Kawana Waters paddlers’ sights on junior world championships
PADDLING: Kawana Waters duo Jenaya Massie and Phoebe Wills-Grace have their sights on the junior world championships, after winning the K2 500 at the Oceania and Grand Prix 2 regatta.
The talented teenagers clocked 1min51.79sec, to beat Harriette Alexis and Natalia Drobot (1:53.04) in the 18-and under division at Penrith.
Massie also won the women’s K1 500, was second in the K1 200 and they were both part of a victorious K4 500 crew, with South Australia’s Charli Smyth and New South Wales’ Jasmine Locke.
The Sunshine Coasters can claim their places at the world championships with another strong performance at the Australian championships at Penrith next month.
“We are pretty happy with the regatta and we would love to make the junior worlds team this year so at nationals the goal will be automatic selection by winning again,” Massie said.
Wills-Grace was equally enthusiastic.
“This was a good hit out for the season and we can’t wait for nationals.”
“We really would like to go to Germany and race at the junior worlds.”
Fellow Sunshine Coaster Mackenzie Duffy combined with Western Australian Yale Steinepreis to finish second in the under-23 K2 500.
Alyce Wood and Alyssa Bull were prominent in the open women’s division, pressing their claims for the Tokyo Olympics.