Up-and-coming kayaker adjusts to restrictions
CANOE: A concerted strength and conditioning program helped Alexandra Headland teenager Jenaya Massie to an impressive showing at the national championships last month and now she’s adapting to restrictions on gym access.
The 17-year-old was among the top young performances at the Penrith regatta, where she finished second in the under-18 K1 500 and in the under-18 K2 500, with fellow Sunshine Coaster Phoebe Wills-Grace, to earn a place in the national team for the world championships.
The Sunshine Coast Sports Federation Junior Sports Star of March said a hardworking preparation at the O2 Performance gym at the Sports Hub at Kawana paved the way for her results, along with regular training sessions at Lake Kawana.
But the coronavirus pandemic has since forced closures on gyms and group training sessions and Massie is making do at home.
“I’m still working with my strength and conditioning coach (Jordi Taylor). He sends me programs and I have a good range of gym equipment, so I’ve been able to use them every day,” she said.
“I’ve also been doing a lot of running and boxing, just trying to do some cardio, while I’m not paddling, to stay fit and keep healthy.”
Massie is largely resigned to missing out on the world championships, which was scheduled to be held in Germany in July.
“I was really excited to make my first world junior team and I was ready for a good winter block (and) I was quite excited to get back on the boat and put in some hard training sessions but obviously now due to COVID-19 that’s changed everything for everyone,” she said.
“But I felt really privileged to be selected on that team.”
She’s also working hard on her double degree (law and business) at the University of the Sunshine Coast, online.
“I can really catch up on all the work I missed when I was away competing throughout the start of the semester.”
Massie was a winner of the under-18 K1 500 and under-18 K2 500 at the Oceania Championships at Penrith in February.
She’s previously represented Australia at the Youth Olympic Games, in canoe sprint and slalom obstacle, in Argentina in 2018.