QLD). Shannon managed to win the B final of the K1 500m and came 2nd in the K1 200m B final. Yale finished just 1 second behind Shannon in the K1 500m B final to come 2nd, and reached the A final of the K1 200m finishing 8th. In the K2’s, she teamed up with Ella Beere (NSW) to take home 3rd in the 200m A final.

Yale Steinepreis (front) and Shannon Reynolds (back) in the K4 500m.                         Jaime Roberts (front), Cat McArthur, Alyce Burnett, and Aly Bull after winning the K4 500m.

 

And if that wasn’t enough to show that WA is a force to be reckoned with, our junior men certainly did the job. U16 WASPS athlete Jeremy Alderson reached the final of all his events, coming 4th in the K1 1000m and K1 500m, and 3rd in the K1 200m. He teamed up with Tim Hyde to come 2nd in the K2 1000m and win both the K2 500m and K2 200m. Tim was close on Jeremy’s heels in the K1 events, with a 4th place finish in the 1000m and 500m, and 3rd in the 200m. In the U18’s, Kobe Wilson also made all K1 finals, coming 5th in the 1000m and 500m, and 4th in the 200m. In national debut, Chad Wiese joined Kobe in a K2, coming 3rd in the 1000m, 2nd in the 500m, and 4th in the 200m.

                                    Jeremy Alderson                              Chad Wiese, Tim Hyde, Kobe Wilson & Jeremy Alderson (rear to front)                         Kobe Wilson & Chad Wiese

 

The junior girls followed suit, with exceptional performances from Yasemin Ray, Harriette Alexis and Shania Smee. Yasemin showed that she’s strong across all distances by coming 4th in the 1000m and 500m final, and 3rd in the 200m final. She also came 3rd in the K2 500m with Alicia Fay (QLD), but finished just behind the team of Shania and Harriette in the K2 200m (who came 4th). Harriette made her way to the K1 200m final where she came 7th among a tough group of girls.

             Harriette Alexis (lane 5) & Shania Smee (lane 8)                          Harriette (front) and Shania (seat #3) in the K4 500m                                 Yasemin Ray (front) & Alicia Fay

 

A massive congratulations to all WA athletes who raced on the weekend, and a special thank you to Ramon Andersson and Jesse Phillips for their ongoing coaching and support for our future champions.

See the results and read more from Paddle Australia here

 

National Sprint Calendar:

Grand Prix #2: 8th – 10th February 2019, Penrith NSW

National Championships: 6th – 10th March 2019, Champion Lakes WA

 

All photos taken by Carolyn J Cooper

Lachlan Armstrong (IOP, Open Male)

K1 1000m C Final – 4th

K1 500m B Final – 6th

K2 500m A Final – 4th with Brett Cassidy

K2 200m B Final – 3rd with Brett Cassidy

Brett Cassidy (BPC, Open Male)

K1 1000m C Final – 2nd

K1 500m B Final – 3rd

K1 200m B Final – 4th

K2 500m A Final – 4th with Lachlan Armstrong

K2 200m B Final – 3rd with Lachlan Armstrong

Matthew Greed (AKC, Open Male)

K1 200m C Final – 6th

K2 500m A Final – 10th with Nicholas Greed

K2 200m B Final – 2nd with Nicholas Greed

Nicholas Greed (AKC, Open Male)

K1 500m C Final – 7th

K1 200m C Final – 5th

K2 500m A Final – 10th with Matthew Greed

K2 200m B Final – 2nd with Matthew Greed

Jaime Roberts (BPC, Open Female)

K1 500m A Final – 5th

K1 200m A Final – 5th

K2 500m Final – 3rd with Cat McArthur

K2 200m Final – 2nd with Cat McArthur

Yale Steinepreis (BPC, Open Female)

K1 500m B Final – 2nd

K1 200m A Final – 8th

K2 500m Final – 4th with Ella Beere

K2 200m Final – 3rd with Ella Beere

Shannon Reynolds (BPC, Open Female)

K1 500m B Final – 1st

K1 200m B Final – 2nd

K2 200m Final – 4th with Brianna Massie

Kobe Wilson (AKC, U18 Male)

K1 1000m Final – 5th

K1 500m Final – 5th

K1 200m Final – 4th

K2 1000m Final – 3rd with Chad Wiese

K2 500m Final – 2nd with Chad Wiese

K2 200m Final – 4th with Chad Wiese

Chad Wiese (AKC, U18 Male)

K2 1000m Final – 3rd with Kobe Wilson

K2 500m Final – 2nd with Kobe Wilson

K2 200m Final – 4th with Kobe Wilson

Jeremy Alderson (AKC, U16 Male)

K1 1000m Final – 3rd

K1 500m Final – 2nd

K1 200m Final – 2nd

K2 1000m Final – 2nd with Tim Hyde

K2 500m Final – 1st with Tim Hyde

K2 200m Final – 1st with Tim Hyde

Tim Hyde (CRCC, U16 Male)

K1 1000m Final – 4th

K1 500m Final – 4th

K1 200m Final – 3rd

K2 1000m Final – 2nd with Jeremy Alderson

K2 500m Final – 1st with Jeremy Alderson

K2 200m Final – 1st with Jeremy Alderson

Yasemin Ray (BPC, U18 Female)

K1 1000m Final – 4th

K1 500m Final – 4th

K1 200m Final – 3rd

K2 500m Final – 3rd with Alicia Fay

K2 200m Final – 5th with Alicia Fay

Shania Smee (BPC, U18 Female)

K2 1000m Final – 5th with Harriette Alexis

K2 500m Final – 7th with Harriette Alexis

K2 200m Final – 4th with Harriette Alexis

Harriette Alexis (BPC, U18 Female)

K1 200m Final – 7th

K2 1000m Final – 5th with Shania Smee

K2 500m Final – 7th with Shania Smee

K2 200m Final – 4th with Shania Smee