Jamaica's Usain Bolt smiles after crossing the finish line to win the men's 4x100 meters relay final at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing on Aug. 29, 2015. Bolt captured a 3rd gold medal in Beijing following those for the 100 and 200 meters. (Kyodo)
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Jamaica's Usain Bolt smiles after crossing the finish line to win the men's 4x100 meters relay final at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing on Aug. 29, 2015. Bolt captured a 3rd gold medal in Beijing following those for the 100 and 200 meters. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

SAY CHEESE: Coast Olympian wants to win 'stalk and snap'

JUST like you, I have been glued to the couch since the opening of the Olympic Games on Friday, screaming at my TV, as if the athletes can hear me. Soon they will.

When this paper goes to print, Alyssa and I will have boarded our plane from Italy to Rio where we will finally be joining the rest of our teammates, receive our uniforms and finally feel like real Olympians.

As I've mentioned in previous columns, kayaking is a sport that is raced in the second week of the Olympic Games, which has its positives and negatives.

One of the negatives is obviously the fact that we don't arrive into Rio until after the Games have begun, meaning we missed the Australian flag raising event and the Opening Ceremony but I'm not too phased by that.

Having the opportunity to watch a few of our teammates compete on TV and in real life is one massive positive.

Alyce Burnett and Alyssa Bull are set for the Olympics as part of the kayak team.Photo: Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily
Alyce Burnett and Alyssa Bull are set for the Olympics as part of the kayak team.Photo: Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily Warren Lynam

Knowing the amount of work they have put in, feeling their excitement and experiencing some of their nerves is making me even more excited to race.

But it's giving me itchy feet.

Years of hard work and dedication will be on show when Alyssa and I take the line in the K2 500m race, and I believe we are more than ready.

Though, one aspect of the Olympic Games I am personally not quite prepared for is the premier event; the stalk and snap.

An event I plan on winning.

We've already seen Georgia Bohl (Swimming) get a snap with Rafael Nadal, the Australian Gymnastic girls hunt down Princess Mary and the Beach Volleyballers sneak a selfie with Usain before he bolted.

But I want to go one better.

My aim is to snap the following legends at the closing ceremony, without being too annoying: Usain Bolt, Serena Williams, Michael Phelps and Rafael Nadal.

I suspect it shouldn't be too difficult.

I just need to make sure my phone is charged and reflexes are sharp.

If I was a punter, I'd put my money on A Burnett.

  • Sunshine Coast Kayakers Alyce Burnett and Alyssa Bull will compete in the heats of the K2 500m on Saturday, August 10 from 10am.


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