Alyce Wood and Alyssa Bull in action during the K2-500m at the Australian Canoe Sprint Championships. Picture: JGRImages
Alyce Wood and Alyssa Bull in action during the K2-500m at the Australian Canoe Sprint Championships. Picture: JGRImages

Relief as Tokyo spots are secured for Wood, Bull

KAYAKING: Sunshine Coast athletes Alyce Wood and Alyssa Bull say confirmation of their spots on the Australian Olympic team has been a massive “weight off the shoulders.”

The duo had provisionally qualified following the Canoe Sprint Nationals earlier this month but were forced to wait for official word during a dramatic few weeks in which the Australian Olympic Committee pulled out of the 2020 Games, which was later postponed to 2021 anyway.

Their spots were finally confirmed on Friday for the postponed Olympics in Tokyo next year.

Wood said it had been an emotional rollercoaster.

“It’s an absolute relief, it’s nice to have a bit of certainty in a time of such huge uncertainty.”

“I think it’s a massive weight off the shoulders that’s for sure.”

Bull said it had been a whirlwind week, but was glad to have their roles locked in.

“Hopefully, it means we can just knuckle down for the next 17 months and really make something of this because we’ve never had this long to train before,” she said.

“We don’t have that worry of having to qualify again in February or March next year.”



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