Lakes cham­pi­ons in Na­tion­als

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CHAM­PION Lakes Boat­ing Club will see three of its mem­bers com­pete in the Na­tional Cham­pi­onships in Syd­ney from March 5 to 9.

Jared Leach (17) and Sam McTigue (24) will com­pete in the ca­noe sprint after qual­i­fy­ing in the State Cham­pi­onships held at Cham­pion Lakes on Jan­uary 21-22.

Leon Mus­sell, who hopes to win a place in his home Cook Is­lands team for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, will com­pete in the C1 craft event.

The club has just pur­chased a kayak ergo from Hun­gary. This is a state-of-the-art ma­chine used by Euro­pean teams and can mea­sure in­de­pen­dent in­put from ath­letes’ arms and help cor­rect tech­nique.

CLBC kayak­ing co-or­di­na­tor Robyn Brown said the club paid for the kayak through fundrais­ing and a gen­er­ous do­na­tion from the Leach fam­ily. “We also won an Elite Path­ways award from Aus­tralian Ca­noe­ing for our ju­nior pro­gram,” Mrs Brown said.

At the State Sprint Cham­pi­onships, the 16 com­peti­tors from Cham­pion Lakes hauled 44 medals.

Mrs Brown said although kayak­ing was a high-pro­file recre­ational sport in Aus­tralia, the Euro­pean teams dom­i­nated the Olympics.

But she said many of the big guns in the sport had re­tired, which would open the sport up for the next gen­er­a­tion.

“We have a Hun­gar­ian hus­band and wife team (Agnes Pa­jor and Atti Ka­plan) who will hope­fully give us a win­ning edge so we can get more of th­ese kids up to the next level.”

Picture: Jon Hew­son

Claire (13), Gabrielle (10) and Miriam O'Cal­laghan (9) with Tait Brown.

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