A team of 29 sprint paddlers traveled over to compete in the championships, and race for selection to the National Sprint Teams. The 2021 Tokyo Olympic team was selected after the 2020 National Championships, and once again a big congratulations go to Jaime Roberts and Shannon Reynolds for their selection to the team.
Jaime & Shannon relocated to Queensland with the rest of the Olympic sprint team, and have been intensely focusing on the K4 500m race with NSW’s Jo Brigden-Jones and SA’s Cat McArthur. At the 2021 National Championships, this crew won the K4 500m by 5.5s and are looking fantastic ahead of the 2021 Olympic Games. The State vs State K4 500m is always an exciting event to finish the competition with, and the WA crew of Jaime, Shannon, Yale Steinepreis and Selma Alibegovic came home in 2nd place behind Queensland. The all-WA Mens K4 crew of Lachlan Armstrong, Luke Egger, Matthew Greed & Nicholas Greed also picked up silver in the MK4 500m.
Other stand-out performances in the Open field came from Lachlan Armstrong who came 3rd in the MK1 1000m, Jaime Roberts & Jo Brigden-Jones (NSW) winning the K2 200m and coming 2nd in the K2 500m, Jaime’s 2nd place finish in the K1 200m, Gary Balazs coming 2nd in the C1 500m, Yale Steinepreis & Mackenzie Duffy (QLD) coming 2nd in the K2 200m and 3rd in the K2 500m, and Matthew Greed & Nicholas Greed winning bronze in the K2 200m.
Representing WA in paracanoe were Mark Daniels and Ben Sainsbury, who impressed across a range of craft and distances. Mark Daniels claimed gold in the paracanoe V1 500m and silver in the V1 200m, while Ben Sainsbury picked up silver in the V1 500m, bronze in the V1 200m, and bronze in the K1 500m races.
Once again, the U18’s were a hotly contested category across all events. Jeremy Alderson teamed up with QLD’s Pierre van der Westhuyzen to dominate the K2, picking up gold in the 200m, 500m and 1000m events. Jeremy also claimed bronze in the K1 200m, but it was Noah Boldy that got 3rd in the K1 500m after a last-minute burn to the line, just 0.12s ahead of Jeremy. Another team of twin brothers, Noah Boldy and Morgan Boldy won bronze in the K2 200m by a narrow margain of 0.05s! In the girls, Harriet Brown picked up bronze in the K1 500m by 0.13s, silver in the K1 200m by 0.35s, then joined Abbey Major in the K2 to win silver in the K2 500m, and gold in the K2 200m. Hana Vanek & SA’s Demi Bates contested the K2 together, claiming bronze in the 200m and 500m events. Hana, Demi (SA), Harriet and Abbey then joined forced to take the win in the K4 200m and 500m events.
3 years on from the start of the WAIS Talent Search, we are starting to see the success of the program in strong results from the U18 and U16 age group. At their first-ever national championships, Olivia Berson and Samantha Lourey stood out in the K1 200m and 500m races, while Sarah Major and Femke Negus had multiple podium finishes in the K2 events. The four girls then teamed up to second in the K4 200m, and 3rd in the K4 500m. WA’s second U16 K4 crew of Holly Brown, Belle Mc Bennet, Ella Hanley and Sophia Dark had 5th place finishes in the 200m and 500m events. Sophia Dark and Belle Mc Bennet also finished a strong 4th in the K2 200m. Considering that most of these girls only started paddling in October 2020, these results are outstanding and they should all be proud of their efforts. Make sure you keep an eye out for these names in the future, as they’re only going to get faster!
Mitchell Tamblin and James Garratt were the only U16 boys racing from WA, picking up bronze in the K2 500m, and another two bronzes in the K4 200m and 500m with NSW paddlers Daniel Rupenovic and Daniel Sharkey.
A big thank you goes to Michelle Major, the WA Sprint Committee, and all the parents who coordinated the tour and traveled to SA for the championships.
Jaime Roberts & Jo Brigden-Jones (NSW) – 1st WK2 200m
Jaime Roberts & Jo Brigden-Jones (NSW) – 2nd WK2 500m
Yale Steinepreis & Mackenzie Duffy (QLD) – 2nd WK2 200m
Yale Steinepreis & Mackenzie Duffy (QLD) – 3rd WK2 500m
Matthew Greed & Nicholas Greed – 3rd MK2 200m
Yale Steinepreis & Lachlan Armstrong – 3rd MxK2 500m
Shannon Reynolds, Jaime Roberts, Jo Brigden-Jones (NSW) & Cat McArthur (SA) – 1st WK4 500m
Lachlan Armstrong, Luke Egger, Matthew Greed, Nicholas Greed – 2nd MK4 200m
Lachlan Armstrong, Jackson Collins (QLD), Fletcher Armstrong (NSW), Jesse Kneebone-Ellis (SA) – 2nd Invitational MK4 500m
Yale Steinepreis, Jasmine Locke (NSW), Kailey Harlen (NSW), Mackenzie Duffy (QLD) – 2nd Invitational WK4 500m
Jaime Roberts, Shannon Reynolds, Yale Steinepreis, Selma Alibegovic – 2nd State vs State WK4 500m
Harriet Brown – 2nd WK1 200m
Harriet Brown – 3rd WK1 500m
Jeremy Alderson – 3rd MK1 200m
Noah Boldy – 3rd MK1 500m
Jeremy Alderson & Pierre van der Westhuyzen (QLD) – 1st MK2 1000m
Jeremy Alderson & Pierre van der Westhuyzen (QLD) – 1st MK2 500m
Jeremy Alderson & Pierre van der Westhuyzen (QLD) – 1st MK2 200m
Harriet Brown & Abbey Major – 1st WK2 200m
Harriet Brown & Abbey Major – 2nd WK2 500m
Hana Vanek & Demi Bates (SA) – 3rd WK2 200m
Hana Vanek & Demi Bates (SA) – 3rd WK2 500m
Morgan Boldy & Noah Boldy – 3rd MK2 200m
Jeremy Alderson & Abbey Major – 3rd MxK2 500m
Hana Vanek, Abbey Major, Harriet Brown, Demi Bates (SA) – 1st WK4 200m
Hana Vanek, Abbey Major, Harriet Brown, Demi Bates (SA) – 1st WK4 500m
Noah Boldy, Morgan Boldy, Jeremy Alderson, Oliver Tucker (SA) – 2nd MK4 500m
Hana Vanek, Abbey Major, Harriet Brown, Gen Stanley – 3rd State vs State WK4 500m
Noah Boldy, Morgan Boldy, Jeremy Alderson, Mitchell Tamblin – 3rd State vs State MK4 500m
Olivia Berson – 1st WK1 200m
Samantha Lourey – 1st WK1 500m
Olivia Berson – 3rd WK1 500m
Samantha Lourey – 3rd WK1 200m
Femke Negus & Olivia Berson – 2nd WK2 200m
Sarah Major & Samantha Lourey – 3rd WK2 200m
Femke Negus & Olivia Berson – 3rd WK2 500m
Mitchell Tamblin & James Garratt – 3rd MK2 500m
Femke Negus, Olivia Berson, Samantha Lourey, Sarah Major – 1st WK4 200m
Femke Negus, Olivia Berson, Samantha Lourey, Sarah Major – 3rd WK4 500m
Mitchell Tamblin, James Garratt, Daniel Rupenovic (NSW), Daniel Sharkey (NSW) – 3rd MK4 200m
Mitchell Tamblin, James Garratt, Daniel Rupenovic (NSW), Daniel Sharkey (NSW) – 3rd MK4 500m
Ascot Kayak Club – 6
Bayswater Paddlesports Club – 16
Canning River Canoe Club – 3
Indian Ocean Paddlers – 3
PWA Direct Member – 1