Eigh­teen races in five days earns gold


Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - WORK PLACE -

AN AQUINAS Col­lege stu­dent took out gold at the Na­tional Ca­noe Sprint Cham­pi­onships ear­lier this month.

Year 8 stu­dent Luke Eg­ger won the gold medal in the Un­der-14s dou­ble kayak (K2) 1000m and 200m events and bronze in the sin­gle kayak (K1) 1000m.

Held at Cham­pion Lakes, Luke faced a gru­elling timetable of 18 races over his five days of com­pet­ing.

“All the hard work and early morn­ings paid off,” he said.

“In the K2 1000m we won gold af­ter a good tus­sle with NSW, the feel­ing on top of the podium was awe­some.”

Af­ter blitz­ing the State cham­pi­onships, win­ning sil­ver in all in­di­vid­ual races and gold in ev­ery dou­ble race he com­peted in, Luke said he in­tensi- fied his train­ing sched­ule for the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

“In the lead up to na­tion­als I was do­ing eight ses­sions a week on the wa­ter which meant I’d have to get up at 4.45am three morn­ings a week and 6.30am twice a week and do cross train­ing off the wa­ter,” he said.

“Plus my school sport train­ing for wa­ter polo and surf life­sav­ing.”

Luke said his next chal­lenge would be to gain a spot in the Aus­tralian Olympic Hopes team next year.

“The team trav­els to Europe to com­pete against the best ju­nior pad­dlers in the world,” he said.

“I will be el­i­gi­ble for se­lec­tion next year and I’m re­ally hop­ing I make the team.”

Aquinas Col­lege Year 8 stu­dent Luke Eg­ger won gold at the Na­tional Ca­noe Sprint Cham­pi­onships.

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