The signs for the Aussies were good as soon as they hit the water, finishing second behind New Zealand in their heat on Saturday, winning their semi-final on Sunday morning.

It was a shock for the team competing in the first leg for the World Cup in Hungary as they raced New Zealand to the line in the final. Not only did they pick up a silver medal but set the fastest ever time for a women’s K4 500 crew.

Alyce Burnett, Alyssa Bull and Jaime Roberts all paddled together in 2017 but for this weekend they added Olympian Jo Brigden-Jones to the crew.

“Two months ago after Nationals we decided we would give the K4 a red hot crack, but to be honest when we first jumped in it at the first training camp we were all second guessing ourselves,” Burnett told Australian Canoeing.

“It didn’t gel together quite the way we expected, but I think that probably worked in our favour. 

“But we couldn’t be happier, it makes it even sweeter.”

Brigden-Jones was a member of the 2011 crew, which set the previous fastest time for an Australian K4.

“We were kind of struggling when we first got in the boat, but we knew we just had to break it down to build it back up again," she said.

“That’s the fastest time we’ve ever done in an Australian K4 team.

To have a good building block with these girls is something pretty cool,” Brigden-Jones said.