Exciting times are ahead in Para-canoe with 19-year old Paralympian Dylan Littlehales (NSW) putting in a PB and breaking the 40-seconds barrier in the men’s K1 200m.

“Today I managed to get below the 40-seconds mark and managed to get a 39.7 which is what I’ve been working towards for a long time now,” Littlehales said. “Now I just have to get down to 38.”

Newcomer Mark Daniels (WA) also put in a PB, placing him onto the podium in third place and with prospects for national team selection, to be announced next week.

“I got a three-seconds PB in the final today and came in at 48 sec. My goal was to be at 50 seconds at Nationals and I couldn’t ask for a better result,” Daniels said.

Paralympic champion and eight-time world champion Curtis McGrath (QLD) finished just behind Littlehales, winning the national title in the KL2 200m classification. McGrath also contested the open men’s K1 500m and took out the win in the men’s K1 500m seeding race.

Paralympic medallists AJ Reynolds (VIC) and Susan Seipel (QLD) won the women’s KL3 and KL2 200m events respectively.

“I’ve been so happy with my results this week, and it’s all the hard work we’ve done over winter, and it’s just come up really well,” Reynolds said.

“My coach Guy [Power] and I put in a lot of work of getting our technique right and getting headspace back on the water, and the boat is running beautifully so I couldn’t be happier.”

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By Paddle Australia
Posted: 08/03/2019

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