The Australian Para-canoe team are celebrating a silver and bronze medal on day two of the 2019 ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup in Poznań, Poland.

The silver went to Paralympic bronze medallist Susan Seipel in the women’s 200m VL2, and the bronze to Paralympic silver medallist AJ Reynolds in the women’s 200m KL3.

“I’m stoked with a silver, really happy to be back in the medals,” Seipel said.

“It’s a quality field now, as it should be, as we are heading into the Paralympics next year, so it’s really exciting for the sport. I hope it will be a cracking race at the Paralympics and I hope I will be there.”

Seipel also finished a strong fourth in the women’s 200m KL2.

Having battled injury for the better part of a year, Reynolds found herself in the unusual position of having to qualify for the women’s 200m KL3 final through the semi-finals.

“It’s been an up and down preparation, as usual,” Reynolds said.

“After yesterday’s effort I really thought I’d totally stuffed everything up. I’ve never done a semi in my life, and I don’t plan on doing another one.

“But once I got back in the right headspace again, I’m just so stoked to get a place this time. It gives me more of an opportunity to go home and go ‘right, this is what we’ve got to do’.

“It’s hard with my wrist, we need to be careful and technical with what we do. It’s always painful, but I think I’ve been through worse.”

By Paddle Australia
Posted: 25/05/2019