Women’s kayak events will be hotly contested at the 2007 Australian Youth Olympic Festival (AYOF), as Australia and Hungary have high expectations of their rising stars.
With a full mantle of Olympic medals already in the trophy cabinet, Clint Robinson is determined to add one more and paddle his way into the record books at the 2008 Beijing Games. If he’s successful he will join canoeists Dennis Green (1956 – 72) and Adrian Powell (1960 – 76) to be only the 3rd Australian canoe/kayak athlete to have competed at five Olympic Games.
The Australian Youth Olympic Festival (AYOF) turns four in January and three of the female paddlers in the Aussie canoe flatwater team are making a second appearance.Louise Davies, Jo Brigden-Jones and Nicky Rutland are “repeat offenders” expecting stiff competition this time from the all powerful European teams.
The Australian Canoe/Kayak Slalom Team has been selected for January’s Australian Youth Olympic Festival with eight of the ten athletes having already experienced international competition at this year’s junior world championships.
There are promising signs for Beijing for Australia’s Kayak athletes following the 2006 Flatwater World Championships with Ken Wallace the top performer finishing fifth in the K1 1000.
The AOC recognises the 15 month penalty imposed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on dual Olympic kayak silver medallist Nathan Baggaley...