Joining the Olympic paddlers at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup in Szeged, Hungary and at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships will be a strong Para-canoe team, including Australia’s medal winning Paralympic trio and reigning World Champions of Curtis McGrath (QLD), Amanda Reynolds (VIC) and Susan Seipel (QLD). 18-year old Paralympian Dylan Littlehales (NSW) completes the team.
“We have a bit of a smaller squad in Australia this time but it’s a great team. The goals this season is definitely to go over to Europe and defend the World title I managed to get last year, which will be first and foremost. But also going over there and doing a PB would be a good achievement for myself,” McGrath said about the tasks at hand.
“The competition in Para-canoeing has been on the rise. The inclusion of the V1 and a couple of classes will make the sport even bigger and more attractive to a number of different people. It’s ever growing and getting more and more inclusive which is really great,” McGrath added.
“After the debut in Rio at the Paralympic Games, I think the sport has gotten a lot more interest and a lot more participation worldwide. And there’s definitely been a big step up in competition. It’s looking really exciting for the future and onwards to Tokyo 2020 where we will have even more races, which is exciting,” Seipel agreed.
“I can see it my event the KL3. The event has been around for 10 years now internationally and it’s just been getting better every year. I’m hoping to be at the top in Tokyo but it will be a fast race,” Littlehales added.
The Para-canoe squad will kick off the European sprint season at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup in Szeged, Hungary (18-20 May 2018), with the 2018 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Montemor-o-Velho, Portugal at the end of August wrapping up the international canoe sprint season.
Australian Para-canoe Team
- Dylan Littlehales (NSW)
- Curtis McGrath (QLD)
- Amanda Reynolds (VIC)
- Susan Seipel (QLD)
By Canoeing Australia