Alyssa Bull at the Canoe Sprint World Cup II in Duisburg, Germany last month.
Alyssa Bull at the Canoe Sprint World Cup II in Duisburg, Germany last month. Bence Vekassy

Bull gears up for tough task

PADDLING: Sunshine Coast's Alyssa Bull admits there's plenty of pressure to cement Olympic qualification but has faith she and her teammates will be more than prepared for the challenge.

The 23-year-old kayaker will fly out with fellow Coaster Alyce Burnett and the Australian team on Sunday night destined for an intense four-week training camp in Italy before taking on the sport's best at the world championships in Hungary.

After months of build up, Bull was eager to immerse herself in the camp and focus her efforts entirely on performing.

"It's a good stint and gets everyone away from any distractions and it'll be good to get some real good hard work in,” Bull told the Daily.

"Even though it hasn't been that cold here just to get into that warmer climate and settle into the time zone a little bit and kind of just live the athlete life for a good month before we actually race will be great.

"It's a good high-concentrated camp to get everyone in athlete mode a bit more.”

Among various divisions, Bull and her teammates will primarily focus their efforts on the K4 500 at the world championships in bid to qualify as many spots as possible for Tokyo 2020.

"It is a lot of pressure to qualify for those spots for Australia so at the moment as a crew we're just making sure we tick all the boxes in training,” she said.

"If we perform really well to how we believe that we can perform then hopefully we can secure those qualification spots which would be really good.”

Before flying out, Bull made sure to slip in some training at the Sports Hub in Bokarina.

FIGHTING FIT: Kayaker Alyssa Bull undergoes exercise science testing at The Sports Hub in Bokarina.
FIGHTING FIT: Kayaker Alyssa Bull undergoes exercise science testing at The Sports Hub in Bokarina. John McCutcheon

She is the latest athlete to be named an ambassador of the facility.

"It's great to see it's been built and almost all officially opened which is pretty darn cool and it's a pretty special place here,” she said.

With the facility in her and Burnett's own backyard, she expected it to play a major role in training for future events and was hopeful the Australian team would even host camps there eventually.

"It is really good that we can come home and be able to come to a place like this to use the gym and recovery centre,” she said.

"To have the lake right here as well for us kayaking is perfect so it's all here in the one place which is pretty good and hopefully we can be back home and annoying our family a little bit more in the future.”

Sports Hub manager Kevin Cook said the Hub had been attracting many professional sporting organisations to the Coast.

"The feedback from everyone who has toured the facility has been incredibly positive,” he said.

"It is very clear now that the Hub ticks all the boxes for professional athletes and sporting camps.

"It's exciting to be a part of such an amazing development, council have been incredibly supportive along this journey and we're looking forward to contributing to the growth of the sport and tourism industry on the Sunshine Coast.”



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