Burnett claims golden double at canoe sprint nationals
PADDLING: Rio Olympian and Sunshine Coast product Alyce Burnett has cemented her place in green and gold ahead of major international events after a golden display in the kayak.
The 26-year-old won both the women's K1 500 as well as the 200 during the Paddle Australia Canoe Sprint National Championships at Champion Lakes in Perth on Thursday.
It was a fast women's K1 500 race that saw Olympians Burnett and fellow Coaster Alyssa Bull both finish in a time of under 1:50mins with Burnett winning in 1:49.16 and Bull finishing second in 1:49.99.
London Olympian Jo Brigden-Jones (NSW) finished third in 1:51.72.
Burnett has won every 500 race this season.
"I guess coming into nationals this year I really wanted to try and get that double,” Burnett told Paddle Australia in a media release.
"We've got a really good group of girls at the moment so the pressure was definitely on.
"The 500, I felt pretty good throughout the race. There are still a few things to improve on, but Bully and I went both 1:49 which is really exciting in pretty flat conditions as well.”
Just over an hour later, Burnett added another national title in the women's K1 200 (0:40.41), when she finished just ahead of Jo Brigden-Jones in second (0:40.52) and Western Australian Jaime Roberts in third (0:41.06)
"It was a tight turn for the 200, but we all got out there again and it was a really tight race,” she said.
"I left it right to the end to come over Jo (Brigden-Jones), who had an epic start, she is a really good 200 paddler, and I guess I kept everyone on their toes and I ended up winning by .11 which is nothing but I'm definitely happy to take the double.”
Both Burnett and Bull went on to also win their heat in the K2 with finals scheduled for Friday morning.
"The K1 selection races are now over and by winning those races I am on the team, but we'll see what happens with the K2s,” Burnett said.
"Bully (Alyssa Bull) and I have had a few more chances to jump into the K2 since GP2 in February, which is really good and it's feeling great. K2 for her and I is like going home and we really enjoy it.”
Brianna Massie, Lucinda Kelly and Jenaya Massie have all been in action at the nationals too.