Top kayakers Alyce Burnett and Alyssa Bull chat to Weekend in the lead up to the 2016 Olympics where they’ll represent Australia.
Top kayakers Alyce Burnett and Alyssa Bull chat to Weekend in the lead up to the 2016 Olympics where they’ll represent Australia. Warren Lynam

We go to Rio! Meet the ‘carefree’ Aussies off to Olympics

ATHLETES stand in complete silence. The two-minute warning sounds. Some jiggle and jump around. But it’s the giggles and smirks from the two in green and gold that steal your attention.

The girls chat, but not about how they’re going to win; more likely what they had for breakfast or last night’s movie. They are the epitome of cool, calm and collected, and to other athletes stressing up to their eyeballs before a race, it’s annoying as hell.

But don’t be fooled by their seemingly carefree attitude. It’s their ability to snap on their game faces at go-time that makes this pair a force to be reckoned with. Inside Weekend, in Saturday’s The Northern Star, meet kayakers Alyce Burnett and Alyssa Bull. In just over 100 days, they will be lining up to represent Australia in the women’s 500m kayak (K2) at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Also inside, you’ve seen the iconic images of lines of washing strung between Venice’s tall apartment buildings. Maybe you’ve seen them up close. But have you experienced the laundry politics of Italy? It’ll make you’ll appreciate the humble Hills Hoist.

Plus Meryl Streep faces her greatest vocal challenge yet, emulating the “worst opera singer” in the real-life, big screen adaptation, Florence Foster Jenkins.

Grab a copy of Saturday’s Star for this, plus much more inside your Weekend magazine.



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