PRESSING THEIR CLAIMS: Sunshine Coast pair Alyssa Bull and Alyce Burnett will start their campaign at Brazil on Monday night.
PRESSING THEIR CLAIMS: Sunshine Coast pair Alyssa Bull and Alyce Burnett will start their campaign at Brazil on Monday night. Balint Vekassy

Anything could happen in Games debut: paddle pair

CANOE: They're excited to be in Brazil but Alyce Burnett and Alyssa Bull admit they really don't know what to expect in their first outing at an Olympic Games.

The Sunshine Coast duo will hit the water for the heats of the women's K2 500 on Monday night after surprising some pundits to qualify for Rio.

"It's hard to predict how we are going to go,” Burnett said.

"It (the Olympics) is completely different to any other event we've ever raced at. We are just going in looking to execute our perfect race and no matter what the result we will be happy.”

But the signs are promising.

"On the water we're feeling amazing (at events at training) and our times are definitely reflecting that. It's almost like every time we sit in the boat we are improving which is exciting,” the 24-year-old.

Bull, 20, cut short a promising elite ironwoman career to focus on kayaking and it's paid dividends.

"It's hard to know what to expect when I haven't been to an Olympic Games or a multi-sport event for that matter. We just want to get amongst it and see how we go,” she said.

But Bull did reveal her hopes.

"We are looking to make the final and then from there anything can happen,” she said.

Burnett and Bull will have a strong following on the Sunshine Coast. Both were raised in the region and still call the place home, despite now living and training on the Gold Coast.

STEELE TAYLOR



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