Sunshine Coasters Jenaya Massie and Phoebe Wills-Grace have been selected in the national team for the ICF U23 and Junior Canoe Sprint World Championships in July.Photo: JGRImages
Sunshine Coasters Jenaya Massie and Phoebe Wills-Grace have been selected in the national team for the ICF U23 and Junior Canoe Sprint World Championships in July.Photo: JGRImages

Dynamic duo selected in junior national team

KAYAKING: Sunshine Coast's Jenaya Massie says a more professional approach to her efforts on and off the water is paying dividends after earning selection on her maiden junior national team.

The 17-year-old gained selection alongside fellow Coaster Phoebe Wills-Grace after the pair won the K2 500 event at GP2 and finishing second at nationals last week.

It's Massie's first junior national team selection and continues a promising rise for the teen who also competed at the Youth Olympics in 2018.

She's put in plenty of hard yards to earn selection, even changing up her training.

"I'm really excited and privileged to have been selected on this year's junior worlds team," Massie said in a Paddle Australia press release.

"After a really big season of trying different things to become more professional in my training on/off the water and taking more time to look after my body, it feels great that all the hard work has paid off."

The Australian sides are set to contest this year's ICF U23 and Junior Canoe Sprint World Championships in Germany in July, pending the ever-evolving coronavirus pandemic.

"I cannot wait to represent Australia alongside a great team and I know that whatever decision is made in regards to the COVID-19 and the championships is in the best interests of our health and wellbeing," Massie said.

"Until then, bring on a solid few months of training and hard work,"

The International Canoe Federation is currently continuing to plan for the world championships to go ahead, with an update expected at the start of May.



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