2013-02-26 14:51 by sally ryan
The 2013 Australian Open was held recently at Penrith Whitewater Stadium with a strong contingent of athletes past and present from the Academy's Slalom program.
Penrith juniors Angus Thompson and Noemie Fox impressed on the final day of racing at the
2013 Australian Open. 16 year old Penrith Valley Canoe Club (PVC) paddler Angus Thompson
has secured his first berth on the men’s National Junior team after he
claimed victory in the men’s K1 junior event today.
The talented young paddler used his home ground knowledge executing a clean and fast run to claim the victory in 101.45, more than five seconds ahead of Western Australian teenager Brodie Crawford and fellow PVC paddler Lachlan Croft.
The Fox family continued to dominate the womens events, but this time it was 15 year old Noemie in the spotlight after she won the junior C1 title. It was a great result by Fox who placed fifth overall in the C1 Open final. Fellow Penrith youngster Alexandra Broome also impressed finishing tenth overall.
Following results at the National Championships held in January and the Australian Open the 2013 Junior Slalom Team was announced. Congratulations to Angus Thompson, Noemie Fox and Alexandra Broome on their selection in the 2013 Junior Slalom Team which will contest the 2013 ICF Junior World Championships from the 17-21st July in Liptovsky Mikulas in Slovakia!
Academy Graduate Jessica Fox continued her silver streak with another second place, this time behind Czech paddler Katerina Kudejova who took gold just 0.7 seconds ahead of Fox on Saturday. Fox backed up her K1 performance going one better in the Canoe to take gold in the Women’s C1 final. Australia made it a clean sweep with Academy graduates Rosalyn Lawrence and Alison Borrows securing the silver and bronze respectively.
Congratulations to all athletes on their outstanding results.