June 27 - July 10, 2021: Issue 500
Winter In Pittwater 2021
Manly Warringah Kayak Club Team Report: 2021 Paddle Australia Canoe Sprint Championships
By Turia Mako
The 2021 Paddle Australia Canoe Sprint Championships took place at West Lakes (Adelaide) from Wednesday May 19th to Sunday May 23rd.
Originally slated to be held in the New South Wales capital at the Sydney International Regatta Centre, Adelaide threw the Championships a lifeline after being forced to relocate due to recent floods causing an algae outbreak and poor water quality at the facility.
The event was more than just the Olympic and Paralympic events on offer, with Paddle Australian inviting the whole paddle community to take part across canoe, kayak, ocean ski, surf ski, outrigging and stand up paddle boarding.
With limited opportunities for the Australians to compete internationally, the Olympic and Paralympic teams will be looking to put their training to the test.
For those in our area, all eyes were on the members of the Manly Warringah Kayak Club. The club had outstanding results and won 23 Gold medals, 5 Silver and 5 Bronze medals.
Australian Youth Life Saving Team & Talent ID Squads Named
Surf Life Saving Australia stated ''the Australian Youth Life Saving Team (AYLT) has reignited the road to Riccione with the naming of 19 ocean and beach athletes in a first step to reclaiming the Youth National Team Title at the Life Saving World Championships (LWC) 2022.
Following a COVID-19 impacted past 15 months, the AYLT has named the first round of athletes who be looking to represent Australia in Riccione, Italy next September following the cancellation of the LWC2020.
The squad will be headlined by Aussies 2021 Outstanding Male Competitor of the Carnival, Mitchell Morris (Newport) who won the U17 Ironman in addition to picking up four team medals with his twin brother Jake, who will also join him in the squad. The Morris twins will be joined by Newport teammates in Kimberley Doyle and Conner Maggs with the latter picking up five gold medals across individual and team events at Aussies 2021.
Matching Newport’s four athletes in the squad will be the Northcliffe quartet Jamie Perkins, Claudia Bailey, Cyra Bender, and beach athlete Asher Ward. Perkins dominated the U17 female competition at Aussies 2021 taking out U17 Ironwoman, Board & 2km Ocean Swim amongst a slew of other medals.
Fellow beach standouts Kiara Rychvalsky (Maroochydore), Emelyn Wheeler (Terrigal) & Britney Ingr (Currumbin) lead an extremely strong female contingent on the sand and will be joined by Ward and Luke Avati (Coogee).''
A new initiative to the Australian Youth Life Saving Team is the Talent Identification Squad which will incorporate athletes who are eligible for the 2024 Youth Life Saving World Championships.