Paddle Australia’s emerging canoe sprint talents have returned from the 2019 Olympic Hopes Canoe Sprint Regatta with high hopes and dreams for the future after a promising performance in Bratislava, Slovakia.
Among them was Avoca Kayak Club’s Ashby Allen, who along with teammate Toby Schooley, won the B final in the 15/16 Boy’s K2 1000 event.
The Olympic Hopes Regatta is recognised as one of the pinnacle international canoe sprint events for athletes who are under years of age 17, and Australia’s team of 11 paddlers returned home much richer for the experience of racing against some of the best junior kayakers and canoeists their age in the world.
“The Olympic hopes regatta was a massive eye opener for me and I loved it.
“It showed me the depth of paddling from all across the world,” said Allen.
“It was great to be able to paddle the K2 with Toby and to get a solid result in B final with him.
“This final was held late in the afternoon after I had raced that whole day, so we really had to dig deep and put down a solid performance.
“Unfortunately, I was not able to make it to the finals in my K1 events, but I plan to learn from this and improve dramatically over the years,” he added.
This year’s regatta saw 838 athletes from 36 nations line up for the biggest ever Olympic Hopes Regatta, which gave Australia’s young athletes the opportunity to gain invaluable international experience and hope to build on in the coming domestic season where some will be vying for National Junior Team selection to compete at the 2020 Junior World Championships.
“I plan to keep pursuing kayaking, train hard, learn how to improve and keep making international teams as I loved every part of this trip.
“My main goal for the future is to achieve the Olympic dream,” he said.
Media release, Sep 20