ON TARGET: Coast paddler Alyce Burnett
ON TARGET: Coast paddler Alyce Burnett Balint Vekassy

Burnett, Bull shine across the ditch against best

PADDLING: Sunshine Coast paddler Alyce Burnett says she relished a Trans-Tasman battle on the water and is eager to refine her skills ahead of the national championships.

She joined fellow Coast athlete Alyssa Bull and a cast of other elite Australian women's kayak sprint paddlers on Lake Karapiro in New Zealand over the weekend for the NZCT Canoe Sprint Nationals and Oceania Championships.

Burnett and Bull, alongside Jo Brigden-Jones and Jaime Roberts, won the open women's K4 500 during the championships.

Burnett also finished fourth in both the K1 500 and K1 200 and took out bronze with Bull in the women's K2 500.

With two weeks to go to the Paddle Australia Canoe Sprint Nationals Championships and national sprint team selections at Champion Lakes in Western Australia Burnett had enjoyed the hit out.

"We came over to New Zealand to get further racing practice as well as race the world class Kiwi women,” Olympian Burnett said in a Paddle Australia media release.

"You can never pass up an opportunity like that to race the best in the world.

"I think overall we took some great positives from the weekend of racing.

"The team is working really well together, all of the girls have really lifted their K1 performance and our team boats are becoming much more consistent.

"Now with only two weeks until nationals and our team selection, we are heading home to refine a few more things before we get another shot.”

Nationals are held March 6-10.



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