Last weekend the 2015 PNSW State Sprint Championships were held at SIRC Penrith.
We had 5 paddlers competing – 4 Men in the opens, Nick Dawe ( Open) Patrick McGlynn ( Open ) Arnold Graf ( u/23 ) and Mitch Hughes ( U/23 and Nikki Glasson in the u/18 Womens Event
As a short summary
Nikki Glasson – no pb’s this champs, but getting 7 in one champs like she did in Adelaide in December was a massive task to follow on from! Good to see very consistent times and close to pbs ( except for the weedy 1000 time)
Patrick McGlynn – Pat paddled his fastest set of times over heats and semis showing consistency with both 200 races and improving every race – Best today 44.61..Off to buy a new paddle now!
Nick Dawe – no pb’s for Nick today either but he very close in both the k1 and k2 races. Like Pat, showing a consistency in race times. Best today was 37.45 in the A final
Mitch Hughes – 4 pb’s in his 200 k1 37.45 and deadheating with Nick in the A final, a pb k2 200 with Arnold 35.96. Pb in the 500 k1 1.45.12. Great results after racing all weekend.
Arnold Graf – No pbs today, but showing a great consistency in keeping his race times around the 37 low 38 mark, much better than previous seasons where he was finding it difficult to get times under 39-40sec. His fastest time in 200 today was 37.74.
Another interesting thing is how close and consistent Mitch, Arnold and Nick’s times were today…must be something to do with their training program, nice work Mr T. We also have 3 athletes now ranked in the top 10 of 200 sprints in Australia this season. Not too bad for non program athletes!
Results show a lot of promise for the national events to come, based on training loads and work schedules leading into this event.
Full results can be reviewed here.
Thank you to the PNSW Sprint Committee for organising and running the event. From one volunteer organisation to another we really do appreciate the hours and effort you put into the sprint events.
Whilst the regatta was excellent. The course was a bit weedy. This led to a few senior national squad athletes boycotting the event. The exodus did dampen the spirit of the regatta. It was very disappointing for a lot of the younger kids to be denied and opportunity to paddle alongside their heros or get them to sign their boats. It was as thoughtless disruption to the event and caused the volunteer officials a mountain of additional work, plus led them to question why they put all those hours into a sport, to be let down by the whim of a few. The state champs are a pathway that lead and help inspire the younger and developing paddlers to continue with this sport and to build it from the grassroots. Not everyone gets to be the best, not everyone wants to be the best, some just want to be the best they can be! Paddling keeps people fit, it is fun, it is a life long passion. This event was not a national selection event, for the elite is chance to practice race plans, partnerships and execute other things that coaches request of them. It is a shame that the elite have, perhaps forgotten their grass roots, as they have progressed into high performance sport and become part of the product that has evolved from Australian Canoeing’s interpretation of the ASC Winning Edge Strategy. Both organizations need to address this issue before they kill off sprint canoe sport in Australia.
The issue of the weed…well yes it was weedy, which is caused by the Carp feeding. So fix it! That is up to Australian Canoeing and Australian Rowing to ensure that all race venues are race fit for use, fit for purpose. If they are not, tell the management of the venue. If the venue is non-compliant, go above them… This is a department of Fair Trading issue perhaps. Can’t sell something for a purpose and find it is not fit for purpose…
No Taxpayer in NSW wants to know that our 2000 Olympic Venue that our state paid millions of dollars out of our tax payer funds is not functioning properly for for its planned purpose. It is so disappointing to hear administration speak of this as annual problem that has never been fixed. Please take some responsibility and do the jobs you are paid to do, so paddlers can paddle and race. And if you can’t fix it let us know…I am sure we can organise a Carp fishing contest…Seriously – here is how you do it, government approved and all! http://www.feral.org.au/guidelines-for-carp-fishing-competitions/ ….
Here is some light reading on the carp problem in Australia http://www.clw.csiro.au/publications/controlling_carp.pdf