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Touring the Tennessee city of blues and barbecue’s best paddling, from secrets of the Mississippi River to the Wolf River’s Lost Swamp Trail

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Two Australian Juniors Through to World Championship Semi-Finals

Robert Janiszewski (VIC) and Alexandria Choate (WA) are both through to junior semi-finals at the ICF Canoe Slalom U23 and Junior World Championships in Ivrea, Italy.

Janiszewski was rewarded for his solid opening run in the C1 qualifiers with a time of 96.61, qualifying in 20th place.

Like Janiszewski, Choate made it into this weekend’s semi-finals by finishing 20th on her first run in the C1.

Choate posted a time of 120.49, but with two gate touches can expect to go faster in the semi-finals.

Choate’s brother, Jack, was Australia’s unluckiest, and busiest, paddler on Thursday. He finished the day with four runs, and missed qualifying for the K1 semi-finals by just one position.

He picked up a 50 on his first and second run in the C1, just missed qualifying on the first run in the K1, before his agonising result on the second run.

“I was pretty disappointed with my C1 runs this morning,” he said. “But I’m pretty happy with my K1. I felt alright this morning, I was more nervous going into the C1 because I hadn’t paddled the course. I’ve got so much to learn, so much to improve on, but it’s a good week.”

Choate’s teammates, Bradley McLaughlin (VIC) and Joshua Montalto (VIC), finished 30th and 39th respectively on their K1 second runs and will miss the semi-finals.

“I’m pretty upset about my run,” McLaughlin said. “I was happy if I made the semi-finals, it is my first year competing so I am really happy with any result I come back with.

“It’s good to get the experience. Hopefully I’ll be on top of it next year.”

Montalto picked up a 50-second penalty on his last run which ended his hopes of weekend action.

“It’s obviously not how you want to go out,” he said. “There was some good stuff there, and some bad stuff. I’ll learn from it.

“This is my first world’s, and I was just super happy to make it to be honest. I just really wanted the semis. I suppose I’ll be back again next year.”

The 2018 ICF U23 and Junior Canoe Slalom World Championships continue from Ivrea, Italy, on Friday with the Extreme Slalom races. The U23 and Junior C1M and K1W semifinals and finals are scheduled for Saturday. U23 and Junior C1W and K1M semis and finals are scheduled for Sunday.

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Matthew Perrin

Matt Perrin began playing canoe polo as a teen, aged 15.

He had early opportunity to represent Australia, firstly on the U21 Australian Team in 2007, placing a respectable first at the Oceania Canoe Polo Championships, then toured Canada the following year to compete at the World Canoe Polo Championships on the U21 Men’s Team.

This set the foundation for Matt to compete on the senior Australian Mens Canoe Polo Team in Milan, 2010.

After a break from competition, Matt is back into polo more than ever!

In 2017 he captained try Canoe Polo Super League White Team in Ningo China.

In 2018, he returns to the Australian Men’s Canoe Polo Team for the 2018 World Canoe Polo Championships.

Matt is super excited for Canada a second time, and is very ready to show the world Australia is back in business after a solid building phase for the Aussie Men’s Team.

His number one tip for aspiring international athletes is to work on yourself not just in fitness and strength, but attitude. Work on developing a positive mindset and a positive picture of what’s around you.
Avoid focussing on the things you can’t change, like the weather or the crowd – focus on the things you can change, like how much effort you put in in life and training and in your preparation.

Matt’s a positive asset to the Aussie team, and when he’s not in a boat, he’s busy talking about boats as a CPSL distributor based in Australia.

Player number – #2

Canoe Club – Fairfield Canoe Club


  • 2007 – Australian U21 Men’s Team, Oceania Championships
  • 2008 – Australian U21 Men’s Team, World Championships
  • 2017 – CPSL white team, Canoe Polo Super League
  • 2017 – Australian Men’s Canoe Polo Team

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Strong day for Australians in Ivrea despite nervous moments

Australia enjoyed a strong day of competition at the 2018 ICF U23 and Junior World Championships in Ivrea (17 – 22 July), although there were plenty of nervous moments.

While Daniel Watkins (TAS), Brodie Crawford (WA), Angus Thompson (NSW), Kate Eckhardt (TAS) and Demelza Wall (WA) all made their way into this weekend’s U23 semi-final action, Noemie Fox (NSW) had to rely on her final run of the day to salvage what was shaping as wipeout.

Watkins and Eckhardt led the way for the Paddle Australia team, with the pair qualifying for both K1 and C1 semis this weekend.

Tasmania’s Eckhardt got through to the next round of the C1 on her first run, but needed two runs to get into the K1 semis.

“It’s quite a relief,” she said. “Second runs are always nerve-wracking. It kind of feels like a final because only the top ten go through. I knew I was capable of making it through on the first run, but as you can see, mistakes do happen.”

Watkins needed two runs to qualify for the C1, but had a solid first race in the K1 to go straight through.

“I’m happy to finish it off with a first run through,” he said. “It’s been a long, hot day and I’ve already done two runs, so to do it on the first run in the kayak, I couldn’t be happier with that.”

Noemie Fox almost had a day to forget, but was able to salvage a positive by qualifying for the C1 semi-finals on her second run.

Her first run of the day in the K1 was impressive, but her boat weighed in light and she was disqualified. On her second run she missed a gate and failed to make the final.

Fox then ran into trouble on her first run in the C1, and had to dig deep on her final race of the day to get through.

“It’s been a pretty hard day,” Fox said. “Lots of downs, but I finished with a positive. I’m happy to make the final of the C1 though.

“Lots of learning curves and staying positive. I’ve got an extra rest day now.”

One of the most excited members of the Australian team was C1 paddler Demelza Wall, who qualified for the weekend’s semi-final on her second run.

Ivrea is her second World Championships.

“I’m really excited, because my first run was nerve-wracking, it was really solid except for one brain lapse,” Wall said.

“But I felt really positive between runs, and I knew I got come back and do a good second run. It’s really exciting. And I’m really excited to see if I paddle at my best what my best will be.”

Angus Thompson (NSW) also had some nervous moments before progressing on his first run into the K1 semis.

“My run was clean, and I’m happy to get a clean run down in such an important race,” he said.

“There were some points that I wasn’t too happy with, but overall it was a solid run and for the most part I kept my focus.

“I always find the heats the most nerve-wracking, because you’ve got the most to lose.”

Brodie Crawford showed glimpses of his best form with a solid first run in the men’s U23 C1, progressing straight into the semis.

“To be honest I didn’t feel that good out there,” Crawford said. “I was a little bit on edge from the start, I didn’t really settle in the start gate, so I was just sort of battling it all the way down, just trying to stay in it.

“I’m ready for something big. It’s been a long time coming. I want to get into that final and really go for it.”

In other results, Steven Lowther (WA) fell just short of qualifying for the C1 semis after finishing 15th on his second run.

Racing continues today with the Junior qualifying. U23 semi finals are scheduled for tomorrow, Friday, 20 July.

Race Programme, Thursday, July 19, Junior heats

08:30 (16:30 AEST) C1M – K1W 1st run

10:30 (18:30 AEST) C1M – K1W 2nd run

13.30 (21:30 AEST) C1W – K1M 1st run

15.40 (23:40 AEST) C1W – K1M 2nd run

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