Pope’s path to Olympic glory

BEN Pope is on track to be­com­ing Aus­tralia's num­ber one kayaker and com­pet­ing in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

The Advocate (Perth) - - FRONT PAGE - Pic­ture: David Baylis www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d483140

BULLS­BROOK res­i­dent Ben Pope is on track to be the top ranked kayaker in Aus­tralia.

The 24-year-old is cur­rently ranked fourth in the coun­try and is hop­ing to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in ca­noe slalom.

Pope first started kayak­ing at 11 years old and he im­me­di­ately fell in love with the sport.

At 15 he started com­pet­ing in ca­noe slalom, where kayak­ers nav­i­gate through a course of hang­ing down­stream or up­stream gates on river rapids in the fastest time pos­si­ble.

He has com­peted in the Un­der 23 World Cham­pi­onships for the past three years and will com­pete in the World Cup later this month while work­ing to­wards a spot at the World Cham­pi­onships in Rio in Septem­ber.

Pope said the sport com­bined his pas­sion for the wa­ter and the out­doors.

“I like kayak­ing be­cause I get to be on the wa­ter,” he said.

“I have al­ways loved the wa­ter. I also get to be out­doors in na­ture and am able to travel. What I like about ca­noe slalom is it’s in­stinc­tive and you have to re­act with the wa­ter.

“I re­ally love the sport and rep­re­sent­ing Aus­tralia is a dream and the Olympics would be the pin­na­cle.”

Pope is fundrais­ing with the sup­port of Aus­tralian Sports Foun­da­tion and needs do­na­tions to help him get to the Olympics.

If you would like the spon­sor or do­nate to Pope’s goal of get­ting to the Olympics, visit https://asf.org.au/ath­letes/ ben-pope/

Pic­ture: David Baylis

Kayaker Ben Pope hopes to make it to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. d483140

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