AWARDS CHANCE: Alyce Burnett celebrates after winning the gold medal in the Women's K1 1,000 meters final of the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Racice, Czech Republic.
AWARDS CHANCE: Alyce Burnett celebrates after winning the gold medal in the Women's K1 1,000 meters final of the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Racice, Czech Republic. MARTIN DIVISEK

Burnett, Bull in running for Australian canoeing's top award

CANOE: Alyce Burnett and Alyssa Bull are among four paddlers in contention for the Australian Canoeist of the Year award.

The Sunshine Coast paddlers enjoyed strong seasons in K1 and K2 events.

Burnett, 25, snared the open women's K1 1000m world title while Bull, 21, claimed the under-23 K1 1000m crown.

They combined last year to score a surprise berth in the final of the K2 500 at the Rio Olympics.

 

IN CONTENTION: Alyssa Bull who won the U23 K1 1000 Canoe Sprint world title in Pitesti, Romania.
IN CONTENTION: Alyssa Bull who won the U23 K1 1000 Canoe Sprint world title in Pitesti, Romania. AUSTRALIAN CANOEING

But they will face tough opposition for the top gong at the Australian Canoeing Annual Awards, at Surfers Paradise on Saturday.

Slalom world champion in the women's K1 Jessica Fox and Paralympic champion and ParaCanoe world champion Curtis McGrath are also in the running.

Burnett is also a finalist for the Canoeist of the Year Non-Olympic category, with Australia's number one men's K1 marathon paddler Josh Kippin, who won national marathon titles.

Another Sunshine Coaster, Mackenzie Duffy, is among four paddlers in contention for the junior canoeist of the year award, after her efforts on the sprint scene.



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