Racing is set to heat up at the second Canoe Sprint World Cup this weekend with the regatta being the final one ahead of the World Championships and first Tokyo 2020 Olympic-quota deciding event.
In the women’s K4, Western Australian Jaime Roberts will go into the K4 to race together with Cat McArthur, Alyce Burnett and Alyssa Bull. Roberts will replace Jo Brigden-Jones who will be contesting the K2 500 and 200 with Brianna Massie instead.
After only a couple of training sessions in the new combination, A-final will be the goal. In Poznan, K4s finished second (WK4) in the B-final.
“We still have a lot to work on, and being an Olympic qualification year, we need to be in an A final and it’s as simple as that,” Burnett said.
In the women’s K1 1000, Alyssa Bull will have the chance to defend her gold medal from Poland with teammate Cat McArthur lining up in the K1 1000 as well.
Burnett, who won silver in the K1 1000 event in Poznan, will race the K1 200 in Duisburg, as will Jaime Roberts.
In the women’s canoe events, Josie Bulmer and Bernadette Wallace wrote history in Poznan contesting the first Senior women’s C2 for Australia at an international event despite only starting training together six months ago.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics will include women canoe events for the first time.
After a seventh place in the B final of the C2 500 the pair is looking forward to build on their performances and gain more race experience.
“The C2 was a huge learning curve racing with full lanes. We have only been in this boat since November so we are on a steep learning curve against crews that have been on the water for years and we are happy with what we learnt to move to Duisburg World Cup next.”
Both will also contest the women’s C1 200, while Wallace will add the C1 5000 to her busy racing schedule.