Western Australia’s Champion Lakes will see current Paralympic champions and future Paralympic stars battle it out for national titles at the 2019 Paddle Australia Canoe Sprint National Championships this week (6-10 March).
With just over 16 months to go until the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, the National Championships will be the final domestic national team selection event for Paralympic class paddlers to contest the upcoming international ICF Para-canoe World Cup season.
The ultimate goal for Australia’s sprint paddlers this season will be the securing of Paralympic quota places at the 2019 ICF Para-canoe World Championships in Szeged, Hungary, at the end of August.
Paralympic champion Curt McGrath (QLD) will headline in Perth.
“There is a bit of a talent ID process happening in Australia right now, which is exciting for the future,” McGrath said. “A number of Para-athletes have picked the paddle for the first time and we are pretty keen to see how that develops and grows for the focus of Tokyo and beyond.”
All of Paddle Australia’s 2018 Paralympic classes national team athletes will be contesting the event and aiming to secure their 2019 national team spots.
Racing will begin today at Champion Lakes Regatta Centre in Perth and conclude on Friday (8 March).
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By Paddle Australia