Canoeist Takes Advantage Of European Summer
Callan Grady from the Canoe Slalom squad has been escaping the Australian winter and jet setting across Europe to take advantage of the warmer months for training and competition.
Callan’s first race over in Europe this summer was the Young Danubia Cup in Bratislava, Slovakia. This was on the 30th June/1st July. Callan made his first final in an international race finishing 11th out of 84. This was out of a tough group so he was extremely happy with this result, his best to date in fact.
His second race was the Danube Cup 1, again in Bratislava, Slovakia on 26/27July. “This was a really fun course, one of my favourites in the world” Callan explained. “Unfortunately I was given a 2 second penalty for touching a gate, which pushed me out of the semi final, missing out by less than one second.”
His third race was the Danube Cup 2 in Vienna, Austria on 4/5 August. “This was a really tough course, but I put down a fast time in the heats to qualify for the semi finals in 28th, however too many penalties in the semi and I finished 31st. Although I still feel as though this was my best race yet in terms of my actual paddling.”
Callan’s final race was the Prague Wave Festival in Prague, Czech Republic on 11/12 August. Unfortunately, Callan missed out on the semi final because of penalties. “This was still a really incredible experience getting to race on such a fantastic course against lots of the best paddlers in the world.”
Callan was lucky enough to be coached by three time Olympian Warwick Draper during the Danube Cups 1 & 2 and the Prague Wave Festival, and he reports vast improvements over this time. “His experience and knowledge of the sport has given me a better understanding and more motivation to keep training hard. During training before my last race in Prague, I was feeling better on the water than I ever have before.”
Callan returns back to Australia on the 30th August, and can’t wait to get back into training!
Posted: 20 August 2018