COMBINATION: Alyce Burnett and Alyssa Bull.
COMBINATION: Alyce Burnett and Alyssa Bull. James Pitman

Kayak duo set to power into Sydney event

CANOE: Rio Olympians and Sunshine Coast duo Alyce Burnett and Alyssa Bull are determined to get the most out of a key event in Sydney this weekend.

The duo will race at the Oceania Championships Grand Prix 2, against the best competition from around the continent and from Europe, ahead of the national team selection trials later this month.

"If we do well there we get an invitation to selection trials," Bull said in a Australian Canoeing press release.

"So we'll be aiming to go well at GP2 to make that selection regatta and then press on to nationals and continue on getting good results there as well,"

Bull is the reigning under-23 K1000 world champion while her K2 crew-mate Burnett won the women's world K1 1000 title last year.

They are vying for selection with the women's K1 500 and 200 and will be regarded as ones to beat.

But there is some depth in the ranks.

"This season has been a massive step for the girls in Australia," Burnett said.

"We had some great results at worlds last year, which was a bit of a turning point for us and a couple of the girls have now moved to the Gold Coast to our National Centre of Excellence.

"So almost every day in our training environment we are pushing each other. It's almost a national race each day and we're improving from that."

Bull and Burnett will race the women's K1 1000, 500 and 200m as well as the K2 500 and in the K4 500m together, with Cat McArthur and Jaime Roberts.

"We have some solid K2 and some good K4s on the water. Anything can happen," Burnett said.

"Next year we obviously have to qualify boats for Tokyo, so this season will be a bit of trial run for that and then we see how we go."

Burnett was recently crowned Sunshine Coast Senior Sports Star of the Year for 2017 by the Sunshine Coast Sports Federation.

Racing started on Friday and ends on Sunday.



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